Located at the foot of the Beskid Slaski and the Beskid Maly Mountains in southwestern Poland, Bielsko-Biala is a lesser-known tourist route in Poland, attracting only fewer crowds. Home to more than 180,000 people, the town is made up of two different cities, Silesian Bielsko and Biala, both separated by the Vistula river. The amalgamation took place in 1951.
Bielsko-Biala is an interesting town in Poland that only a few who had visited can attest to its charm and beauty. The town’s architecture is mesmerizing. Yet another fascinating feature is the breathtaking landscapes of the mountains that surround it. It’s a beauty to behold
If you’re planning to make a stop here, check out the top things to see and do.
1. Bielsko-Biala Mountains
This is one of the major draws to Bielsko-Biala. Follow the many paths that take you to the interesting spots of the mountain as you sojourn to its peak. For those who would prefer not to hike, your best bet will be to take a cable car trip to Szyndzielnia.
A cable car is a popular option among tourists as it offers stunning views of the surrounding from the top. The good thing is that the cable car works all year round. No matter the time of year you visit, there’s a cable car for you. In the cold winter months, you can find ski lifts in Debowiec, Klimczok, and Mazurka.
Another activity is horse riding. Visitors can take horse riding lessons from one of the horse-riding schools here. No matter what interest you in terms of outdoor adventure, you’re sure to find something that suits best.
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2. The Sulkowski Castle
Sitting right in the heart of the town, the Castle prides itself on being the oldest and largest historic building in Bielsko-Biala. It holds a rich history worth exploring. The Castle’s gallery plays host to music concerts regularly. No doubt, there are lots of legends about this lovely town.
One of the most popular is that the spot where the castle stands today once served as a settlement of bandits who robbed traders of their belongings. The robbers were conquered by Opolski Prince, Casimir. He got rid of these robbers and in order to ensure that they never returned, the price built a hunting palace there.
As time went by, the building transformed into a grand castle around which the city grew and developed. The castle provided the foundation for the city of Bielsko.
3. Museum of Technology and Textile Industry
Bielsko-Biala’s economy thrived on the textile and wool industry. The museum showcases the rich history of the town. Furthermore, the museum has an extensive collection of manufacturing items including equipment, machines, and documents.
All the items on display are kept in four rooms that give a feel of an old textile factory. One of the rooms store equipment for hat making. History lovers will learn more about the history of the Bielsko-Biala fire brigade and the municipal water supply system.
Also, within the complex there is a museum granary that houses lots of interesting items including typewriters, radio sets, and other household equipment.
4. ZygZak Karting
This is a beautiful place. Many interesting activities await visitors, regardless of age. If you are an avid fan of motorsports and enjoy driving, this is the place to be. Though it’s located in the city center, you may need a bit of assistance finding this place- in this case Google Maps might come in handy.
The exterior might not look as enticing but the main attraction lies within the four walls of the circuit. The circuit is large enough to accommodate at least 7 go-karts running on it simultaneously. If you’re good at it, you may be able to complete the first lap within one minute.
Even if you don’t know much about this sport, ZygZak Karting has a team of professionals who gives racing lessons to visitors. Don’t leave this place without taking at least one souvenir with you- visit any of the stores nearby. After racing, check out one of the restaurants onsite for some delicacies.
5. Wooden Church of St. Barbara
Poland is home to a few wooden churches and the Wooden church of St. Barbara in Mikuszowice is one of them. Built in 1690, the building features hexagonal chancel, spacious nave, sacristy, and a navel.
The church’s interior, designed by Johann Mentil, will leave you spellbound. Inside, you’ll also find other interesting paintings and sculptures dating back to the 17th century including the statue of the Virgin with Child.
Here, you will find a graveyard where many influential individuals and personalities in the town were laid to rest. Visit this religious site to admire its charming beauty.
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- Most street names and road signs are written in Polish
- The town plays host to the popular Animated Cartoon Studio known for producing kid’s films.
- Most shops and attractions do not operate on public holidays
- Poland is one of the safest countries in Europe with a low crime rate. It is, therefore, safe to say that Bielsko-Biara is likewise safe for all.
- All hotels and many cafes and restaurants and in most cases shopping malls offer free WI-Fi. Likewise, the city buses also come equipped with mobile hotspot.
Bielsko-Biala shares the same climate with other cities on the European continent.
Summers which run from June to September are the pleasantest with lots of sunshine. If you prefer the outdoors, summer is the best time to visit. On the contrary, summer in Bielsko-Biala also sees a considerable amount of rainfall annually. Winters can be chilly with temperature ranging from 0oC to -10oC.
Snowfall is a regular occurrence here. And due to its location, the town’s climate is influenced by its mountainous features, so expect strong winds year-round and a stronger one during winter.
If you’d like to visit the mountain, be sure to use the cable car. this option is just ideal for those with mobility problems.