The Romintskaya Pushcha (Rominta Forest) (or Krasny Les, as it is indicated on maps nowadays), located in the most remote part of Kaliningrad Region, is a preserved part of the Great Heath, a dense forest territory that stretched for many hundreds of kilometers.
Already in the XIV century, the Pushcha has become an absolute favourite place for hunting of the nobility first of the Teutonic Order, and then of the Kingdom of Prussia. German Kaiser Wilhelm II loved to hunt here, you can still find memorial signs at the places of his most significant hunting victories; here also in 1891 a wooden hunting lodge was erected in the Norwegian style on the high bank of the Rominta River (Krasnaya River). Many leaders of Europe were guests of the Lodge, including Russia’s Emperor Nikolas II, for twenty years thereafter.
Another lover of the Rominta’s natural wealth was Hermann Goering. He located his residence not far from the Kaiser’s Lodge and at the same time within easy reach of the Wolf`s Lair, a Hitler's general headquarters. Today, witnesses of the past high status of these places are small stone block pavements rustling pleasantly under car wheels and laid through the forest; several bridges, the most well-known, due to sculptures at one time decorated it, is the Oleniy Most (Deer Bridge), and the foundations of these constructions where walking tours with signs run to.
Here also in a small village of Tollmingkehmen (currently: Chistiye Prudy) on the outskirts of the huge forest for more than thirty years Kristijonas Donelaitis, one of the founders of the standard Lithuanian language, worked as a pastor in a church.
In his best known work, poem “The Seasons”, he depicted lives of peasants of a Lithuanian village giving special consideration to the nature that surrounds them. Donelaitis’s inhabitants of the pushcha have own characters, habits and opinions that appear interspersed in the description of people’s everyday lives. All of them, humans and animals, are under the control of the highest power – breath of the nature.
To the greatest height, to the clouds a crane was majestically flying, As if groaning and crying, it was jingling, in the sky disappearing… However, the history of these places is far from the main and, obviously, from the only aspect deserving attention of pushcha visitors. The nature – forests, pierced with rapid flowing rivers; tidy villages, concealed among hills; lakes, the most important among which is undoubtedly Lake Vistytis – the largest fresh reservoir of Kaliningrad Region, that, as scientists say, is 10000 years older than the Baltic Sea!
Since August 2014 in Krasnolesye an unusual event has been held – the annual ethnic festival “Sosedi” (“Neighbours”) uniting the cultures of the neighboring territories of three countries – Russia, Lithuania and Poland, where the Pushcha lays.
Ecomuseum Vistynetsky in the village of Krasnolesye, that was created by the efforts of local inhabitants with love and attention to this place, has already been operating for a number of years. The exhibition shall be found especially interesting by younger guests – for children a separate room is organized here with interactive games and stories of forest gnomes’ lives. You can buy in the museum not only souvenirs, but products of the local chocolate factory. Museum has group in Facebook
By car to Nesterov and then, directed by road markings, drive to the village of Chistiye Prudy, or through Gusev towards the Goldap border checkpoint and then turn to Krasnolesye, guided by the corresponding road marking.
Kaliningrad-Gusev, Kaliningrad-Nesterov, You can get from Gusev to Krasnolesye by public bus №383 «Nesterovskie Linii» Gusev-Krasnolesye-Nesterov
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24 000 years
Age of Vishtynets lake which is located in Rominta forest