Ancient Königsberg was a fortress city, which could be accessed only through one of the ten city gates. After World War II only seven remained. Now they are heritage sights, offering both tourist attraction and cultural value.
The Neo-Gothic Brandenburg Gate of Königsberg is the only remaining gate you can walk or drive through. A modern street, Ulitsa Bagrationa (Bagrationa Street), goes through the gate. The only function of the gate nowadays is to let traffic through. The gate is not far from the city's main transport hub, Southern Railway Station. Eponymous with the famous Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, the gate was named after the Teutonic Castle of Brandenburg, the ruins of which still exist in Ushakovo, southwest of Kaliningrad.
- Ulitsa Bagrationa, 137
- Zheleznodorozhnaya Ulitsa
The future favourite of Russian Empress Anna Ivanovna, Ernst Johann von Biron (1690-1772) spent a short while in Friedrichsburg as a prisoner. In the mid-19th century the Fortress gained a brick gate, and early in the 20th century the earthen dikes and ditches were removed and a railway laid instead. In the 2000s, restorers had to lay new bricks on the Friedrichsburg Gate. Today you can visit the Ship's Revival Historical and Cultural Centre at the Friedrichsburg Gate.
- Ulitsa Portovaya, 39 (Ship's Revival Historical and Cultural Centre at the Friedrichsburg Gate)
- from 60 rub.
- 7 (4012) 63 27 39, 7 (4012) 34 02 44
- Disabled access:
- Has e-ticket:
- Ploschad Marshala Vasilevskogo, 3 (Solnechny Kamen Restaurant)
- 1,500 rub.
- 7 (4012) 53 91 06, 7 (4012) 53 91 04
- Ploschad Marshala Vasilevskogo
Built in the 19th century, Sackheim Gate soon lost its defence value, and became simply a decoration - a semblance of an Arch of Triumph - for the city. After the Second World War the gate was put to work as a storehouse, and that it would remain until 2006, when the historical landmark was restored. Sackheim Gate currently serves as a venue for various exhibitions under the Kaliningrad Union of Photographers.
- Ulitsa Litovsky Val, 61
- Zakhaimskiye Vorota
The King's Gate that houses the Grand Embassy Historical and Cultural Centre was the key symbol of the city's 750th anniversary marked in 2005. By that date, the building had been restored and handed over to the Museum of the World Ocean. Now the museum offers an exposition dedicated to Peter the Great's Grand Embassy. Apart from that, the museum organises exhibitions and other events here. The King's Gate is decorated with restored bas-reliefs of the rulers who played a major role in Königsberg's life: Ottokar II, Duke of Prussia Albrecht and Friedrich I. Do not miss the sculpture of the Prussian Cat, the keeper of the city keys, which is believed to bring good luck.
- Ulitsa Frunze, 112 (Grand Embassy Historical and Cultural Centre at the Koenig Gate) (closed for reconstruction)
- from 60 rub.
- 7 (4012) 58 12 72, 7 (4012) 34 02 44
- Litovsky Val
- Ulitsa Dzerzhinskogo, 30 (Friedland Gate Museum)
- from 30 rub.
- 7 (4012) 64 40 20
- Torgovy Tsentr Kalininsky