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30 years, in connection with the development of long-range artillery, the construction of the tower was considered outdated, and in the early 20th century tower Wrangel was put out of the fortifications and to April 1945 in any military action did not participate.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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Founded: 1843
Category: Castles and fortifications in Russia


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Николай Николаев (5 months ago)
A wonderful place, underestimated by tourists and residents of the region. Improve both inside and outside, clear the canal, create a walking route from the Upper Lake to the square ... but alas, it is easier for the government to build a house in the middle of the park ...; ((((
Владимир Лужецкий (6 months ago)
An interesting and beautiful German fortification. During the construction, a special fortification brick was used, made by a multi-firing method. Currently closed for visiting. The next museum would be the right place here. The tower was built in 1853 as part of the Königsberg fortifications and got its name in honor of Field Marshal Wrangel. The Wrangel Tower is a mirror image of the Don Tower (which now houses the Amber Museum). Both towers are 34 meters in diameter and 12 meters high. The artillery of the towers was housed in 42 casemates located on two round tiers. At the top of the second floor was an open artillery area protected by a jagged parapet.
Владимир Бацев (6 months ago)
The Wrangel Tower may soon be opened for visits, the museum is the place there (2021). Well, what happens around on weekends is called a local flea market. A very busy party, both with real antiques and vintage, as well as with modern things and gadgets. Most Kaliningraders already know this place, armies of tourists are welcome! Here you can buy things from both Konigsberg and Soviet Kaliningrad.
oleg Malets (6 months ago)
Excellent fortification. The city authorities must urgently restore the tower. It will turn out to be a wonderful tourist center.
Андрей Смирнов (10 months ago)
A very famous place as a historical monument - you can read about it on the Internet. I want to tell you about something else - on weekends, the street around in the morning turns into a historical bazaar. Simply put - in a flea market. There is so much here - from hand-made in the form of belts and socks made of dog and camel hair to old plaques of houses of the former Konigsberg with street names in Gothic German script. Coins from royal to modern, dishes, axes and other household items of both the distant and not very distant past ...
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