While staying in Gdynia recently, we decided to have a day out at Malbork Castle. Travel was straightforward the distance from Gdynia to Malbork is about 60km and the journey took us about an hour by train.. The walk from the railway station to the castle being only ten minutes.
Malbork is the worlds largest brick built gothic castle and is located by the side of the Nogat River in Poland.
The castle construction was started in the 13th century and it was occupied by the Teutonic Knights.
Originally only the Upper Castle was built, then expanded with the Middle Castle and in 1382-1399 the Palace of the Grand Master was added.
Below, photograph of a model of Malbork Castle which gives some idea of size and layout. This can be found in Malbork town on the way to the castle.
|Gate passage of the Middle Castle|
|Courtyard with well|
|Statues of four Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order|
|A bombard from the 15th century|
|The Chapter House|
|Heating system in the Chapter House|
|View from the top of Malbork Castle main tower|
As you can see from the above photograph it is well worth the climb to the top of the castle main tower, a stunning view over Malbork Castle, the Nogat River and adjoining countryside.
Poland, photographs and travel information:www.imaginepoland.com
More information re Malbork Castle:http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/index.php?p=informacje
Polish rail services:http://www.about-poland.com/polish-rail.html
UNESCO Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork:http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/847