Busy Kętrzyn (kent-shin) is the best base for daytrips to both the Wolf’s Lair and Święta Lipka, though the town itself has little to offer visitors. It was founded in the 14th century by the Teutonic Knights and for most of its history was known as Rastenburg. Though partly colonised by Poles, it remained Prussian until WWII, after which it became Polish. The name derives from Wojciech Kętrzyński (1838−1919), a historian who documented the history of the Polish presence in the region.
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