You can however head through the yard where there appears to be a mechanics garage and clamber up and onto the top of the huge earth bank which formed the first part of the fortifications. With a moat in from and fortifications built on top, these eat facing defences must have formed quite a challenge for the attacking Red Army. At one point you will find a part of the bank and wall breached and it is possible, with a lot of care, to carefully climb down on the moatside path below. It is from there that you'll get a full appreciation of how daunting these fortifications, with their gun positions and, apparently, camera positions to warn of mine attack must have been and the loss of live involved in taking them. Although there is less to see as there is nothing open to the public, the Grolman bastion is of interest because of the range of defences included at this one point.
The current gate was built between 1843 and 1850 as part of the extensive refortification of Königsberg, replacing an earlier one which had originally been known as the Gumbinnen Gate (as the road out led to the town of Gumbinnen), before its name was ch
Kronprinz Defence Barrack
Ul. Litovskiy Val 38
Designed by Ludwig von Aster as a mighty pentagonal structure with huge towers on 3 corners, the resemblance to a crown from above is no coincidence. Upon completion in 1849, the barracks became the home of the 1st East Prussian Grenadier Regiment and th