The castle is located in the town of Malbork and is about a 3 hour local train ride from Warsaw. It is a UNESCO site and is the largest brick castle in the world.
The entrance was 29PLN and it comes with an audio guide. First, I would make sure to get there right when it opens. I got there a little later in the day and although it wasn’t too crowded, there were definitely times where the guides and/or the people were very loud and disruptive. Also, many of the rooms aren’t that large so the sound tends to bounce off the walls.
From the train station, walk to your right after exiting the station. You’ll need to cross the busy road but it’s fairly self explanatory. You’ll walk through the small town there that spits you out at the entrance. If you aren’t sure, just ask for the McDonalds. It’s the last eatery you’ll see when you enter and the first you see when you exit.
If you only want to walk around the castle, you don’t need a ticket to enter. So, if you just want to see it from the outside and take a few photos, you can save your money for another attraction. To be honest, I didn’t really see/notice much else to do in Malbork so if you’re there, my feeling is you might as well do it.
While there, the audio guide will act like a GPS system and tell you where to go. You can also skip parts of the tour you don’t find appealing if you like. The whole tour took about 2 hours for me and I skipped parts of it.
Make sure you wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes and be prepared to be on your feet while walking on cobblestones. Your feet will hurt.
Is it worth it? That’s up to you. I thought it was fun and informative but it is a large time commitment if you’re only going for that. I was hoping to stop at Gdansk afterwards but I was too tired from all the walking that I decided against it. Look, I’m not saying I do triathlons on my spare time…but I’m not someone who considers taking a shower, running to the couch, and watching the Tour de France on TV as a triathlon either. If you’re pressed for time, you might find your time is better spent elsewhere but I’m certainly not regretting my day trip there.