I didn't see that many restaurants around. Maybe because it was morning or bad weather. Anyway, lots of people have their meals in the sanatorium or other accomodation. Along the promenade there are hot dogs, ice creams and other snacks available.
I chose to travel both ways by train because it's more confortable than the bus. I saw the bus but it didn't appeal to me at all. If you plan a day trip you may as well buy a return ticket in Kaliningrad. Or else if you buy your ticket in Zelenogradsk you need to tell them which station in Kaliningrad you want to travel to like Yushni (South which...more
The shop is on Leninsky, and stocks a variety of local crafts as souvenirs. The obligatory matruska dolls, some plaques and other local mementos.
But of course, amber is the thing. Some 85-90% of the world's amber production is mined in the Kaliningrad region. Amber jewellery is amazingly cheap, even compared to the prices you find in Southern Lithuania (which again are far better than the prices you'll find in Vilnius, by the way).
What to buy: Amber, amber and amber. But most things are very cheap by Wes-European standards.
What to pay: Depending on the size and weight of the jewellery. But USD 20 can get you very far. Even a single USD can actually get you a little something.
The Russians and previously the Soviets like erecting monuments for almost everything. Here is one for the 60 years anniversary of the Kaliningrad oblast (region) 1946-2006.
The map on the photo is totally useless. It only shows the grid of the street but not even all of them are named. You see where the sea and the railway station is but otherwise no info at all on sights or where they are located. Unfortunately, I didn't look at it before buying it. Try to get a tourist map (turicheskaya karta).more
When planning to swim, always check the number of the warning. Also there are not only swimming sections along the beach.On the first photo, the sign to the right tells you that this is a swimming place. The sign on the left top tells you about the point danger system and the bottom one not to swimm near the wooden sticks in the water.On the second...more