The trail of the Powisle Castles

Castles of Powiśle Route

It is the longest and also the most fascinating among the newly created networks of bicycle routes in the Powiśle area. Along the trail, you will see little-known places and the fortresses of the Teutonic Order in Prabuty, Dzierzgoń, Przezmark, Sztum and Malbork. Apart from castles and their ruins, there are many other bizarre places and objects along the way.

The trail leads through picturesque areas of Powiśle, local roads with low traffic intensity, field and forest dirt roads and short sections of voivodeship roads. The route is marked in red, and there are plenty of information boards and rest areas. Compared to other trails of the region, its marking is really good. In Powiśle there is a well-developed network of bicycle trails, so it is possible to create a longer trip with for example the R1 International Bicycle Route (green), the Powiśle Churches Route (blue) or the Lower Vistula Valley Trail (black).

Distance: 94 km Surface: asphalt, sand, forest’s and unpaved path
Ascent:  1 180 m Bicycle a mountain bike (MTB) or a touring bicycle
Decent:  1 100 m Difficulty level: medium
Start point: Malbork End point: Prabuty

Trail Signs: See the trail marking (link)

Attractions on the route:

Gothic monuments in Parabuty (Gotyckie zabytki Prabut) | Iława Lake District (Pojezierze Iławskie) | Dzierzgoń Lake (Jezioro Dzierzgoń) | Teutonic Order Castle Ruins in Dzierzgoń (Ruiny zamku krzyżackiego w Dzierzgoniu) | Palace and Park in Waplewo Wielkie (Zespół pałacowo – parkowy w Waplewie Wielkim) | Teutonic Order Castle in Sztum (Zamek krzyżacki w Sztumie) | Local Brewery in Gościszewo (Browar Gościszewo) | Teutonic Order Castle in Przezmark (Zamek krzyżacki w Przezmarku) | Nogat River (Dolina rzeki Nogat) | Teutonic Order Castle in Malbork (Zamek Krzyżacki w Malborku)

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Suggested stages:
This route is nearly 100km long, so we suggest to split it into two:

Stage 01| Malbork – Przezmark | approx. 67 km
Stage 02| Przezmark – Prabuty | approx. 32 km

Jak dojadę na szlak:
The start and the end points of the trail are well connected. You can get to Malbork and Parabuty by train from all over in Poland.