How to visit Malbork castle and Gdansk from Warsaw
Discover the amazing architecture of the Malbork's castle. The biggest castle made of bricks. The best is to visit from Gdansk, but you can easily visit from Warsaw as well. All you need to plan is below.
The massive Malbork Castle
The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork city
The largest castle in the world measured by land area
Another great place in the Green Heart of Poland
Points of interest in Gdansk.
- The Main City (Główne Miasto)
- Coal Market (Targ Węglowy) -- see the Museum of Amber.
- Golden Gate will lead you to the Long Market, then to the Green Gate.
- Artus Court, a meeting place and centre of social life
- Dutch House (Dom Holenderski)
- Neptun’s Fountain.
- Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the largest brick church in the whole world!
Sopot points of interest
- Sopot’s wooden pier or “Molo” - try the famous Polish “Gofry” waffles
- The famous Heroes of Monte Cassino Street.
- Crooked house
- Lighthouse - built between 1903 and 1904 as a part of Balneological Institute.
Malbork Castle - UNESCO site
Malbork is a town in the Vistula delta, founded by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. It is known for its medieval castle, built in the 13th century as the Order’s headquarters.
The Teutonic castle is the biggest castle complex in Europe. Malbork Castle is also the biggest brick construction in the history.
Inside the complex you will see the Courtyard, the Cloisters of the High Castle, the Summer Refectory and the Palace of Grand Master.
The complex is listed on UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.
General information about Malbork Castle
The amazing castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork is the largest (by surface area) castle in the world. Also the the largest brick castle in the world. Planning your trip alone, will allow you to spend more time in the castle.
This amazing medieval castle was built back in the 13th century as a stronghold of the Teutonic Knights, a Catholic religious order of Germany.
After the construction, the castle was used as a fortress by the Teutonic Order, a Polish royal residence. During World War II, it was heavily destroyed but has been entirely restored.
It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction in Poland.
How to get to Malbork Castle, Gdansk
First of all, you need to get to the city of Gdansk from Warsaw. You can use a train or a bus.
In case you are looking for alternative options, you can check the full option list on how to travel between different cities in Poland.
Finally, you can use GoEuro to compare different options including cheap buses. Bus is usually cheaper than train but it takes much longer.
Transport from Gdansk to Malbork by Train
Malbork is very easy to get to from Gdansk and there's no need to spend extra money on organized tours. In addition you are going to have more time and see more.
You can buy your train tickets at Gdansk Glowny station (Central Station). In case there is a long queue, try your luck at the ICCC ticket office in the left corner of the train station.
In case you would like to avoid any long queues, you can try to buy your tickets online in advance. Visit the Intercity Website and book a train from Gdansk Główny to Malbork.
Tickets cost between 12 - 79 PLN for one way with a local train. The most expensive are the fast trains Class-1 (29 minutes).
The ride a normal train (Class-2) should not be longer than 45-50 minutes and they are the cheapest.
You can also check possible connections in this page: http://old.rozklad-pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en. Choose one which suits you and buy the ticket (for that train) online or in the ticket office before the train journey.
Another website is this one as well: https://polregio.pl/en/. But prefer the Intercity Trains.
Book the Cheapest Intercity Transfers - FlixBus
Approaching the Malbork Castle
When arriving to the city of Malbork, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the castle. The castle seems to be so close, that you might be thinking to get out early. It might worth to do it if you don't mind to walk for 15-20 minutes.
The Stop is called Malbork Kałdowo (express trains will not stop). Getting out on this stop will give you a great view of the castle from the other side of the Nogat River.
Anyway is more or less the same distance to the castle from the Central station.
TIP: Trains -- Icon explanations and prices
Gdansk-Malbork price without discount, 2nd class. Service provider is intercity (www.intercity.pl) - long-range trains
- EIP - Express Intercity Premium - fast service with new pendolino trains - price around 50PLN
- EIC - Express Intercity - fast service with wagons/carriages - price around 49PLN
- IC - Intercity - economy service with relatively new rail stock - price around 17PLN
- TLK - Twoje Linie Kolejowe (Your Railway Lines) - economy service with relatively old rail stock - price around 17PLN
Planning your Tour in Malbork Castle
Castle interiors are closed on Mondays. They are also some holidays where the castle is closed. It is reccommended to always check opening hours and close days in their website in advance.
A complete tour of the castle grounds will take around 3 hours. It is reccommended to go either early or late just to avoid the crowds. But note the closing time and the time you need to see the castle.
TIP: The castle has different opening times for the summer and winter seasons and the ticket office close 30 minutes before.
Tickets can be purchased also at the new museum building off of Piastowska. They also accept credit cards and is the starting point for the audio tour.
Tickets prices might range. During December for example the tickets are around 30 PLN for a 3-Hour audio guide in English.
During the summer months there are also special light and sound shows as well as night tours.
TIPS for your visit to Malbork Castle (Discount)
Although visiting the castle late afternoon (around 17:15) will get you a discounted ticket price. You might not have the time to see the whole castle. Castle close at 19:00 and the guide is 3 Hours.
The audio guide is amazing and highly reccommended. It has a built in GPS that tracks your route and literally guides you into the next location on the map. Also notifies you if you make a mistake.
The castle is divided into 3 main sections: A, B and C.
Some information are from this source -- HOW TO VISIT MALBORK CASTLE
A Beautiful Journey to Gdansk and Malbork Castle (Drone Video)
Would you like to stay in Gdansk for a Night?
You can just use our main page and find your accommodation in Gdansk. Or just set your dates below and click search. It will find you the cheapest Hotels in Gdansk.
Transport from Hotel to Train Station and Back
I highly recommend you to use the public transportation. You can try the application: JakdoJade. A more comfortable option and highly recommended is: Taxify.
Not sure if they operate in Gdansk. If they do, you can also use a discount code: DRB9U.
As a last option will be a Taxi. Find some information about the Taxi Services in Poland in our Blog Post: How to use the Public Transportation.
Finally, a tour to Gdansk
The all-inclusive tour to Malbork castle and Gdansk or Sopot includes a professional tour in Gdansk or Sopot.
You have the option to get a FREE walking tour in Gdansk.
But you can explore Gdansk using an audio guide which is the cheapest option to explore Gdansk. Only €7,18 per group up-to 2
Rent an audio guide device to help you make the most of your visit to 1,000-year-old Gdansk. Choose from over 20 sites and 40 audio guide tracks. Including gift map and a unique souvenir.
Last option can be to explore Gdansk with a local (English, French or Spanish) - Prices from €30 (2-4 Hours)
Finally, you can check also more things to do and tours in Gdansk.
TIP: Install the "Gdańsk Travel Guide" application on your mobile phone. The application is made by 21CN Polska and is available in Google Play.
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