THE CASTLE OF THE TEUTONIC KNIGHTS OF MALBORK
We depart for a journey through time at Malbork Castle, the world's largest brick fortress. Over the centuries it has been the seat of the Teutonic Knights, the royal residence of the Polish government and a Nazi base: inside its walls we will experience an incredible history lesson.
What we will see
- Malbork Castle
- Museum of Malbork Castle
What we will do
- Among the many medieval castles in Poland, we cannot miss Malbork Castle, one of the oldest and most famous in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. We reach the banks of the River Nogat where the majestic castle stands tall, surrounded by a moat.
- From the outside we can already note the strong defensive walls of the fortress; inside we will discover the fortified towers, the dungeons, a labyrinth of rooms and many other architectural details created by the Teutonic Knights from 1274 onwards.
- We continue on, visiting the castle's various structures, which are composed of three very distinct parts: the High Castle, originally designed as a monastery and then transformed into a fortress; the Middle Castle, with the servants quarters and certain services; and the Grand Master's Palace, constructed in 1309 after the Knights moved their general headquarters from Venice to Malbork.
- This fascinating history lesson brings us to 1460, the year in which the castle was acquired by the Polish government and transformed into one of many royal residences. Later, during the Thirty Years' War and the Great Northern War, it was the turn of the Swedes. In 1930, the castle became a meeting place for Hitler and his followers, and it was an important model for the Order Castles of the Third Reich.
- During our visit, we will see how the castle, half destroyed by the devastating bombings of the Second World War, has been restored with exceptional precision.
- Lastly, we will discover the superb museum rooms with their collections of armour, ceramics, sculptures and incredible objects in beautiful Baltic amber.
What you need to know
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- The local coaches do not have air-conditioning.