Top castles in Poland

Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle ©oarranzli/Flick

Poland has over than 100 castles. We would like to enlist the top castles in Poland and to present the Malbork Castle. The most remarkable castles were built by the Teutonic Knights and are located in the northeast of the country.

Malbork is the largest medieval castle in Europe that has lasted until today. You should also visit the castles from Lidzbark Warmiński and Kwidzyn built by the same Teutonic Knights. The most important castles are the Wawel castle in Krakow and the Royal Castle in Warsaw, being the residences of kings and the symbols of power.

Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle ©oarranzli/Flick

The Eagles’ Nest

The Castles of Czestochowa and Krakow were part of a fortification system called the Eagles’ Nest, most of them were built in the Middle Ages and destroyed during the Swedish Flood in 1650. The castles lovers should look for these ruins in Olsztyn, Mirow, Ogrodzieniec, Bolków or Bobolice. The Pieskowa Skala is the only well preserved building of the whole system of the Eagles’ Nest.
The recommendation list could go on because their castles are extremely beautiful, some of them being restored, others abandoned.

The Malbork Castle

The Malbork Castle is one of the top castles in Poland and is truly worth a trip to northern Poland, especially since 1997 is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was built by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century on the territory of Prussia, now located at about 60 km from Gdańsk, because of an act of Christianization of the German Roman Catholics.

Malbork Castle mock-up

Malbork Castle mock-up ©Jeroen Fossaert/Flick

Malbork actually consists of 3 castles and became the largest medieval fortress in Europe and the largest brick castle in the world. During the Second World War, more than half of the building was destroyed and it is in a continuous process of reconstruction even today.

There is also a museum in the Malbork Castle in Poland, which has a permanent exhibition that presents the Teutonic Order and everything related to it and temporary exhibitions ad well depending on the various events that have an interest to visitors. The interiors of the Malbork Castle Museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm and the exteriors from Tuesday to Sunday between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm and on Monday between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm.

Malbork Castle inside

Inside the Malbork Castle ©Jeroen Fossaert/Flick

Accommodation in a castle

For eccentric travelers there is a hotel named Zamek (the Polish Zamek actually means castle), and it is located in the former Teutonic hospital. It has a cafe, 3 restaurants and the conditions of an unforgettable Gothic sleep.

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