These impressive fortresses were some of the most important buildings in medieval Europe, each with their own distinctive style and particular stories to tell…
1: Malbork Castle, Poland
Built in 1274 by a German Roman Catholic order of crusaders known as the Teutonic Knights, Malbork Castle in Poland is the largest castle in the world measured by land area. Built with distinctive red bricks in a Gothic style, the complex is actually made up of three castles and was extended numerous times over the course of its history.
The castle has served as the residence for several Polish royals and was, at one point, occupied by Swedish forces. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be easily reached from Gdansk, a city the Knights who built the castle once controlled.
2: Spiš Castle, Slovakia