The easiest way to get to Russia now is the land border from Latvia or Poland. Kaliningrad is the easiest place to do this, because it borders Poland and Lithuania. But all starts with applying for a visa. In 2012, the Russian Federation agreed to issue American tourists a multiple-entry tourist visa for 3 years, the like of which, as far as I know, does not exist anywhere else. In fact, this is one of the five best answers to the question: why Russia? At the time of publication, it still costs $160. You will need an invitation to prepare for a visa, but this is not a problem.
Kaliningrad is located in the center of Europe and does not have a land border with Russia. However, it is very easy and inexpensive to fly from Kaliningrad to other parts of Russia. Additionally, due to its unique location, you can travel from Kaliningrad and reach the borders of Lithuania and Poland in just half an hour! Moreover, the Kaliningrad region has a vast coastline on the Baltic Sea, making it one of the few resort areas in Russia. It takes only 30 minutes to drive from the city to the sea. Kaliningrad is a very convenient destination for traveling around Russia and Europe.
I am a retired German and Spanish teacher from the USA, born in 1958, and now living in Kaliningrad, Russia. When the time came for me to retire, I considered where I wanted to spend the rest of my life. After an extensive search of possible options, I chose this place and want to share my wonderful experience and help other people from the USA do the same.
from the center of Europe for US residents
Location of Kaliningrad is Absolutely unique!
Easy to get visa for easy living