Excursion to Labiau the city of beer and Ragnit, the city of cheese from Kaliningrad
Excursions & day trips

Excursion to Labiau the city of beer and Ragnit, the city of cheese from Kaliningrad

Free cancellation
Language: Russian
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 9 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit the historic building of the Albert Blankenstein brewery, founded in 1840
  • Learn about the history of the famous "Tilsit cheese"
  • Enjoy a cheese tasting and a tour of the cheese factory
  • Explore the majestic Castle of Ragnit
What to expect

The history of the lands you will travel through is inextricably linked with the history of beer brewing and cheese making. You will discover a fascinating, beautiful and also delicious route.

On your way to Polessk, you will stop in Guryevsk (formerly Neuhausen), a small and cozy town where the late XIII century Neuhausen castle has been preserved to this day. There you will also see the Church of Neuhausen, built in 1292. Along the way you will see another Church in Turgenevo (former gross Legitten), also built in the XIII century.

Arriving in Polessk, you will visit the historic building of the Albert Blankenstein brewery, which was founded in 1840. Here you will get acquainted with the tradition of brewing in East Prussia, the story of which began a long time ago with the arrival of the Teutonic knights on the territory of Prussia. Here beer was brewed at first exclusively in the castle Breweries, which provided "liquid bread" not only for the knights and their knechts, but also for the numerous castle servants employed in various jobs. Over time, professional brewers appeared among the German colonists. Breweries that appeared outside the castles and monasteries began to bring income to the Treasury of the newly formed cities. In the villages, only certain taverns had the privilege of brewing beer. The right to brew beer and then sell it in their homes, was a symbol of the high social status of the citizen.

The history of cheese making in East Prussia dates back to the same period. After the great plague of 1709 - 1710, Mennonite settlers from Holland brought their cheese making traditions to the territory of East Prussia and the Memel region. "Mennonite cheese" was sold in considerable quantities and was popular. Immigrants from Salzburg and Switzerland also contributed to the creation of the cheese making tradition in East Prussia. During the tour you will also learn about the history of the famous "Tilsit cheese".

The next stop on your route is the city of Neman, where you will find the "cheese factory of the Tilsit-Ragnit region" and the hospitable guest house-restaurant Deutsches Haus, a complex with more than 200 years of history. They make the same Tilsiter cheese here. You will enjoy a cheese tasting and a tour of the cheese factory, after which you can buy your favorite craft cheeses.

Finally you will explore the majestic Castle of Ragnit, accompanied by the commander of the castle. This castle was once one of the largest in East Prussia. Currently, the castle is in a ruined state, but it is being actively restored. Among the attractions in Neman you will see the "Building Community" Mennonite, a monument to Prussian Princess Ragnite.

An optional lunch at the restaurant Deutsches Haus is avilable for an additional fee of 300 RUB./person.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Transport and excursion services
    • Beer and cheese degustation
    What's not included
    • Lunch for an additional fee of 300 rubles (by pre-order the day before departure)
    Reduced price
    • Children (age 7-18)
    • Infants (age 0-6)
    • Pensioners
    Where

    Ulitsa Oktyabr'skaya, 8, Kaliningrad, Kaliningradskaya oblast', Russia, 236006

    Meeting point:
    Please find the information about the number of your travel bus on the window of the tour operator's office located at Oktyabrskaya 8, the entrance to the office is on the side of the building facing the river. Your guide will then wait for you in the bus.
    What to remember
    • In accordance with Resolution No. 383 of 06/30/21 of the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region, only persons vaccinated against COVID-19 or those with PCR tests received no earlier than 72 hours before the start of the excursion are allowed to attend group excursions (except for children under 18).
      When buying an excursion and boarding the bus, you must have your supporting documents printed and ready to show to the tour leader. Persons with no documents mentioned above are not allowed on the bus. When boarding the bus, thermometry (temperature measurement) will be carried out. Tourists are not allowed without a mask.
    • You need to have a Russian passport to join this tour
    • You can find the number of your coach on the lists which are posted at the entrance to the agency at the meeting point
    • Several coaches depart at the same time: to make sure you don’t accidentally leave for another excursion, please carefully consult the lists and do not board the first bus you see
    • The coaches will be waiting on Oktyabrskaya street next to the office building
    • Boarding the coaches ends 5 minutes before departure
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Unona
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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