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Kętrzyn Widok ogólny miasta z kościołem Św. Katarzyny.JPGKętrzyn (pronounced KENT-shin [ˈkɛntʂɨn] (About this soundlisten), until 1946 RastemborkGermanRastenburg [ˈʁastn̩bʊʁk] (About this soundlisten)) is a town in northeastern Poland with 27,478 inhabitants (2019). Situated in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship (since 1999), Kętrzyn was previously in Olsztyn Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Kętrzyn County. The town was named after historian Wojciech Kętrzyński in 1946, however, both the official Kętrzyn and former Polish name Rastembork are still in use. 

The first settlement was established in 1329 and Rastenburg was granted town rights and privileges in 1357. Over the centuries it was part of the Teutonic State, Poland and East Prussia in Germany. The town is known for the surrounding Masurian Lakeland and numerous monuments of historical value such as the Wolf’s Lair in nearby Gierłoż, where an assassination attempt against Hitler was made…

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