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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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  • Our accommodation in the vicinity we visited this vestige of the old fence. Away from the historical heart, however, it is not useful to get there if your time is limited
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  • Pontor is a beautiful gateway to the city, on foot at least. Especially since a lot of immature eateries are collected here. Nice to be here.
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  • Very well restored, this city gate an important benchmark in the history of the city of Aachen.
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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.
  • 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
  • Nice place and mid place
  • Interesting building, perfect for orientation and as a meeting point.