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The town of Malbork, Poland, situated in the country’s north not far from the Baltic cities, might not have had much to visit for if it hadn’t been for what is the world’s largest castle by surface area, built within its borders.
Completed in 1406, it is an impressive brick structure constructed by the famous German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, the Teutonic Knights, in what was then Prussia. Called in German Ordensburg Marienburg, UNESCO dubbed it the “Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork” when it listed it as a World Heritage Site in 1997; The Teutonic Knights named it “Marienburg” (Mary’s Castle), and the town was also named Marienburg until it received its current Polish name, Malbork.
Here’s one more look: