Kętrzyn Travel and Tourist Guide

Kętrzyn

Kętrzyn Travel and Tourist Guide – Kętrzyn in north western Poland in the province of Warmińsko-Mazurskie.

Kętrzyn (former Polish name: Rastembork), is a town in north eastern Poland at the edge of the Mazurian Great Lakes situated on the Guber River, with 28,351 inhabitants as of 2004. Situated in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship since 1 January 1999, Kętrzyn was previously in the Olsztyn Voivodeship from 1975 to 1998 and is the capital of Kętrzyn County.

Kętrzyn began as a settlement by a Prussian tribe and in 1329 a Teutonic watchtower was built being replaced in around 1360 by a brick constructed castle. The settlement that grew around the castle received municipal rights in 1357. The Prussian Union in the early 15th century acting against the Teutonic Knights held the town which was called Rastembork.

The city was renamed in 1950 after Wojciech Kętrzyński a historian and a director of Ossolineum Library at Lvov (died in 1918). A monument to Wojciech Kętrzyński stands outside the town hall which dates back to 1885 and the Evangelical Augsburg Church was built in the 16th century over the site of a former Gothic chapel. Fragments of the old defensive town walls can be seen in the town.

The Teutonic castle, of Gothic style was reconstructed in 1961-7 and now houses the Wojciech Kętrzyński Museum about him and the nature of the region of Warmia and Mazuria, art, religious sculpture and porcelain such as Meissen items.

The local economy is supported by food processing, electro engineering, textiles and associated wood industries.

Hitler’s command post known as the Wolf’s Lair is situated nearby hidden in a forest at Gieloz and can be reached by bus from Kętrzyn.

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Poland Travel Guide Information

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Accommodation in Kętrzyn

You will find the full range of accommodation in this town from the most luxurious five star hotels with up to date and modern amenities to pensions (a type of guest house or boarding house) and rooms or apartments at very reasonable prices. Some of the larger towns and cities will also have hostels.

If you prefer to stay in a more rural location there are a number of “Agro” style of accommodation places on farms and in the countryside plus there may be camp sites nearby.

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Activities & Attractions in Kętrzyn

Poland is a country with a large variety of landscapes, a place where you can experience all four seasons. This provides the visitor with many opportunities for adventure and different activities and visiting attractions, whether you enjoy the mountains, lakes, rivers or the beaches you will find something that suits you.

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Museums in Kętrzyn

Polska is full of history and the Polish are great lovers of knowledge of the past so you will find many museums in the country, whether it be a folk, military, science, skansen, transport or any other type.

Poland has a long history and has been an important trading route that has been invaded by many different groups over the past 1,000 years. Museums are a great way to explore the nations history about the inhabitants of the land in the past, their lives and customs.

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Places to Eat in Kętrzyn

There are many restaurants covering the usual pizza to those offering local Polish traditional and regional cuisine.

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Tourist Information in Kętrzyn

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PTTK – Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society is a non-profit organisation that you will find in many places in Poland.

It is one of the oldest tourist societies in Europe and was was created by the merger of two societies: Polish Tatry Society (1873) and Polish Country Lovers Society (1906).

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Transport in Kętrzyn

As from 20 January 2016 Olsztyn Masuria Airport opened its doors with two flight destinations, Berlin and Krakow three times a week. The nearest other international airports serving the Warmińsko-Mazurskie region are Warsaw Chopin Airport, Gdańsk’s Lech Wałęsa Airport (GDN), and Bydgoszcz’s Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport (BZG).

The bus and train stations in Kętrzyn lay next to each other about 600 metres southeast of the town centre with bus services to places like Gizycko, Węgorzewo and Olsztyn and train routes to Gdansk via Elblag and Gizycko and Olsztyn.

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Olsztyn Masuria Airport

Olsztyn the capital of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie region with about 175,000 inhabitants, (with 1.5 million inhabitants in the region), now has an international airport at Szczytno-Szymany. It began its operations on January 20, 2016 with a flight to Berlin, Germany. The airport has a runway 2000 meters long and 60 meters wide, Currently it has a broken ILS system, and is located in Szymany in Mazury region. The airport management has rebranded the airport to “Olsztyn-Mazury”, so it would better encapsulate the whole region of Mazury and its lakes, which is better well known.

The airport is situated 59 kilometres to the south of Olsztyn, at the border with the more densely populated part of the Mazowsze region. Also other larger towns can be found (50-60 thousand people) within a 60 kilometres distance such as Mława, Ciechanów, Ostrołęka. This airport has in its catchment area a population of 2.7 million people taken from both voivodeships.

In order to provide better access, a rail link from Olsztyn to the airport has been built, using an exsisting rail branch, upgrading the rail line. A journey time to the centre of Olsztyn is about 45 minutes. In the future, there are plans for a rail link to Białystok through Ostrołęka, and another to Ełk.

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e-podroznik.pl Bus & Train Timetables www.e-podroznik.pl
Warsaw Chopin Airport Airport www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/
Olsztyn Masuria Airport Airport mazurvairport.pl/en/
Przewozy Regionalne Railways www.przewozyregionalne.pl

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Province

The Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodship was created in 1999 and is located in north west Poland.

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Places in Province

The cities, towns and villages of the region of Warmińsko-Mazurskie.

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