Gerdauen Castle Ruins

Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia

The earth and timber stronghold Gerdauen was constructed by the Teutonic Knights in 1270. After a subsequent Prussian uprising, the Knights were too weak to keep hold of all their fortresses. Gerdauen was burnt down, but once the Prussian uprising was put down, the Teutonic Knights returned here and began to raise new fortifications. By 1310, a new stronghold had been completed. At that time it was guarded by embankments, moats and shelters. Inside the ring of fortifications, stone and brick buildings for a convent of Teutonic brothers were constructed.

Initially the Knights planned that Gerdauen would become a seat of a commander, known as komtur. But this idea was soon relinquished because of the proximity to the Lithuanian lands and frequent attacks staged by Lithuanian troops. Gerdauen for example was attacked in 1336, 1337 and in 1366.

Although in 1406 Gerdauen Castle was surrounded by a ring of fortified walls less than half a century later, in 1455, which was during the Thirteen Years' War, the fortress was severely damaged. In 1670 it stood empty. Soon afterwards it was sold to a private owner. All that had remained of the original buildings were the cellars.

In 1872 a new beautiful palace was raised on this location. Gerdauen flourished until 1814, that is until the outbreak of World War One. In that year, the town was a witness and a victim of a bloody fight with the Russian army. Gerdauen was not rebuilt until 1921.

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Henry Green (4 months ago)
Если вы по дороге из Правдинска в Знаменск (или наоборот) проедете через Железнодорожный - загляните в замок Гераун и не разачаруетесь. Прямо в замковый двор через ворота проходит живописная дорога. Внутри руины замка смотрятся внушительно, особенно зимой или поздней осенью, когда листва вековых деревьев не мешает обзору и можно рассмотреть всю округу: кирху Гердауэн на холме, здание старой мельницы рядом с остатками замковых стен и озеро внизу. Замок сильно разрушен, собственно, сейчас в хорошем состояние только ворота и часть стены, но получить впечатление это не мешает.
Dmitry A. Shchukin (5 months ago)
По словам экскурсовода, во времена существования пивзавода во флигеле размещалось общежитие. Завод уж канул в лету, и за буквально десятилетие флигель превратился в руины. Немного истории. Замок построен в 1315 году. С 1678 года в замке никто не жил. В XIX веке продан барону фон Ромбергу, сын которого снёс старые постройки и построил усадьбу, которая унаследовала от замка лишь подвалы. К началу XXI века сохранились ворота, руины западного флигеля и перестроенные колодец с конюшней. С 2007 года замок признан региональным памятником культуры, но, по внешнему виду, это не способствует сохранению памятника.
Оксана Урбанайть (6 months ago)
Замка, как такового, нет! Есть немного стены, ворота, колодец, и какие то руины... видно ,что кладка разного времени... не понятно вообще что это... ехать далеко, но... кроме замка есть много других мест!
Port Kaliningrad (7 months ago)
Замок Гердауэн — замок Тевтонских рыцарей, построенный в 1315 году и находящийся в современном пгт. Железнодорожном. Строил комтурИоханнес фон Виннунген, руководил строительством Кёнигсбергский комтур Генрих фон Изенбер. Постановлением Правительства Калининградской области от 23 марта 2007 года замок получил статус объекта культурного наследия регионального значения. Замок освящен в день святых Петра и Павла в 1325 году. В 1347 году войско Ольгердаподошло к воротам крепости, но не решилось штурмовать. С 1678 года в замке никто не жил. В XIX веке продан барону фон Ромбергу, сын которого снёс старые постройки и построил усадьбу, которая унаследовала от замка лишь подвалы. После замок продали Альфреду фон Янсену, прожившему в нём до 1945 года. В ходе Второй Мировой Войны усадьба незначительно пострадала, но к началу XXI века сохранились ворота, руины западного флигеля и перестроенные колодец с конюшней. С 1947 года в конюшне находилась ветеринарная лечебница.
Юлия Черевко (12 months ago)
Замок Гердауэн. На самом деле от замка остались только развалины,очень красивые ворота,заросший внутренний двор. Но само расположение замка - стоит на горе -впечатляет. К нему ведет дорога -брусчатка,которую,в отличие от замка,время и люди пощадили, и она в довольно приличном состоянии. Жаль,что все разрушено,и процесс этот продолжается. Это место могло бы стать туристически привлекательным,если бы у нас хотели и умели такие обьекты беречь и восстанавливать,как это делают наши соседи -поляки.
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