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The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork in Poland

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork is the largest castle in the world which is in Poland.

Overview of The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork

• This castle is largest by surface area.
• It is also the largest brick building in Europe.
• It was built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights.
• They were German Roman Catholics.
• This castle in a form of an Ordensburg fortress
• The Order named it Marienburg.
• The town that grew around was also named Marienburg.
• The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress.
• It was completed in 1406.
• It was the world’s largest brick castle.
• UNESCO designated the “Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork” and the Malbork Castle Museum as the 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 Torun”.
• This town was founded in 123.
• The site of the castle Thorn.
• Malbork Castle has a unique architectural work.
• It is greatly influenced by subsequent castles of the Teutonic Order.
• It is a historic monument to conservation.
• Malbork Castle is a symbol of power and cultural tradition.
• It is an important monument to the monastic state of the Teutonic Knights.

Burials in the mausoleum under the Chapel of St. Anne
• Dietrich von Altenburg
• Heinrich Dusemer
• Winrich von Kniprode
• Conrad Zollner von Rothenstein
• Konrad von Jungingen
• Michael Küchmeister von Sternberg
• Konrad von Erlichshausen

Contact information

The Malbork Castle Museum
• +48 55 647 08 00
• fax: +48 55 647 08 03
Hotline (polish numbers only): 801 0801 82
Ticket Offices:
• +48 55 647 09 78
• fax: +48 55 647 09 76 (-77)
email: kasa[a]zamek.malbork.pl

Sports in Poland

• Mountain hikes
• Water sports
• Skiing
• Horse riding
• Cycling
• First bungee jump
• Paintball encounter
• Rock climbing

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at imperialteutonicorder.com
blogs at tripadvisor.in
blogs at whc.unesco.org

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at whc.unesco.org
Images at imperialteutonicorder.com

Videos of Poland

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