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Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad

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For a chance to walk through the desert, swim in the sea, and cycle through the forest in a single day, head to Curonian Spit, a World Heritage Site. Formed thousands of years ago, this 98 km (60 mi) long sandspit separates a narrow lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Shared by Russia and Lithuania, the curving stretch of sand varies in width from a minimum of 400 m (1,300 ft) to almost 4 km (2.5 mi). Home to some of the most rapidly moving dunes in Europe, the spit combines sand ridges with wetlands, meadows, and tree groves. To explore the entire spit quickly and comfortably, drive the single paved road from Zelenogradsk in the south to Smiltyne in the north. To visit Curonian Spit on your trip to Kaliningrad, use our Kaliningrad family vacation planner.
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  • Like a previous contributor, I walked from Zelenogradsk but you don't have to. Bus number 596 (Svetlogorsk to Mopckoe) runs from the main bus and train station. Its 20 roubles flat but I don't know th...  more »
  • We traveled from Klaipeda, Lithuania to Kaliningrad via the spit and visited a number of sites along the way. Very beautiful. Be sure to stop in at the bird migration center.  more »
  • We travelled the entire lenght of the spit coming down from Lithuania. Spent the night in the small village of Morskoye, and got to feel the village life. Cool landscapes here, with sanddunes, beaches...  more »

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The capital of Kaliningrad Oblast (the Russian Baltic enclave between Poland and Lithuania), the city of Kaliningrad boasts a long history, famous architectural sights, and a well-developed tourist infrastructure. The city offers a good selection of both economy and luxury boutique hotels, many of which are conveniently located in the vicinity of all the major attractions. If you prefer more peaceful surroundings, check out several options in tranquil areas outside the center. Budget travelers can choose between several hostels. Fully furnished apartments are plentiful in the city, and they range from relatively basic to lavishly decorated ones.
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