The village of Otradnoye, formerly Georgenswalde (German name Georgenswalde).
According to reviews, it was a "paradise place" on the Baltic Sea, where the Georgenswalde bathhouse was located, and the beach strip had a decent width.
As a resort, Georgenswalde began to form at the beginning of the 20th century, when large-scale construction in Georgenswalde unfolded, accompanied by the construction of a water tower, a railway station building, and local residents built country villas for summer holidays and the "Kurhaus Georgenswalde" with a garden overlooking the sea was erected.
Currently, the village of Otradnoye is a resort village of federal significance, located on the Baltic Sea coast, part of the Svetlogorsk urban settlement of the Kaliningrad region and located just 2 kilometers from the center of the city of Svetlogorsk.
Climate in Otradnoye
The climate of the resort village is mild, marine. The abundance of vegetation and the proximity of woodlands, both in Otradnoye and in Svetlogorsk as a whole, as well as the absence of industry, favor clean air.
In addition, in the summer months on the Baltic coast there is rarely a sweltering heat, mostly it is a comfortable air temperature. Precipitation is a frequent visitor to the Baltic coast.
All this: clean ionized air, abundance of greenery, sea and sandy beach, contribute to a favorable microclimate and, in general, a wonderful holiday in this part of the Baltic Sea coast of the Kaliningrad region.
The beach in Otradnoye
The beach in Otradnoye is a narrow strip running along the village and located under the slope of a hill, while the main infrastructure of the settlement is located on the hill.
On the beach there is medium-sized sand of light color, there are pebbles and debris of natural origin (branches, algae).
The entrance to the sea is quite flat. In places there are old wooden breakwaters in the water.
The infrastructure on the beach is minimal: changing cabins, toilet, beach cafe. More about the beach in Otradnoye...
The road to the beach in Otradnoye
There is only one road leading to the beach - the Exit to the sea, which runs along the Gauzup gorge.
On the way you can go down both on foot and by car. At the very end of the road, near the beach, there are places for parking cars.
On foot from the center of Otradnoye to the sea, you can also go down the paths that run along the hillside.
Amber Period Park
The largest place for family holidays in Otradnoye is the Amber Period Park, located in the forest area in front of the village.
This park is a very popular place that is visited not only by vacationers in Otradnoye, but also by guests of Svetlogorsk and even Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad residents themselves.
The Amber Period Park is an open-air complex with entertainment and several themed areas.
In the park: recreation and walking areas, entertainment, cafes, mini-zoo, sculptures, themed area "Dinosaurs" and other decorative objects. Learn more about the Amber Period Park and videos of moving dinosaurs...
Museum in Otradnoye
In the center of the village of Otradnoye is the famous Hermann Brachert House-Museum, which is a museum located in the former Brachert country house, in which the family of the German sculptor lived from 1933 to 1944.
The museum has an exposition, exhibitions, music evenings, various thematic programs and other cultural events are also held.
Admission to the museum's exposition is 100 rubles.
The Brachert house is surrounded by a small garden park. Admission is free (free).
In the park: walking paths, lawns, places to relax, sculptures and monuments, both created by Herman Brachert himself and other Russian and foreign sculptors.
Address of the Herman Brachert House-Museum: Svetlogorsk, Otradnoye settlement, Tokareva Street, 7. Read more about the Hermann Brachert House Museum...
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Sights in Otradnoe
Otradnoye cannot boast of an abundance of attractions, however, in addition to the park and museum, there are also several significant historical sites on the territory of the village.
Georgenswalde Water Tower
The water tower was built in 1908 by architect K. Fischer on Gartenstrasse.
In the tower there were tanks for cold and hot water, in the upper part there was a closed observation deck.
Currently, the tower is closed, is an object of cultural heritage of municipal significance and is subject to state protection.
Address of the Georgenswalde water tower: Svetlogorsk, Otradnoye settlement, Telman Street, 2.
The building of the Georgenswalde Railway Station
In 1910, according to the project of the Konigsberg architect Max Schenwald, the building of the Georgenswalde railway station was built. At that time it was the most respectable station along the entire railway line on the coast.
The style in which the building was erected, Polish researchers call picturesque historicism, and German scientists designate the term "architecture of reforms".
It was a large four-story brick building at that time with pilasters and stucco decorations, a basement, an attic, two entrances, a high attic and a tiled roof.
Currently, the building of the former station is empty and is not in the best condition.
Address of the Georgenswalde railway station: Svetlogorsk, Otradnoye settlement, Stationnaya Street, 1a.
Georgenswalde Community Administration Building
The historic building of the former administration of the Georgenswalde community is now a residential building.
The address of the Georgenswalde Community administration building: Svetlogorsk, Otradnoye settlement, 2 Parkovaya Street.
In 1912, a beautiful and solid "Kurhaus Georgenswalde" was built - a "Medical house", behind which there was a garden with a view of the sea.
The architect of the project was Otto-Walter Kukuk from Konigsberg. The owner is Franz Kunke.
Kurhaus (German name Kurhaus) - translated from German means "resort house". Such a status in the resorts of Germany and East Prussia was awarded to a hotel (guest house, etc.), which was the center of resort life and meets all the high requirements of an institution designed for accommodation and pleasant pastime of guests.
Currently, the Kurhaus Georgenswalde has been restored and is a historical monument.
Address of the Georgenswalde kurhaus: Svetlogorsk, Otradnoye settlement, Nakhimov Street, house 21.
The German name of the gorge is Gausupp, which translates as "Cow".
The Gauzup gorge lies in the lowlands, between the hills and now represents the only road connecting the main infrastructure of the village of Otradnoye with the beach and the sea.
Currently, the Gauzup gorge is called the Road to the Sea. The road starts from the Herman Brachert house-museum (Tokarev Street) and leads to the beach in Otradnoye. More about the Gauzup gorge in Otradnoye...
Kurgan burial ground
Seven old hill mounds, family tombs, were discovered by the German archaeologist Herte. In the central parts of the mounds, urns of the V-I centuries BC were found, in which the ashes of the deceased rested.
Among them, a rather large burial (mound) was opened, surrounded by a radius of about 4 meters, smaller graves. The burial consisted of concentric rings of boulders around the stone chamber of the main burial.
Currently, in the relief of the southern part of the forest belt of the village of Otradnoye, a rounded mound is visible, in the center of which is the remaining part of the boulders, which once formed stone rings around the graves.
Coordinates of the Burial Mound: 54°56'23"N (54.939909), 20°7'26"E (20.123992).
Buildings in Otradnoye
From an architectural point of view, buildings (houses) of both pre-war and more modern architecture may be interesting in the village of Otradnoye.
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Along Kaliningrad Avenue in Otradnoye there is a small city square with places for recreation, a children's playground and a sports ground, as well as wooden sculptures of participants of the 2018 Woodcarvers Festival in Svetlogorsk.
Zabivaka. The symbol of the 2018 World Cup. The author is Andrey Bolshakov, Kineshma, Ivanovo region.
Clown. The author is Protskov Antoe, Zvenigorod, Moscow region.
Serbian shepherd boy. The author is Bryukhanov Lev, Kopeysk, Chelyabinsk region.
Soldier. The author is Kirill Sapelov, Bogorodskoye settlement, Sergiev Posad district, Moscow region.
Soccer player. The author is Alexey Vekshin, Alatyr, Chuvashia.
Where to go from Otradnoye
The center of Svetlogorsk is the largest and most developed resort city in the Kaliningrad region.
You can get there by bus or on foot.
The city of Kaliningrad is the administrative center of the Kaliningrad region and the westernmost regional center of the country.
You can get there by taxi, direct public buses or via Svetlogorsk by buses or trains.
Excursions to Kaliningrad from Svetlogorsk:
The resort town of Zelenogradsk, which has a good and long beach strip, a central pedestrian street, as well as historical sights and museums.
Excursion to Zelenogradsk from Svetlogorsk:
The village of Yantarny, considered an urban-type settlement in which there is a beach awarded the Blue Flag award.
Excursions to Yantarny from Svetlogorsk:
Curonian Spit is a national park with unique natural complexes: sand dunes, dancing forest, royal forest, lake "Swan", etc.
In 2000, the Curonian Spit was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You can visit the Curonian Spit with one of the excursions, as well as independently, by car, taxi or by bus to one of the villages: Lesnoy, Rybachy, Morskoe.
The length of the Kush Spit is about 48 kilometers, the main and most interesting places of interest are located at a sufficient distance from the villages and from each other, so a trip by public bus is not the most suitable option for visiting the Curonian Spit.
It is more convenient to visit the Curonian Spit by car or with one of the excursions:
Photo of the Curonian Spit
Where to stay in the village of Otradnoye (hotels in Otradnoye)
Since Otradnoye is a very small village, there are few accommodation facilities in it, all of them are represented mainly by apartments (full-fledged apartments) and guest houses, there are also mini-hotel "Georgenswalde", Otradnoye Sanatorium hotel and villa Gretchen.
All accommodation facilities in Svetlogorsk, including in the village of Otradnoye, can be viewed and booked here
How to get to Otradnoye
There is no airport in Otradnoye and Svetlogorsk, and there is also no railway line in Otradnoye. Therefore, you can get to Otradnoye only through Kaliningrad - Khrabrovo Airport or from the city center.
How to get to Otradnoye from Khrabrovo Airport
The Empress Elizabeth Petrovna International Airport (Khrabrovo) is located 42-45 kilometers from Otradnoye.
The airport regularly accepts domestic flights connecting the Kaliningrad Region with some regions of Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Krasnodar, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, etc.), as well as international flights from Belarus, Uzbekistan, Latvia, Poland, Spain and some other European countries. Cheap flights to Kaliningrad...
You can get directly from the airport to Otradnoye or Svetlogorsk only by taxi or rented car.
How to get to Otradnoye from the center of Kaliningrad
You can find out how to get from Khrabrovo Airport to the center of Kaliningrad here.
From the center of Kaliningrad to Otradnoye you can get:
If you plan to travel around the region, then the ideal option would be to rent a car. You can choose and order a car in advance. You can view and pick up a car here...
Direct buses No. 125, 554, 525 and 527 run from Kaliningrad to Otradnoye.
You can check the bus schedule and ticket prices on the website of the Kaliningrad Bus Station.
From Kaliningrad to Svetlogorsk can be reached by car or taxi (both from the airport and from the center), by buses or trains (from the center).
About how to get to Svetlogorsk from Kaliningrad (airport and city center), you can find out here.
From the center of Svetlogorsk to Otradnoye you can get:
- by public buses No. 1 to the Otradnoye stop. One of the stops in Svetlogorsk is located next to the railway station Svetlogorsk-2;
- on foot, a distance of 2 kilometers. The path from Svetlogorsk to Otradnoye runs along the carriageway along the pedestrian sidewalk.