Situated on the shore of the Baltic Sea, the city of Svetlogorsk (formerly known as Rauschen) with a population of 11,000 makes for a fantastic day trip. Here is the round up of the top 5 must-see attractions to check out when you are there.
Rauschen Water Tower
The main landmark of Svetlogorsk is the 25-meter tall Rauschen Water Tower (or “Wasserturm Rauschen” in German.) This hydropathic tower was designed by Otto-Walter Kukkuk in 1907–1908 to provide the town with water from the nearby Mill Pond, and was later decorated with a sundial. Today the tower, along with the operating hydropathic facilities, is part of the Svetlogorsk military resort.
Makarov Company Organ Hall
The Organ concert hall was originally built as a Catholic church, using wood brought from Königsberg, after the dismantling of the Krantz railway station in 1928. During the post-war years, it was used as a warehouse, but by the mid-1990s, the neglected church was fully restored. It is now a concert hall which boasts excellent acoustics and accommodates a magnificent Hugo Mayer organ, complete with 24 registers and 1400 pipes.
Water Carrier (Wassertraegerin)
Created by the famous German sculptor Hermann Brachert, this sculpture depicts a woman carrying a jug of water, hence the name. From 1933 the original sculpture stood in the sculptor’s family house, when in 1945 it was moved to the larch park to delight the eye of the public. In 2003 the statue was moved back to the House-Museum of Hermann Brachert, however you can still admire a replica in the park.
Another sculpture to see by Hermann Brachert is the cast bronze Nymph, which was installed on the Rauschen promenade in 1938. The sculpture was inspired by seventeen year old model Kete Tsigan. Having survived the devastations of war, the sculpture still decorates the promenade of Svetlogorsk.
Sundial at the promenade
This 5-meter-wide sundial, boasting a colourful mosaic of the zodiac, was created in 1974 by local sculptor Frolov. Tell time with this stunning masterpiece by using the shadow from the gnomon located at the center of the sundial. The gnomon is inclined at a 55-degree angle, which corresponds to the latitude of Svetlogorsk.