Walking with Kant

Walking with Kant

A program for lovers of philosophy 

Do you want to take a stroll with a celebrity? A unanimous answer to the question about the most famous citizen is: “Kant, of course!”.

Since more than two hundred years the renowned philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804) has remained one of the main symbols of the city, where he lived most of his life, and which is sometimes called the City of Kant. Unfortunately, most of the buildings associated with his life were either demolished already in the XIX century, as the philosopher’s private house, or destroyed by bombing during the WWII, as the building of Albertina – the oldest university of Prussia and today’s Russia. However, the city still has many sights related to Kant.

One of the towers in the Koenigsberg Cathedral houses Immanuel Kant Museum with numerous exhibits dedicated to his life and work. Next to the Cathedral there is a memorial stone set up on the occasion of Albertina’s 450th anniversary on the site of its first building, where Kant studied, lectured and for several years held the rector’s position. One of the main attractions of Kaliningrad is the tomb of Immanuel Kant, which survived the bombing in August 1944. It’s hard to tell how things would have turned out for the Cathedral, had Immanuel Kant not been buried there.

Enthusiastic lovers of philosophy are offered to walk along “Kant’s path”, taking the famous Koenigsberger‘s route that he daily followed at one and the same time without any deviations. It goes through the city historic centre passing by the ruins of the King’s Castle, not far from which Kant had his house in Printzessin Strasse. It was there that that he wrote his works, shared dinners with his friends, set off for his daily walks, and where he finally passed away. There is another “Kant’s sight” on the waterfront of the World Ocean Museum – a granite bench at the place, where, as they say, the philosopher liked to stop and rest during his daily walks. The bench was made by L. Bogatova, an Honoured Sculptor of Russia.

The next stop is in the former Paradenplatz with Kant statue in front of the University, which was named after the great German philosopher on the occasion of celebrating the 750th anniversary of the city in 2005. It is noteworthy that the replica of the statue was put up not only near its original place, but also on its original pedestal. 

Number of participants: at least 10

Duration: at least 4 hours

Period: all year round

Extra: a boat tour on the Pregolya River; visits to museums

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