This mediaeval residence of the Krokow family was once just a small castle with two towers situated in the corners. In the 16th Century, Reinhold von Krockow, an officer in the King Zygmunt August’s and King Stefan Batory’s armies, began a redevelopment of his ancestral nest, giving it a Renaissance form. The defensive capacity of the castle was expanded with earthen ramparts and a moat which survived into present times. The baroque shape and palace character visible in the present-day residence result from a redevelopment ordered at the end of the 18th Century by Albert von Krockow, known as Albert the Mad. The palace’s park dates back to this period.
The history of the von Krockow family was typical of borderland residents. Its members took different sides in various conflicts arising in their homeland, serving Poland as often as her enemies. The castle survived World War II in a good condition, but during the post-war period when it housed a state farm (a so-called PGR) it was extensively damaged. Better days for the castle ensued no earlier than in 1989 with the establishment of a Polish-German foundation operating under the name of European Meetings – the Kashubian Culture Centre. It was initiated by a descendant of the von Krockow family living in Germany and the local authorities of Krokowa. The castle has been renovated, becoming the Foundation’s head office as well as a luxurious hotel and restaurant. Its 34 double rooms offer lodging in a place filled with tradition and surrounded by a splendid park with multiple nature monuments among the trees.
The castle in Krokowa is an exceptionally handsome and attractive place, an ideal choice for both individual tourists and organised groups, whether interested in tourism, team-building or training. The wealth of leisure facilities available at the hotel, combined with its proximity to the sea, make the place popular among tourists.