In the delta of the Vistula River, on one of her arms under the name Nogat, only 80 kilometers from the Kaliningrad region is a wonderful Polish city Malbrok. Several small streets with a couple of shops and dressing them side by side with the world’s largest brick castle called Marienburg.
It was built at the end of the XIII century, and at the same time, there lived the provincial commander of the Teutonic Order, and in the XIV century castle of Marienburg was the official residence of the Grand Masters.
As with most of these historic buildings, the castle of Marienburg constantly being completed, but after the Second World War, he was almost completely destroyed. At the initiative of the Polish authorities in the last century in the post-war period has begun full-scale restoration of this historic building and restoration work carried out here and there until now.
Delve into the history will not, I will note only that the Teutons were in Poland at the request of the Polish prince who applied to one of the masters for protection of the Polish lands from the Prussian troops. But the energetic Teutons, arrived at the scene, they decided to stay for a short time in these lands, as a result of the Order existed on Polish soil for about three centuries.
The scale with which the Teutons have treated themselves to the headquarters, you can still appreciate at the entrance to the city: here and there we met strengthening in the form of remnants of fortifications with traces of restoration or not touched at all, and a host of huge ditches. In addition, it is curious that in the Middle Ages there was already central heating, as well as innovative for that time WC, arranged in a separate tower.
Marienburg castle exterior looks very impressive, it is believed, by the way, it’s almost a standard so-called brick Gothic.
We did not join the group and walked alone, fortunately, there are no closed areas. Outside the gates of the impressive size we were in for quite a large courtyard of the Middle Castle.
Under the canopy of the trees were arranged monuments four lived in the castle Grand Masters.