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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  • The environment is certainly interesting, unless one has interest in medieval city gates.
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  • Beautiful door to see if we have time. Gives an idea of what once was the city. Nice walk in the alleys autour
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  • The Ponttor is one of the two remaining doors of the ancient walls of Aachen. It's really very impressive, that allows you to take a dip in the past also moving away a little from the Centre of this wonderful city. You do not need to be limited to tour the door from the outside, you can also visit from inside (where there is a small statue of the Madonna). The architecture is very interesting and fascinating. Near the door there are several bus stops and a beautiful park, which makes this area quite frequented by locals.
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  • I miss this place. It is a cute piece of town.
  • Legendary students quarter in Aachen. Nice pubs and good cheap food.
  • Nice to look at, but not much else to do there.
  • Very suggestive for me and for all those who like middle ages!
  • Nice historical place...it will you the feeling of Aachen in old days.

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Most accommodations in Aachen sit very close to the historical core of the old spa town. Elegant period buildings house hotels with scores of additional features, including pools and health clubs, restaurants, and coffee lounges. Modern hotels tend to congregate around the road that circles the historical center, offering many of the same luxuries but in newer, purpose-built blocks. The center of town offers some backpacker-friendly hostels, giving you good access to main attractions and dormitory-style rooms.
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