We did the visit on our own , with the support of the audio-guide and we liked it very much .
We spent there "many" hours without noticing loosing ourselves in cloisters , corridors ,stairs halls , churches , monuments and ruins of the castle / fortress
You start the visit in the Outer Castle that is rectangular , because its location was not determined by natural features except the Nogat river
From here after crossing gates and moats you arrive to the Middle Castle that was the administrative centre and visitors quarters and finally you reach the Upper Castle where the crusading community did most of their activities in the Church , refectory , Chapter halls , kitchen ...
In the castle there are always exhibitions that you may visit as the amber collection , weapons or special exhibitions
What we missed it was visiting a little around to take a broader view of the castle we must leave this for the next visit
Hicimos la visita por nuestra cuenta, con el apoyo de la audio-guía y nos gustó mucho
Le dedicamos "muchas" horas que se pasaron sin darnos cuenta nos perdimos en los claustros, pasillos, escaleras, salones, iglesias, monumentos y en las pocas ruinas que quedan en el castillo / fortaleza
Iniciamos la visita en el castillo de exterior que es de planta rectangular, ya que está en una zona muy llana y que sólo está limitado por el río Nogat
A partir de aquí después de cruzar las puertas y fosos, se llega al Castillo Medio que fue el centro administrativo y la zona dedicada a los visitantes Finalmente,se llega al Castillo Alto, donde la comunidad cruzada hacía la mayor parte de sus actividades en la iglesia, el refectorio, salas capitulares, cocina ...
En el castillo, siempre hay exposiciones que se pueden visitar como la colección de ámbar, de armas o exposiciones especiales
Lo que si nos faltó fue visitar un poco los alrededores para tener una perspectiva más amplia del castillo , en fin esto lo dejaremos para la próxima visita
One of the major attractions in this part of Poland and very busy with tour groups, arrive early or late for a more peaceful visit.
Without going into the history to much the current castle has been restored after WWII damage and is in good condition with interesting displays inside and good to wander around the grounds on a warm afternoon.
A very worthwhile trip.
This is without doubt the best castle to visit in Poland. The caslte has a long history with the Teutonic Knights. The castle and town suffered damage at the end of the second world war and has been painstakingly restored. The chapel has not yet been fully restored to its orginal glory and there is a debate as to whether it should be left to show how much work has gone into the restoration on other parts of the castle or restored like the rest of the castle.
There are temporary exhibitions in the Castle Museum. In May - Oktober 2003 the exhibition titled "Grunwald -The Painting and the Votive Offering" was placed in Karwan in the Outer Bailey. More information: here or in German language ("Grunwald - Bild und Votum") here.
For up-to-date info on the temporary exhibitions follow the link below, please.
The nineteenth century restoration of the Chapter House was intended to return to the Gothic interior its former glory and to relate to the medieval function of the Chapter House.
The interior now accessible to the public is a return to the nineteenth century arrangement of the Chapter House. The paintings have been thoroughly restored, while the stalls have been reconstructed according to remaining fragments. Thus the Malbork Chapter House has regained its former brilliance. Its decor and furnishings relate more precisely then before to the original function of this splendid and monumental interior.
Since 1995 this exhibition has presented liturgical vessels, textile ornaments serving religious functions, as well as secular wares. Almost all the exhibits, aside of a few exceptions, are related to either the offering table (altar) or to the banquet table.
Look at the Polish metal pot from 16th century.
Malbork Castle is the largest brick castle in the world. It was founded as Die Marienburg – Mary's Castle, in 1274 by Order of Teutonic Knights, and it was the residence of the Order between 1309 and 1457.
The Castle was seriously damaged during WWII, but very successfully reconstructed after it. Photographies of destroyed castle and of works organized during 50s and 60s of 20th century (exhibited in it) testify of the great achievements in reconstructing the castle complex.
UNESCO listed the castle and its museum as World Heritage Sites in December 1997 as Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork.
Malbork's Town Hall isn't so far from castle, it was established then city started to develop faster and faster - in 1365, Gothic style. Seems that building was damaged, as there was reconstruction at 1958.
Building for me looks really medieval one, but not so big, as I think, castle was so big and could use some rooms for city administration as well ;)
If you come from other place to Gdansk by bus or train you will see main train station building if you will walk to castle side. It is actually example of 19th century brick architecture, red one, usual to that time train stations (at least in Lithuania).
Looking up at train station interior, the ticket purchase room, you will see examples of coats f arms of this seaside part of region.
From 13th century construction of Malbork defensive system started to protect city and castle from attacks. Some examples of city fortifications still left – two gates, fragment of brick wall, buttress of the city heights. Most of defensive structure was removed in 19th century.
One of old city gates has restaurant inside (maybe in cellar?).
Church of St. John was first mentioned since end of the 13th century, actually from the establishment of Malbork town. Church had a few reconstructions per time till these days – let say, the shape of nowadays church is from 1468, reconstructed after Thirteen Year’s War. Later, at 1520 new belfry was added and in 19th century parish was constructed. Despite of changes of religion form, St. John church was left Catholic till this moment.
Church from outside seems to be gothic; interior is more or less baroque and, I should say, quite photogenic ;)
The red middle-age castle is a huge complex; it is called the biggest Gothic medieval castle in Europe. It has two parts – lower and upper. Upper rooms were used for residential purposes, lower – defensive ones. There is museum inside, but I haven’t visited it.
Construction of castle started at the beginning of 14th century, it lasted for about 230 years. Castle was for about 50 percent damaged during World War II, later restored, except the main Cathedral the castle.
This architectural masterpiece, which I really enjoyed, is included into UNESCO World Heritage list.
Malbork is a small town near Gdansk.
It is a great place for a day trip if you are visiting northern part of Poland.
Malbork has a one place you must see, and believe me it will take you almost whole day to see it and really enjoy it.
Just look at the pictures....
Think you would have what it takes to get over those walls and break into the castle? hmmmm.... This is a pretty substantial fortress. Sorry I don't have more pics and detail for you...but this attraction was a quick view from the train for me.
Lots of folks travel to the castle and combine it with time spent by the river. Although we weren't able to stop and tour the grounds or the castle...one can imagine that you could be lost in your wanderings for easily a full day.
PERMISSION TO PHOTOGRAPH AND VIDEO WITHIN THE CASTLE COSTS 15 ZLOTY.