The name of this town before the war was Cranz. Together Svetlogorsk and Zelenogradsk are the most popular local resorts for the residents of the region and for visitors. You can reach here by several buses and local trains from the Yuzhny (Southern) and Severny (Northern) railway stations. The latter is situated in the center of Kaliningrad. Bus transport goes every hour. The average fare is about 2 Euros. You can also get here by taxi with a one way fare of about 10-12 Euros. In the weather is fine there can be traffic jams on the road.
Local residents say that all the roads in Zelenogradsk lead to the promenade; you need only follow the noise of the sea. That is true but I recommend that before having a stroll along the seashore that you walk through the central part of the town, where there are a lot of old houses which are monuments of architecture. You can also see two churches where parishioners of orthodox and catholic faiths pray now.
Walking along through the historical part of the town you will notice a water tower; do go there. Located inside there is a Museum of Cats, “Murrarium”. Here you can see different statuettes, pictures, figurines and many other things connected with cats. There is also an observation platform on the roof. Ticket price is 1-2 Euros per person. Near the cat kingdom there is a Museum of Horror and a torture room. Entry costs 2 Euros. Both museums are opened from Tuesday till Sunday from 9am till 6 pm. As a matter of fact, cats are favourite pets in this town. There is even a sculpture monument to Zelenograd Cats on Kurortny Avenue.
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Quite a few cats live on the promenade near the sea. Here tourists feed them with various yummy things. Many cafeterias sell… cat food, if anybody wants to feed the animals. But not only cats are appreciated here. There is a monument to a Baltic Seal on the promenade as well. These animals sometimes settle on the seashore of Zelenogradsk, or in its surroundings, to the joy of tourists. However ecologists advise that you do not feed the seals, or pester them, in order for them to avoid stress.
For those who prefer a healthy lifestyle there are sport training machines at one end of the promenade where they can warm up. In the center near the pier going into the sea there is a well-room, with mineral water, named after the Queen Louise who was greatly esteemed in Prussia. If you would like to taste various food and beverages, residents recommend visiting the café “Amber” at the end of the promenade (and here you will also see many different cats in its interior), the restaurant at the Schloss Hotel, the restaurant “Monopole” or the pirate tavern ”Old Flint”.