Field Trip 1: Kaliningrad, The Amber Museum

Dates: 02-03.09.2017



  • Flight from Moscow to Kaliningrad
  • Sightseeing tour around Kaliningrad
  • Check-in the hotel** (not lower than 3 star)
  • Lunch
  • Field trip to the Amber Museum
  • Free time


  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Tour to the Museum of the World Ocean
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Flight from Kaliningrad to Moscow

Fee: Approx. 24 000 RUR

Includes: Flight Moscow-Kaliningrad-Moscow, one night lodging based on single or double occupancy, field guide transportation, meals (one breakfast and two lunches), field reference, tickets to the museums included into the program

Limit: 15 people***

* Final Program and Fee will be available at the website after 20.01.2017.
** The Organizer reserves the right to choose the hotel.
*** In the absence of the group, the Organizer reserves the right to cancel the field trip.



Kaliningrad was a spoil of World War II, allocated from Germany to the Soviet Union at the Potsdam Conference that divided Europe between the allied powers in 1945.

Known as Konigsberg prior to Soviet occupation, the city was founded in 1255 by the Teutonic Knights during the Northern Crusades, and was named "Königsberg" in honor of King Ottokar II of Bohemia near the mouth of the Pregolya River. The philosopher Immanuel Kant was born in Konigsberg in 1724. The capital of German East Prussia, Konigsberg was the home to a grand Prussian Royal Castle, destroyed along with much of the city in World War II.

It was renamed Kaliningrad on July 4, 1946 in honor of Bolshevik Mikhail Kalinin. In 2005 Kaliningrad celebrated its 750 years of existence.

Kaliningrad has many museums. A few examples are the Immanuel Kant Museum on the Kneiphof island, the Regional Museum of History and Arts, which has parts of Königsberg Castle's Prussia Museum of local archaeological findings, and the Kaliningrad Amber Museum, which is situated in the Dohna Tower near the Rossgarten Gate. The Museum of the World's Oceans is located on the former research vessel Wityaz on the shore of the Pregel river. The museum displays the newest technologies on sea research and also shows the diversity of the flora and fauna of the world's oceans. An anchored Foxtrot-class submarine next to the museum, the B-413, hosts an exhibit about the Russian submarine fleet.

Today Kaliningrad is a modern port city, the center of the Kaliningrad region, which is a free economic zone. One of the priority directions of development of the Kaliningrad region is tourism.


The Museum is situated in the center of Kaliningrad on the picturesque Verkhnee Lake coast in one of the most interesting buildings – fortress tower of the middle of 19th century, which is named after the Prussian field marshal general F. K. Dohna (1784–1859), who participated in the liberation war against Napoleon France.

Thematically, the Amber Museum consists of two sections: one is devoted to science – natural history and geology and the other – to history and culture.

Amber is fossilized resin of ancient conifers that grew more than 40 million years ago on the territory of modern south of the Scandinavian Peninsula and adjoining part of the Baltic Sea bed. 

AmberIn the scientific part of the exposition amber samples of different weight, colour, clarity are presented. In exposition are the biggest “sunstone” in Russia weighing 4.28 kilograms. The considerable part of the collection includes amber specimens with inclusions of animals and plant remains that were stuck in liquid viscous resin about millions years ago. Today the collection of Kaliningrad amber museum is the main Russian national fund of Baltic amber inclusions.
The section of culture and history presents amber adornments and household items from the Neolithic age (4000 – 2000 BC.) till nowadays. In museum there are artefacts found on Kaliningrad region territory while digging the monument of II-V centuries of AD that was the time of intensive trade contacts toward Rome Empire. There are a lot of raw amber in that time settlements. That amber was intended for sale, same time in the burial together with expensive adornments one or two amber beads could be find.

Today Museum is one of the most interesting cultural places of the city. Its collection consists of more than 16 000 units of storage. Every year Museum is visited by 200 000 guests, 1 200 excursions are given, about more than 30 exhibitions are organized.