The Best Things to See and Do in Kętrzyn, Poland

Kętrzyn | © Ludwig Schneider / WikiCommons

The town of Kętrzyn is located in Poland’s stunning Lake District, in the Masuria Province. This tranquil town attracts tourists visiting Hitler’s World War II hideout nearby. However, try not to ignore the beauty of Kętrzyn on its own. As you’re about to discover, there is more to this town than its nearby lakes and war shelter history.


1. Take a trip to Hitler's hideout (Wilczy Szaniec)

Forest, Museum, Building

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While Wilczy Szaniec (Wolf’s Lair) is not actually in the town itself, almost every tourist in Kętrzyn will be here to see it. This is the notorious hideout where Adolf Hitler planned, lived and hid during World War II. For history buffs it’s an essential trip. The complex itself is in the hugely dense Gierłoż Forest. There is an entrance gate where you pay for a ticket, with guides available on request and for an additional fee. Look out for the grotesque remains of Bunker 13 – this is where Hitler lived and nearby is the bunker where he survived an attempted assassination in 1944.

2. Visit the Three Temple Gates Lodge

Restaurant, Cafe, Polish

Three Temples Lodge
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There is a unique building in the town centre which has a pretty garden in its forecourt. This is the Three Temple Gates Lodge, a Masonic Lodge built in the 1860s. It is a small building surrounded by four octagonal towers. The Germans invaded and took over the building during World War II. These days however, it hosts the seat of the Arno Holz Association for a special Polish and German Agreement. It is open to the public – inside the building there is a library and a nice cafe – Cafe Loża.

Visit the Catholic churches

Kętrzyn is blessed with a number of churches, all displaying a variety of architecture. Firstly, St. Catherine’s Church is on the main street through the town and was built in the Neo-Gothic style. The church suffered some damage down the years but had renovation work to restore it to its former glory in 1956. Check the noticeboards for mass times.

Powstańców Warszawy 5, Kętrzyn, Poland

St. Catherine’s Church

The second notable Catholic church is the larger one near the Castle – St. George’s Church. Again, masses are held regularly and the notice board will give the times. This is a red brick church built within where the old city walls once were.

Zamkowa 5, Kętrzyn, Poland

St. George’s Church

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