With Kaliningrad, you come across a Russian city that is separated from the rest of Russia owing to its geographical location. Situated between Poland and Lithuania, the city has cradled in different nations, Germany in pre World War Era and Russia, post the war. Earlier known as Konigsberg, a name which attested for its German identity, the city underwent a nomenclature to Kaliningrad which marked the takeover by Russia.
The city is strewn with the buildings which were decapitated by Stalin and of course the remains of Soviet monuments such as Dom Sovietov. A painful nostalgia shapes the contours of the city. It’s that city which was previously one of Europe's finest architectural gems, but most of it was destroyed during World War II. The city was then occupied by the Soviet Army in 1945 and its German citizens forced out. Recently opened for tourism, the city today wants to make up for the ravages of the past that turned it hideous. Today, Kaliningrad beams in sheer beauty with historical enclaves, exceptional museums, charming neighborhoods and its historical city gates. Visit Kaliningrad and witness its historical monuments to acknowledge its checkered history.
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