Speyer Old Gate

Speyer, Germany

The Old Gate (Altpoertel) is the medieval west city gate of Speyer, and is one of the original 68 towers in the old walls and gates. Today it is one of the largest and most architecturally significant of the remaining city gates in Germany.

The Old Gate was built between 1230 and 1250 on the ruins of a previous tower. The bottom of the 13th century tower remains as the foundation but, in 1511, Speyer's mayor ordered that the tower be rebuilt, so the top portion is newer. It was completed in 1514. It was originally built as an exterior gate, connecting the old town with the suburb of St.Gilgenvorstadt. A 20 metres high roof was added in 1708.

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Founded: 1230-1250
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Karl Hurkett (2 years ago)
On a sunny day it’s always great to take a look around Speyer from the Altpörtel.
Peter Pfeifer (3 years ago)
Impressive building
Mario Cvitkovic (3 years ago)
Make the effort and climb the tower so you can have wonderful panoramic view across the city!
Yassine Bouelhaoua (3 years ago)
I was here in my visit from November, I was inside and climbed the stairs all the way up during a guided visit after midnight, at the top there is a fantastic view of the city.
iNSIDE EUROPE (4 years ago)
Beautiful landmark iN UNESCO World Heritage city Speyer. Try to schedule your visit when you can actually climb to the top of this former city gate. Great views guaranteed!
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