Out and About Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad
While relaxing on the beach by the beautiful Baltic Sea never gets old. There are all sorts of attractions and fun things to explore in Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad.
The one-plus mile stretch from the Grand Palace Hotel to the Yunost Children’s Sports Center is known as the Svetlogorsk Embankment. It is a fine example of Old Prussian architecture and the view of the sun setting on the Baltic Sea is a must have “photo moment” for many tourists.
The mosaic sundial clock commissioned to artist Nikolay Frolov, is a favorite of tourists and also a prominent art landmark of the sea embankment of Svetlogorsk. It too, offers a place to reflect and view the magnificence of the Baltic Sea.
Tikhoye Lake and Park
Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Svetlogorsk is the serene and calming Tikhoye Lake and nature park. It’s the perfect place to gather your thoughts, feed the ducks, and breathe in the moist air of the mixed forest. Plan a romantic picnic, enjoy the natural beauty, or simply get your steps in. Children will enjoy the family playground.
The Water Tower
One of the most prominent symbols of Svetlogorsk is the Water Power Tower. Constructed in 1907, the building was architecturally designed in German national romanticism style as exemplified in the tower and balneary. It originally supplied water to the city that was then known as Rauschen. The building is closed to tourists but is a prominent focal point of the city.
Over 500 tiny fairy clay houses make up the medieval layout of the city of Königsberg in the 16th Century, which today is the city of Kaliningrad. Founded in 1255 on the site of the ancient Old Prussian settlement the city was named in honor of King Ottokar II of Bohemia.
A sculpture of a nude mermaid in an intricate and colorful mosaic shell located on Morskaya Street, in Svetlogorsk is another highlight of the area and photo moment for tourists. The sculpture was created by Herman Brachert in 1938 and the mosaic shell enclosure was added in the 1980s.
Maritime Exhibition Center
Located on Lenina Street and directly on the coast of the Baltic Sea, the Maritime Exhibition Center and Museum of the World Ocean features a multi-cultural exposition “People of the Sea”, which introduces the life and culture of the peoples of Southeast Asia, and the Maritime Art Gallery, a space for interchangeable creative projects. Yantar Hall is a theatre that features concerts.
Monument to E.T.A. Hoffman
Created by Sculptor Sergey Usachev is the “Duality of the Inner World” Monument commemorating the German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror who was born in Kaliningrad. His works include:
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The Sandman, The Golden Pot, Mademoiselle de Scuderi, and The Automata> He was also an accomplished painter and composer.
Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov
The church of the Holy Monk Seraphim of Sarov (Kirch Rauschen) in Svetlogorsk, is now a Russian orthodox church but was originally a Lutheran Church during the 1920s. The ornate Neo-Gothic and Art Noveau-style church features an unusual carved wooden altar. Saint Seraphim is considered the greatest of the 19th-century elders who taught that the purpose of the Christian life was to acquire the Holy Spirit.