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The Curonian Spit is one of the places I would like to visit. As an EU citizen, the obvious approach is to focus on the Lithuanian side.

Nevertheless, I wonder if it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the Russian side of the spit in particular and to Kaliningrad in general. Is it worth incurring the additional hassle, such as e.g. obtaining a Russian visa? If yes, how much time would you allow? Is it something that could be done on a day trip from Lithuania or is it better to spend a couple of days in the Kaliningrad oblast?

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[Russia expert mode on] When will you travel?[Russia expert mode off] –  VMAtm Dec 4 '11 at 1:31
    
Not yet decided: travel.stackexchange.com/q/3826/766 –  user766 Dec 4 '11 at 15:23
    
In 1994, I met two American foreign exchange students who were living in Kaliningrad, but who were taking a day trip to Gdansk (where I was also visiting). Like you, I'm really interested in visiting the oblast - but they were telling me that its an industrial pit, with all of the interesting stuff having been blown up in WWII (Amber Room, anyone?). I also remember it was a fairly expensive visa at the time... –  Affable Geek Dec 8 '11 at 17:52
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@Affable Geek Amber Room was in Pavlovsk, near Saint-Petersburg, and never were in Kaliningrad. In 2003 it had been reconstructed –  VMAtm Dec 9 '11 at 5:57
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I think, the Curonian split is the same from both sides, Lithuanian and Russian side. So, if you are interested in only Split - you should not bother about visit the Kaliningrad. But:

As I've already said here, my mother is from Kaliningrad, and I've been there near half of my life, especially during summer holidays. I love this town, and my opinion is what you should visit it near for week. And what's why:

  1. The symbol of the town is the Königsberg_Cathedral:
    In 1982: enter image description here Nowadays:
    Cathedral enter image description here It is reconstructed now (and some work is still being made, but economic crisis brought some problems for this process), it's works as catolic and orthodox church, and has two museums inside - the Kant's museum and Cathedral history museum.
    Also there is the Kant's Tomb: enter image description here

  2. The fishers's district - this a small place near the Cathedral where you can get funny photoes, try some sea food and so on:
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    Door to nothere
    Romantic bench
    Pirate with monkey
    Modern sculpture
    Money bird

  3. the Amber museum. Very beatiful, amazing work inside.
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  4. City near Kaliningrad - Svetlogorsk. Small beautyfull city with many great places to walk and huge amount for the buying something made in amber.
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  5. If you are sea-interested person, or you are traveling with kids, you could be interested in visiting the Zoo enter image description here and Sea museum
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  6. A lot of ships are available for visiting, such as
    Vityaz:
    Vityaz
    Submarine B-413:
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    Cosmic ship:
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  7. Marine base in Baltiisk: enter image description here
  8. Reconstructered King's Gate (museum inside):
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  9. Restaurants inside old forts all over the town (on photo - Wrangel's cafe): enter image description here enter image description here
  10. Fort Friedrich Wilhelm III - memorial of the Second World War - for the extreme trip. If you can, find locals to get inside the memorial. It is awesome! enter image description here enter image description here
  11. And a lot lot more. You can even made a trip to the Gdansk - the buses are regular, 6 hours - and you are on place.

Some reports with more photoes (in Russian):

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