Malbork Castle - Location and Getting There:
Malbork Castle is located near Poland's Tri-City - Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia, and makes an excellent day trip from the Tri-City area. Malbork Castle can be reached by train; the train from Gdansk to Warsaw stops at the Malbork station, where you can store your bags in a locker. Malbork Castle is a short walk from the station.
Malbork Castle - Buying Tickets and Tours:
The ticket booth is located outside the castle complex. Adult tickets can be purchased for 30 PLN - about 15 USD (as of May 2008). A photo/video license is required if you intend to take photos or shoot video. This will cost you a few extra dollars, but may be worth it if you are a history buff, castle enthusiast, or photographer.
Guided tours are quite costly, and if you visit Malbork in the off-season, there is a good chance that English language tours will not be available. The tours last approximately 3 hours. Depending upon your enthusiasm, a guided tour may or may not be a worthwhile use of your time or money.
Malbork Castle - Self-Guided Visitors:
If you do not choose to purchase a guided tour of Malbork Castle, or none are available in the language of your choice, it's possible to purchase a guide book at one of the souvenir shops located outside of the castle itself. The guidebooks range in price and size. While relatively overpriced, a guidebook will certainly help if you choose to explore Malbork Castle on your own.
Malbork Castle - Exploring the Castle:
Present your ticket to the staff member at the entrance to Malbork Castle, and proceed into the interior of the structure. You will first walk through the Outer Castle to get to the Middle Castle and High Castle, where all the points of interest are located. Use a map to help you orient yourself by identifying the castle well
, the memorial to the Grand Masters, or the dry moat
Malbork Castle - Most Interesting Sights within the Castle:
Be sure not to miss visiting some of the more interesting rooms of the castle, like the kitchen
, the armory, the residential chambers, and the Church of Our Lady
. The exhibition of amber art is also worth seeing.
Malbork Castle - Other Information:
If you're hungry or thirsty, there are cafes within the castle complex, but you might try your luck in the town of Malbork where the prices are likely to be more reasonable.
The website of Malbork Castle is www.zamek.malbork.pl - here you'll find current ticket price information as well as seasonal hours of operation.
Malbork Castle Photos: