Rossgarten Gate

  Pl. Vasilevskogo 1     more than a year ago
Possibly the most picturesque of the surviving gates (old photos suggest the Steindammer Gate was actually the most beautiful) the Rossgarten Gate is both ornamental and designed to act as a defence. The gate would have passed through the middle with rooms on either side where the gate keepers and guards would have been housed. On the outer side there would have been a bridge over a moat and windows and loopholes from which to fire on any attackers, above which is a viewing platform and parapet. On the inner side you’ll see reliefs of Field Marshall August Neidhardt von Gniesenau (1760 – 1831) and Lieutenant General Gerhard von Scharnhorst. The gate was built between 1852 and 1855 under the supervision of Wilhelm Sturmer and along with the neighbouring Dohna Tower was the final place to surrender in Königsberg in World War II. It is now home to the recommended Sunstone restaurant (Солнечный Камень) where you can choose to eat either on the bridge over the moat or inside the vaulted chamber of the gatehouse.


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