Kaliningrad, Russia has been named the world's top emerging destination for 2020 as part of Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards.
Tripadvisor defines an "emerging destination" as a place which is being bookmarked by the site's users, and it uses this information to track tourism trends and and stay ahead of the curve.
Formerly the Prussian city and region of Königsberg, Kaliningrad is now a Russian exclave after being annexed in the Second World War.
As a city, it bares the marks of its history alongside its present, but for travelers that's all part of the appeal. Even better, in October 2019 Russia granted free e-visas to nationals of 53 foreign states, making the country easier for tourists to spend their holidays in.
Kaliningrad has all the dreamy components of a city break — riverside cafés, shops selling knick-knacks, and plenty of sites to photograph — but its complicated past, interesting museums, and natural beauty make for a curious place to discover, and it could also be an antidote to the European cities suffering from overtourism.
Here's what it's like to visit — and why you should book a trip.