If you’ve seen the castle and have more time to kill in Malbork, walk south along the line of the river, past impressive remnants of the old city walls, to this square behind Hotel Stary Malbork.
The fortress now operates as the Castle Museum and access is strictly controlled. Most of the rooms and chambers are open to visitors, housing dozens of exhibitions on various historical and archaeological topics.
Malbork’s blockbuster attraction is its show-stoppingly massive castle that sits on the banks of the sluggish Nogat River, an eastern arm of the Vistula. The Marienburg (Fortress of Mary) was built by the Teutonic Knights and was the headquarters of the order for almost 150 years.