FIFA World Cup 2018: shortest and longest possible trips for football fans

While reading various travel forums about visiting Russia for the World Cup, I was impressed how adventurous football fans are. Some of them plan to travel across the oceans and follow their National Team for thousands of kilometers in the unknown country and culture. That gave me the idea to calculate longest and shortest possible travel routes for each team. It took me several hours to make the spreadsheet with all possible distances. Google Map used to calculate the distance between the Host Cities to travel by car.

Group Stage and the shortest trip

The final draw will take place in December, so we have only one team with known stadiums to play during the group stage. Hosts, Russian National Team will play in Moscow than in St. Petersburg and Samara. This will make 2481 km trip in total. That is close to the average distance all team will have to cover during the group stage. Continue reading “FIFA World Cup 2018: shortest and longest possible trips for football fans”

Kaliningrad: top 5 Destinations on the Rise in Europe

Kaliningrad was mentioned in the latest TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards as the 5th destination on the rise in Europe. It’s a great achievement for our region to be in the same list with such great tourist places like:

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canariaa and Malaga, Spain
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • Wroclaw, Poland
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Faro, Portugal
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands

A little extra chunk of Russia stuck between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad was known as Königsberg from its founding by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century until after World War II. It was renamed, repopulated with Russians and became part of the Soviet Union. Today, as it has been for centuries, it’s known for amber products, with most of the world’s harvestable amber still lying off its coast. The 14th century Königsberg Cathedral is a main city attraction.

So If you decided to visit Kaliningrad, feel free to contact us for any related information. We’ll try our best to help you. For example, we can research a way to make a trip that will include four mentioned destinations at once.

72 hour Russian visa to visit Kaliningrad canceled?

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Representation in Kaliningrad just issued the statement that 72-hour Russian visas for short stay in Kaliningrad are going to be canceled from January 1 2017. That was an experiment that was continued in 2016, but now they decided to stop it.

It was a popular way for the tourist to visit our region because it was possible to get that short-stay Russian visa right at the border for some extra fee and paper work.
So starting from the next year you will need to get a regular Russian Visa to visit Kaliningrad. That was the most popular option before.

Kaliningrad Guide Blog will continue to follow the story and inform you af any changes to come.

At least we are waiting for the information about new special visa-free passes for football fans for FIFA Footbal World Cup 2018 and Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia.

Feel free to ask your questions for the details! See you in Kaliningrad.

72-hour Russian Visa for visiting Kaliningrad will be cancelled in 2017. More information at kaliningradGuide.com

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Kaliningrad Weather: what to expect

We have a local joke here:

If you don’t like weather in Kaliningrad, just wait for half an hour and it will change.

This is partly true, the climate here is very “unstable” and the weather can change several times during the day. But let’s take a look at the weather statistics, so you could get a general impression what you can expect during your trip to Kaliningrad. The following table is from Wikipedia and based on very old data. But you can find both Celsius and Fahrenheit. You can see that Summer is not very hot, Winter – not cold, and Spring and Autumn temperatures can be very unpredictable.

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And the next graphs are based on the actual data: average for last 7 years.

Day and Night Temperature in Kaliningrad (°C):
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Sunny and rainy days per month:

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By month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

This should give you a general impression on Kaliningrad Weather during the year.

For a short term weather forecast I can recommend two options that I use on daily basis.

Book a boat cabin in Kaliningrad center

This post will be about one of the newest and coolest hotel in Kaliningrad. It began functioning last year on board of the research vessel in the Museum of the World Ocean. It’s hard to find it on Booking.com because of the strange name they have chosen: Gostevie kayuti Vityaz witch is actually mean “Vityaz Guest Cabins” in Russian. Vityaz is the name of that legendary vessel that became part of this unique museum. Continue reading “Book a boat cabin in Kaliningrad center”

How to get a Taxi in Kaliningrad, Russia

One of the basic things – TAXI. But what about English language? I’ve found a nice option for travelers. Taxi Maxim offers you an English web interface as well as reasonable prices for a ride in Kaliningrad taxi and the all region. You can see the final price during the ordering process. So you are safe from greedy taxi drivers that can ask for triple fare from the naive tourists at the railway, the bus stations or the airport. And you can pre-order a cab in the Settings menu as well.

Order the Taxi in Kaliningrad

It’s not a classic Taxi company, more like Uber style with private car owners. But I’ve heard about one guy that owns up to 50 cars with hired drivers. My family is using this service for a year and a half and don’t have any complaints so far.

I’ve just had called them and had a conversation with the call-center. They said that not all operators know English, but you still can give it a try and call them in the old fashioned way: +7 4012 999-666.

One more thing: Taxi Maxim offers apps for iPhone, Windows and Android.

Russian Taxi Application

p.s. Found one more Kaliningrad taxi company with English option on their website, but they use only Cyrillic alphabet in the address field. Not 100% English-friendly.

Kaliningrad Taxi English Language