Krokowa is a large community village in the pomorskie region, not far from Puck. Its look might remind you of a small town. The entire village of Krokowa and its castle can be visited during one trip, because all of the local attractions are located in close proximity of each other. We highly recommend visiting this place during your vacation by the Baltic Sea.
The number of permanent citizens of Krokowa reaches approximately 3500 people. For about 600 years, between the 12th and 18th century, Krokowa was owned by the Krokowski family, and later was hereditary by further relatives, who adapted the German nationality and the new family name – von Krockow.
From the family’s fun facts the most well known is the story of four brothers, who lived here during Hitler’s occupation They had Polish nationality but mentally they felt like German people. One of those brothers – Reinhold was forced to join the Polish army in 1939. Two other brothers – Heinrich and Ulrich chose the colors of the Third Reich Army. For some time, they were fighting against each other. Soon afterwards, Reinhold was enslaved the changed the army from Polish to German. The fourth brother – Albercht injured himself to avoid joining the army. He cut off his toe.
If you’re passing by Krokowa, you should definitely stop by. There is a beautiful neogothic parish church by the calling of St. Katarzyna Aleksandryjska. Until 1945, it served as an evangellic temple. But currently it is a catholic church.
In the former „Pod Księciem Mestwinem” inn there is a small museum presenting the Polish and German history of the region.
Without a doubt, the most interesting monument is the earlier mentioned castle (although some sources declare that it’s a mansion) of the von Krockow family. The building was most likely created in the 14th or 15th century, but it didn’t gain its current shape until much later, in the late 18th century.
Unfortunately, after World War II the monument suffered destruction for a long time. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that it was rebuilt the European Meetings Foundation – the Kashubian Culture Centre.
Nowadays, there is a luxurious hotel here.