Krokowa Things to Do

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    Regional Museum

    by evaanna Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    The Regional Museum of Krokowa is situated next to the castle and park, but it was closed when we were there on Easter Saturday. Fortunately, part of its collection is housed in the castle itself and is well worth seeing. You can even do that while you are waiting for your meal in the castle restaurant or cafe. The collection comprises wonderful carved furniture in the Gdansk style, beautiful period stoves, old typewriters, paintings and many other objects, most of which belonged to the von Krockow family and tell us of the castle's glorious past. You can see a portrait of the Polish king Zygmunt III Vasa, who paid a visit to the von Krockows on 4 November 1598. You can study documents connected with the castle and its owners and find information about the von Krockov family, but only in Polish and German.
    We would have missed the first floor exhibition, thinking it was just part of the hotel if the receptionist had not encouraged us to visit that too. The staircase is accessed from the hall past the reception.
    You can see more of the exhibits in the travelogue.
    Admission to the castle is free.

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    Castle and park at Krokowa

    by evaanna Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    Krokowa is an old Kashubian village with records of it dating back to 1288. The oldest building in the village is a 14th century castle/palace re-built in 1784 and again in the 19th century, formerly with fortifications and a moat with a bridge. The moat and the bridge are still there. The castle used to belong to the von Krockow (Polish version: Krokowski) family for seven centuries. It now houses the Foundation European Meetings (Europejskie Spotkania) and is a conference centre and a hotel, but even if you do not stay there, do go inside to see the beautiful decor and ancient carved Gdansk furniture, a few samples of which I am going to present in my next tip.
    The entrance to the park is free and worthwhile: some of the trees are over 200 years old and the lawns are beautifully tended (not that you can see that in our pictures taken in April).

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    Zarnowiec - the monastery

    by evaanna Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    Zarnowiec is a village situated 4 km west of Krokowa, best known for the planned construction of a nuclear power station, which has now been abandoned partly due to protests from the local, and not only local, people. The current plans speak of a gas power station in the same location.
    The village, the first records of which come from the 13th century, boasts a Gothic monastery dating back to the 13th -15th centuries, with a number of 15th-18th century works of art . We visited the place a long time ago but I still remember the unusual icon just above the door. The eyes of the saint in the painting seemed to follow you wherever you went in the church, which was most uncanny. The treasury of the monastery is said to boast a wealth of 17th-19th century embroidered liturgical robes and many other precious works of art. We re-visited the place in 2007 but could only view it through the bars, as the church was locked. There was a cleaning lady inside but she was adamant - the place was closed and no arguments about me needing pictures for the Internet worked. I wish I had tried to contact the vicar... I couldn't take any good pictures of the building either as it was pouring with rain. Just my bad luck!
    Update: We re-visited the place again in 2009 on the Saturday just before Easter, hoping to see some celebrations taking place there and especially the consecration of food baskets. The main gate was locked again but we found a small door at the side and, to our great joy, it was open. Inside we could see a number of people praying at Christ's symbolic grave so of course there was no question of going around but Chris did take a few pictures from his pew, having first disabled the flash. And this time it was quite a bright day so I was able to take some better pictures of the outside. But we do find it annoying that there is no information about the opening hours, the services or indeed the chance of visiting the treasury and there is never anyone to ask about it.
    4 km south of Zarnowiec you can climb Gora Zamkowa (Castle Mount, 95 m high), the site of an ancient Slavonic castle. But, although the guidebook says you can get a great view of the lake, the dunes and the Baltic from there, we could not see anything: the beech trees obscured it all completely. The nicest part of our expedition there was running down the slope of the hill on the thick pillow of dry beech leaves - as if you were jumping on a springboard. A most exhilarating experience!

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    The sea, oh the sea! Baltic beaches.

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    From Krokowa , the nearest and best beach is Debki ( pronounced Demki). Many people consider this the finest beach in Poland and of the 7 or 8 I saw while I was there, I would see no reason to disagree. It's a long beach with some pretty inlets like the one in the photograph and is never too crowded. There are facilities, at least two bars on the beach serving ice cream and snacks as well as beer and even a little covered stage and audience area where presumably the odd concert or disco is held. It's a great beach for swimming with good waves even on a windless days. This part of the beach (in the photo ) with the forest curving round it in an arc and warm sea pools on the sand is the most perfect I've seen anywhere and when you want shelter you only have to move back under the trees..I'm not normally much of a beach person but this stunning combination of green forest, white sand and blue Baltic blew me away.

    The second photo shows the 'main street' at Debki, running parallel with the beach. AS you can see there is absolutely no commercialism here. One or two small shops, a few beach bars cum restaurants with camping sites and summer houses thrown up everywhere and anywhere. I'm sure Debki won't stay like this forever but before it changes I'm certainly going back for more.

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    von Krokow Museum aka Archivum Crocovianum

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    von Krokow home in the 19th century

    This small museum, situated in one of the side wings of the castle is only of interest if you want to know more about the family who lived here for seven centuries and were more or less reponsible for the entire village. The name 'Archivum Crocovianum' is very relevant as this archive of family history chronologically recounts how 'Crockau 'becomes 'Krokowski' which in turn becomes von Krokow. What is valuable about this exercise is that the history of this old noble family of Pomerania is like a mirror image of Pomerania itself. The changing of the name to the Polish version then changing again to the German version reflects the changes in power here and of course when the land changed back to Polish hands again in 1945, the Von Krokows left. In 1920 they had adopted Polish citizenship once more but that can't have been easy. One of Count Doring 's(the last owner of Krokowa) sons fought for Poland and then for Germany and two of his brothers died as German officers. The history continues right up to 1990 when Doring's son Albrecht jointly with the then Mayor of Krokowa set up the Foundation for Polish-German Meetings and Centre of Kashubian Culture.

    The exhibits are well displayed with lots of photographs, documents and memorabilia. Like the Regional Museum, explanatory notes are in Polish and German, so if you only speak English you will need to do your homework on the castle website first. Because we had read up in advance and knew the names, dates etc of the principal players we were able to follow it--- just.
    I think if you stay in this area you definitely feel the urge to know a little about the von Krokows so I'm hoping that next time I visit, there will be a commentary in English also.

    Entrance to the museum is free and on Saturday afternoons in season, there are guided tours.

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    Notre Dame?? St Catherine's Church

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    Neogothic church in Krokowa

    Krokowa's church, like its castle, is a lot more impressive than you would expect to find in a small village. It's a large redbrick, neogothic building prominently situated and built right on the street. Because there is no churchyard, or trees in front of it, there is nothing to distract the eye and it makes a very strong visual impact.

    Yet another von Krokow was responsible for this church and the story surrounding its construction is interesting. Karol Gustav Adolph von Krokow, was inspired by Notre Dame and so anxious was he that this church turn out as planned, he actually took and passed a bricklaying exam. Until 1945, this was a Protestant church but since 1947 has been used for Catholic worship.

    The interior of the church is also neogothic and if you're into crypts you could go and examine the tombstones of the von Krokows. I found this church quite stunning and from the outside at least, can definitely detect a hint of Notre Dame. Also, I love the way it dominates the landscape and the use of open space around it .

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    Fruits of Reconciliation: Krokowa Regional Museum.

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    This may look like a small country museum for the very good reason that it is a small country museum but it is the ONLY Polish-German museum in the country and a joint project between the Polish Museum of the Puck region and the German Museum of West Prussia.

    So is it worth visiting? Well, if you're in Krokowa and stop to see either the church or the castle, it's right between the two, so why not ? The building the museum is housed in is a very attractive one, originally an 18th century tavern, built by, you've guessed it, the von Krokow family.

    The museum aims to show some of the history and culture of the region and stages current exhibitions of art, history, Kashubian culture etc., as well as its permanent collection.This permanent collection features postcards and photos that document changes that have taken place in the area, within the last century. The photos of the castle, many of them under heavy snow, are particularly interesting.

    Details of all photos etc are in Polish and German only, so obviously this is a bit of a minus if you were hoping for English. On the plus side, you can combine a visit to this museum with an hour-long tour of the castle gardens and ground floor for about 50 cents. If you are in the area, I think it's worth a visit if only to enjoy the wooden carvings for sale in the shop. The tourist office is in this building also.

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    Zamek Krokowa: A Little history

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    In Ireland our castles are grey and forbidding with tiny slitted windows, turrets and battlements, so for me, the appearance of Zamek Krokowa was quite a surprise. West facing, with deep-yellow walls and rust-red rooftiles, warmth and colour seem to radiate from it all day long. It's built on a small island surrounded by a moat and peeps out through a scrim of ancient chestnut and linden trees. In the 16th century reconstruction of an earlier dwelling resulted in the main body of the castle being expanded, and the addition of a new front tower. The moat and two drawbridges were also added at this stage. In the 17th century, two side wings were added at right angles to the main building and that, save a few alterations here and there, is essentially the structure you see today.

    The castle was home to the Von Krokow/ Krokowski family from around 1448 until 1945 when Count Doring von Krokow left and it was appointed as seat of the National Agricultural Farm Institute and other public offices. During this period the castle and grounds became run-down and neglected but all that was to change. On October 12, 1990 Count Doring's son, Albrecht and the then Mayor of Krokowa initiated the establishment of the European Polish- German Meetings, Kasubian Culture Foundation in Krokowa Castle. The first act of the foundation, a collaborative Polish-German activity, was to repair and refurbish the castle and its grounds and open it up as a hotel, conference centre, museum and restaurant.

    You can visit the grounds of the castle without any restrictions. It is right in the centre of the village and drinks are served outside all day long.

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    Beaches at Bialogora

    by evaanna Written May 28, 2006

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    While staying in Krokowa, you may like to spend some time on the beach. The beaches near Karwia just north of Krokowa should be your first choice, but if you want to do some sightseeing on the way and visit for instance the monastery at Zarnowiec, you might as well drive on and see the beach at Bialogora. The only argument against it is the distance of the village and the car park from the beach. 1.5 km one way across dwarf pinewood can be a nice walk, but not for someone who has just a few days for sightseeing at their disposal.
    But I do know some people who visit Bialogora year after year, saying that the compulsory walk helps them keep fit. I'm afraid I am too lazy for that.

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    Neo-Gothic church at Krokowa

    by evaanna Updated May 7, 2006

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    This neo-Gothic church in the centre of Krokowa was built in 1850. If you happen to find it open, you may want to see the tombstone of the Krokowski/von Krockow family dating back to 1641. Notice that there is specially built access to the church for wheelchairs, which not many Polish churches can boast.

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    Moat and more

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Sep 4, 2004

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    Moat

    The castle/palace in Krokowa is surrounded by a moat (partly covered by duckweed) with some bridges and the picturesque park with many hegdes, old trees, very trim greens with grass and numerous colorful flowers...

    Perfect for walking (also with children). But not long since the park is rather tiny.

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    Castle / Palace

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Sep 1, 2004

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    Krokowa Castle/Palace

    The first gothic castle here was replaced by the new one in 14th century, and then expanded in 16th. Many times rebuilt, the last time the bigger change were in 19th. After 1989 (collaps the communism system in Poland) the castle/palace was supposed to be a symbol of German-Polish reconciliation. Its former owners had a Pomeranian blood, sometimes recognized as a German-Polish mixture. The earl family von Krokow / Krokowski in the history challenged many tragic moments, as that one when two brothers fought each other in enemy armies.

    So after 1989 r. was established a specjal foundation to renovate the castle for German and Polish young people center of dialog and multiculturalism. Now there are maily quarrels between former foundators and the attempts of taking over the residence appeared. The hotel and conference center is in bad financial condition, I do not know if the young center is still working.

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    Park and palace complex

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Sep 1, 2004

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    Park and Palace

    It is the former residence of the Krokowski / Krokows, Pomeranian noble family of German/Polish earls. Now it is the museum, archive, conference center, hotel, restaurant, cafe and pub and place of meetings young people from Poland and Germany... And all of these only 5 kilometers from the Baltic sea.

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    Parish Church

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Sep 1, 2004

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    Krokowa Church

    The parish dates back to 1300. The first St. Catharina Church was build in 1500 by Wawrzyniec von Krockow. Till 1945 it was menaged by lutherans and mennonites. The present building from the middle of 19th century.

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