Sights of Pionersky - 1: Prussian echoes

Pionersky: areas, recreation, excursions, museums and churches, cuisine and restaurants, shopping and shops, attractions of Pionersky.

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The small resort town of Pionersky is located about 50 km from Kaliningrad, between Svetlogorsk and Malinovka, on the shores of the Baltic Sea. In pre-war times it was a very pleasant and calm resort. Some things from those times have been preserved in the town today: in particular, a wide and flat sandy beach, where sunbathers settle down in the summer. In principle, you can swim in the sea, although the impression is somewhat spoiled by the sight of the port, cold water and fairly decent waves. Since Soviet times, the Pioneer sanatorium has remained in Pionersky; however, now he is in a not very attractive state.

One of the most picturesque corners of Pionersky is the one on which the residence of the President of the Russian Federation was built in 2011. Entrance to the territory of the residence is, of course, prohibited. But tourists can now stroll along a landscaped promenade along the shore, built at the same time as the residence.

Here you can see objects that date back to the period of prosperity of the Roman Empire, the early Middle Ages, as well as finds from a large amber treasure.

A little history

Like many settlements in the surrounding area, Pionersky was not built by Russians and had a completely different name. The first written evidence of the town of Neukuren, founded by the Teutons, dates back to the mid-13th century. Although these lands were inhabited much earlier: about four thousand years ago people already lived here. In the Neukuren area, many mounds gradually appeared, which made this place sacred and which have not yet been fully studied. In the second third of the 19th century, Neukuren, from a settlement that lived mainly by amber mining, became a fairly popular balneological resort. The first hotels appeared here, and at the very beginning of the 20th century, breakwaters were built, a railroad was built, and a large sanatorium was opened, which is still operating.

Features of recreation in Pionersky

The mild climatic conditions of the area are favorable for those who suffer from sudden temperature changes. It is neither cold nor hot here, and the air is saturated with sea freshness and oxygen. In addition to the pine forest on the coast, there are a lot of green spaces in the vicinity of the city. There are wide sandy and sand-pebble beaches.

It is convenient to walk on the coast along a clean and equipped promenade or along a pier that goes 200 meters into the sea. They were also chosen by athletes - runners, cyclists and fishermen. In the summer season, the city is transformed by a riot of floral colors in flower beds and umbrellas of open-air cafes. The serene faces of those around you also create a resort mood. Here you can rent housing for a relatively low cost.

The sights of the city are not visible at first glance. Only by calmly walking along Pionersky can you discover ancient streets and houses, well-groomed squares and parks, equipped walking paths and, of course, sea views.

Entertainment and attractions of Pionersky

Once upon a time in Pionerskoye, as in Kaliningrad, one could see the cozy buildings of German low houses. Some of them have survived to this day, but today they are no longer so cozy. The appearance of the once nice and quiet town is now greatly spoiled by widespread construction projects and new apartment buildings, and the city park has significantly decreased in area. On Komsomolskaya Street you can still see several half-timbered houses with nice carvings and a two-color pattern on the plaster in the sgraffito style.

The historical and archaeological museum "Rantava" was opened in Pionerskoye in 1993. The core of its exhibition consists of artifacts found on the "Mountain of Giants" (Thunder Mountain), one of the largest Prussian mounds of the 3rd-9th centuries AD. e. Here you can see objects that date back to the period of prosperity of the Roman Empire, the early Middle Ages, as well as finds from a large amber treasure.

Pionersky is the only ice-free seaport on the Baltic Sea.

A couple of megaliths near Pionersky deserve attention. The first is the Cheek stone (“Wagenstein”), which can be found near Cape Kupalny, in the Rose Gorge (“Rosenschlucht”). The second one is more interesting: this is the Stone of Lies on the banks of the Chistaya River. It is split into two parts at an angle in a specific way. According to legend, the one who lied will not be able to go through the schism.

Prussian echoes on Komsomolskaya, Armyskaya, Dachnaya and Parkovaya

Komsomolskaya Street has preserved most of the old German villas. By the way, after the war there were 90 villas in Pionerskoye ; by the mid-2010s, only 10-12 had survived . Probably not all the villas should have been preserved, but some were worthy of continuing to live. Such an undeservedly buried villa was located opposite the sanatorium. Now in its place stands a two-story red house with an overhanging second floor. A “tasty” place is a tasteless building.

Komsomolskaya stretches from the station to the residence of the President of the Russian Federation, where it intersects with Pionerskaya and Shamanova streets - in fact, until the exit from the city towards Zaostrovye. In 2015, all communications under the paving stones were replaced, and the pattern of German masonry was restored by craftsmen from St. Petersburg. The people of St. Petersburg almost “fell into the picture,” although if you don’t know...

That's how it was. The suspension of the German car liked the German masonry better.

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