A town in the Beskid Slaski Mountains of southern Poland, Szczyrk is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the country. With more than 60 km of well-kept ski routes serviced by 30 ski-lifts, it offers conditions for skiing which are comparable to the leading European resorts. Within the town borders lies Mt Skrzyczne (1257 m), the highest peak of the Silesian Beskidy range and which is considered to be second only to Kasprowy Wierch in the Tatra Mountains as a skier’s mountain.
Every year, from December to April, Szczyrk bustles with activity as skiers and snowboarders take advantage of the snow capped peaks. There are 28 slopes available with lift access, including eight with lighting and seven with snowmaking machines. Szczyrk, as an entirely tourism oriented town, has a variety of fine hotels, apartments and other places to stay.
Szczyrk is nestled in the north-eastern part of the Beskid Slaski Mountains, 15 km to the south of Bielsko-Biala and 17 km from Zywiec. The town lies at an altitude of 460-600 m, in the valley of the Zylica River. From the north it is enclosed by Mt Klimczok and from the south by Mt Skrzyczne and Mt Malinow (1095 m). Covering an area of 39 km2, Szczyrk has a population of 5,500 inhabitants.
The genesis of the name Szczyrk is shrouded in mystery, and it is not certain when the first settlers appeared in the Zylica Valley. What we do know, however, is that around the 15th century Szczyrk became an international settlement with the arrival of nomads from the Balkans, settling there alongside Polish deserters and convicts. Other early settlers originated from countries such as Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. The first population census was taken in 1630. Many of Szczyrk’s prese... ( more >>)