Castle in Ryn is located on a light hill, right between two lakes – Ryńskie and Ołowskie. During our trip through Warmia and Mazury, we spend one night in it which allows us to see it from the inside. We can’t get our drone inside, even though the main hall is big enough to do so.
The castle was the seat of komturs and later – also Teutonic Order bailiffs. It was rules by the original Konrad Wallenrod from Adam Mickiewicz’s work. The construction started in 1377 and the legend says that the name Ryn was derived from Rhine, since the area reminded the Teutonic Knights of their homeland.
After 1525, when the State of the Teutonic Order was secularised in accordance with The Prussian Homage, the castle housed Prussian starosty. In 17th century, two wings were added to the castle, but in 1657 it was burned during Tatar raid lead by commander Wincety Gosiewski. Over the next centuries, the castle changed owners a few times. Right now it’s also private property.
What’s worth noticing is the fact that it was built on a rectangular plan (even though it looks like a square) – 44×55 metres.
P.S. Reportedly, the ghost of the White Lady walks among the chambers :)