Poland, Polen

We arrived in Gdynia around midnight on the 13th July… Spent the night in front of the house of Tadeuz…. We did not want to disturb Daniela and the sons. In the morning we were nicely welcomed by Daniela and we had a traditional Polish breakfast. ( goffes, cream, bread, ham etc) a heavy breakfast for me….


We decided to visit Malbork castle museum the first day. Situated some 60 km from Gdynia we drove there and spent the whole day in the castle. Wow what a place….
The Marienburg Castle in Malbork (Polish: Zamek w Malborku, German:  Marienburg) is the largest castle in the world by surface area, and the largest brick building in Europe. It was built in Prussia by the Teutonic Knights, a German Roman Catholic religious order of crusaders, in a form of an Ordensburg fortress. The Order named it Marienburg (Mary’s Castle). The town which grew around it was also named Marienburg.
The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress and, on its completion in 1406, was the world’s largest brick castle. UNESCO designated the “Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork” and its Museum as the World Heritage Site in December 1997. It is one of two World Heritage Sites in the region with origins in the Teutonic Order. The other is the “Medieval Town of Toruń”, founded in 1231 as the site of the castle Thorn.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/847/
Then we decided to visit the city of Gdanzk… a bit tourist attraction.. lovely architecture…Even though the city has been totally destroyed after worl war 2, now it is reconstructed as it was before…
The main attraction in Gdanzk is Divga Street… loads of shops. Restaurants and nice buildings… Amber galleries are a prominent feature in this area…..
We decided to do a cycling tour from Gdinia to Gdank the next day some 40 km up and down… It was a sunny day so we started our journey early…. The coastal city of Gdinia is beautiful and historic… Then we cycled to Sopot… the so called posh area….. a lot of wanna be’s around….. A nice beach and a fabulous observation deck…Main Street of Sopot should not be missed…

Thanks to Daniela and Lucaz for the great hospitality and being our local guides…. And for the great food…

Links:

Gdansk info:            http://www.en.gdansk.gda.pl/

Gdynia info:             http://www.gdynia.pl/eng/

Malbork info:          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malbork

Malbork castle:      http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/index.php

Masuria info:            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masuria

Masuria canoeing: http://www.masuria-canoeing.com/












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