We will be touring the Baltic countries in June/July 2018. We will have a car and plan to start in Vilnius then work our way north along the coast, finishing in Tallinn.
I've become increasingly intrigued by Kaliningrad, the very historic city on the Baltic coast of that odd piece of Russia sandwiched in between Poland and Lithuania. I figure we are going to be in Klaipeda (on the coast of Lithuania) which is within a short distance of Kaliningrad, and am tempted to add a little side trip.
I know that visiting Russia requires getting a visa and is a bureaucratic hassle (relative to the easy, visa-free travel elsewhere in Europe) but I figure this city has such an interesting history, it may be worth the hoop-jumping.
Ever been to Kaliningrad? Any tips/suggestions for a quick (maybe 2 day) visit? We could either drive (if the car rental place was OK with that, and the extra paperwork isn't prohibitive - both of which I know could be major challenges), or we could leave our rented car on the Latvian side of the border for a couple days (in a secure location) and take a bus (train?) in and out...
Any input welcomed. Thanks!