The Sights of Kaliningrad and Svetlogorsk
Tour code: KLD K004,
Duration: 8:00 hours from port of Kaliningrad.
Tour code: KLD B004,
Duration: 9:00 hours from port of Baltijsk.
During the first half of this tour you will see the best of the Kaliningrad region capital, the city which is more than 750 years old, the city with two names – Koenigsberg and Kaliningrad, the city where fusion and interpenetrating of Germanic and Slavic cultures took place. Every passing epoch left monuments and memorials of history and culture and the visage of the city was changing during those years.
Kutuzov Street, former Amalienau district, the Queen Louise Church, the monument to Fellow Spacemen, the Zoo are on your way. You will also see the monuments to Peter the Great and Schiller. The administrative center of the city – Victory square – will attract you by the building of the City Hall and the golden cupolas of the newly built Russian Orthodox St. Christ Cathedral. In the middle of the square there is Victory column erected in 2006. After the drive along one of the central city streets – Leninsky Prospect – you will see the place where the Koenigsberg Castle was founded by the Teutonic Order nights in 1255. The tour includes visual inspection Medieval Cathedral, the symbol of the city and the bounding thread between its past, present and future. There will be also the chance to see the grave of German philosopher Immanuel Kant. Then you will be taken to the remains of the city fortification wall and it will be possible to see three surviving gates: Sackheim, Royal and Rosgarten ones and even to visit Dohna tower, because nowadays it houses the only in Russia Amber museum. After the visit to the museum you will have a limited time for souvenir shopping in the kiosks inside and outside it. Your lunch will be served in the restaurant..
After the lunch your tour will continue with the drive to Svetlogorsk. Founded in the XIII century as a fishing village in the XIX century it was transformed into a very popular European resort Rauschen where German elite was fond of having rest. Such people like Thomas Mann and Kate Kollwitz used to stay there. And famous German sculptor Hermann Brachert used to live in Rauschen and some of his works still beautify the town. During WWII the town was not bombed so it still can give you an impression of East Prussian architecture of the late XIX – early XX century. Now Svetlogorsk is a leading resort on the Baltic coast where the number of holiday makers during the season reaches more than 50 thousand people. Informally it is called “A pearl of the Russian Baltic”. The specific feature of the town is a scenic landscape and a variety of rare plants.
During the tour you will walk along Svetlogorsk and you will see the symbol of the town – the Water tower, the former Catholic Church “Mary, the Sea Star” where now the private organ hall works. The Herman Brachert sculptures “Nymph” and “The Girl with a Jug” are not to be missed. The memorial sign to the famous German writer and Noble Prize winner Thomas Mann is also on your way. The former Lutheran church where now Russian Orthodox Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov is placed is worth seeing as well. The coast in Svetlogork is not flat; there is a beautiful slope about 50 meters high. In order to come down to the sea it is possible to use either one of the convenient descents or a passenger lift or a cable railway. Walking along the promenade you will have the opportunity to enjoy the choice of amber souvenirs which are widely sold there. After some limited time for souvenirs on Svetlogorsk promenade the tour will finish and you will be driven back to the pier.
What’s included: Transfer, Licensed guide, Entrence fee, Lunch.
Location: City centre.
Availability: All year around.