Wrangel Tower is named after Field Marshal F. E. H. von Wrangel. He arrived in Königsberg in 1809 as commander of the privileged Cuirassier Regiment. Wrangel Tower was built in 1843 as part of a defensive bastion of the ring of Königsberg. Water tower is surrounded by a moat, thick brick walls and ceiling to within three meters. Within 30 years, in connection with the development of long-range artillery, the construction of the tower was considered outdated, and in the early 20th century tower Wrangel was put out of the fortifications and to April 1945 in any military action did not participate.

During the assault of Königsberg during the World War II the tower was used as a base defense. April 9, 1945 the tower was blocked by Soviet troops, received minor damage and surrendered with the remnants of the Königsberg garrison. Now the tower hosts wholesale stores, warehouses and cafes.

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Sebastian Dymecki (29 days ago)
Warto odwiedzić tanie piwo,sklepik z antykami ale uwaga na podróbki. Polecam.
Anzor Mallachiev (2 months ago)
Башня Врангеля (нем. Wrangelturm) - фортификационное сооружение, находящееся в городе Калининград (до 1945 года - Кёнигсберг). Башня была построена в 1853 году как часть фортификационных сооружений Кёнигсберга и получила своё имя в честь генерала-фельдмаршала Врангеля. Проект был разработан Эрнстом Людвигом фон Астером. Башня Врангеля, вместе с башней Дона, были призваны прикрывать Верхний пруд(Верхнее озеро), как самое слабое место в обороне. В начале XX века башня потеряла свою оборонительную функцию и не использовалась в военных целях вплоть до 1944 года. В 1944 году внутри были размещены склады стрелкового оружия, боевого снаряжения и имущества связи. 10 апреля 1945 года после штурма Кёнигсберга башня перешла под командование Красной Армии. Башня является объектом культурного наследия Российской Федерации и находится под охраной государства.
Mazury Ubezpieczenia sp z oo (2 months ago)
Szkoda ze zamknięte ale kiedyś tam była super knajpka
Анастасия Беляевская (4 months ago)
К сожалению Башня закрыта, но посмотреть со стороны интересно. Сделать интересные фотографии сзади , где озеро, утки можно.
Александр Павлюк (4 months ago)
Башня Врангеля (нем. Wrangelturm) - фортификационное сооружение, находящееся в городе Калининград (до 1945 года - Кёнигсберг). Башня была построена в 1853 году как часть фортификационных сооружений Кёнигсберга и получила своё имя в честь генерала-фельдмаршала Врангеля. Проект был разработан Эрнстом Людвигом фон Астером. Башня Врангеля, вместе с башней Дона, были призваны прикрывать Верхний пруд(Верхнее озеро), как самое слабое место в обороне. В начале XX века башня потеряла свою оборонительную функцию и не использовалась в военных целях вплоть до 1944 года. В 1944 году внутри были размещены склады стрелкового оружия, боевого снаряжения и имущества связи. 10 апреля 1945 года после штурма Кёнигсберга башня перешла под командование Красной Армии. Башня является объектом культурного наследия Российской Федерации и находится под охраной государства.
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