Although the largest Castle of the Teutonic Knights is the most famous one in Malbork, the Gniew Castle is the best-preserved Teutonic castle. This immense fortress was erected at the turn of the 13th century and is the mightiest stronghold of the Teutonic Order on the left bank of the Vistula River. It was initially the seat of the Teutonic commanders, but in 1464 it came under Polish rule and served as the Governor’s residence. Over the centuries, the castle was expanded and rebuilt many times, especially in the 19th century when it was turned into a prison and a granary. Despite the building was destroyed by a fire in 1921, the 2-meter-thick walls and the major structural survived, and it was later restored.
Today the castle is open to the public and visitors can explore halls, chapels, and ancient torture chambers to experience the medieval times of knights and kings. Moreover, numerous battleground stagings, knightly tournaments and historical performances are organized at the castle, making it a hotspot for showcasing medieval culture in Poland.
If you want to visit some of the best-preserved medieval castles in Poland, don’t miss out on the Gniew Castle!😉