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A hotel in Malbork is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Malbork hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Malbork are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Malbork hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Malbork hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Malbork have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Malbork
An upscale full service hotel facility in Malbork that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Malbork hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Malbork are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Malbork boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Malbork may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Guest houses and B&Bs in Malbork
A bed and breakfast in Malbork is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Malbork bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Malbork B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

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Malbork hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Malbork hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Malbork
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Malbork hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Malbork lack an on-site restaurant.

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Malbork timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Malbork often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Malbork on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Malbork motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Malbork for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Malbork motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Neo-gothic train station in Malbork
Neo-gothic train station in Malbork
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Coat of arms of Malbork
Coat of arms
Malbork is located in Poland
Coordinates:  / 54.033; 19.033
Country Poland
Voivodeship Pomeranian
County Malbork County
Gmina Malbork (urban gmina)
Town rights 1286
• Mayor Marek Charzewski
• Total 17.15 km (6.62 sq mi)
Highest elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Lowest elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2006)
• Total 38,478
• Density 2,200/km (5,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 82-200 to 82-210
Area code(s) +48 055
Car plates GMB
Website http://www.malbork.pl

Malbork [ˈmalbɔrk] (German: Marienburg (Ltspkr.png listen); Latin: Civitas Beatae Virginis) is a town in northern Poland in the Żuławy region (Vistula delta), with 38,478 inhabitants (2006). Situated in the Pomeranian Voivodeship since 1999, it was previously assigned to Elbląg Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Malbork County.

Founded in the 13th century by the Knights of the Teutonic Order, the town is noted for its medieval Malbork Castle, built in the 13th Century as the Order's headquarters and of what later became known as Royal Prussia.

Malbork: History of the castle

Statue of Casimir IV Jagiellon in Malbork
Malbork Castle viewed over the Nogat River

The town 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 Malborg or Malbork in Polish) 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 indemnities.

Under continuous construction for nearly 230 years, the castle complex is actually three castles combined in one. 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 by the Germans when World War II broke out. During the war, the castle was over 50% destroyed. Restoration has been ongoing since the war. The castle and its museum are listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

Malbork: History of the town

The town of Marienburg grew in the vicinity of the castle. The river Nogat and flat terrain allowed easy access for barges a hundred kilometers from the sea. During Prussia's government by the Teutonic Knights, the Order collected tolls on river traffic and imposed a monopoly on the amber trade. The town later became a member of the Hanseatic League, and many Hanseatic meetings were held there.

The Teutonic Order weakened greatly after the Battle of Grunwald against advancing Poles and Lithuanians. The Siege of Marienburg (1410) left the Teutonic Order in control only of the town, until it sold the castle and in 1457 transferred its seat to Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia). The town of Marienburg, under Mayor Bartholomäus Blume and others, resisted the Poles for three further years. But when the Poles finally took control, Blume was hanged and quartered, and fourteen officers and three remaining Teutonic knights were thrown into dungeons, where they met a miserable end. A monument to Blume was erected in 1864.

The town became part of the Polish province of Royal Prussia after the Second Peace of Thorn (1466). It was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in the First Partition of Poland in 1772 and became part of the Province of West Prussia the following year, which became part of the newly founded German Empire in 1871.

Marienburg in West Prussia, map of 1896

Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles after World War I, the inhabitants were asked in a plebiscite on July 11, 1920 whether they wanted to remain in Germany or join newly re-established Poland. In the town of Marienburg, 9,641 votes were cast for Germany, 165 votes for Poland. As a result, Marienburg was included in the Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder within the German Province of East Prussia. During the Weimar era, Marienburg was located at the tripoint between Poland, Germany and the Free State of Danzig.

The town was hit by an economic crisis following the end of World War I. After a brief recovery in the mid-1920s, the Great Depression was particularly severe in East Prussia. In January 1933, Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power and immediately began eliminating political opponents, so that in the last semi-free elections of March 1933, 54 of Marienburg's votes went to the Nazis.). After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, leaders of the Polish minority were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

94th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress targeting the Focke-Wulf factory as described.

During World War II a Focke-Wulf aircraft factory was set up at the airfield to the east of Marienburg. It was bombed twice by the USAAF in 1943 and 1944. Today the airfield belongs to the 22nd Air Base of the Polish Air Force.

Near the end of World War II, the city was declared a festung and most of the civilian population fled or were evacuated, with some 4,000 people opting to remain. In early 1945, Marienburg was the scene of fierce battles by the Nazis against the Red Army and was almost completely destroyed. The battle lasted until March 9, 1945. Following the town's military capture by the Red Army, the remaining civilian population disappeared; 1,840 people remain missing. In June 1945, the town was turned over to Polish authorities who had arrived in the town in April and was permanently renamed Malbork. The German population of Marienburg that had not fled was expelled.

Half a century later, in 1996, 178 corpses were found in a mass grave in Malbork; another 123 were found in 2005. In October 2008, during excavations for the foundation of a new hotel in Malbork, a mass grave was found containing the remains of 2,116 people, a majority of whom were female. All the dead were said to have been German residents of pre-1945 Marienburg, but they could not be individually identified, nor could the cause of their deaths be definitely established. A Polish investigation concluded that the bodies, along with the remains of some dead animals, may have been buried to prevent the spread of typhus, which was extant in the turmoil at the end of World War II. On August 14, 2009, all the dead people’s remains were buried in a German military cemetery to the west of the town at Stare Czarnowo (German: Neumark) in Polish Pomerania, not far from the present-day German border.

In Malbork one can also find a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery with 240 graves, mostly of POWs who died in the area during both wars, especially in the World War II Stalag XX-B camp.

After World War II, the town was gradually repopulated by Poles, many expelled from Polish areas annexed by the Soviet Union. In February 1946, the population of the town reached 10,017 people, then by 1965 grew further to 28,292 and by 1994 to 40,347.

Also following the war, the Old Town in Malbork was not rebuilt; instead the bricks from its ruins were used to rebuild the oldest sections of Warsaw and Gdańsk. As a result, with the exception of the Old Town Hall, two city gates and St. John's church, no pre-World War II buildings remain in the Old Town area. In place of the old town, a housing estate was built in the 1960s.

Malbork: Notable residents

  • Bartholomäus Blume (–1460 executed), mayor of the city of Marienburg
  • Stibor de Poniec of Clan of Ostoja, Starost of Malbork in 1460
  • Achatius Cureus (1531–1594), author and lyricist
  • Wilhelm von Schulte (1821–1894), cartographer and historian
  • Adalbert Krüger (1832–1896), astronomer
  • Bernhard Stadié (1833–1895), pastor and West-Prussian historian
  • Carl Legien (1861–1920), leading politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
  • Stanisław Taczak (1874–1960), general and commander-in-chief of the Great Poland Uprising; died in Malbork
  • Bruno Kurowski (1879–1944), lawyer and politician
  • Erich Kamke (1890–1961), mathematician
  • Erich Abraham (1895–1971), general
  • Heinz Galinski (1912–1992), president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany
  • Alfred Struwe (1927–1998), actor
  • Hartmut Boockmann (1934–1998), historian
  • Klaus Ampler (1940–2016), cyclist
  • Wolfgang Barthels (born 1940), soccer player
  • Christel Lau (born 1944), athlete
  • Grzegorz Lato (born 1950), former striker for the Poland national football team
  • Izabela Bełcik (born 1980), volleyball player
  • Rafał Murawski (born 1981), soccer player
  • Aneta Florczyk (born 1982), strongwoman
  • Marcelina Zawadzka (born 1989), model, Miss Poland Universe 2012 and semifinalist at Miss Universe 2012

Malbork: International relations

Malbork: Twin towns - Sister cities

Malbork is twinned with:

  • Germany Nordhorn in Germany (since 1995)
  • Lithuania Trakai in Lithuania (since 1997)
  • Sweden Sölvesborg in Sweden (since 1999)
  • France Margny-lès-Compiègne in France (since 2004)
  • Germany Monheim am Rhein in Germany (since 2005)
  • Norway Larvik in Norway

Malbork: References

  1. W.J. Watt The History of Prussia, pg 184-191
  2. Weber:Preussen in Ostmitteleuropa: Town of Marienburg resistance against Polish take-over
  3. Turnbull, Steven (2013). Tannenberg 1410: Disaster for the Teutonic Knights. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 1472800095.
  4. Weber:Preussen in Ostmitteleuropa: Geschehensgeschichte und Verstehensgeschichte, 2003
  5. Stephen R. Turnbull, Peter Dennis, Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights, Osprey Publishing, 2003, p. 58, ISBN 1-84176-557-0, 9781841765570 Google Books
  6. marienburg.de
  7. "Deutsche Verwaltungsgeschichte Westpreußen, Kreis Marienburg". Verwaltungsgeschichte.de. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  8. Berliner Zeitung 17 January 2009 "Das rätselhafte Massengrab"
  9. Der Spiegel "Mystery Surrounds Mass Graves in Polish City"
  10. NY Times Facing German Suffering, and Not Looking Away
  11. World War II Mass Grave Unearthed in Poland
  12. CWGC information for Malbork cemetery
  13. Official town portal
  • Municipal website (in English)
  • Malbork City Guide (in English)
  • Tourist Information
  • Malbork portal (in Polish)
  • The Malbork Castle Museum
  • The Malbork Castle Virtual Tour
  • Photos of Malbork Castle, May'2007
  • Photos of the Massgrave
  • Accommodation and travelling in Malbork

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