A misty morning – in a hurry to Malbork castle

It just appeared to me, that for a long time now I have not posted a single word here. Well, the touring season has not come to the end yet, so I scarcely have time to write. But I take pictures… Few of them are HERE, just as a reminder how beautiful are the LowLands, and how magic they can be – especially in a morning mist 🙂

The quality of the photos is bad, but I took them from the train to Malbork Castle, through a dirty train window, and with a mobile phone 😉 I was on my way to meet another wonderful group ready to follow me through the wonderful Biggest Pile of Bricks in the World…

 

Winter Malbork

Malbork is beautiful all year long. And this is a true cliché.

However most of the visitors prefer to come here in summer. Of course the blackbirds are singing then, and the days are long AND warm… Yet whoever dares to come here in winter – leaves trully bewitched.

To prove this – I attach today’s photos HERE, and HERE some from my archives…

Enjoy 😀

Night views of Malbork Castle

For the past 10 years or so, I have been guiding around the World’s Biggest Heap of Bricks 🙂

Still I find it wonderful, amazing, admirable, exceptional, enchanting… (there still are many more words to express my fascination with the massive beauty of this brick structure and with the medieval engineering 😉 )

HERE is what I caught with my camera while waiting for my group last night…

Enjoy 😉

Malbork is beautiful and impressing during the day. And definitely it is a MUST when in Poland. But in the evening it is even more impressing, as the castle is illuminated – and the lights are focussed on details, which we sometimes do not notice in the daylight.

So – come and visit the Malbork Castle in the evening. From September till April it is possible to do the night tour here – with a delicious stop at the famous Gothic Cafe & Restaurant

Thanksgiving Day in Gothic Cafe – in Malbork Castle

I know, I know, it still is some time to the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day …

But as the time tends to run soooooooooooo fast – I just thought to post the wonderful invitation from Gothic Cafe now… Unfortunaltely I could not post in the lovely ornamentation… But well, it is nothing comparing to the rich desscription of the forthcoming feast 🙂

And here it is below:

Dear Distinguished Guests and Friends,

Why spend Thanksgiving Day in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning up, when you can savor a stress-free holiday celebration in the elegant Gothic Cafe of the Medieval Castle in Malbork

The beautiful Castle presents its 3rdThanksgiving Day feast that promises to delight your palate and make the occasion a memorable one for the entire family.

Dinner guests can enjoy a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, plus a glass of sparkling champagne to ring in the start of the Holiday season.  Begin with an incredible jumbo shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce. Next, delight your taste buds with a seasonal butternut squash and green apple soup, and a bread station including assorted fresh breads and rolls from The Grand Master’s bakery.

Salad selections include a toasted barley, wild mushroom and asparagus salad, Autumn vegetable slaw with apple truffle vinaigrette or chipotle potato and egg salad with sun-dried cherries, sweet corn and scallions.

Next, a wide array of delectable entrees features carved roast turkey with gravy and apple sage stuffing; maple glazed country ham, or baked salmon with artichokes, leeks and figs.  The GOTHIC CAFE adds a delicious new twist to the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings with pumpkin pierogi and Gorgonzola cream sauce, smashed parsnips with turnips, bourbon glazed yams, herbed green beans with braised garlic, and cranberry lime compote.

Don’t forget to save room for some scrumptious desserts, featuring a seasonal selection of apple, pecan and pumpkin pies and assorted mini-Holiday treats.

The Gothic Thanksgiving Day will be served from noon to 5 p.m.  Make your reservations now at 783 464 828, and enjoy a stress-free beginning to the Holiday season.  

Prices are Just 280 PLN per person (including wine, beverages and table decoration)

Kids just 50 PLN per person.

Sincerely

Chef de cuisine

Bogdan Galazka

WWW.gothic.com.pl

bogdangalazka@yahoo.com

Amber Contexts in Malbork Castle

What a shame I didn’t bring my camera with me today!!!

I sprang out from home, to late to think about anything. I overslept, and having quite a drive from Gdansk to Malbork to meet the group I was to guide, I rushed without thinking of anything besides to BE ON TIME…

The road was nearly empty – most of the citizens were in a frenzy of pre-Christmas shopping, probably crowding in some malls…

So, as always – I was much earlier and had some time for myself in the Castle. Therefore I went into the Middle Castle to the basement of the east wing, to see the newly arranged Amber Contexts Exhibition (if the text shows in Polish – just click the EN button on the top right side and it should be visible in English, or refresh the website)

Well, I am known for being a fault-finding person as far as the level of museums in Poland is concerned. And I am known for seldom going into raptures.

But this time I did…

I gasped with admiration. As the young generation would say – my jaw dropped with exaltation.

The exhibition is wonderful. AT LAST it shows the history of this Golden Teardrop of the Sun, as I call Amber.

(BTW – this is how I called Amber several years ago, and now everyone picked that phrase and it lives own life 😉 ).

Coming back to the exhibition – the darkness of the place, and the soft music, together with the detailed yet – interesting way of presentation – makes it AN EVENT. It is a pity that it was not that much voiced, as it should be. (It seems that Poland still does not know how to be proud of herself, and how to show her successes and heritage…)

Among the exhibits – besides the absolutely ravishing chest made by Christoph Maucher, there is the famous Great Amber Goblet. It comes from the collections of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. It once belonged to Dr. William Hunter, the founder of this oldest museum in Scotland. The goblet was  subjected to preservation in the workshop of the Malbork Museum. It is simply … wonderful.

( BTW – I am thrilled – as I am going to visit the Hunterian Museum early next year 🙂 )

http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/index.php?p=wydarzenia&aid=70 – picture from the official website of the Castle Museum.

So, whoever is planning to come to Gdansk (North Poland) – MALBORK (abt. 1,5 hrs drive south east) is an absolute MUST SEE 🙂

Not only because it is the biggest heap of bricks in the world, but also because it has the richest and most interesting (at least in Poland) Amber exhibition.

🙂