The picturesque town of Bolków, which is overlooked by a magnificent castle, is in south-western Poland and is the seat of the administrative district of Gmina Bolków. It lies on the Nysa Szalona River, some seventy kilometres west of Wroclaw.
There is a population of about 5,500.
The town was named after Duke Bolko II of Świdnica who died in 1368.
The impressive castle was built in the 13th century but was badly damaged during the Thirty Years War. In 1703 it became the property of Grüssau Abbey. Restoration work was carried out early in the 20th century. Today it is the site of an annual Gothic Rock Festival.