Ketrzyn Travel Guide

  • By the castle on a Sunday
    By the castle on a Sunday
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    Castle courtyard
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    Castle gate
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Ketrzyn Things to Do

  • Hitler's bunker at Gierloz

    Hitler's bunker, where he lived, worked and slept, was an enormous block of concrete deprived of windows and with foundations going 7 m down into the ground. The ceiling was 8 m thick. The rooms were just over 2 metres high and were simply furnished. Fresh air got here only through the ventilators so the smell of a concrete bunker and humidity...

  • It might have changed the course of...

    One of the first stops on the sightseeing tour of Wolfsschanze is the site of the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on 20 July, 1944. If it had succeeded it could have spared the nations of Europe even more suffering and destruction. Plans to kill Hitler had been made by some German officers who believed his actions could prove...

  • The Wolf's Lair at Gierloz

    8 kilometres east of Ketrzyn lies Wolfsschanze (Wolf's Lair) - Adolf Hitler's war headquarters, a complex of over 80 (some sources speak of even 200), now mostly ruined, buildings in the midst of marshy forest. The place had been chosen for its inaccessibility and closeness to the Russian border and the Eastern front.Hitler arrived here with his...

  • St George's Basilica and Old Town walls

    Uphill close to the Teutonic Castle stands another unique Gothic building - St George's Basilica with fragments of the town walls and bastions. Built in the second half of the 14th century by the Teutonic Knights and extended in the 15th century, it was obviously meant to be used for defensive purposes if needed. With two towers, one of them 40 m...

  • Teutonic Castle

    Dating back to 1360-70, the Gothic Teutonic Castle is Ketrzyn's greatest tourist attraction. Its three wings and a wall with a marvellous Gothic gate surround a cobblestone courtyard in the shape of, approximately, a quadrangle. One of its corners houses a round brick tower, added to the building in 1622.The castle is in excellent condition for...

  • Wolf's Lair

    Headquarters of German OKW 1941-44. About 30 bunkers in various states of preservation in ther forest.


Ketrzyn Shopping

  • Guidebooks and 'souvenirs'

    It is just a kiosk where you can get some bottled or canned drinks, newspapers and the like but above all it sells all kinds of souvenirs from Wolf's Lair, some really weird like the plastic death's heads in Nazi helmets (no, thanks, not for us). And anyway, I didn't really want a souvenir from there - I'd rather forget what I had seen.Yet, they...

  • Get your gifts here

    We found this gallery and shop selling folk handicraft very interesting. It sells Mazurian and Warmian (Warmia is a land adjoining Mazury from the west) folk crafts and is run by professional ethnographers who can demonstrate some of the traditional skills, like weaving for instance. The traditional crafts of the region include lace-making,...

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Ketrzyn Warnings and Dangers

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    by evaanna Written Jul 29, 2009

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    The ruins at Gierloz are not safe to enter or lean against. Some walls stick out of the ground diagonally as if about to fall and are supported with wooden poles. And yet we saw people getting very close to them or climbing inside the ruins to be photographed. It is dark inside the bunkers and there are thick rusty wires sticking out of the pieces of concrete so you may get injured if you venture inside. So take care and better keep away, just in case.

    Leaning wall Warning on the wall
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