Malbork Castle is the most powerful fortress in medieval Europe. This picturesque complex of three castles located on the Nogat River was the capital of the Teutonic Knights for 150 years.
The beginnings of the castle date back to the second half of the 13th century.
From 1309, Malbork was the seat of the great masters of the Teutonic Order and the capital of one of the most powerful countries of medieval Europe. It is the largest Gothic castle complex in the world, with an area of about 21 hectares, a masterpiece of defensive and residential architecture of the late Middle Ages.
UNESCO designated the “Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork” and the Malbork Castle Museum as the World Heritage Site in December 1997
One of the most interesting exhibitions at the castle is “Amber Contexts” – an exhibition showing various aspects of amber. The “living stone” created millions of years ago, in which the unusual diversity of nature is revealed, it can be seen and read in a variety of contexts – both natural and artistic; it can also be seen in terms of function. The Malbork amber collection is considered one of the largest and best in the world.
“Light and sound” performance
During the summer season, there is an organized evening show entitled Cross and Sword. Light and Sound in the Malbork Castle with the stage script based on episodes of Malbork’s history.
The soundtrack recordings are performed by Poland’s top actors and the light effects generated in the old castle leave you with unforgettable impressions.
Let a mysterious monk-guide recount to you the most dramatic events in Malbork’s history…
Malbork’s Siege show and fairs
Evey mid-July there is one of the most famous historical productions of the Siege of Malbork.
As in the old days, knights will break the camp under the castle. There will be knightly duels and horse shows. You can count on spectacular stunt elements. In the end, the best horses will arrive in Malbork, and the army will present itself in full, historical armament. Brave warriors can be seen in the areas around the castle, as well as on the stage. After the siege, there can be scenes with knightly duels.
Traditionally, a crafts fair will be held on the inter-corridor. There will be something to taste, see and learn various secrets to which ordinary mortals have no access every day. Blacksmiths, chefs, shoemakers, tailors will share their secrets with you.
In the evenings, the staging of the battle will take place twice. It refers to the events of 1410 when the Polish-Lithuanian army led by King Władysław Jagiełło stormed the Malbork stronghold by storm.
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