History & Arts Museum


Housed in a reconstructed 1912 concert hall built on the banks of the pretty Lower Pond (Нижний пруд), this museum features an impressive diorama upstairs, depicting the final Soviet assault on Königsberg in April 1945 that left the city in ruins. There are also exhibits showcasing the history of the city pre- and post-WWII, including fin-de-siècle Königsberg fashions, venerable 19th-century pianos and details of the Romanov legacy in East Prussia. Downstairs is devoted to natural history of the region and temporary art exhibitions.

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1. Kant Statue

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Philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was born in Königsberg, where he also studied, taught and later died. The Kant Statue is in the front yard of the…

2. Dom Sovietov

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One of the dourest, ugliest of Soviet creations, the upright H-shaped Dom Sovietov (closed to the public) has been nicknamed 'the monster' by locals. On…

3. Bunker Museum

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The city’s last German commander, Otto Lasch, capitulated to the Soviets from this subterranean command post on 9 April 1945, following the bloody Battle…

4. Kant's Tomb

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Noted philosopher and Kaliningrad native Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) is buried along the northern edge of the exterior of Kaliningrad Cathedral on Kant…

5. New Synagogue

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One of three synagogues in Königsberg, the 1896 New Synagogue was destroyed in the aftermath of the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938. It was rebuilt,…

6. Kaliningrad Cathedral

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Photos displayed inside this Unesco World Heritage site attest to how dilapidated the cathedral was until the early 1990s – the original dates back to…

7. Honey Bridge

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This short footbridge connects Kant Island to the Fish Village. It's said to be the oldest bridge in Kaliningrad.

8. Kant Island & Riverside


This once densely populated island – now a parkland dotted with sculptures – is dominated by the Kaliningrad Cathedral. A few nearby buildings – the…