The 10 best parks in Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad abounds with diverse parks, gardens, ponds and green squares. Let’s take a look at the most memorable parts of the city’s 101.3-hectares parkland area.

Central Park

This former German park, initially named Louisenwal, dates back to the late 18th century, when the city mayor bought and redesigned the place in line with English standards. It was named Louisenwal by its next owner K.G. Busolt, in honour of his wife Louise. In 1914, it was gifted to King Wilhelm II. A former royal residence and a favorite leisure spot for Queen Louise, the park once  housed the German Imperial Hunter’s Lodge (to the left of the central alley), and the Queen Louise church, which is now a puppet theater.

 

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3 Prospect Pobedy

Botanical Garden

It was founded in 1904 by Professor Keber from Königsberg University as a place for gardening fans. Now, it is a magnificent 25 hectare garden with 47 species of rare Red-Book plants, 150 species of trees and shrubs, and 3000 species of plants from all over the world, open around the clock. If you are lucky, come here at the time when the rare cactus ‘Queen of the Night’ is blooming.

 

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Sculpture park on Kant Island

Established in 1984 as a branch of the regional museum of culture and history, it’s relatively new park, or rather a nursery of rare species of trees and shrubs (more than 1000 specimens from Europe, the Americas, Japan, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and the Balkans) on 12 hectares located next to the Cathedral. Here you’ll find 23 sculptures, which although are artistically diverse, are united by one common theme – Man and the World. The sculptures explore spirituality and everyday life , portraying outstanding personalities, animals and fantasy objects, all revolving around the Man and World concept.

 

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Kant Island (Central Island)

Lower Pond (a.k.a. Castle Pond)

The oldest artificial reservoir made in 1256, today it’s still perfectly preserved. In the 1930s, a water cascade from the Upper Pond was added. The pond has several footbridges, and you can also rent a boat. It is an ideal place for a peaceful walk or a romantic rendezvous.

 

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Address:

Ulitsa Proletarskaya

Upper Pond (a.k.a. Oberteich)

The second oldest man-made reservoir after the Lower Pond, it was created by the Knights Order using the the Pregoli River in 1270. The place is an open-air art gallery, with numerous sculptures and monuments on the banks, including four works by Hermann Thiele (two original and two copies) – a sea elephant, a seal, a walrus and a sea lion.

 

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Ulitsa Telmana

Poplavok Pond (a.k.a. Bread Lake, also Zwillingteich)

Popular among locals, who call it the Bread Lake (earlier, there used to be a bread shop in the park), it’s a little piece of beauty, romance and quietness hidden among houses and fences. An old park with a pond that was previously known as Zwillingteich (German for ‘twins’ lake’) because it’s divided into two identical parts by three channels. In 1949 it was renamed into Poplavok (meaning ‘fishing bouy’).

 

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Prospect Mira

South Park

This is a 100-hectare park with ponds and alleys located near the Friedland Gates. The place was used for defensive fortifications of the mid-19th century, until the garden administrator E. Schneider transformed it into a park in the early 20th century. He planted trees, landscaped squares and alleys and turned the water ditch into 5 ponds. Come here to see bastions, walls and the Harberg Front gates.

 

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Ulitsa Kalinina

Baltic Park

This 10 hectare park was opened during the Soviet times, in the former German cemetery. The place is shrouded in mysticism, with foggy alleys, crooked trees, vestiges of an old church and a small pond with inevitable moistness and piping of frogs. The place looks much cheerier in the daytime, but, unless you’re a fan of everything gothic and gloomy, it’s better to leave before sunset…or so we hear.

 

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Address:

Ulitsa Kievskaya

Yunost Park

This is a lovely recreation area for the whole family: lots of greenery, a fun fair, a skating rink, a children’s car park, an ‘inverted house, catamaran and a boat rental. The park was opened after WWII, it survived a period of despair in 1990-s to see renovation and an inrush of visitors.

 

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Address:

Ulitsa Telmana

Max-Aschmann-Park

The history of the park opened in 1903, when a Königsberg resident Max Ashmann, the owner of the winery Stephennes and Voltaire, donated 100 thousand marks and his estate Maraunenhof to the city to build a park. The park was opened in 1910 and became a stunning area, with swans in the pond and numerous strolling alleys. Despite being severely damaged during the war, and having been abandoned for some time, it is now being restored and bubbling with new life.

 

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Ulitsa D. Bednogo and Ulitsa Gorkogo

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