Attractions in and around the town include the pentagonal Pillau Citadel, currently holding a naval museum; the ruins of the 13th-century Lochstadt Castle; a maze of 19th-century naval fortifications; the Naval Cathedral of St. George (1866); the 32-metre Expressionist observation tower (1932); the Gothic Revival building of the Baltic Fleet Museum (1903); and an elegant lighthouse.
From here you can visit Svetlogorsk, an elegant and attractive coastal
resort and spa or continue on to the high dunes on the Curonian Spit,
a spit of land some 100km long between the River Nemunas and Kaliningrad.
This belongs partly to Russia and partly to Lithuania and separates
the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Here we will see the second
highest bank of sand dunes in Europe. In 2000, this area was added
to the UNESCO list of sites of outstanding natural interest. Nearby
there are also amber mines.
As the cost of a visa cost over $200, a cruise ship organized tour is often the best option.
The official currency of Russia is the ruble, which is divided into one hundred kopeks. It is illegal to pay in foreign currency. ATM's are many.
Most upscale establishments will accept credit cards.
Russian is the official language, English only is spoken in upscale places and by the younger educated.
Email and Internet access are offered cheaply in a number of Internet cafés.
Emergency numbers Police 02; Ambulance 03; Fire 01
Most shops open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm or later.
Public holidays are: Jan 1; Jan 6/7 (Orthodox Christmas); March 8 (Women's Day); May 1 and 2; May 9 (Victory Day); June 12; Nov 7. Russians also celebrate the unofficial Old New Year on 13/14 January - according to the Julian calendar.
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