River Nogat and teutonic castle in Malbork, Poland. I took thees shots when we were coming back home from the sea. We stopped there only for a moment, to take these photos :)
The town Malbork was built in Prussia around the fortress Ordensburg Marienburg which
was founded in 1274 on the east bank of the river Nogat by the
Teutonic Knights. Both the castle and the town (named Marienburg in
German and in Polish as Malbork) were named for their patron saint,
the Virgin Mary. This fortified castle became the seat of the Teutonic
Order and Europe's largest Gothic fortress. During the Thirteen Years
War, the castle of Marienburg was pawned by the Teutonic Order to
their imperial soldiers from Bohemia. They sold the castle in 1457 to
King Casimir IV of Poland in lieu of their pay. This separated the
castle from the city in political terms, as the citizens resisted
take-over by Poland.
Under continuous construction for nearly 230 years, the castle complex is actually three castles nested in one another. A classic example of a medieval fortress, it is the world’s largest brick castle and one of the most impressive of its kind in Europe. The castle was in the process of being restored when World War II broke out. During the war, the castle was over 50% destroyed. Restoration has been ongoing since the war. However, the main cathedral in the castle, fully restored just prior to the war and destroyed during the war, remains in its ruined state. The castle and its museum are listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.