What to see in Svetlogorsk in 1 day
Svetlogorsk (formerly Rauschen) is a small green town in the Kaliningrad region. However, on the small area of the Baltic resort fit dozens of unusual sights. Let us tell you what are the interesting places that all tourists want to see. We have compiled a list of 20 attractions of Svetlogorsk, which can surprise you. You can see it all by yourself even in 1 day.
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1. lake Quiet
There used to be a Cat Creek flowing on the site of the lake. The pond was dug by the Teutonic Knights about 800 years ago. On its shore was the largest water mill of the Zemland Peninsula. The pond was named Mill Pond in its honor. Today, swans and ducks live in the lake. The pond is surrounded by recreation and entertainment areas. Every day (except Mondays) the gray-haired Lake Keeper Andreas appears at the observation deck at 2:30 p.m. He gives free guided tours for everyone.
On the shore of the lake you can see 3 centuries old linden trees. One of them has the status of “Monument of Wildlife”.
2. Muse Creativity Park.
At the end of 2019 in Svetlogorsk on the shore of Lake Quiet appeared park “Muse”. It has forest pedestrian paths more than 6 km long, an amphitheater for concerts and festivals, children’s and sports grounds, a place for exhibitions, beautiful sculptures, gazebos and swings. There is Wi-Fi, a rope park and a boat station nearby, and signposts help to navigate.
3. a model of medieval Koenigsberg
This open-air project has over 500 elements. It is based on a model of a castle and three medieval cities. Bridges, moats, private and public buildings, fortifications – the detail is amazing. The layout can be viewed for free. Nearby is a park dedicated to Hoffmann – the main storyteller of Svetlogorsk and the Kaliningrad region.
4. The sculpture “The duality of the inner world”.
German writer Ernst Hoffmann, author of fairy tales “The Golden Pot”, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”, “The Lord of the Fleas” and other fantastical works. Writer, composer, artist and… lawyer. Hoffmann is a vivid example of the contradictions and struggles of a dual inner world. He was a talented creator and a successful Prussian official. The sculpture is next to the layout of Koenigsberg. If you are looking for something to see in Svetlogorsk from unusual sights, you are here.
5. Sculpture “Tsarevna-frog”
This fabulous landmark appeared in Svetlogorsk in 2006. The princess-frog is sitting in the park near the railway station “Svetlogorsk-2”. The princess with a crown on her head is depicted at the moment of her transformation. She is no longer a frog, but has not yet managed to become a beautiful girl. According to the idea of the sculpture, the statue reflects the miraculous transformation in the soul of a person who has learned the beauty of pure love.
There are several legends connected with the sight of Svetlogorsk. If your heart is pure and kind, then your meeting with the Frog Tzarevna will turn out to be a great success. To make your wish come true, you must “kiss” the beauty: put your index finger first to your lips, then – to hers. Rub the sculpture’s back near your left shoulder blade – get unexpected money.
6. Hunter’s Lodge (Lenina, 31)
The building appeared in Rauschen in 1926. It is lined with wooden saws, and the former owner decorated the house with hunting trophies. Hence the unofficial name of the building, “The Hunting Lodge”. The mayor of Rauschen, Karl von Strenge, lived there on his own and rented rooms to holidaymakers at the same time. Now the building belongs to the Military sanatorium of Svetlogorsk. During the Soviet times films were shot there. Among them is “Little Red Riding Hood” with Evgeny Evstigneev. That’s why Svetlogorsk residents and guests often call the building “House of the Starshipman”.
The main attraction of Svetlogorsk is a long promenade along the Baltic Sea. You can go down to it by stairs or by cable car. At the beginning of XX century there was a funicular. Soviet authorities demolished the German building – in 1983 in its place was built a cable car. It is worth a ride for fun – you can admire the sea from the cabins. You can watch the sea in the cabins, and it’s the only ropeway in the Kaliningrad region.
Ticket price for the cable car in Svetlogorsk is 50 rubles (one way).
8. Undine” sculpture
Undines on the Baltic Sea were called mermaids. A meeting with them did not bode well, especially for men. But the maidens of the sea were so good that it was impossible to forget them. The sculpture of Undine on the Old Promenade of Svetlogorsk is one of the favorite tourist attractions. It was installed at the expense of the Grand Palace Hotel, the entrance to which is located directly behind the mermaid.
9. bas-relief “Nymph”.
On the Old Promenade of Svetlogorsk there is a beautiful sculpture of the Nymph. This is one of the symbols of the city. Its author – German sculptor Hermann Brachert. In 1933, the famous master and art teacher was forbidden to work in his native country because he openly criticized Hitler’s policies. He moved to Rauschen and became a free artist.
The prototype of the nymph was a 17-year-old girl, Kate Ziegan. The sculpture was badly damaged during the war. “Nymph” decided to restore many years later. The mosaic shell, which envelopes the girl on all sides, appeared at that time. Brachert did not sculpt her.
10. Kursaal of Svetlogorsk (Oktyabrskaya, 36)
In 1901 a spa house with three dormitories, public area and beautiful towers appeared in Rauschen. The building was given the status of the kursaal – the center of spa life of the town. It had fallen into decay during the Soviet times, but now it is being restored. The concert hall promises to recover the lost towers and restore the historical image. The building will be used for its intended purpose. Kurzal Rauschen, located next to the cafe “Vetorok” will again be the center of resort life and an important landmark of Svetlogorsk.
11. The sundial and the New Promenade
The main sculptor of Rauschen was Hermann Brachert, and the main sculptor of Soviet Svetlogorsk was Nikolai Frolov. It was he who created the Zodiac Sun Clock on the promenade. They appeared in Svetlogorsk in 1974. The clock shows the Moscow time, and on the dial there is a symbolic image of the zodiac signs. Try to determine the time and take pictures of the clock from the steps leading to the promenade.
Facing the sea, turn right. That’s how you get to the New Promenade of Svetlogorsk. There are no sights here yet. But there is a wide walking zone with bicycle paths and dozens of benches.
12. Amber Hall
The “Amber Hall” concert hall is a place for concerts and festivals. There is a movie theater inside, and on holidays there is a fair nearby. “Yantar Hall” began to be built in 2008 and abandoned. However, in 2014, for political reasons, Russia needed a concert hall for the “New Wave” contest. “Yantar Hall was completed in less than a year. True, the New Wave had already left Jurmala for Sochi by that time. But Svetlogorsk now hosts the KVN festival.
13. Park “Seasons”.
Spacious green park “Seasons” is one of the best places for walks in Svetlogorsk. There are dozens of paths in the larch and coniferous forest. There are also equipped viewing platforms, which offer a view of the promenade and the Baltic Sea.
The Sleeping Marie sculpture appeared in the park in 2019. It depicts the main character in Hoffmann’s fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The author was born and lived in Koenigsberg, so in the Kaliningrad region he is much loved.
14. The Rauschen Kirche (Mayakovskogo 14)
Until 1928 there was no Catholic church in Rauschen, so believers had to go to Königsberg for services. This was remedied by Pastor Stoff, who bought the land and built the church with his own money. During the Soviet era, the building was turned into a warehouse, then a gym. And in 1992 the Rauschen church was given to the Orthodox Church. Now it is the church of St. Seraphim of Sarov.
15. Monument to Ivan Pavlov (Gagarin Street)
The most controversial sculpture of Svetlogorsk. Nobody knows when it appeared and who its author is. Moreover, there is a legend that in fact, the sculpture depicts not the famous Russian academician, but his German colleague Robert Koch. The scientists bear a portrait resemblance. Koch has been to Rauschen, but Ivan Pavlov never has. Anyway, the plaque on the sculpture says that the monument depicts a Soviet and not a German scientist.
Nearby is the Old Doctor’s Hotel – the former Tannenkhov (“Spruce Yard”). It was built in 1912 as a vacation home for the medical staff of the Hospital of Mercy.
16. Larch Park
The entrance to the Larch Park is decorated with sculptures of sphinxes. Tourists often make wishes by putting their hand on the head of one of the creatures. However, legends say that the Sphinxes should not be disturbed. Therefore, it is better not to touch them, and just take a photo nearby.
In the larch park are installed benches swinging. Tourists and locals love to relax here.
17. Makarovs organ hall.
The Catholic Chapel with the beautiful name “Mary, Star of the Sea” was built in Rauschen in the 1930s on the money of the clergyman Stoff. During the Soviet years the building fell into disrepair. It was used as a warehouse and then abandoned. Then the site was bought by the company Makarov, owned by the famous Russian composer and pianist Andrei Makarov. The musician hired Lithuanian restorers and returned the chapel to its historical appearance. Then a German organ was brought into it. Today the Makarovs’ organ hall is an important landmark of Svetlogorsk and a functioning concert hall.
18. Building of the water and mud cure clinic with a water tower
The tower was responsible for the water supply of Rauschen. Water came from the Mill Pond (now Lake Quiet). The Water and Mud Baths is a place for therapeutic and recreational procedures: from massage to mud baths. Today it belongs to the Military sanatorium of Svetlogorsk. On the water tower there is an observation deck, from which you can see the central part of the city. However, now the entrance to it is closed.
19. pump-room with mineral water
Svetlogorsk is famous for its therapeutic mineral water. There is a small pump room with a tiled roof in the center of the city. It was opened in 2010. The pump room belongs to the Svetlogorsk military sanatorium. It used to be accessible to everyone, but now it is poured only by doctor’s appointment. If you want to try the local mineral water, go to the store for a bottle of “Tilsit”, “Amber Land” or “Zelenogradskaya”.
20. Central square in Svetlogorsk
At the intersection of Kurortnaya Street and Lenin Street is a small square with many small attractions. It is surrounded by modern houses, styled as the German architecture of Rauschen. In them there are shops and cafes. On the square you can see a lovers’ bench with a back in the shape of hearts. Then throw a coin into the decorative fountain. Admire an apple tree with amber apples. And also to see a model of Kneiphof Island (now Kant’s Island in Kaliningrad).
All the most interesting places of Svetlogorsk you can see on a walking tour. See the description: individual tour – here, group – here. The guides have something to surprise you! We wish you pleasant rest in Svetlogorsk!
17 Sights of Svetlogorsk worth visiting
Before 1947 the town of Svetlogorsk in Kaliningrad region was called Rauschen and was part of East Prussia. Thanks to its location on the Baltic Sea coast and excellent climate, since the early 19th century it retains the status of a resort town.
Numerous attractions of Svetlogorsk even today make it a popular tourist destination: they intricately intertwine medieval flavor, maritime themes and rich cultural significance.
Rauschen Water Tower
The Rauschen Water Tower.
The architectural monument was built in the city at the beginning of the 20th century as part of a water treatment facility. The striking design, good location, and popularity of the hospital, which was equipped with the latest technology at the time, made the water tower one of the central objects of the city and a true symbol of pre-war times.
Water was supplied to the hospital through a special reservoir directly from the sea, so low-mobile patient groups could swim in seawater without having to overcome a steep descent. The therapeutic complex also included mud and carbon dioxide baths, massage sessions, electro- and light therapy.
The water tower was 25 m high and its architecture followed the traditions of Romanticism. There was an observation platform under the roof with a beautiful view of the city and the sea, but now the tourists are not allowed to go there.
As well as a century ago, the tower retains the importance similar to the town hall or cathedral: there is a square in front of it, where people walk, make appointments, briskly sell souvenirs. The ivy-covered walls contribute to the peculiar coloring of the building. It is still part of the sanatorium and serves for recreational purposes.
Address: Water Tower of Rauschen, Oktyabrskaya street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Svetlogorsk promenade is an ideal place for a pleasant walk and admiring the expanse of the Baltic Sea. In 2012, the old promenade was destroyed by a violent storm. It was rebuilt, and now it is much more comfortable and interesting for tourists. Its length is 1 km. With the beach the promenade is connected by two staircases.
Everywhere you can find original sculptures and art objects, comfortable benches, canopies from the weather, souvenir shops and stalls selling pastries. Internet access points are also available. It’s not just locals and tourists that stroll along the promenade, but also birds: they’re used to people and always count on a treat. And you can feed not only pigeons and gulls, but also graceful swans, quite tame.
Address: Promenade 2, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia, 238560.
Exhibition-museum “The Wheel of History”.
Exhibition-Museum “The Wheel of History”.
At the exhibition, which serves as a local history museum of the city, you can get acquainted with different stages of Svetlogorsk history – from the period of East Prussia to the Soviet and modern times. “The Wheel of History” was launched in 2014 and quickly gained popularity among tourists and locals. The exhibition occupies several rooms and is considered small, but is regularly replenished: often the citizens themselves give the museum items from family collections. Therefore, the theme of the exposition focuses on the life and culture of the population.
You can find here interior items, photographs, musical instruments and household utensils. Each exhibit has a story to tell, and some of them can even be tried out. In the museum take place master classes and festivals. There is also an antique store with rare items.
Address: Wheel of History, museum exhibition, Gorky Street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Best tours in Svetlogorsk:
Hoffmann’s House (House of the Storyteller)
Hoffmann House (House of the Storyteller).
The elegant three-star hotel is called “House of the Fairy Tale-Maker”: a reference to the German writer Hoffmann, who spent a lot of time in Svetlogorsk (then still Raushene). Most people know him for his wonderful fairy tales, which created the atmosphere of mystery, fantasy or a real holiday. House-hotel is a building in the traditions of German architecture of the XVIII-XIX centuries. It is located in a pine forest less than half a kilometer from the sea.
In the decoration of the yard and the interior there are motives and characters of Hoffmann’s fairy tales. Inside you can learn more facts and details about the life of the writer from the information posted on the walls. The hotel has 15 rooms of different comfort classes, equipped parking and barbecue area. This cozy place is ideal for recreation in Svetlogorsk, especially for children.
Address: Home Storyteller Guest House, Hoffman Lane, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Height differences in Svetlogorsk are up to 40 meters, so the cableway is not just entertainment but an important infrastructure facility. Work in this direction began in 1908, when built the funicular on electric traction. In the 1960s, it was replaced by an elevator elevator, and in the next decade began to build a cable car. Now it is possible to go from the beach to the hills and the railway station.
The “ropeway” operates during the summer season. It is equipped with 20 double cabins, and the length of the path – 175 m. During a five minute ride up or down you can admire views of the city and take pictures.
Address: Cableway, Summer Street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Hermann Brachert House-Museum
House-museum of Hermann Brachert.
For 11 years German sculptor Hermann Brachert and his family lived in Svetlogorsk. In his former house a museum was equipped in the 1990s. The original pre-war environment has not been preserved, but the initiators have tried to reproduce the atmosphere of the past.
The collection has a total of about 700 items, mostly works by the sculptor and his wife. These are not only sculptures, but also bas-reliefs, mosaics and photo-art objects. Documents, photos and letters of the spouses are also preserved. Collections are placed not only in the house, but also in the adjacent garden, full of greenery and flowers. Temporary exhibitions, workshops for children, creative evenings and concerts are also held in the museum.
Address: House Museum Hermann Brachert, Tokareva street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Strange as it may seem, it was not only the sea that helped to form the resort importance of Raushen in the 19th century. There is a lake Quiet near the city – then it was called Mullentaich. According to legends, it was formed in the 13th century, when the Teutonic Knights dammed the stream and built a mill. It was on the coast of Mullentaich that visitors rested, staying in the lodgings of local fishermen. Gradually, tourist interest shifted to another part of town, but the lake retained its resort value.
Swimming in it is unlikely to work: too small depth of water, and the bottom needs cleaning. But the lake is great to ride a boat, catamaran or water bike. On the shores are equipped with sports fields, walking areas and entertainment facilities. There is also a rope park with routes of varying difficulty.
In addition to active recreation, come here and enjoy the beautiful nature and local flora and fauna. Here live herons, ducks and swans, which can be fed. And around the pond grow coniferous and deciduous species, magnolias, rhododendrons and ancient lindens, which, according to legend, can grant wishes.
Address: Tikhoe, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Makarovs Organ Hall
Makarovs Organ Hall.
The organ sounding today in this hall was made especially for it in Germany. The building came into being at the end of the 20th century on the site of an old chapel, although its exterior gives the opposite impression. The house was built “under half-timbered” – a traditional German type of urban construction. It is crowned by an elegant and slender clock tower. The ceiling height is 16 meters, and the hall itself has excellent acoustics.
Here one can listen to choral singing and compositions for other musical instruments. Concerts are not the only part of the program: there are also exhibitions and excursions, as well as lectures. The organ hall is located in a cozy pine park, where it is pleasant to take a walk and feed the local squirrels.
Address: Makarovs Organ Hall, Kurortnaya Street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Amber Hall Variety Theatre
Variety Theatre “Amber Hall”.
Of the things to see in Svetlogorsk, don’t miss the Amber Hall Variety Theater. It was built in 2015 and is not only a concert venue, but also an entertainment center with a cinema, a museum and food outlets. The modern structure includes several levels, and the concert hall can accommodate 2 thousand spectators.
Especially many of them flock to the festival “The Voice of KiViN”, held here annually. In addition, the Amber Hall houses a branch of the World Ocean Museum, whose collections are devoted to the coastal peoples. A large natural park “Seasons” is located on the territory adjacent to the theater, where it is pleasant to walk and ride bicycles and rollerblades.
Address: Yantar Hall Variety Theatre, Lenina street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Sea Exhibition Centre
Marine exhibition center.
The attraction has been working in the theater “Yantar Hall” since 2015. On an area of 3 thousand m 2 there is an exposition devoted to the culture of peoples living on the coasts of the seas. There are temporary art projects on the Sea Art Gallery site. A café, a relaxation area, a museum library and a souvenir shop are at visitors’ disposal.
For the guests of the Marine exhibition center, who visit it with children, there are special children’s groups with interactive activities. In future the center is to be supplemented by a concert hall and its own aquarium zone.
Address: Sea exhibition center, Lenina street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia .
A model of medieval Königsberg
A model of medieval Koenigsberg.
This amazing art object of Svetlogorsk is located next to the “House of the Storyteller” – Hoffmann. It is a model of the medieval city of Koenigsberg in miniature, made of clay. The scale of the exhibition is 1:120, size – 9×12 meters.
On the layout you can see how it looked like a German city in the XVI century, at the end of the knighthood. It is possible to admire not only the old houses, cathedrals, town halls and castles, but also the relief of the area, where the city stands – the mountains, rivers and streams, the island. In total, the exposition has about 500 objects. It is especially charming in the evenings, when the lights in the tiny buildings are lit.
Address: Layout of medieval Königsberg, Gorky Lane, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Seraphim of Sarov Church
The Church of Serafim of Sarov.
The church, formerly a Lutheran church, is surrounded by pine trees on a small hill. Now it is the main Orthodox shrine of Svetlogorsk. The building was completed by 1907. The temple survived World War II without serious injuries, then temporarily served as a gymnasium. In 1992 it was transferred to the Orthodox Church, restored and consecrated in honor of Serafim of Sarov.
The structure attracts – and not only believers – with its original finish, combining features of neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau and typically Orthodox decorations. Visitors especially like the altar, which is decorated with intricate carvings. The walls of the church are decorated with icons, and there are comfortable benches on the adjoining territory. In the church festive and charitable events are held, an art studio and a Sunday school operate.
Address: Church of Seraphim of Sarov, Mayakovskogo Street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
The Zodiac” sundial
The Zodiac” sundial.
On the promenade in Svetlogorsk tourists can admire an interesting object – a sundial, entered in the Guinness Book of Records for its originality and accuracy. It is a piece of smalt with a diameter of 10 meters. Each watch corresponds to one of the 12 signs of the zodiac, for which it got its name. In the center of the composition there is a hand pointing to the North Star. Its slant angle equals 55 degrees and corresponds to the geographical latitude of the city. The group of authors of the project is headed by sculptor Nikolai Frolov. The Zodiac was created in 1974.
Address: Sun Clock, Promenade, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Church “Joy of All Who Sorrow
Church “Joy of All Who Sorrow”.
On May 16, 1972, there was a plane crash in Svetlogorsk. An Antonov-24 plane crashed. In memory of the tragic event, which resulted in the death of adults and children at the crash site was built the Chapel of the icon “Joy of All Who Sorrow.
It was built 20 years after the accident on voluntary donations. The chapel is painted white and has simple and austere lines. Interior decoration is also rather ascetic: here you can see icons and photos of victims. Around the building there is a green park with benches, a cross and a memorial stone.
Address: Steam locomotive, Lenina street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Statue created by sculptor Brachert has been decorating the promenade for about 80 years. The model for the sculpture was a 17-year-old girl named Kate Zigan. The statue was cast in bronze and installed on the promenade in 1938. During the war it was severely damaged, but was later restored.
In the 1980s, a niche was added to it – a shell made of smalt, so the sea beauty slightly resembles Botticella’s Venus, born among the foamy waves. “Nifma” is a real symbol of Svetlogorsk: tourists take pictures next to it, and it is believed that if you touch the sculpture, it promises good luck.
Address: Sculpture “Nymph”, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Frog Princess” Sculpture
Froggy Princess sculpture.
The following original sculpture is made by the artist Melekhov based on the famous fairy tale. It depicts the tsarevna at the moment of transformation from a frog into a beautiful exquisite girl: a human figure and hair, but there is still something of a frog in her facial features. To some, however, it seems that the girl looks more like an alien than a frog.
The statue is fairly new: it was installed in 2006. For Svetlogorsk, it has become a symbol of the transition to a new stage in the history of the city. It is surrounded by a lot of local signs. It is believed that if you touch your finger first to your lips, then to hers, it promises the fulfillment of a wish. Also, many people believe that if you touch the statue, you will definitely come back to Svetlogorsk.
Address: Sculpture “Princess-Frog”, Lenin Street, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.
And another highlight of the city’s embankment is a genre sculpture “Ondine”. This word meant mythological creatures, like mermaids, peculiar spirits of water. Sometimes the sculpture is also called “Siren”.
Made of bronze, “Ondine” depicts a slender and graceful girl who has just come ashore from the waves. Her hair is upraised above her head; she herself is frozen in a half-bent position. The sculpture looks alive and dynamic and always attracts tourists: they take pictures with it and traditionally touch it for good luck.
Address: Sculpture “Undine”, Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.