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Ponttor, Aachen

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The Ponttor in Aachen, Germany, (known in the 17th and 18th centuries as the Brückenpforte or Brückenthor) is one of the two remaining gates of the original city wall of Aachen (the other being the Marschiertor). The westernmost of the north-facing gates (the other being the Sandkaultor, which no longer exists), the Ponttor was built in the 14th century and manned by soldiers and militia throughout the Free Imperial City of Aachen era. Today, the Ponttor is used by German Youth and Scout groups belonging to the German Scount Club (1945) and the German Scout Association Saint George.StructureThe Ponttor was constructed as a right-angled three-stock tower castle. In the main entrance, there is a Portcullis as well as a machicolation, through which things could be dropped on invading forces. A bridge passage with crenelations spanned a moat and was strengthened in the foregate with two reinforced towers (barbicans). The building material was Devonian sandstone, Pennsylvanian carbonite sandstone and quartzite, with the framing material made of light bluestone.
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  • Ponttor is a nice little place that you remind you of the past ofAachen. This building is one of the two remaining gates of Aachen original city wall. It is just a 10-15 stroll from the town centre. V...  more »
  • Located at the end of Pontstrasse, Ponttor stands as a reminder of medieval Aachen. it was the part of outer city wall. Architecture has very imperial feel but fades compared to some other city gates ...  more »
  • This is an old city gate from around 1300. It is in amazing shape and I thought it was just the greatest. It is so well built that it still survives and I can't imagine anyone breaching it.  more »
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  • historically north-western gate if Aachen. many eat outs near by and closer to the university building. Quite a few bus stops around with good connections of buses
  • Very good place to exchange buses and grab a quick snack. The university is very near from this bus stand and most of the studentenwerk hostels are near this region.
  • Nice piece of history.
  • History object in Aachen, you should take a photo here if you are a tourist. Also Pontstraße is not far away with tons of places to eat
  • Ok, a bit away from the center.