Photos Kaliningrad
Photos Kaliningrad

Photos - Kaliningrad

The final destination of our 2007 Baltic holiday was the Russian enclave Kaliningrad; know as Koningsberg before World War II. Koningsberg was once the proud capital of East Prussia and supposedly one of Europe’s most beautiful cities; during the war it was totally destroyed. Comtourist stayed three days in this strange city and we shot many interesting photos.

The German inhabitants of Koningsberg were forced to leave the city and it was repopulated by Russians. Nowadays it is still of great importance for Russia at is their only ice free port in the Baltic and is home of the Baltic fleet. We hired a guide and driver for a day who showed us the city and took us to the closed city Baltiysk. Highlights of Kaliningrad are the many Soviet monuments, B-413 Tango class museum submarine, Bunker of German General Otto Lasch and the omni present Soviet architecture like the House of Soviets. Tourist will need a Russian Visa and have to accept that they are not in Europe, we were stopped many times by road police and had to bribe our way out of the country to avoid a day waiting at the Polish border. This Russian enclave within the borders of the EU is well worth a visit however, flying in may be a better solution then go by car however.

Kaliningrad - Russian Lithuanian border

Border between Russian and Lithuania on the Curonian Split

Kaliningrad - Russian Lithuanian border

Welcome to Russia on the Russian part of the Curonian Split

Kaliningrad - Kaliningrad city sign

Kaliningrad city sign seen on the way from The Curonian Split

Kaliningrad - Leninsky prospect bridge

Leninsky Prospect bridge with the Dom Soviets in the background

Kaliningrad - Leninsky prospect bridge

The Koningsberg Cathedral seen from the Leninsky Prospect bridge

Kaliningrad - House of Soviets

The House of Soviets a highlight of communist architecture

Kaliningrad - Hotel Kaliningrad

Hotel Kaliningrad a classic Soviet tourist hotel in Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad - Hotel Kaliningrad

The reception of Hotel Kaliningrad decorated with wood and marble

Kaliningrad - Hotel Kaliningrad

Classic Soviet furniture in a room of the Hotel Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad - House of arts

The House of Arts in classic Soviet architectural style

Kaliningrad - Lower pond

The former Schlossteich (Castle Pond) is now called the Lower Pond

Kaliningrad - Lower pond

Soviet era residential buildings on the Kaliningrad lower pond

Kaliningrad - Lower pond

Old Koningsberg remains at the end of the former Castle Pond

Kaliningrad - Soviet architecture

1950s residential buildings in typical Soviet style in Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad - Soviet architecture

Residential buildings from the Soviet era in Kaliningrad

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