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Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. For much of Europe, it is the closest venue. After the world cup, FC Baltika Kaliningrad will replace their Baltika stadium with the Kaliningrad Stadium. The capacity will reduce to 25,000 after the tournament as part of the roof will be retracted. FC Baltika Kaliningrad enjoyed a brief late 90s spell in the Premier League but currently reside in the National league or second tier of Russian football.
Once a part of the East Prussian empire, through immigration and development the area became largely German. The British heavily bombed it during WWII and at the end of the war it was annexed to the USSR. It was stripped of its former German name (Königsberg) and named after Mikhail Kalinin, a Russian communist leader. The area only opened to visitors about 20 years ago after being a highly militarised zone during the Soviet era.
Kaliningrad Hrabrovo airport is 16km from the city. A variety of Russian, Baltic, and European carriers fly there. Popular tourist sights include the reconstructed Königsberg cathedral, originally built in 1333. The old fortifications are present, including the 15 town gates. Tourists can also fish in the Baltic sea, trek in the forests, browse and buy the local amber jewelry, and enjoy the many cafés.
In June temperatures typically range from 11-21°C.
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