Kaliningrad (Russian: Калинингра́д, German: Königsberg), is a the capital city of a Russian exclave at the Baltic sea between Poland and Lithuania.
The history of Kaliningrad dates back centuries where it was the capital of Prussia with the name Königsberg. It was a an important cultural hub in the 18th and 19th century, also the home town of philosopher Immanuel Kant.
Little is left of these times after the destructions that WWII brought. Now thanks to a new eVisa program, tourists from 50+ countries can easily visit Kaliningrad without a normal russian visa. There are direct bus connections from Gdansk, Elblag and even Warsaw.
We start our walk at the Ploshchad' Pobedy (Площадь Победы) at the Victory column. We see the a russian-orthodox cathedral (Кафедральный собор Христа Спасителя) and church there.
We walk down the Prospekt Leninskiy, a major street heading South to the old centre of the city. We pass the old castle ruins and finally see the old Kaliningrad Cathedral. I had to return to a ticket office to get into the cathedral where the Prussian history is seen. I somehow missed the Emanuel Kant tomb which is right behind the cathedral.
At last we walk along the Pregolya river where we end this evening tour on the Jubilee bridge.
Filmed in October 2019
Camera: Osmo Pocket in 4K60
Mic: Zoom H1