The Nordertor is an old town gate in Flensburg, Germany, which was built around 1595. Today the landmark is used as a symbol for Flensburg.

The town wall of Flensburg was built step by step from 1345 onwards. A town gate, named Norder Porte, was built in the northern section of the wall. At the end of the 16th century it was replaced by the Nordertor, a building with stepped gables and archway. At this time the Nordertor marked the northern boundary of the town. It was a checkpoint that was closed at night.

On the north face of the gate are two plaques. The left one bears the royal coat of arms of King Christian IV, 1577-1648 and the Latin words: Regna Firmat Pietas — Piety strengthens the Realm. The right one bears the coat of arms of Flensburg with the German words: Friede ernährt, Unfrieden verzehrt — Peace nurtures, strife devours. The town gate was restored in the time of Christian VII, 1749-1808.

In 2004 the gate was licensed as a venue for civil weddings, so that weddings are now performed in a room above the archway of the gate.



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Founded: 1595
Category: Castles and fortifications in Germany
Historical period: Reformation & Wars of Religion (Germany)

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Lucas Eriksen (19 months ago)
Hans Hansen (2 years ago)
Some might say, once you cross this gate, your stepping into the real north. For me it's like stepping from the shopping wonderland of Flensburg Downtown, into the other Flensburg, where you can find a huge variety of Flensburgers from all over the world. If you are just here for tourism, this would be the place to start our end your little walk around the centre of Flensburg.
Eli Tepp-a (2 years ago)
Very pretty
Mr. Y (3 years ago)
The towns famous landmark. ,,The gate to Flensburg." Very inconspicous on first sight but of historic value.
Lumyia Luminus (3 years ago)
There is a little cafe hosted by the Phenomenta called Cafe Lights out (licht los). It's run entirely by blind people. The whole upper parts is dark, so you can't see, just like the blind people. It's an experience and the cake there is amazing. It's really worth going at least once! The down side is that it has a pretty long line sometimes to get into the cafe. So bring time when you go!
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