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<p>Deciding to make Malbork (then called Marienburg) their capital in 1309, theTeutonic  Knights kicked off a rush of property development, expanding an original convent that stood on this site into an enormous fortification with towers, deep moats, strong walls, an armoury and a palace for the Grand Masters.</p><p>All that didn’t prevent capture, first by Poles and then by Prussians, and the castle was virtually razed during WWII. Now restored, it houses an extensive museum – but it’s the…

<p>Deciding to make Malbork (then called Marienburg) their capital in 1309, theTeutonic Knights kicked off a rush of property development, expanding an original convent that stood on this site into an enormous fortification with towers, deep moats, strong walls, an armoury and a palace for the Grand Masters.</p><p>All that didn’t prevent capture, first by Poles and then by Prussians, and the castle was virtually razed during WWII. Now restored, it houses an extensive museum – but it’s the…

The Swallow's Nest is a castle built by a German nobleman and used as a sanatorium for high-ranking military officers in Soviet times. Perched precariously on a mountain promontory, it is now a moderately priced Italian restaurant. But the food takes second place to the mysterious atmosphere and exotic setting that would make James Bond feel right at home.

The Swallow's Nest is a castle built by a German nobleman and used as a sanatorium for high-ranking military officers in Soviet times. Perched precariously on a mountain promontory, it is now a moderately priced Italian restaurant. But the food takes second place to the mysterious atmosphere and exotic setting that would make James Bond feel right at home.

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