The Ponttor is one of only two remaining Aachen city gates of the outer city wall.
The city of Aachen had two city walls.
The inner one was built starting in 1171 and was about 2500 meters long.
But soon the city started to grow beyond these walls and a second wall was needed to protect the new settlements and churches.
It is not entirely clear when the outer city wall was built but it is estimated that it was sometimes during the 13th century (maybe towards the end of it). The outer wall was 5300 meters long and about 8-10 meters high.
The Ponttor was one of originally 11 city gates of the outer wall and is completely preserved (Foregate, main gate, three-story tower castle and bridge passage).
Architecture & Art
The Ponttor is mainly made out of sandstone and bluestone.
It consists of a
1) Foregate leading through a bridge passage to the
2) main gate and tower castle with a Portcullis (a vertical closing gate), a machicolation (an upper-level hole from which invaders could be attacked with e.g. boiling water or oil).
(Although a second city gate still exists of the outer wall - the Maschiertor - it is the only gate that is completely preserved, including the Foregate.)
During the evening hours, lightning illuminates the Ponttor, which makes it a nice place for a short after-dinner walk.
The Ponttor also marks the beginning of the Pontstrasse (Pontstreet) which is a vivid part of town with many restaurants and bars. The street is very popular with students but also has some nice restaurants if you are looking for a more quiet place.
Type of activities
For FamiliesFor CouplesFor Solo TravelersWheelchair Accessible