Malbork is only 80 km (50 miles) from Sopot, so it only took an hour or so (via Lidl) to drive here.
In the 13th century Malbork was the capital of the Teutonic State, one of medieval Europe’s most powerful states, and at 59 acres the famous castle still claims to be the largest in the world. We’ve visited plenty of castles and, having spent half a day walking round it, we’re not going to argue! The castle suffered significant damage in WWII, and a major restoration project was completed in 2016. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site we’re staying at is very conveniently located, just a five minute walk from the castle.
There’s not much else to see or do in Malbork, though this morning we did go for a walk to the railway station which has also been restored to its former (pre-1945) glory.
This afternoon was spent completing our tax returns, which was painful, but I managed to submit them both without filling the swear box up too much, so that’s out of the way now for another year.
Tomorrow we set off for Wilczy Szaniec (Polish) or Wolfsschanze (German) – AKA Wolf’s Lair, which will be our last stop in Poland before we enter Lithuania.