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Malbork coat of arms
Malbork (Poland)
Basic data
State : Poland
Voivodeship : Pomerania
Powiat : Malbork
Area : 17.15  km²
Geographic location : 54 ° 2 '  N , 19 ° 3'  E Coordinates: 54 ° 2 '0 "  N , 19 ° 2' 30"  E
Height : 6 m npm
Residents : 38,465
(Jun. 30, 2019)
Postal code : 82-200 to 82-210
Telephone code : (+48) 55
License plate : GMB
Economy and Transport
Street : DK 22 : Kostrzyn nad Odrą / Germany - Grzechotki / Russia
DK 55 : Nowy Dwór Gdański - Stolno
Ext. 515 : Susz- Malbork
Rail route : PKP - Route 9: Warsaw-Gdansk
PKP route 204: Malbork Mamonowo / Russia
PKP route 207: Toruń – Malbork
PKP route 222: Małdyty – Malbork (closed)
Next international airport : Danzig
Gminatype: Borough
Surface: 17.15 km²
Residents: 38,465
(Jun. 30, 2019)
Population density : 2243 inhabitants / km²
Community number  ( GUS ): 2209011
Administration (as of 2015)
Mayor : Marek Charzewski
Address: pl. Słowiański 5
82-200 Malbork
Website :

Malbork [ ˈmalbɔrk ], German  Marienburg , is the district town of the powiat Malborski in the Polish Pomeranian Voivodeship . It is the seat of the independent rural community Malbork , but does not belong to it itself.

The city of Marienburg became famous for the Marienburg of the same name ( Polish: Zamek w Malborku ), which is considered to be the greatest work of brick Gothic . The castle complex was the seat of the Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order from 1309 to 1457 and thus the main building and power center of the Teutonic Order state .

Geographical location

The city is located on the Nogat , south of the Gdansk Bay in the former West Prussia , about 45 kilometers southeast of Gdansk and 120 kilometers southwest of Kaliningrad ( Königsberg ).

History of the city and the order castle

13th to 17th centuries

Marienburg around 1895
Marienburg 2003

In 1274, forty years after the beginning of the conquest of the Prussian region , the Landmeister Konrad von Tierberg the Elder began . Ä. on the right bank of the Nogat , an estuary of the Vistula , with the construction of the Marienburg. To the southwest of the castle, the town of the same name and church were built in 1276 and equipped with a festival . The north wing of the high castle with church and chapter house was completed by 1280. The outer bailey was rudimentary from 1309. The Grand Master's Palace was built from 1305 to 1393. Since that time, the fortunes of town and castle could no longer be separated. In connection with the acquisition of Danzig and Pomerania , Grand Master Siegfried von Feuchtwangen moved the seat of the Order of Venice to Marienburg in 1309 . In the last quarter of the 14th century, Grand Master Winrich von Kniprode initiated the construction of the Neustadt and founded a Latin school. The Gothic town hall was completed in 1380, and around this time the Gothic city gates and the city wall were built. After the lost battle of Tannenberg in 1410, Grand Master Heinrich von Plauen had the city burn down except for the church and town hall, retired with the residents to the castle and repelled the siege of Marienburg . From 1411 to 1448 further enclosing structures, the Plauen bulwarks, were built.

In 1454 the order had pledged the Marienburg with other order locks to the totality of the order mercenaries as security for outstanding pay payments. A group of mercenaries under a Bohemian knight took control of the Marienburg in 1457 and immediately sold it to the King of Poland Casimir IV. Andrew , called the Jagiellon, who moved in on June 7th and took possession of it. The Grand Master had only managed to escape the day before. He then moved his seat to Königsberg . The city of Marienburg had stood on the side of the order in the Prussian city war between the order and the Prussian Confederation and was recaptured on September 27th by mercenaries loyal to the order. Under Mayor Bartholomäus Blume it held out for three years against a siege by Polish troops and Prussian bundlers until August 6, 1460, but suffered severe damage. After the city was conquered, flowers were hanged and quartered.

In the Second Peace of Thorn in 1466, the town and castle were transferred from the religious order to the autonomous corporate state of Prussia, the royal part , which had voluntarily submitted to the sovereignty of the Polish crown. A Marienburg Voivodeship was established, which also included Elbing , Stuhm and Christburg . The church, which was destroyed in the city war, was rebuilt between 1468 and 1523.

However, the West Prussian cities received many privileges. During the two Swedish Wars 1626–1629 and 1656–1660, the city was continuously occupied by Swedish troops and expanded into a fortress.

From the 18th to the 21st century

Marienburg south of Danzig and east of Schöneck and Dirschau on a map from 1908.

As part of the first Polish partition , Marienburg became part of the State of Prussia in 1772 , was in the newly created province of West Prussia from 1773 and became the administrative seat of the district of the same name. From the Prussian administrative reform of 1815 until 1919, Marienburg was in the Danzig administrative district of the West Prussian province.

In 1816 the old Latin school was replaced by the Höhere Stadtschule , which was then expanded into a full grammar school in 1860 .

The first restorations of the castle, which has since fallen into disrepair, served to use the castle as barracks and to restore the structure . After prominent historians pointed out its value, the castle was restored from 1817 and was the scene of historicizing events under Kaiser Wilhelm II , which glorified the era of the Knights of the Order.

Flag of Malbork

After the First World War , the population in the Marienwerder voting area voted on whether they would continue to belong to Germany or join Poland. The district of Marienburg voted 98.9 percent to remain with Germany, in the city of Marienburg, 9,641 people voted to remain with East Prussia, and Poland had 165 votes. The area was then annexed to East Prussia, which had remained German, when the German province of West Prussia was divided up and the Polish corridor was formed as the West Prussian government district. From 1920 to 1939 the Nogat formed the border between Germany and the Free City of Danzig . The Marienburg district of Kalthof , west of the Nogat , belonged to the Free City of Danzig in those years.

The number of inhabitants increased from 12,983 to 21,039 between 1910 and 1925 and reached a level of 26,159 in 1939. At that time, in addition to the aforementioned grammar school, there was a higher agricultural school with an attached secondary school and a lyceum in the city . Thanks to the good transport connections - Marienburg was a railway junction on the Berlin - Königsberg - Eydtkuhnen , M. - Deutsch-Eylau lines . M.– Thorn , M.– Allenstein and M.– Tiegenhof , owned a river and airport - rubber , parquet , soap , sugar , roofing felt , malt and cigar factories had settled, as well as a sand-lime brick and one Sawmill . One of the best-known mayor of Marienburg was the reigning from 1918 to 1933 Hindenburg's confidant Bernhard Pawelcik . In the November pogrom of 1938 the Marienburg synagogue was destroyed.

Air raid by
B-17 bombers on October 9, 1943 on the Marienburg von Focke-Wulf plant

At Königsdorf, east of Marienburg, a small civil airport opened in 1929 ( Malbork military airfield since the 1950s ), which was taken over by the Air Force in 1934 . During the Second World War , the Marienburg branch of the Bremen aircraft manufacturer Focke-Wulf was located there, which manufactured half of all Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter aircraft . The plant was badly hit in two air raids by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on October 9, 1943 and April 9, 1944.

Towards the end of World War II, the Red Army conquered the Marienburg area on January 25, 1945 as part of their East Prussian operation . The battles for castle and town lasted until March 9, 1945, 80% of the old town was destroyed and the castle was also badly damaged. Most of the more than 27,000 residents had fled before. The ruins of the castle, which had been destroyed on the land side, remained, the Gothic town hall, the Gothic town church, the two town gates (pottery gate and Marientor gate) and the town wall. The Red Army placed the city under the administration of the People's Republic of Poland . This renamed Marienburg in Malbork, drove out the remaining inhabitants and settled it with Poles .

The modern Malbork on the Nogat as seen from the Ordensburg (2016)

The castle complex was rebuilt and renovated after the Second World War. The reconstruction was largely carried out in the style of the time it was built. The roof of the large Remter, preserved from the Middle Ages , burned down in 1959. In 1997 the UNESCO declared the castle complex a world heritage site. The old town was rebuilt with abandonment of the historical floor plan, so that among other things the picturesque arcades of the patrician houses on the market ("Hohen" and "Niederen" arcades) were lost and the historic town hall in the middle of the new two- and three-storey open residential buildings looks out of place. The number of inhabitants grew continuously from 22,500 (1955) to over 38,000.

In October 2008, a mass grave with more than 2,100 dead was found during civil engineering work for a luxury hotel . The exact circumstances of death and who the victims were could not yet be conclusively clarified (as of 2014). However, all victims are attributed to the then German population of Marienburg. On August 14, 2009, all 2116 dead were buried at the German military cemetery in Neumark near Stare Czarnowo with an ecumenical service .


Population development until 1945
year Residents Remarks
1783 04,575 without the garrison and civilians belonging to it (12 companies of infantry, 819 people in total)
1816 04,817
1831 05,442 mostly evangelicals
1867 08,219 including 4,875 Evangelicals, 2,873 Catholics, 144 Mennonites and 317 Jews
1875 08,526
1880 09,559
1890 10,279 of which 6,027 Protestants, 3,816 Catholics and 217 Jews
1905 13,095 of which 7,739 Protestants, 4,831 Catholics and 165 Jews (97.4% Germans)
1910 14,019
1925 21,039 thereof 13,039 Evangelicals, 7,731 Catholics, 41 other Christians and 179 Jews
1933 25.121 of which 15,444 Protestants, 9,414 Catholics, one other Christian and 133 Jews
1939 26,159 15,590 Protestants, 9,689 Catholics, 168 other Christians and 34 Jews
Population since 1945
year 1945 1946 1950 1955 1965 1975 1989 1995 2000 2004 2010 2015
Residents 2,825 10,017 16,994 22,500 28,292 32,495 39,018 40,188 39,407 38,950 39.284 38,895



Main article: Marienburg (Ordensburg)

The Marienburg was the most important castle of the Teutonic Knights and from 1309 to 1457 the seat of the grand masters. Construction began in 1272, and after its completion at the beginning of the 14th century it was considered the most powerful fortress in Europe.

Parish Church of St. John
Old Town Hall

Parish Church of St. John

St. John's Church, located in the north-west of the city near the castle, was built in its current floor plan between 1468 and 1523 after the previous building from the 13th century was completely destroyed in the Thirteen Years War around 1460. The three-aisled hall church was built as a Gothic brick building. The tower in front of the middle of the south front with its massive square substructure and the wooden bell storey was built last and was not completed until 1635. In 1668 a fire destroyed the western part of the building, which was not rebuilt. The east facade was given its present appearance in 1851. At the end of the Second World War , the roof and the bell storey of the tower were destroyed, the vaults partially broken through. The reconstruction could not be completed until 1979. Most of the interior was preserved, the inventory dates from the 16th century. Two baptismal fonts were made in the 14th century, and a figure of Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia around 1410. The neo-Gothic pulpit was created in the 19th century.

Old Town Hall

The town hall was completed in 1380 in the brick Gothic style . It is one of the few remaining buildings in the city from the time of the order. After the Second World War, the city's cultural center moved into this building. The original building was partially destroyed in the Thirteen Years War and rebuilt in its present form between 1457 and 1460. The north gable of the original building is decorated with panels, while the south gable from the 15th century has half-arches. In the basement with vaults there is an arcade , the upper floor is structured by flat pilaster strips , the windows with stone crosses are inserted in pointed arches. The roof turret with its tapering attachment in the middle of the gable roof had to be replaced after a fire in 1899 and after the destruction of the Second World War. The former courtroom is only closed off by a dome-like vault resting on ribs.

City fortifications

The Plauener Wall, a complicated wall-ditch-kennel system with a partially quadruple wall ring, was built on the orders of Heinrich von Plauen in the middle of the 15th century. Between 1656 and 1659 the Swedes built further defensive walls in the northern and eastern aprons, parts of the facilities have been preserved. To the west on the Nogat is the Recket Tower, also called the Buttermilk Tower, from the 15th century. It was reconstructed after the Second World War. The twelve meter high and nine meter wide Gothic pottery gate stands in the east and was only slightly damaged in 1945. The destroyed roof was restored in 1955. The Marientor to the south is ten meters high and eight meters wide. It was also built in the Gothic style around the middle of the 14th century and increased in size in the 16th century. Destroyed to the ground in 1945, its reconstruction could not be completed until 1964.

Military cemetery

To the south of the village is the Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery , where British soldiers from the First and Second World Wars are buried. Is located in the cemetery beyond the Malbork Memorial, which since the 1960s 39 dead British POWs from the time of World War I, on the cemetery of Lidzbark Warmiński is thought are buried.

Other sights

  • Water tower, neo-Gothic before 1900
  • Barracks complex from the Wilhelminian era around 1890
  • Malbork station, brick building from the Wilhelminian era around 1890
  • Monument to Casimir IV. Andrew, called the Jagiellonian, who entered Marienburg as King of Poland on June 7, 1457 and took possession of the castle as the new royal seat. In 2010 the 3.48 m high bronze monument was erected on the central town square

Economy and Infrastructure

The airfield to the east of the center, which was laid out in German times, is used exclusively for military purposes.

Malbork is located on the Nogatquerung of the former Prussian Eastern Railway , here today's Warsaw – Gdańsk railway line . The Malbork – Braniewo railway , also part of the former Prussian Eastern Railway, and the Toruń – Malbork railway begins and ends in Malbork. The narrow-gauge railway Lisewo – Malbork , the narrow-gauge railway Malbork – Nowy Dwór Gdański and the narrow-gauge railway Malbork – Świetliki of the Żuławska Kolej Dojazdowa are closed.

Town twinning

Malbork maintains town twinning with

sons and daughters of the town

Malbork rural community

Malbork is the seat of a rural community of the same name, but is not itself part of it. The rural community, which almost completely covers the city, has an area of ​​101 km², on which 4804 people live (June 30, 2019).


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Web links

Commons : Malbork  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Marienburg  - travel guide

Individual evidence

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