Marienburg or Malbork Castle, it is Teutonic Order Castle, built in the XIII century, currently located in the north of Poland, in the town of Malbork near the Nogat River, the area of the whole territory is bigger than 21 ha.
In 1309-1454, the castle was the residence of the Grand Master of the Order, and in 1457-1772, with short breaks, was a part of the Royal Prussian Province of the Kingdom of Poland, as well as one of the royal residences of the Polish king. After the partition of Poland in 1772 the castle became part of Prussia, but after World War II it was returned to Poland again. During the World War II, the castle was badly damaged, later it was rebuilt and restored; nowadays, there is a museum in the castle, it is the largest brick castle in Europe.
The Marienburg Fortress is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval defensive and residential architectural examples in Central and Eastern Europe, one of the most monumental and most impressive Gothic brick ensembles in Europe. In 1997 Marienburg Castle was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Currently, the museum is established in the castle, exhibitions and performances are being organized, the Malbork Castle Museum is one of the most modern and most visited museums in Poland and in all the Central Europe region, carrying out diverse educational and cultural activities and arranging spectacular international exhibitions.
Address: Starościńska 1, 82-200 Malbork, Poland
- Malbork Castle working hours: during the summer season (May-September) – 9.00-19.00; winter season (October-April) – 10.00-15.00. On Mondays and holidays, entrance to some castle sites may be restricted.
- Ticket price: PLN 40, climbing the tower costs an extra PLN 8. Free audio guide is available (headphones) – in Polish, English and Russian;
- Parking near the castle costs PLN 25/3 hours, an additional hour is PLN 5, besides, the parking on the other side of the river costs PLN 20/day (address: Główna 22, 82-200 Malbork, Poland). Drive a little further from this place of interest, and you can park your car in the city for free.
- It is better to visit this place until 12:00 due to the large number of visitors at other time, if you arrive later, you may need to stand for a long time in the checkout line or you may not get the audio guide (headphones) in thе desired language;
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