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“Museum good, getting across the road not”

Friedland Gates Museum
Ranked #13 of 206 things to do in Kaliningrad
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Local history museum “Friedland gate” is located in similarly named architectural monument of XIX century- town gates “Friedland”, which were build in 1862 and which used to be a part of town fortifications of Koenigsberg.The museum is dedicated to the history of prewar Koenigsberg. And it’s block-stone road “leads” to the past of forever gone town Koenigsberg…Under the gates, combining he real block-stone road and it’s image on old prewar photos which are projected on lateral walled up embrasures; begins the unbelievable by force of emotional impact stroll across the streets of old town, “taking away” the walls and opening out the borders of time and space. The carts creak, the walking by ladies heels click, the children laugh – Friedland gate opens the time portal to the town which no longer exists. The “stroll” lasts exactly an hour and during this time you may “pass” according logically build route the whole historical center of the town look into town windows of the shops, cafes, pharmacies (the museum windows are designed in the form of street windows), to bargain at the fish market, and at the end of the stroll, just by one step come from a virtual park to find yourself in a real landscape park spreading across the bounds of Friedland gate and made on the place of former fortifications.
Reviewed April 2, 2013

This museum is situated in a closed off old city gate at the junction of large roads and urban motorway junction. There are zebra crossings, but if the traffic lights are not working, I'd advise waiting until a pensioner is about to cross and go with them. They seem to have no fear. The museum itself was under construction but the audio visual shows were good, in Russian though. There is an English info sheet though. The bit of the show where they take you round 1913 Königsberg is good. Unfortunately I was the only visitor so I was sat alone in the dark and cold, in a closed off old old gateway, and it was quite a spooky experience watching that and old film.

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