During the second world war, Malbokm Castle was heavily damaged but has since been renovated on several occasions. Today it’s open for visitors and exploring the entire premises can take a few good hours.
Besides the impressive building itself, the castle holds various exhibitions to enjoy such as armor, weaponry related to the time the castle was built, and an impressive Amber museum. Definitely worth the trip.
Show Must Go On!
Château de Suscinio offers its visitors a tour of the castle's interior rooms and their panoramic views which add the extra touch. The castle doesn't just stand there. When the weather allows, the castle turns into an entertainment center, and its holds concerts of music, and dance shows which keep this premisses alive and beating.
This royal place that carries the history of a few hundred years, keeps its book open for more stories to be written.
Malbork Castle – Poland
If you take the land the castle is on, as the main criteria for measurement, Malbork Castle in Poland, is the largest castle in the world. It is also known as The Castle of the Teutonic Order.
The building ended at the beginning of the 15th century and as the number of Teutonic knights kept growing and growing, the castle kept growing as well. At one point, Malbork Castle was home to over 3000 knights that could easily trade due to the closeness of the castle to the ports and the sea.
Burg Kreuzenstein Castle — Austria
With the solid brown Burg Kreuzenstein castle contrasting the wintery landscape, the scene looks more like something out of a gothic thriller. However, plenty of fairy tales have spooky castles, so Burg Kreuzenstein makes this list. The castle was originally built in the 12th century but was razed during the Thirty Years War. A wealthy Wilczek family, who made their money from coal mines, had the castle restored in the 19th century.
While this courtyard in the Burg Kreuzenstein looks like a typical one of a medieval castle, it is not. Burg Kreuzenstein is, in fact, an eclectic mix of old and new and is composed of imported materials from Europe: German wood, Hungarian windows, and Italian stone. And just look at all those colorful stones making up that roof.
A Poet's Inspiration
Some say that Burg Kreuzenstein Castle in Austria is presumably one of the most interesting places in Europe. Its unique design makes it stand out and turns it into more than just another fairytale castle. In the past century, poets and artists took the Burg Kreuzenstein Castle as an inspiration for many of their pieces that are widely appreciated today.
This magnificent place has been featured in many Hollywood movies. It was in the 1968 production of "The Vengeance of She," and in 2002, it was one of the locations for "The Pianist." It is home to a wide and impressive collection of armor, weaponry, and medieval artifacts, and many of them are authentic antiques.