Zamek w Malborku
Ordensburg Marienburg
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Malbork Castle

The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (Polish: zamek w Malborku; German: Ordensburg Marienburg), located in the Polish town of Malbork, is the largest castle in the world measured by land area.

It was originally built by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress. The Order named it Marienburg (Mary's Castle). The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg. In 1466, both castle and town became part of Royal Prussia, a province of Poland. It served as one of the several Polish royal residences, interrupted by several years of Swedish occupation, and fulfilling this function until Prussia claimed the castle as a result of the First Partition of Poland in 1772. Heavily damaged after World War II, the castle was renovated under the auspices of modern-day Poland in the second half of the 20th century and most recently in 2016. Nowadays, the castle hosts exhibitions and serves as a museum.

The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress and, on its completion in 1406, was the world's largest brick castle.UNESCO designated the "Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork" and the Malbork Castle Museum a World Heritage Site in December 1997. It is one of two World Heritage Sites in the region with origins in the Teutonic Order. The other is the "Medieval Town of Toruń", founded in 1231...

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The castle itself is clean, well preserved and well organized. I been to this place several times and I really love it. It is definitely the most spectacular castle in Poland. I wanted to say ‘Polish castle’ but it is not ‘Polish castle’ ))) as Germans built it. I would recommend taking a guided tour as you would hear many interesting things you would not learn alone. You will need at least half of a day to enjoy this castle. If you want to make a good pictures of the whole castle, you should go to opposite riverside via bridge nearby. Then you would also get the best general view of the...

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