Litovsky Val Street

Ruslan Shamukov/TASS
We are now going north via Ulitsa Litovsky Val (Litovsky Val Street) to get to Ploschad Marshala Vasilevskogo (Marshala Vasilevskogo Square) – you can either walk or take the bus routes 28 or 37, or the minibus routes 78 or 80. On both sides of the road we can see red-brick fortifications. Gateways, warehouses and coach houses built over the centuries and through wars. You will pass the Kronprinz Barracks and Grolman Bastion, located right opposite each other half way between the King's Gate and the Amber Museum.

The neo-Gothic Kronprinz building with the battlements atop its solid-looking tower was built in the middle of the 19th century and named after the future Kaiser Karl Wilhelm I. At different times it has been used by the Königsberg police, the armed forces, and even as the Wehrmacht treasury. In the spring of 1945, the city was witness to some fierce fighting. These days, the Kronprinz Barracks contain offices, warehouses, cafés, and the Kaliningrad maritime school, nicknamed Kamyshi (reeds).