Travel Diary - Day 6 : Malbork Castle, Headquarter of the Teutonic Order

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adalger @adalgerOctober 2019 · 5 min read
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Hello lovely Steemians !

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Today I would like to invite you to Day 6 of my Travel Diary. After seeing the beautiful city of Prague, I decided to travel to another great capital city, Vilnius in Lithuania. But before I show you this other amazing city I am going to present to you my visit of Malbork Castle, which was on my way there and a place I definitly wanted to visit.

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Already the first view at the castle from the outside was quite appealing to me and made me want to go inside. I really enjoyed to walk across the bridge into the castle where this massive bars were already waiting for me. Also the doors looked quite massive, but luckily everything was open to me to go inside ^^

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Malbork Castle, "Ordensburg Marienburg"

The fortress of Malbork was founded in the 13th century, in 1274 to be precise, by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. The "Ordensburg Marienburg" as it was called in those days, was used as the Orders headquarters and was the largest Gothic fortress in whole europe.

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The statues that you can see here are the Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order (Die Hochmeister des Deutschen Orden), which names are Herrmann von Salza, Winrich von Kniprode, Siegfried von Feuchtwangen and Albrecht von Brandenburg.

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Teutonic Order, "Deutscher Ritterorden" :

The Teutonic Order was founded in 1190 as a catholic religeous military order. The name of the fortress derives from their patron saint, Virgin Mary. The Teutonic Orders main task was to aid christians on their pilgrimages to the "Holy Land" and to establish hospitals on their way. Their headquarter fortress had a overall size of 21 ha (210000 m²), which is huuuuge, and hosted approximately 3,000 "brothers in arms".

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It was really a nice walk through the various alleys and roads inside the castle and sometimes it felt like I was visiting a park. I hope you can get an good impression for yourself by looking at the pictures.

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UNESCO's World Heritage :

The "Ordensburg Marienburg" is the world’s largest brick castle and one of the most impressive of its kind in Europe. Unfortunately, during the World War II, the castle was destroyed up to over 50%. But luckily it was decided to restore the whole complex. Since then restorations has been ongoing and nowadays the castle and its included museum are listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

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The sidewalks on the balcony around the inner courtyard were really nicely designed and I really loved that gothic style, so that I spend nearly an hour in this area alone.

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My Impression :

For me, who likes history, even worked as a medievil reenactor, and was reading tons of books about the medievil times in europe the visit of this place was an amazing adventure. As this was the headquarter of the Teutonic Order and the largest Gothic fortress in europe this is a historically outstanding location. The restauration of this place is done really good and professionel and this red brick look is really beautiful.

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One thing, that I was really puzzled about is that the kitchen was so small and overloaded with equiptment. While having in mind, that there once have to feed 3000 hungry "brothers in arms" at once, the kitchen seemed far to small for me. But what really amazed me, was that the main hall even had a complete underfloor heating. This is an extraordinary feature for the 13th century and they probablyhad to burn a lot of wood to heat up their ovens. You can even find a hole in the wall of the main hall from a cannon shot that hit the hall once during an assault attack.

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They also have a little museum there that you can visit. This one hosts everything, from weaponary to everyday objects, but also several amazing amber masterpieces ! I am only showing my favorite one here ;)

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They are also still parts left which are under renovation and I would like to show you some pictures, so that you get an impression of how it looked before they invested this tremendeous amound of time and work into this huge project. I am so glad that they decided to do so ^^

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Thank You !

I hope that you enjoyed the 6th day of my Travel Diary featuring the great historical masterpiece, the Malbork Castle. I would like to thank you all for reading my travel diary and for supporting me until now with your upvotes and kind comments. If you want to see more, just stay tuned to see the next day ^^

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Very nice! It's like I went on a visual tour with all the photos you've shared. ^_^ Amazing travel diary series you've got there! I hope to read more.


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adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

Thank you ^^ .. I am soo glad that you like my travel diary ;) .. and here are still some more days to come, hehe .. I also try to increase the quality and readability every time a bit


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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

Thank you for that amazing upvote ^^


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I wish I could timetravel and be in that time age just to have a look but these pictures were a great start


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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

Trime travel is something that I wished for already a thousand times .. it was a bit like that whenever I camped for the weekends with my reenactment group ^^ but inbetween those weekends there were always the nowadays reality ;)


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What a beautiful castle.... You must have enjoyed your time there...


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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

It was really great .. it is such a beautiful one .. if I could, I would have camped there for a night ^^


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That would be amazing..


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Beautiful pictures! I just love seeing places like this. My favorite part, though, are the old trees growing up the walls.


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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

Yes, those looked soo amazing .. that is why I thought that this may as well be a nice walk through the park ^^


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I've always been fascinated by castles. Even though they share a similar painful story they do look different and unique :)


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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

I have been to soo many castles and ruins already, but I am still fascinated of every new location I visit .. I have a lot of fantasy in my head and walking through those lets my imagination go spin around every time ^^ .. you get this unique feeling all the time when you enter historical places ;)


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I totally agree. The same feelings are when I'm visiting citadels :)


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jzn @jznOctober 2019

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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

Thank you so much for the curation ! ^^ .. your tribe is really great ;)


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A wonderful monument to the past glory!

Some photos reminded me of my dreams of being a knight! But I think I was somewhere in a castle in Bavaria!

Great place to visit! Would love to see some spirits in that castle!


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txatxy
txatxy @txatxyOctober 2019

A beautiful castle
I love kitchens if you close your eyes you can almost see the cooks and servants running around, peeling potatoes and stuffing turkeys
Happy day


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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

Hehe, this one was really a nice kitchen .. unfortunately the food was completely artificial, otherwise I would have tried a little bit ^^


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txatxy
txatxy @txatxyOctober 2019

jejje hehe


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I am originally from Europe and I love old architecture. Altough, I never been in Lithuania from my daughter's friend, I never been there. This old castle is so well preserved; I absolutely love it! Superb shots!


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adalger
adalger @adalgerOctober 2019

Thank you ^^ I am also really happy that it is a Unesco World Heritage Site now and that they invested into restoring it ;) .. it was absolutely worth it .. and it was the headquarter of the Teutonic Order, a historical place with no comparison !! .. I enjoyed it there a lot. Thank you for stopping by ^^


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I totally agree and you are most welcome 😊


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