Curonian Spit in Kaliningrad

The Curonian Spit is a national park and sandy peninsula that separates the freshwater Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. In fact, it is a sandy coa

Curonian Spit in Kaliningrad

Curonian Spit in Kaliningrad
Curonian Spit in Kaliningrad 


The Curonian Spit is a national park and sandy peninsula that separates the freshwater Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. In fact, it is a sandy coast with a width of 400 m to almost 4 km, stretching for 98 km from Zelenogradsk in the Kaliningrad region to Klaipeda in Lithuania. The territory of the spit belongs to both countries. K√∂nigsberg Cathedral in Kaliningrad

For over 200 years, the Curonian Spit has been one of the favorite vacation spots for tourists. They are attracted by the long clean sandy beaches on the Baltic Sea coast and the unique nature of the area. In a small area, mobile and fixed sand dunes, pine and spruce forests, birch forests, moss and lichen-covered meadows coexist. For One day you can swim in the fresh waters of the Curonian Lagoon and the salty waters of the Baltic Sea. On the Russian part of the spit, there are the villages of Rybachiy, Morskoye and Lesnoy (belong to the territory of Zelenogradsk district), whose population is almost 1.5 thousand people. The Curonian Spit National Park itself was formed in 1987 and is one of the oldest and smallest national parks in Russia. However, it receives hundreds of thousands of guests every year.

How to get to the Curonian Spit

Wherever one has to go to the Curonian Spit, the path will run through Kaliningrad, which is located 35 km from its beginning and 80 km from the border of the Russian part of this national park. You can get from the city to the resort through Zelenogradsk or go directly to the first village of the Curonian Spit - Lesnoy (43 km from the regional center). From Kaliningrad to Zelenogradsk, trains run regularly from the North and South stations (departure every half hour or hour, on the way - a little over 40 minutes). Then you can take a taxi to one of the villages of the Curonian Spit or any of its attractions.

In order to save money, you can use a regular bus from Zelenogradsk to the very border with Lithuania, which is located in the middle of the Curonian Spit. Distance - 50 km, on the road - 1 hour.

In addition, direct buses leave from Kaliningrad to the Curonian Spit - to the villages of Lesnoy, Rybachy and Morskoye. All of them travel through Zelenogradsk and cross the border to complete the route already on Lithuanian territory - in Klaipeda. Another option is to go through Svetlogorsk. The first stop on the spit is only 44 km away. In order not to depend on public transport, you can rent a car. According to traveler's reviews, this is the most convenient way to see all the attractions.

Transport

The Curonian Spit is a 50 km straight road from Zelenogradsk to the border with Lithuania. The most convenient way to navigate it is on a personal or rented car. 

 Along the route there are several equipped parking lots, outside of which it is absolutely impossible to leave transport - a fine of 2000 RUB. Brandenburg Gate in Kaliningrad

If such distances are within reach, you can rent a bike in Zelenogradsk. It will cost RUB 500 per day, but don't wait for a serene ride. The bicycle path on the Russian part of the Curonian Spit has not yet been equipped, it is only in the Lithuanian half. Therefore, you will have to drive along the highway along with the traffic flow. Prices on the page are for February 2021. 

There is no official taxi service on the peninsula. If you need a car with a driver, you can agree on this at the railway station in Zelenogradsk. Depending on the details of the trip, the number of stops and the waiting time, the price can reach 5000 RUB. Transfer services are also offered by the guest houses. At the same time, you can always take a bus running from Zelenogradsk through the spit. True, this transport does not always adhere to the schedule, but the total costs will not exceed 500 RUB. If the Curonian Lagoon is calm, it is worth going on a boat trip. It departs twice a day from the pier of the museum complex. The price of 7200 RUB can be divided into 10 people. 

Hotels of the Curonian Spit

You can choose accommodation in one of the villages of the Curonian Spit - Lesnoy, Rybachy or Morskoy - from guest houses, tourist centers, mini-hotels, offers from the private sector and camping. A room in a mid-level hotel with breakfast can be rented for 1700 RUB per day. Accommodation near the beach is slightly more expensive - about RUB 2,500 in the warm season. The tourist base will cost about 700 RUB. The most popular tourist center on the peninsula "Dune" on the 15th km of the spit has houses of various sizes in the forest with access to the bay. If you choose a village for living according to the population level, then you should be guided by the rule - the closer to the beginning of the spit, the more people. The most distant village of Morskoye is deserted beaches and fewer traces of civilization. In the closest to Zelenogradsk Lesnoy is noisy, but closest to the sea. Surprisingly, the climate also differs - in Rybachye it is damp, and in Lesnoye, due to dry pine thickets, there are much fewer flying insects.



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