Baltic grass scythe how to get from kaliningrad

There are a lot of sights on the spit, and it is unlikely that you can cover everything in 1 day, so before the trip I recommend to download to your phone Curonian Spit app for grass. As you move along the highway, the guide’s voice will turn on and tell you about the history of each place. We first drove to the end of the grass spit and moved from the end point in order.

Driving along the highway on the side of the road be careful, foxes and wild boars often appear from there, they are fed by tourists and come out of the thicket in search of something to eat

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Of all the available trails I recommend to visit a must:

dancing forest. We had very mixed reviews on the site, some people were thrilled, while others found the forest something ordinary and not worth visiting. But no one was indifferent, in addition to the forest there are a bunch of pluses coniferous air, ecological trails and stunning nature.

Drunken or dancing forest is called because of the crooked trunks of the trees, which are the fault of the sand dunes on which they grow. Trees were planted here specifically to protect the sand dunes from destruction, for planting was chosen pine, as it turned out to be quite unpretentious and can grow even in the sandy soil.

The most interesting thing is that you should not walk in the dancing forest, it will lead to trampling of moss and death of plants, you can walk only on special wooden planking and ecological paths.

The height of Eph. This is the most impressive route on the spit if you have never seen sand dunes before. In essence, the dune is a huge wandering sandbox that is constantly moving down the slope. It does not matter in the desert, but not on the Curonian Spit.

In the past, dunes were not source of admiration, but a nuisance to the locals because they filled their homes with sand. Because of this, people had to constantly move and move houses from place to place. Then they thought about how to stop this natural phenomenon and for 100 years began to plant vegetation on the dunes, which by their roots held them in one place.

Just as in the Dancing Forest, you can’t walk on the dunes, you can watch them from high wooden platforms. You can clearly see the special fortifications. Under the layers of sand of the once rutted dune of Efa are buried 14 maritime settlements!

The Swan Lake is the most difficult route for those, who goes by public transport, because the lake is located behind the bus stop in the village Morskoye on the border with Lithuania. The route firstly goes along the wooden planking along pine wood, then the path breaks and you have to walk by the sand, it is rather difficult to walk by it, legs get tired quickly. But the reward is a splendid view of the Curonian Spit and the lake on the background of the gulf.

There in the distance begins the Lithuanian part of the spit for grass

Swan Lake is named in honor of its feathered inhabitants, we did not go down to it, because we would not have enough time to see the other attractions. But from the observation deck you can clearly see cormorants sitting on tree branches and swans swimming in the pond.

Below is the famous Swan Lake

Ornithological station “Fringilla” bird ringing route. Not only is the biggest dune in Europe on the Curonian Spit, but it is also a pathway for migratory birds. In order to study the migration of birds, special traps were built here, where they are caught and given a number to track the route of movement and control the numbers. In order to see with your own eyes the work of ornithologists, you have to buy an excursion, it costs 200 By the way, the swans in Baltiysk, which we saw were also ringed.

Snow-white beaches of the Curonian Spit. Perhaps, the best attraction of the spit for grass is its beaches. To get to the beach as from Bounty commercials, you have to walk to the side where it is washed by the Baltic Sea. You can see a wide shoreline, no tourists, fine sand and endless blue sea. Here you can gather a scattering of untreated amber, the seashore is literally studded with these sunny pebbles, you don’t even have to search for them. And the snow-white sand is soft as flour, amusingly creaks underfoot, exactly the same feature I met at Karon beach in Thailand

Baltic Spit for grass (Baltiyskaya Spit)

Less well-known than the famous Curonian Spit for grass in the Kalina region The Baltic Spit for grass is a relatively narrow strip of land separating the Kalina and Gdańsk bays of the Baltic Sea.

Its total length of 65 kilometers, of which 30 belong to Poland (there it is called the Vistula Grass Spit). The Russian part of the spit for grass is wider, in some places the strip of land reaches several kilometers in width. The northern part of the Russian part is separated from the mainland by the navigable strait near the town of Baltiysk.

The nature of the Baltic grass spit

The entire area of the Baltic Spit for grass is covered with forest and sand. Among the trees are dominated by pines, birches are found, as well as alder, oak, ash. The sands form dunes, not as high as on the Curonian Spit, not higher than 40 meters, but also very picturesque.

Fauna is diverse. roe deer, wild boars, a lot of foxes and hedgehogs, raccoon dogs can be found there, seals sometimes come up to the western shore. Both sides of the spit are natural sandy beaches. Swimming season here is typically Baltic, usually from late July to late August 20s.

Attractions of the Baltic Spit for grass

Spartan nature of recreation on the Baltic Spit, with an almost complete absence of the usual city services, however, does not scare away many tourists, mostly from big cities of Russia. Pristine wildlife is the main attraction of this place.

Invigorating sea air with the scent of pine, fantastic scenery with dunes, an endless stretch of beaches with clean sand, where you can find the sun stone amber, all this attracts fans of healthy lifestyles and lovers of quiet solitude, exciting hiking and biking among the picturesque Baltic nature.

History lovers also often visit the Baltic Spit. From the times of World War II there are many German military facilities, which after the war were used by the Soviet army for several decades, and now are empty and decaying.

These are aircraft hangars (German airfield Neutif was located here, the base of hydroplanes), the ruins of the Western Fort, built in the XIX century, numerous bunkers and other fortifications and engineering structures, scattered around the area of the spit for grass.

Baltic Spit for grass the most western territory of the Russian Federation. At the coordinates 19 38′ Zeleny Mole is the western tip of Russia.

Infrastructure on the Baltic Spit

It would be more correct to say that there is no tourist infrastructure in the Russian part of the Baltic Spit for grass. In two small villages located on the spit, Rybachiy and Kosa, you can rent rooms in the private sector.

Tourists are usually accommodated in tents, in the village Rybachiy, at a small tourist center, there is a rental of tourist equipment. Here you can also rent a bicycle.

Medical care, as well as pharmacies are absent, for these benefits of civilization, as well as for food, tourists and locals have to regularly travel by ferry to Baltiysk.

How to get to the Baltic Spit for grass

First you have to get to Kaliningrad, by plane or train. From there, take a bus or a train to Baltiysk, it takes about an hour and a half. In Baltiysk, the grass spit is already well visible, but you have to get to it by ferry or private carrier’s boat.


Baltic Grass Spit (the Germans call it the Frische Nerung) is a narrow strip of land separating the Kalina bay and the Baltic Sea and simultaneously connecting the Kalina region and Poland. The place is so protected that most Kalina residents have never been there. What to say about representatives of other regions of our country.

IN THE COWS OF BALTIC COSOWERS KRAIN Baltiysk and the Spit of the same name are separated by a narrow canal, though it is rather problematic to cross it swimming How do you think I will get there?? I asked Lena if you want to live, you can swim across. she answered. This is how wide it is. Therefore, to avoid unnecessary risk, every two hours a ferry runs to the spit. The round-trip ticket costs 70, the car is 450. By the way, on weekends when the weather is nice there is an impressive queue of cars, so you can stand for hours. If you are late for the ferry, you can use the service of inflatable boat with a Yamaha motor. How much this service costs, I don’t know. But it is pretty extreme to ride it on a wave, and it is even more extreme to step down into the tubby boat from the high embankment. I saw some brave men go down so well that it took them a long time to fetch the heavy mother of the family out of the canal. Luckily it was fished out, luckily alive. Just a goldfish tangled in her hair The ferry is packed to the brim.

This woman almost missed the ferry. The captain said she’s always late.

The ferry ride takes about 10 minutes. While sailing, you can enjoy the views of Baltiysk and the grassy spit, see in the distance a monumental statue of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna by sculptor Frangulyan, watch the ships that scurry along the channel like sharks in a cramped aquarium.

a grass scythe welcomes us with a week old poster congratulating Baltiysk on the day of the city. The recent presence of the military immediately makes itself felt all paved roads on the Frisch-Nerung are concrete. The natives in some areas, for example, on the runway of a German airfield. speeding up to 200 kilometers per hour! And another thing: they like to drive on the spit without documents, without first-aid kit, without a vehicle inspection card, and in general without license plates. And they don’t light their headlights at night. And the thing is that there is no traffic police on the Spit, there is no policeman who could scold negligent drivers. corrected me later by one of the natives. there is a policeman. Formally. Because physically it is in Baltiysk. And he won’t get to the ferry if anything happens. In general. and he has complete freedom of movement! Just a few years ago, the basis of the fleet of cars were Zhiguli and Moskvitchis, but now foreign cars have won a decisive victory in this lost corner of Kalina region. Baltic Kosovars. Let’s call them so now they prefer to drive old shark-mounted BMWs and Audi.

Old LADAs dry like fishing boats.

The sights of the Baltic Grass Spit begin literally at its base, right on the shore of the sea canal. On the northwest tip of the Frische Nerung are the ruins of an old fortress. The Germans built Fort Western in the middle of the XIX century. Its most curious elements are the long tunnels-wings going into the sea. They survived almost intact until the 1980s (after the war the fortress was used as ancillary facility by one of the frontier troops), but then, when people abandoned the casemates. The waves and wind ripped the red-brick wings.

German masonry perfectly preserved to this day.

The fort is certainly impressive, but the main attractions of the Baltic Grass Spit are on the other, eastern, side of it Until the end of the 30s there were only about a dozen fishing huts. Victor, a resident of the Grass Spit, tells us. And everyone. In 1937 the Germans started building a military airfield in Pillau, but it sank. It started to flood. Decided to build on the spit. In a year and a half an airfield appeared there, and the appropriate infrastructure was built: huge hangars, barracks, staff buildings, outbuildings, officers’ casino, and a harbor was equipped for seaplanes A narrow gauge railroad was built across the spit, which ran to the present-day border. Now all that was left was a clearing in the forest and an embankment. Much of the German infrastructure was used by the Soviets, who settled here after the war. But in 1995 the era of the military domination of the Frisch-Nerung ended, and the magnificent buildings began to fall into decay. Today, many of them look half-destroyed, but they are still impressive. They grow out of the dense buckthorn bushes, like crusader castles in the Holy Land. These places begged for great concerts or open-air discos.

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The towers of hangars remind castles of crusaders.

Belgorodians served on the spit in the early 90s.

But for now it’s quiet. Sometimes here come romantically inclined girls real creative natures. They set up a small camp in the hangar shade, take out their guitars and start singing nostalgic songs:. O my pain, O Frisch-Nerung

And they stare longingly at a mysterious island a few kilometers away from the shore. They say there are ruins of an ogre’s castle on it. His name was Hugo, he lived here the century before last, and he liked not to eat fish for breakfast, but fishermen. And the fishermen went for a delicatessen.

A view of the harbor. The legendary Be-4 amphibian planes landed here.

There is, however, another opinion. That it’s supposedly a man-made, earth-covered island. The Germans erected it in the late 1930s and set up a lighthouse to help planes entering the harbor. And after the war, high-ranking officers of the Baltic Fleet liked to rest on the island. On the island there are several sailors and a dog on duty all the time.

Every year the number of tourists on the Baltic Spit is growing. At Kosovars became popular practice to rent rooms for the summer. You can rent them much cheaper than in Svetlogorsk or Zelenogradsk. There are several recreation centers which are not interested in refined service, but in simplicity and low prices. On the average it is possible to have a rest for 300 per day (the tourist base “Baltic Grass Spit”). From a German barracks the AtlantNIRO institute constructed a country center (base “Oceanolog”). Students do their internships here, and scientists rest here. And if you have extra money, you can buy real estate on the spit. It’s not very expensive yet, but the price of the land is growing every month.

It’s obvious that the Baltic Grass Spit has a big tourist future. In February, representatives of the Federal Forestry Agency (it owns about 80 percent of the grasslands of the spit) came here to do an analysis of the coming tree felling for the construction of a new road to replace the German narrow gauge. There will be a road from Baltiysk stretched bridge. the grass scythe will become publicly available as a result. So take a moment to visit Fritsche-Nerung, while it is a true protected area.


The length of the Vistula Grass Spit (called the Baltiyskaya Spit in Russia) is 65 kilometers, of which 35 kilometers belong to. the rest. Poland.

The width of the Baltic Spit for grass in the narrowest place. 300 meters, at the widest. 9 kilometers. The height of the dunes. 40 meters. The width of the beaches on the spit is an average of 40 meters.

The population of the Spit for Grass is 1,4 thousand people.

In the spring of 1945, columns of defeated German soldiers on the ice of the bay from the Balga peninsula stretched across the Heiligenbeil in Poland.н. The Battle of Heiligenbeil. Eyewitnesses of those events write that the ice was red with blood.

The westernmost point of the Russian Federation is on the Baltic Spit.

Camping and recreation facilities on the Baltic Spit

Travelling around our country is so unusual and unpredictable, that any experience in this field is priceless. Finding information on the Internet about accommodations on the Baltic Spit was not so easy. It is understandable that not so long ago there was a frontier zone, and the locals did not care about tourists. Stories of cab drivers about the recent curfew after 9 p.m., about sailors painting curbs every night, about the wealth of imported goods during their complete absence in Russia, about the return of ships from a campaign, when the captain’s cap leaves in one cab, and he himself in another, what is more here, truth or fiction? The satisfaction that the days of the strict access control are over and you can breathe easy, or the nostalgia for the old order? What you can’t help but notice in these stories is uncertainty about the future. Now the military units are withdrawn from their deployments, the local residents, who were previously engaged in providing and maintaining the functioning of the military mega-machine, are dispersed. Buildings left by the military, but not given to other owners, are empty and crumbling. We have seen the luxurious Palace of Pioneers on the Spit, which was functioning just a few months ago. Now it is a completely ruined building, hardly fit for restoration, it is impossible to believe that until recently it had a parquet, batteries, windows. What will happen here tomorrow?? What the future holds for these places? Will this land become a tourist paradise or “Triumphs” with “Iskander” our answer to the ABM program will habitually take their places among the singing sands of the Baltic.

anyhow, to itself have invited: the base of rest “the Baltic Spit for grass”, a camping (we shall name it “camping one”, t.к. the name it does not have) and another campsite (let’s call it Camping Two, because it is not called Camping Two), and a campsite (it is called Camping Two because it is called Camping Two).к. it has no name either).

From a site of the recreation center “Baltic Spit for Grass” Tatiana Chernysheva shysha1911@ accurately answered the letters. Judging by the site, the base was cramped (in the picture, cabin to cabin), so I started looking for another place. The base, as it turned out later (we found it on purpose, being on Kos to see what it is), is located not on the sea and not on the bay, but rather on a bay fenced off from the bay, where a nest of hydroplanes used to be arranged. The concreted shores. Piles of garbage. The vicinity of some ruined airplane hangars, then some vague structures of the village. I did not like the place. The base was indeed quite densely populated with rowdy teenagers, apparently evicted for their bad temper by their parents for the summer. Or maybe just celebrating graduation.

Nadezhda Spiridonova also neatly wrote from the “camping times” site. To my considerable surprise, my January letter was answered that applications for summer rentals are only accepted from March (?!), so I went to look for another place. However, in March, I was remembered and sent a letter with the living conditions. Which, turned out to be a little more expensive than what was offered on the site. All this irritated me somehow, and with “camping once” did not work out maybe, and in vain.

From the site of “camping two” immediately replied Konstantin Bobkov kosa39@yandex.Ru, who offered different accommodation options, including a caravan parked in his yard. The world mind gave out several reviews about Konstantin from groups, which he engaged in booking on Kos, which I considered a positive fact.

In general, the lack of names, similar design and almost indistinguishable URLs of camping sites confused me. At first I have considered, that I have left from other side on the same camping, considering Nadezhda from the previous paragraph simply the intermediary. That’s not it at all, I was mistaken, they are different places.

Konstantin put a condition of 30%-50% advance payment (in March for June!) by a card-to-card transfer with an unbelievable policy: “In case of cancellation of the planned trip we leave for your personal use 30%?50% of the total amount for the lodging on account of lost income. By the way, the vast majority of hotels have a similar financial strategy.

Financial strategy motorhome without wheels, stationed in the vegetable garden between a bed of carrots and raspberry bushes, I was struck at the heart. However, with the overall inexpensiveness of the project and with the planned nights of accommodation, for which ) was not so much different from 30% (1,800), I decided to relax.

However, there were more surprises. Upon arrival, having already received full payment for the upcoming stay, the host asked for a passport as a deposit (!), lest we steal anything from his apartment, awkwardly arguing the need for “border zone registration”. I didn’t like this at all, t.к. The man I see for the first time, I do not know, can be trusted with the most expensive, to get out of the Kalina in the event of loss of the passport (and what if he, for example, just lost it? I don’t know what!) is a real hassle! If I had known about this turn, I would have looked for another place to stay. I don’t know if they required a passport deposit, say, in the “camping times”. It wasn’t all so gloomy, though. Upon arrival, Constantine gave us a cool huge book about Kos for self-education, fed us delicious fried flounder. A pity we could not find a local who we could buy fish (and other products) on Kos, it is somehow not customary. Officers’ Wives Don’t Trade! Our questions “Won’t you sell us some strawberries from the garden??”The fact that the hosts could be suspected of being peddlers made us perplexed, if not offended. Not a single grandmother with uncomplicated merchandise in front of the store like in any other locality in the country! Fresh fish, homemade eggs or milk, berries or herbs from the garden are all left in dreams, to eat only what you buy in the store, there are a few on Kos, but the range, of course, does not shine. Although, the potatoes were in them.

The story with the passport ended beautifully. During our stay Konstantin softened (apparently, we were not disorderly, as the bulk of its guests), returned the passport in the morning of the day when we had to leave, allowed us just to close the house and put the key under the rug himself at the time the owner went on duty in Baltiysk. He even invited us to visit him at his workplace in Baltiysk, in the local Emergency Ministry, and we were going to, but it did not work out.

Baltiysk spit for grass: the quiet-quiet west

This July we visited the westernmost point of our immense motherland. on the Baltic Spit, in Kalina area.

Almost everybody knows about the Curonian Spit, which is also located in the Kalina region. a unique nature reserve, and people have not heard anything about its more western sister. The reason is that Baltiysk, which is in close proximity to the spit, was until very recently a restricted town. the main base of the Baltic Fleet was located there, and on the very spit there was a border village Rybachy and the border with Poland.

In the early 2000s there were projects to create a nature reserve and recreation areas on the Kos, but none of them has been implemented. On the one hand, it is quite sad, because the masses have lost the opportunity to rest comfortably in a wonderful natural area. On the other hand. it can not but rejoice, and for the same reason. Now especially tired of the urban bustle, excessive social contacts, and just the noise and rumble of industrial monsters, not too lazy to search the information on the Internet, can comfortably relax there in almost complete silence and solitude, renting housing from local residents. We stayed at Konstantin’s, for example.

On the Spit we were not the first time, but the first time in the “high season”, t.е. when it’s warm. Therefore, all residential sites were occupied, but our neighbors we saw once or twice a day in passing, and on the beach from the nearest holidaymakers is quite possible to settle in 100 meters to the left and right.

If you want a complete break from civilization. you can go wild with tents, and go when the heat is on the decline, usually in August on the beach you are already in the proud solitude, and the ringing crystal air, scent of pines and white sand underfoot. just for you. However, for lovers of water procedures in open waters, I can not but remind that the Baltic Sea is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s quite for the gritty Nords and no less rugged Scandinavian women! On the warmest days the water temperature rarely rises above 18 degrees, at least at this temperature I made up for the whole vacation in swimming, and nature has not made me another such gift. You can, of course, swim in the bay on the other side of the spit for grass, overlooking the hydro harbor, but the water there is not as piercingly clear. A striking contrast to the cold sea. the hot sun, it bakes openly and strongly, so that problems with tanning wishing should not arise, if only there was no wind. The wind from the Baltic is not a warm vanilla breeze of the Mediterranean.

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It is necessary to pass a little by the surf line from the settlement, and in your sole possession of 16 kilometers of a sandy beach.

From Baltiysk you can cross the 800-meter canal separating the spit from the mainland by ferryboat for 70 (back for free) or by motorboat with a breeze for only 50.

There are a couple of stores and even a cafe on the spit.

Functional buildings everywhere are juxtaposed with ruins.

At the very beginning of the grass spit, on the side of the canal, are the ruins of Fort Pillau West, dating back to 1869. There is nothing particularly interesting about them, except for the gorgeous brick vaults, which are still preserved in some places quite well.

The only option to join the television is to put a dish.

From the side of the bay, a small cove is separated by a half-destroyed dam, which was made so that an airplane could land on the calm water. All together is called a hydro harbor, which used to be actively used.

Between the abandoned aircraft hangars and the Luftwaffe airfield there is a campground.

And in general, there are not many hard-wall buildings on the spit. Some two-storeyed houses, from 1939 to 1976.

Hardly a couple of hundred people winter on the spit (not counting the military at the bases a little deeper towards Poland).

Very cool funny birds.

There is beauty on the spit on any scale, when you get to the high point there are marvelous views to the horizon, and under your feet is almost untouched flora. Hips with huge berries.

If you come to Baltiysk or on the spit on the eve of Navy Day, you can watch the rehearsals and the Baltic Fleet parade itself. This is spectacular and quite interesting.

A dozen ships of the Baltic Fleet, including the flagship “Persistent”, are lined up in a line along the canal. Watching the life of sailors is very interesting.

Here, for example, is a chain being painted on the main ship.

There’s a contrast that goes over your head. It’s like a Topol-M passing by the Bolshoi Theater. A stunted greenhouse and military might.

For the residents of the Spit for Grass, Navy Day is almost the main attraction of the year.

Even the cats are a little worried by the hum of the constantly running diesels on the ships.

On the spit someone keeps a few cows that just walk everywhere by themselves. In the evenings they go out to the beach to admire the sunset, and during the daytime they hunt whatever they can.

If you get tired of being alone, you can always take a ferry or a private boat across the strait separating the Spit and the city of Baltiysk. During World War II, it was less bombed than Kaliningrad, so it is better preserved in the historical part. There are several museums in the city, but we have never visited one, to our shame. There are stores, a market, restaurants and cafes, for the especially spiritually enlightened there is a place to pray, for example in the Cathedral of St. George the Victorious.

Next to the pier there is a strange place.

Toys cynically crucified on trees.

Rusty nails leave dark brown streaks on their decomposing plush bodies.

The unknown pervert has not spared even the teletubbies.


At the time of our visit the city was being hastily prepared for the Navy Day visit.

Embankment in Baltiysk.

The Soviet legacy is slowly coming to fruition.

Baltiysk city beach on weekends looks like Gelendzhik with its concentration of bodies. Thank God, they do not swim to the spit.

Monument to Elizaveta Petrovna and wave protection on the quay.

Baltiysk is a very nice city with lots of nice details, like, for example, lions outside the entrance of an ordinary seven-storey panel building.

Before 1945 these territories were a part of East Prussia, there was a hydro-aviation base Neutif and it is situated there now, but its condition is very bad.

After the war there was a national airbase, but after the military left, it fell into disrepair, being looted by the weather, enterprising natives and cows who don’t mind spending hot sunny hours in half-destroyed hangars.

The structures are impressive.

A little further back in the grass spit is a number of abandoned military facilities. This is, for example, sunken entrance to underground ammo storage facility.

But the storage, which is behind this door is also filled up with bricks from inside. I could not find any other entrances, and they say on the net that it is still intact.

Nearby is another buried creepy object.

You can almost fearlessly climb all the hangars to look down on your surroundings.

In some places the roofs are already caved in, but the buildings have a huge margin of safety.

There is almost nothing interesting inside the hangars.

Locals use the buildings for building materials.

There’s a children’s shoe dump on the airfield from somewhere.

A little farther away are the school textbooks. Strange.

Even deeper on the spit, behind the active S-300 military base there is a pile of abandoned. Here, for example, is the armory.

Unexpectedly a shell from the times of the Great Patriotic War.

There’s another one nearby.

And here is something that I can not identify more accurately than a landmine. Lies peacefully in the sand.

To summarize, I can say that this is certainly a place for a certain type of people, but no one this natural phenomenon will not leave indifferent.

Baltic Spit for grass, car life and accounting of the whole trip

The final compilation post about spending the night on the shore of the Baltic Spit for grass, about life in the car, the expenses incurred, and the route of our ten-day road trip to Kaliningrad.

The total mileage was 4 256 km. The budget of the trip per person. 26 000. That’s taking into account the fact that half of the time we spent abroad.

The route was very simple and banal.

Kalina area is bigger, if you want to know. We came from the north and we took a ferry to the Curonian Spit for 46 Litas. Entrance to the Spit cost another 30 litas. All in all about 1200. After crossing the border, we paid another 300 to enter the Russian reserve.

We returned home via Vilnius and Minsk.

After Curonian Spit, we went to Baltiysk, where two years ago I shot a report about the destroyer “Restless”. The largest base of the Russian Navy on the Baltic Sea is located in the city. This time we did not see any serious ships in the bay. as we found out later, they were all at training exercises. We were informed about it by thunderous claps coming from the Baltic Sea.

Baltiysk. the westernmost city in Russia. The city center was unexpectedly very clean and comfortable. But again not many of such beautiful streets remained.

Every two hours a ferry runs to the Baltic Spit for grass. We were charged 1,010 for the car and passengers.

The city territory includes a part of the Baltic Spit for grass, where there is life too. a few streets with two-storied houses, which people repair as much as they can. That is why the houses look like the old toothpaste commercials. we will put some Blendamed paste on one half of the egg, and leave the other half untouched.

Next to the south breakwater there’s a military tower, rusted and blown away by all the winds. In order to avoid gawkers climbing on it and spitting from heights, clever people have cut down stairs. From the tower you can get a good view of the Baltic Sea and the ruins of the Western Fort, of which only a moat and part of the outer walls are preserved.

Majestic buildings are gradually overgrown with grass and destroyed by the sea.

Here we have reached the westernmost point of Russia.

Ships came into the strait time and again. If I’m not mistaken, this is the new anti-subversive boat of the Grachonok project.

And this is the Aleksin, the small anti-submarine ship of project 1331M. Plane number 218.

Our Orlando, breakwaters and equestrian monument to Empress Elizaveta Petrovna. There’s a little one on the right.

Also many tourists go to the Spit for a walk on the territory of the former German airbase Neutif. There are still the frameworks of three huge concrete hangars for airplanes and a two-kilometer runway. Nothing much to photograph there, so we drove along the runway and went as far as possible to the border with Poland, until we reached the forbidding signs. There we left the car and went to the Baltic seashore, where we made camp. Back in Lithuania, before entering the Kalina area, we bought three bundles of firewood, so we had no problem with fuel. Only got sawdust all over the trunk where I slept )

It was a great night. I even had time to bathe.

The guys spent the night in a tent, and I had not yet had time to get this useful device.

So I slept in the car. The folded middle and back rows of seats form a flat floor, which was long enough for my 178cm tall. If the wind was blowing on the bank of the grass spit, it was quiet in the woods. A platoon of mosquitoes that had been trying to get to me all night through a half-open window took advantage of this. Probably because of the mosquitoes, I didn’t get much sleep, so I didn’t look good in the morning. And the cognac we drank the day before had nothing to do with it at all.)

We spent three nights in the countryside. This allowed us to have a great time and save money on hotels. But I had to move all stuff from the trunk to the front seats all the time.

For the entire trip we used 334 liters of diesel and spent 12050.

In the Kalina I went to my first-ever blogger meeting. It was nice and unexpected. Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks for the tips on what to see in the area. So, for example, on the advice of colleagues, we went to another beautiful place. the Zelenograd wind farm, one of the most powerful wind farms in the country.

The installed electrical capacity of the station is 5.1 MW.

We camped overnight not far from the windmills on a high bank right among the trees. It was Friday and many of Kalina’s residents went on picnics. So it was not easy to find a free and quiet place.

It’s amazing that a city dweller going out in nature, instead of enjoying the noise of the surf and rest from the sounds of the metropolis, turns on the pop in the style of tuts-tuts, and so to overheat the music from the neighboring company. Comparing to spending holidays alone on the Baltic Spit (mosquitoes do not count), here we spent the night in a discotheque.

This place isn’t a protected area, so it’s not badly fucked up. But when mountains of garbage could frighten our brother?

Somewhere out there, 300 kilometers away, the shores of Sweden begin.

We made coffee on the leftover log, had a snack and hit the road. We could hear the morning chorus of drunks falsely chanting, “All for you, dawns and mists! For you, seas and oceans!For you. the flower meadows! For you, just for you!

But in any case, these are great places and worth a visit! Perhaps you should bring earplugs.

A few words about crossing borders. In total, we had four crossings: Russia. Estonia. Border crossing Ivangorod. Narva, 35 minutes.Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania. There are no borders, of course. There are old checkpoints, abandoned somewhere, somewhere turned into stores.Lithuania. Russia. Nida. Morskoye border crossing on the Curonian Spit, 30 minutes.Russia-Lithuania. Chernyshevskoye. Kibartai border crossing, 45 minutes.Lithuania-Belarus. Border crossing Lavoriškės. Osinovka, 35 minutes.Belarus. Russia. Passed without stops.

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Car insurance to EU countries cost 1670 for 15 days.

In a passenger car, it was quite easy to cross the state border. Another thing was the trucks, which stood in both directions for 2-3 days.

In Minsk, we stayed in a rented apartment. Clean, spacious and for only 50. The window offered the usual non-European landscape of new buildings.

A simple and ingenious solution to write the house numbers 4×3 meters. Why we don’t have it?

We had almost no time for Minsk, so we limited ourselves to a short walk along Independence Avenue and Lenin Street.

Minsk is a very clean and comfortable city. Makes a very positive impression. It’s a pity the subway is littered with ads, it hurts to watch. Also in all the main streets there are rough tiles, on which it is extremely uncomfortable to ride a scooter. But it’s just a nit-picky thing.)

In Belarus, two more things struck me: gasoline in the country is cheaper than in Russia, and absolutely all the fields are planted with different types of vegetables and grains. not a single empty plot of land.

I liked Minsk, it was a pity it was an express acquaintance.

This was the end of our June road trip. Then we had a long ferry to Moscow, and a traffic jam on the Moscow Ring Road.

On June 20. We had a morning start from Moscow. In the evening we were shooting Scarlet Sails in St.Petersburg. Overnight at the hotel.June 21. A day in the city, a walk in the factory, and a wedding. June 22. Shooting in Kronstadt, driving to Tallinn. Overnight in a hotel. On the 23rd of June. Walks in Tallinn and went to Riga. Overnight stay at a hotel. June 24. Walking in Riga and drive to Klaipeda, where ferry goes to the Curonian Spit. Overnight in Juodkranta on the Lithuanian part of the spit for grass. Overnight at the hotel on June 25. Shooting on the spit, crossing to Russia, watching the Heights of Eph and the Dancing Forest. Overnight in tents and by car. June 26. Transfer to Baltiysk and overnight in tents on Baltic Spit.June 27. Boat trip along the white dunes and excursion along the closed part of the Curonian Spit for grass. Meeting with bloggers and drive to Kulikovo to the wind farm. Overnight in tents.June 28. Driving to Lithuania and visiting Pravdinsk, Zheleznodorozhny and Chernyakhovsk. Crossing the border and drive to Vilnius. Overnight at the hotel.June 29. Walk around Vilnius and drive to Minsk. Overnight in a rented apartment.June 30. A quick sightseeing in Minsk and drive to Moscow.

From Moscow to the Moscow Ring Road, we covered 4,256 kilometers. Average fuel consumption was 8 liters per 100 km.

Expenses in rubles:12,050. diesel36,292. meals on the trip16,998. accommodation10,296. other expenses (axe, ferries, passes to reserves, washing, insurance, etc.д.)1 931. alcohol

Total 77,567 for all or 25,856 per person for 10 days. Not expensive in my opinion.)

Review: Baltic Grass Spit (Russia, Kalina region). A place where time stands still. A must-see.

I think this was the most interesting and unforgettable experience of our trip to Kaliningrad. Initially, we planned to go only to the Curonian Spit, but on the recommendations of local residents, we allocated 1 day to visit the Baltic Spit for grass. In the end we did not regret it at all, the day brought the most vivid impressions for me, the child, and the husband.

Baltic Spit for grass is the westernmost point of our country. Until 1945, like the city itself, the grass spit belonged to Germany and was home to an air base, which later became a Soviet base. After the war and up to the mid-90s the Spit for grass was a closed military object. At the moment it is open to the public, but it is still a “wild place”, mostly tourists rest there with tents.

In Kalina area we traveled by rented car. To visit the Baltic spit for grass, we went to the town of Baltiysk, by the way, it’s interesting to walk there, too. You can get to the spit itself for grass by ferry or by private boat, you can take the ferry with a car, but in my opinion, if you go there just for a walk, not for a hike with overnight stay, the car is not needed there.The ferry leaves every 2 hours, there is a boat that can take me anytime for 100 per person. If you pay extra, they’ll take you for a ride around the bay, look at the ships of the Baltic Fleet from the water.We left the car in Baltiysk and went across the bay on a private boat.On the spit itself we rented bikes, near the pier. The are quite democratic, for 4 hours of riding we paid 600 for 3 bikes.

On our bikes we took the road along Kalina bay, the road is good and the views are great. It feels like the time is frozen here and we are on an uninhabited island. If you don’t count the pier, we met only 2-3 people during our trip.At the beginning we came across an abandoned aircraft hangar, which still had German inscriptions:

On the shore of the bay are abandoned boats, ruined concrete fence for ships to enter the bay. In the water at the bottom you can see the rusty remains of sunken ships.

After driving about 2 km along the bay we found the abandoned barges, which my husband and child thoroughly examined from all sides:

Then we drove about 2-3 km by the abandoned airfield along the bay. On the shore we found a great place for a snack.

Originally, the plan was to bike to the Polish border, but after Rybnaya village we ran into the active military unit, so we had to turn around.

Back from the other side of the spit for grass, along the Baltic Sea. We regretted very much that we did not take bathing suit and towel to swim. The beaches there are marvelous. clean, wide, uninhabited.

Already approaching the pier, in the village passing by a functioning school

On the spit is more convenient to travel by bicycle. You have to walk a lot, and you can’t see much by car.2. Take water and food with you, the store is only by the pier.3. Take a towel and swimwear, the beaches there are delightful.

For us a visit to this place made the most vivid impression of all trips to the Kalina region. In general, the region is very nice, and if you’re lucky with the weather, you can swim in the sea. We will definitely go back there for our next trips.

Review: Baltic Spit for grass (Russia, Kalina region). A powerful place to reload

In Kalina area is popular, famous Curonian Spit for grass, it is located on the Lithuanian side. And on the Polish side there’s a second spit for grass. Baltica. It is a narrow strip of land, 65 kilometers long, which is the westernmost point of Russia.

Absolutely wild and unique place, a few kilometers of deserted beaches and dunes. Almost no infrastructure. for housing are many times lower than in other cities on the coast. For example, 2-bed house (luxury). 1600, 3 meals a day. 500. Rent an apartment for 1000-1500 per day. There are two-day tours with a guide, which will be several times more interesting than going alone. This excursion with accommodation and meals. There are also one-day excursions from Kalina or Svetlogorsk. “Baltiysk Baltiysk Spit for grass”, 1300.

Many go away by car with tents deep into a spit for grass, to be in full solitude. Detachment from civilization, wild nature, the sea helps to zero in very well, to overload and fill up. A good place for those who want to immerse themselves. You come back to the city as from another planet.

To get to the Baltic Spit is possible only in good weather by ferry or boat. The port is located near the lighthouse in Baltiysk.

The ferry crossing costs 70, a private two-seater boat 100 per person. Car ferry 600-900, depending on the model. For 10 minutes on the ferry, you can have a lot of fun, despite the fact that the ferry is overcrowded. The panoramas of Baltiysk are beautiful.

It is good to come here in summer, very cool to walk and relax on the beach, be sure to capture the sunset.

The ferry “Vistula” itself, capacious, a lot of people and cars at a time.

The first place that all tourists must visit is a small private museum “Stary Lyunet”. The museum is located in what remains of the German fortification of the 19th century. Entrance is free, the atmosphere is cordial, every visitor is welcome here. Offer to relax, have tea with cakes. You can see that the owners are loving and inspired by the uniqueness and history of the Baltic Grass Spit.

The main attraction of the Baltic Spit for grass is the ruins of the Western Fort. A popular location for making movies. Many, for some reason, like to climb the ruins and take pictures. Beautiful views of the sea and the beach.

And this is a view of the beach, photographed from the fort. Photo made in the heat of 30, was a lot of tourists. You can go further, where there is not a single soul. This inexpressible condition. the unity with nature, nobody and nothing around.

I liked the southern breakwater more, it is very long, it looks like it goes into the horizon.

Swans and the sea. it’s beautiful. At the end of the breakwater there is a lighthouse, the westernmost lighthouse in Russia.

After a long walk around the breakwater, you can relax for a few hours and catch some zen on the beach. Detachment from the city is very conducive to this. The atmosphere of absolute serenity, I think, can be felt even in photos.

On the spit there are very few institutions, small stores, and the locals sell delicious smoked fish.

Most importantly, in a storm you can get stuck on the spit. I can’t imagine what kind of views in winter, in summer it is very cool. I recommend to fans of adventures, wild nature, uninhabited places and historical ruins.

Response: Baltic Spit for grass (Russia, Kalina region). A fascinating journey through time by the sea

The city of Baltiysk until 1946 Pillau.The only place from where you can get to the Baltic Spit for grass.By Car 50 km.1 hour and 20 minutes by bus. 150.By train 1 hour 10 minutes. 90.

You cannot imagine what the views are like in winter and what it is like in summer. In summer it is very nice.

To see almost untouched by civilization nature of the Baltic spit for grass and historical sites, one of which is the Citadel of Pillau, built in the XVII century and to our time is quite well preserved, if you look from above Fort is a pentagon with sides of 80 meters, where in each corner is a bastion.

At present there is a branch of the Baltic fleet museum in the castle.

Locals believe the main attraction of Baltiysk is the lighthouse, which is located directly on the city waterfront, because it is this 30-meter building you see in photos and souvenir postcards.

You can get to the Baltic Spit from Baltiysk by ferry, which runs regularly from early morning until late at night, but you should take into account that you might have to stand in a long line.

We decided to overpay a bit and go to the spit with a breeze on a motor boat.

I would recommend renting bicycles for a trip to the Baltic Spit. Three bikes in two and a half hours 1.200.

Not far from the pier, living up to its time, the old German base “Noitif”.Noitif base was built in 1932.

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Later on an airfield for the Luftwaffe was built here, which survived to this day as well as most of the old German buildings.

If you like abandoned buildings and this sweet charm of decaying antiquity, you should definitely like it here.

Baltic Spit only recently opened to the public, so the infrastructure here leaves much to be desired, however, maybe it’s for the best, so you can enjoy the solitude of the sea and the sun.

Here you’ll find a gorgeous 35 kilometers of wild beach, and along the shoreline (30-40 meters wide) you’ll find the softest sand under your feet.

Boundless dunes, music forest and complete absence of people. This is a nice place for camping.

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