The three signature sandstone figures on the facade, which had become known in the post-war years as ‘The Headless Kings’ after they were allegedly defaced by Soviet soldiers, were particularly difficult to restore. From left to right, they represent King Ottakar II of Bohemia – whom the Teutonic Order named Königsberg in honour of in 1255, King Frederick I of Prussia – who was crowned the first King of Prussia in Königsberg on the 18th January 1701, and Albrecht of Prussia – who founded the Duchy of Prussia in 1525 and Königsberg's Albertina University in 1544.
Inside, the gate houses the Grand Embassy, a permanent 3-room exhibition which is a department of the Museum of the World Ocean and is dedicated, rather unsurprisingly, to the diplomatic mission of Russia’s Peter the Great to Königsberg in 1697. Small but modern, it doesn't take long to explore and has unusually strong translation into English.
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The 3-storey, horseshoe-shaped Grolman Bastion was built opposite the Kronprinz Barracks (to which it is connected by means of an underground tunnel) in 1851 and is named after key Prussian general General Karl von Grolman who had died 8 years before. It
Kronprinz Defence Barrack
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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
Reduit of the Kupferteich Bastion
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A Reduit is the last defensive stronghold within a larger fortress and this one belonged to the now non-existent Kupferteich Bastion, which had been built in the mid-19th century as a support position for the nearby Grolman Bastion (located 1km to the no
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