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Gábor H
132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Do not expect anything more, it is just the ramain of the medieval wall of the former capital of the Empire. However, if you are in Aachen it is worth to walk 10 minutes from the centre to visit this gate.
Written May 30, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
A robust defense structure from 1320 built for protection against outside agressors. The main reason that after 700 years the Ponttor still stands is that Germans at the time already built solid foundations. The tower of Pisa in Italy built just a little bit earlier began to tilt because the ground at one side was too soft. It lacked a proper foundation. Times have hardly changed...

A pity you can not enter the building. According to the tourist office there are no special days it is open to the public.
Written April 6, 2018
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carrijed
Cardiff, United Kingdom85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Not too far away from the city centre.I love history and old buildings so suited me. Only takes a few minutes to walk around it but the details of the building and it's door are beautiful
Written December 12, 2018
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Renate V
Hartbeesfontein, South Africa1,104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Built in the 13th century as part of the outer city walls, this is one of the most beautiful city gates I have seen. It is situated near a bus stop and people get off the bus and cross through the gate on their way to the Altstadt. It has become totally integrated in their lives.
You can walk in and around it and seek the lovely structure up close. Really enjoyable. It is situated in beautiful surroundings so you can take a picnic and sit on the lawns near the gate
Written June 16, 2019
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada81,662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
We had a good walk in order to reach Ponttor. I was surprised how big it was! There was some information in German about it. There used to be 22 towers and 11 gates. Now there remain only two medieval city gates.

For a tower built in 1320, it is still in perfect condition! Wow! To me, it looked like a mini castle. A perfect place to defend Aachen from any enemies in the olden days. Now-a-days the biggest danger around Ponttor is the traffic!

It’s always open, 24 hours per day and it is always free. A great deal to anyone!
Written June 20, 2016
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,213 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
On the edge of the city center is the Ponttor which is one of the two remaining gates of the original city wall of Aachen. This north-facing gate 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 Scout Club (1945) and the German Scout Association Saint George. The main entrance has 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 tower is closed to visitors, however, it is a great ediface. Allow for ~15 minute for your visit.
Written November 2, 2018
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Steve D
Liverpool, UK485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
This medieval gate is in great condition. It gives you a sense of the old walled city of Aachen and contains an intact portcullis. The area nearby contains lots of interesting and cheap student bars and restaurants.
Written November 11, 2014
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Fedor-and-Rivka
Bocholtz, The Netherlands646 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
This is one of the remaining gates of Aachen and it was built in the 14th century. The port is still in a very nice and complete condition and consists of several walls and buildings. The gate is at the end of the Pontstraße, which runs from the market until the Ponttor, and which contains almost only restaurants with terraces. So the walk itself to the Ponttor is also very nice.
Written April 28, 2014
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DennisBeerendonkTravels
Landgraaf, The Netherlands176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
If entering the city from the autobahn exit Aachen-Laurensberg (exit 2) you will enter the city and see the ponttor.
Written June 17, 2020
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Ibrahim Torres
San Andres Cholula, Mexico99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
It is a very nice attraction, the advantage is that is open all the time, but it is small you can see it in only 10 minutes
Written February 13, 2019
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