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Forest, sea and sand at Debki
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.
Directions: Debki is on the coast, a couple of km north -west of Krokowa.
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.
Address: Ul. Zamkowa, Krokowa
Directions: On the first floor in the south wing of the castle.
Phone: 0048 58 774 21 11
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 .
Address: St Cahterine of Alexandria Church, Krokowa
Directions: As you enter the village, just before the castle and absolutely impossible to miss.
Regional Museum, Krokowa
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.
Address: Ul. Zamkowa, Krokowa
Directions: Between the church and the castle in the centre of the village.
Phone: 0048 58 673 57 29
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.
Address: Ul. Zamkowa 1, Krokowa
Directions: The castle is right at the centre of the village. It is impossible to miss it.
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Phone: 0048 58 774 21 11
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