Ketrzyn Castle

Ketrzyn, Poland

The town of Kętrzyn (until 1946 Rastenburg) was founded by the Teutonic Knights at the Prussian settlement called Rast. Initially there was a wooden watchtower, around which developed a settlement. In 1357 the commander of Bałga Johann Schindekopf granted the settlement civic rights. Shortly thereafter, in the city began construction of the defensive church dedicated to St. George, castle and defense walls.

The Kętrzyn castle was raised in the second half of the 14th century in the south-west corner of the urban battlements. Castle contained a chapel, bakery, kitchen, mill, malt house, brewery, the meat store, grain silos, storage, armory and a powder magazine. The most representative northern wing was occupied by pfleger - prosecutor, official position of the Teutonic Order. After the year of 1525 the castle became the county seat of the Duke of Prussia. In 1910 the castle was taken over by the municipal authorities, Until World War II there was a finance office and housing for authority officials. Initially it had a triangular winged structure, closed on the west side wall with a gate. Numerous of reconstructions over the centuries, adapting the object to perform administrative functions and residential buildings changed the face of the object. In January 1945, the castle was burnt down. During the reconstruction of the castle was restored in the years 1962-1966 the Gothic character of the building. Currently in the Kętrzyn's castle are functioning: the public library and museum by the name of Wojciech Kętrzyński, and as well as with the interesting regional collections.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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www.zamkigotyckie.org.pl

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Adomas Uselis (14 months ago)
It's a renovated castle therefore not so much castle spirit in it. But exibition was interesting, but not big.
Fattoria Del Cardo (5 years ago)
One star only because we came all this way and it is closed! Looks lovely from the pictures.
Izabela Klimowicz (5 years ago)
At the moment (summer 2019) the castle in Kętrzyn is closed as some renovation (?) Is on going. Would be great to have sime kind of information outside whats going on there. The museum is relocated just in front of castle.
Michał G (6 years ago)
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Darius Joksas (6 years ago)
It's closed for restoration at the moment.
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