Visiting the Malbork Castle in Poland

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

Poland continues to amaze us. A quick day trip from Gdansk would bring us to the Malbork Castle of Knights, one of the biggest brick castles in Poland and the world! It’s another thing or place in our travels here to surprise us about this area of northern Poland: it is home to the largest castle in the world (by surface area).

Visiting the Malbork Castle of Knights

The Malbork Castle was built by the Teutonic Knights and completed in 1406 after the conquest of Old Prussia. It is a dominating presence on the banks of the Nogat River, having been expanded several times to accommodate the number of knights who resided there. It soon became the largest fortified Gothic building in Europe.

Throughout history, the castle has been a residence of the Polish Kings, used for barracks for the Prussian army, and as a destination for a pilgrimage for the Hitler Youth and League of German Girls.

After WWII, the castle again became a part of Poland and was reconstructed and restored after the damages of the war and a fire in 1959. The Malbork Castle now stands as the largest brick building in Europe.

How to Visit the Malbork Castle

Getting There

Visiting the Malbork Castle is easiest as a day trip from Gdansk. The castle is just over 50 km away from Gdansk, and trains are the easiest option. They frequently depart from Gdansk Glowny station, which takes between 45 and 60 minutes. The Regio trains are the cheapest but slowest, while InterCity (IC) trains offer a faster option for a slightly higher price. Once arriving at Malbork station, a leisurely 20-minute walk will take you directly to the castle.

Alternatively, you can drive to the castle in about thirty minutes, or some taxis will take you directly there.

Admission and Tickets

There are several options for admission to Malbork Castle.

Admission to the Malbork Castle is free on Mondays.  Note that only the Green Route is available, and a guide or audio guide fee of PLN 15.00 applies and is mandatory.

Historical Route

Availability: Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (last entrance at 1 pm)

This tour of the entire castle includes the price of a mandatory guide.

  • Normal ticket – PLN 70.00
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 18) – PLN 220.00

Green route

The Green Route tour includes: part of the Outer Bailey, gate passages, courtyards of the Middle and High Castle, the chapel of St. Anne, terraces with the garden of the great masters, moat and zwinger. It does not include visits to chambers and exhibitions.

Availability: Monday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm / Tuesday – Sunday, 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm (last admission at 2:30 pm)

  • Normal ticket – PLN 30.00
  • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 18) – PLN 90.00

For more information, visit the Malbork Castle of Knights website.

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  1. I guess castles are not my thing because even knowing this is the biggest castle in the world, I was thinking to myself “Meh, I’ve seen better…”

    And then I saw your photos of the INTERIOR of the castle, and that definitely looks like something I would be interested in checking out. Love the arched ceilings and all the paintings and tilework… shame that’s the part that you have to pay to see! 😉

    1. It is not only the biggest but one of the best preserved ones as well. We are very proud of this one and all the school trips to Malbork are obligatory 🙂 Glad to see so many bloggers visiting Poland this summer!

    2. I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of castles – or should I say, the history. For me, stories blur before the 1900s 🙂 But Malbork is really something else!

  2. Gorgeous photos! We were there last year, on a very cloudy day… Your photos make me want to go back…

  3. Worth the trip out there though? We are in Gdansk and considering going there for a day trip, but not sure…. we’ve seen a few castles already….. hard to decide!

  4. Had to revisit your post because we are heading up to Gdansk area for the long Polish holiday this week. Can’t wait to explore the Baltic Sea area for the first time! 🙂 This castle is on our list too!

  5. I love the first photo, it does look magnificent and historical. The castle is definitely huge and they have wonderful paintings showing their history. Nice photos and thanks for the post!

  6. My grandmother/gr’father and their ancestors were born in Bytow,Poland, west of Gdansk. Now I’m really motivated to discover my roots
    and travel to northern Poland!

  7. Hello, I am an art teacher in Florida. My middle school students will be studying Malbork Castle this fall. May I use your photos for drawing references? They will not be used for commercial or financial gain purposes–just sources of inspiration. Thank you in advance!

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