Interactive Trail of Gothic Castles

Nov 14, 2021

You can get to know the former Prussian land by following marked trails. Moreover, you can find out more about it virtually. An interactive map which presents the most up-to-date and probable visualizations of the Teutonic, bishops` and chapters` castles in the territory of the  former Prussia from the beginning of the 15th century, seen from a bird’s eye view, with the possibility of zooming in or out a given model is posted on the website of the Association. In this way, the map enables you to visit virtually more than 20 castles from this century, which are currently located in the Polish-Russian borderland. They include:  Człuchów, Bytów, Lębork, Gniew, Kwidzyn, Nowe, Malbork, Sztum, Działdowo,  Nidzica, Ostróda, Olsztyn, Lidzbark Warmiński, Giżycko, Kętrzyn, Ryn, Bałga, Pokarmin, Królewiec, Ragneta, Lochstedt. The castle models were created on the basis of  available historical and archaeological materials. The scientific consultation of the whole project was carried out by: Bogusz Wasik (The Castle Museum in Malbork), Wojciech Wółkowski (Warsaw University of Technology), Tomasz Torbus (University of Gdańsk), Michał Starski (University of Warsaw) and Marcin Wiewióra (University in Toruń). Additionally, a game in placed on the map which consists in finding the letters of the password, hidden among construction details of various castles from the interactive map. The full version of the map can be downloaded from the website:

The article is the project’s activity no PR/1/008/2018 ‘Tourism beyond the boundaries – tourism routes of the cross-border regions of Russia and North-East Poland’.

This content is the sole responsibility of the Association of Municipalities “Polish Gothic Castles” and cannot under any circumstances be regarded as a reflection of the position of the European Union, the IS or the Joint Technical Secretariat of WIP Poland – Russia 2014-2020.