Our next stop is on the northern shore of the New Pregolya. Cross the river via the Wooden Bridge (Derevyanny most), take the 45 bus or the 77 and 80 minibus-taxi and you will arrive at the King’s Gate. It looks like a small red-brick castle in the neo-gothic style. The gate was built in 1850 in the place of its dilapidated predecessor.
Its name comes from Königstrasse – the royal avenue which took monarchs out of the city to Devau for military exercises.
In the early twentieth century, some of the city’s fortifications and ramparts were removed. The gate lost its defensive function and became a kind of triumphal arch. The gate has three bas-relief sculptures on it, depicting the founder of Königsberg Castle Otakar II, King of Prussia Frederick I, and Duke of Prussia and great reformer Albrecht Brandenburg-Ansbach. On the occasion of the city’s 750th anniversary the monument was renovated. Where the casemates used to be, you can now discover an exhibition revealing the secrets of Peter the Great’s Grand Embassy, put together by the Museum of the World Ocean.