Before the WWII Kaliningrad was called Köningsburg and belonged to Germany. During the war in 1944, the English bomb fighters nearly wiped out the city. In April 1945 the Red Army finished off the rest of Köningsburg and occupied the city. In 1946 they renamed the city to Kaliningrad, and deported all Germans to Germany.
One of the few things to see in Kaliningrad the German supreme
, that has been renovated and are now housing a museum over the battle of Kaliningrad.
We took the route along the coast up to Svetlogorsk, nice old town by the Baltic Sea. The town made it through the war without too much damage, and most of the old German houses are still there.
After that we headed for Kurshaya Kosa, a very long sand split in between Kaliningrad and Lithuania. Kurshaya Kosa is also a national park, and we had to 17 Euro per person just to drive through! Well, the scenery was nice at least with a 100 kilometer long sand beach, and surprisingly big
, that we didn’t expect to find in these parts of the world.
In the middle of the split there is a border crossing between Kaliningrad and Lithuania. This time the crossing of the border took only 10 minutes!