King Friedrich Wilhelm I Fort

Kaliningrad, Russia

The King Friedrich Wilhelm I Fort (Fort Nr. 3), originally known as Quednau, was the largest fort of Königsberg fortification system. The fort was situated at the top of a height and surrounded by dry ditch. There were embrasures for defensive fire. In time of Kongsberg Storm the Fort was of severe resistance. Garrison remains was captured on the 9th of April 1945. After the WWII there was the army division in the Fort. Archeologists have found more than 30 000 objects from the ex- museum “Prussia”, when the division left.

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Founded: 1872-1884
Category: Castles and fortifications in Russia

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www.kaliningradcity.ru

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Alvis Bāliņš (2 months ago)
One of the most complete such structures in baltics... Lots of potential as future main destination object. Good access. Not so many parking spaces.
Artyom Semyonov (3 months ago)
It's empty and neglected. Very few items that this place has on display are literally disintegrating or under a thick layer of dust/dirt. This place could be so much more, but as Nov 2018 it's miserable and forlorn.
Clever Carrot (5 months ago)
Unlike the 11th, this fort took a heavy beating so a large chunk of it is still closed to the public. There are however several rooms depicting different eras in the history of this complex: German history and the story of how it was taken by Soviet army. You can take an audio guide with you if you wish to. Also, sometimes administration organizes historical reconstruction events. I'd like to see more areas opened in the future.
Ali Qazi (7 months ago)
A very historic place. If you're in Kaliningrad you must visit this place.
Nikola Dokic (7 months ago)
Place that connects history of Prussian Empire and WWII you are able to visit every corner of the fortress to read about history during the Nazi occupation or to enjoy in the magnificent view of inside maze or outside nature, trees and ponds, definitely worth visiting it while you are in Kaliningrad!!!
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