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Sovetsk (former Tilsit) is a city of 39,000 people (2021) in Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia on the south bank of the Neman River which forms the border with Lithuania.


Улица Победы в Тильзите.jpg

A major peace deal was brokered here during the Napoleonic Wars. Before 1946, the town was German town named Tilsit.

Many of the town's buildings were destroyed during World War II. However, the old town centre still includes several German buildings, including those of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) design.

The main thoroughfare of the city is Lenin Street.


Winters are warm and summers are cool. The warmest months are July and August. Spring is long, March and April are cold, and May and June are warm. The frequency of continuous cloud cover is high throughout the year. Clear days are rarely observed - only 30-33 days a year.

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By car[edit]

Sovetsk is 118 km from Kaliningrad. The federal highway Gvardeysk - Neman passes through Sovetsk to the border with Lithuania (through Siauliai to Riga), A216 is part of the European road network E 77.

By train[edit]

There is a passenger railway connection with the city of Kaliningrad (once a day).

By bus[edit]

The bus service is represented by intraregional and international routes: Sovetsk - Kaliningrad; Sovetsk - Chernyakhovsk - Gusev; and international routes: Kaliningrad - Riga, Kaliningrad - Tallinn, Kaliningrad - Vilnius.

Get around[edit]

Map of Sovetsk

There are several bus routes in the city. The bulk of passenger traffic is transported by the Sovetsk-Neman inter-municipal route No. 301, as well as municipal bus routes No. 1, No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6.


  • 1 Queen Louise Bridge (Мост королевы Луизы). A bridge across the Neman river connecting the city with Lithuania. The main symbol of the city, depicted on its coat of arms. The bridge, now connecting the town to Panemunė/Übermemel in Lithuania, retains an arch – all that is left of a more complex pre-war bridge structure built in 1907. The carved relief portrait of Queen Louise above the arch still exists. Queen Louise bridge (Q530858) on Wikidata Queen Louise Bridge on Wikipedia
  • 2 Lutheran Kreuzkirch (Лютеранская Кройцкирха), ul. Sparks, 1. (Q18407243) on Wikidata
  • 3 Villa Frank (pastor's house)  (Вилла Франка), ul. Lenin, 10. (Q18401988) on Wikidata
  • Town Hall (Ратуша).
Main Post Office
  • 4 Main Post Office  (Здание Главпочтамта), ul. Victory, 12. (Q30890104) on Wikidata
  • 5 Ruins of the Tilsit castle  (Руины замка Тильзит), ul. Bazarnaya, 9a. Schloss Tilsit (Q18407961) on Wikidata
  • 6 Tilsit classical gymnasium  (Здание Тильзитской классической гимназии), ul. Shkolnaya, 13. (Q1796129) on Wikidata
  • Museum of the history of the city, ul. Victory, 34.
  • House-Museum of Vilyus Vidunas, ul. Lenin, 15-17.


  • 1 Park "Jacobsruhe" (Парк «Якобсруэ»). (Q18407470) on Wikidata
  • 2 Tilsit Theater  (Тильзит-театр), ul. Teatralnaya, 5. Tilsit Theatre (Q4457287) on Wikidata


The central shopping street of the city is Victory Street .

The Sovetsk Municipal Market is a complex for 1000 trading places.






  • Lithuania Lithuania, Iskry street, 22, +7 40161 381-65, fax: +7(40161) 391-59.

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