Bolkow Castle was built on the order of Duke Boleslaw Rogatka II during the first half of the 13th century. Perhaps at that time the defense, wedge-shaped tower (the only of this type in Poland) was built. In 1463 Bolkow Castle was sieged by Czech King Georg of Poděbrady but the residents were capable to resist all attacks. During the Thirty Years´ War, Bolkow Castle was occupied by Swedish troops. Then, in 1703, the property then got into the hands of the Cistercian Order from Krseszow. When the Order was abolished, Bolkow was administered by the government.
Bolkow Castle is very interesting. Visitors usually admire the 25 meter tall tower, the sophisticated defense system and the large Renaissance palace called the Women´s House.
At present, the Bolkow Castle is used for exhibitions organized by the District Museum of Jelenia Góra. It is recommendable to visit Bolkow Castle during the chivalrous festivals, the most important events around the year, as the Knight Association of Bolkow Castle makes great effort to the organization and preparation of this event. You can see and meet real knights and dancing maids-in-waiting during these summer festivals, and you can get a touch of the atmosphere of the Middle Ages.