Many people of consequence have visited this part of the Baltic Sea coast for recreational purposes at different times, including Wilhelm von Humboldt, the paterfamilias of modern linguistic science, and German writer Thomas Mann. Of those who lived here permanently, German sculptor Hermann Brachert was probably the most famous. Brachert’s home was three kilometres away from the town of Rauschen (now Svetlogorsk). He lived here until 1944. Although Brachert was not of the Nazi persuasion (that’s why he lost his teaching job in Königsberg), many of his works in different parts of East Prussia (which would become Kaliningrad Oblast of the Soviet Union) were destroyed after the war. Brachert’s Memorial Home offers a rare insight into his oeuvre.