Ruins of Koenigsberg Castle to open for 2018 World Cup tourists

The territory of the fortress will become an open-air museum
06 October 2017
The ruins of the medieval Koenigsberg Castle  in Kaliningrad will become a tourist site for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. According to Deputy Prime Minister of the regional government Gary Goldman, the remains of the fortress will be preserved and covered with a transparent sarcophagus.

"It will be completed before the World Cup, we have found people who will do it without budget funding, at their own expense," Goldman said.

He added that the territory will become an open-air museum. "Anyone can come there and look around, there will be internal lighting," said the deputy chairman.
The issue of partial restoration of the castle was raised repeatedly. One of the projects proposed the restoration of the facades of some buildings of the castle, the development of the historical and cultural complex. However, at the present time, as noted by Goldman, this is not happening. Experts note that any restoration of the building will require major costs and in any case will be a new undertaking.

Koenigsberg Castle was founded in 1255 by the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II, its name gave the name of the city that arose near the castle walls. Coronation ceremonies of Prussian kings were held in the castle church. Within its walls once were the Grand Embassy of Peter the Great and the residence of Russian governors during the Seven Years' War (1756 - 1763). In the first half of the 20th century it housed historical archives and archaeological expositions; this is the last known location of the famous Amber Room, which disappeared after World War II.

Read more about the castles of the Kaliningrad region in the special publication.

The 2018 World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg, Saransk, Volgograd and Rostov-on-Don. Kaliningrad will host four matches of the World Cup group stage.


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