Tourist attractions

Grodzisko

Grodzisko, located in the area round the streets called Pod Grodziskiem and Wał Szwedzki in Old Bielsko, is all that is left of a fortified medieval farming settlement. Most probably established in the 12th century, it is the earliest evidence of organised settlement within the city area.

Grodzisko w Starym Bielsku
Grodzisko in old Bielsko, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

The Sułkowski Duke's Castle

The Castle, built in the 14th century by the Cieszyn Piast dynasty, was rebuilt and restyled many times over the centuries by successive owners. Modernisation works undertaken by Duke Ludwik Sułkowski in the mid-19th century ultimately effaced the former stylistic building features, replacing them with a contemporary and eclectic look. Today the Historical Museum in Bielsko-Biała has its main base here and amongst its exhibitions features displays on the archaeology and history of Bielsko, Biała and surrounding areas, and the folk culture of Bielsko and Biała. There is also the Knight’s Room, also called Lapidarium, and Gallery of Modern Bielsko-Biała Regional Art. The interiors are worthy of note too, and these include the Music Room, a mid-19th century Drawing Room of the new Middle Class, and also a Lady’s Boudoir and Gentleman’s Study.

Museum website

Zamek Książąt Sułkowskich
The Sułkowski Duke's Castle, photo Piotr Komander

The Market Place

The centre of medieval Bielsko, follows the classical layout of a town in accordance with Magdeburg law. Originally wooden-built, it succumbed to fire, as a consequence of which stone townhouses were constructed. Today 17th and 18th century townhouses stand here. Along one of the narrow-cobbled streets branching out from the square and underneath one of the terraces is an arcade which lends itself to being one of the most charming parts of the city.

Rynek Bielsko-Biała
The Market Place, photo Lucjusz Cykarski
Rynek Bielsko-Biała
The Market Place, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

The Kałuża Townhouse

Close to the historic arcades of Podcienie St. and very near to the Castle itself, one can marvel at one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the Baroque townhouse Kałuża on Wzgórze St. In the past the Old Town was enclosed by fortified walls, remains of some of which can be seen on Orkana St.

Kamienica Kałuży Bielsko-Biała
The Kałuża Townhouse, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

The Weaver's house

The Weaver’s House at 51 Jana III Sobieskiego St. is a standalone extension of the Museum. It features the living quarters and workshop of a Bielsko clothier, as well as an ethnographic display of folk costumes from the Silesian and Lesser Poland borderlands.

Dom Tkacza – Warsztat Mistrza, Bielsko-Biała
The weaver's house, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

The old factory

The Old Factory is another annexe of the Museum. Located at Żwirki i Wigury Sq., it contains a unique collection of historic textile machinery. A permanent historical exhibition reminds us of Bielsko-Biala’s rich industrial heritage.

Muzeum Stara Fabryka Bielsko-Biała
The old factory, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

Reksio the dog

The statue represents Bielsko-Biala’s Cartoon Film Studio’s popular animated hero and is located in the city centre, on the square by the Biała bridge between 11 Listopada and Stanisława Stojałowskiego Streets.

Rzeźba Reksia Bielsko-Biała
Reksio the dog, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

Bolek and Lolek

The statues represent the famous cartoon brothers, and have stood since 2011 on the forecourt of Mostowa St, in front of Sfera II Shopping Centre in the city centre.

Rzeźba Bolka i Lolka, Bielsko-Biała
Bolek and Lolek, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

Pampalini the animal hunter

The statue will represent Bielsko-Biala’s Cartoon Film Studio’s popular animated hero Pampalini with a hippo and will be located in near  the City Hall on Bohaterów Warszawy Street. It is currently being built.

Railway station

Bielsko-Biała Main railway station building (Bielsko-Biała Główna) was constructed in 1890 and has been beautifully restored, showing off the attractive Pompeiian-style polychromes in the main ticket hall. In 1855 Bielsko was connected to the Emperor Ferdinand Northern Line, running from Vienna to Lwów (Lviv).

Dworzec kolejowy Bielsko-Biała
Railway station, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

The Hotel „President”

Situated on 3 Maja St, with its Neo-Renaissance façade, was formally the glamorous Cesarski (Imperial) Hotel.

Hotel President Bielsko-Biała
The Hotel „President”, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

The Polish Theatre

The Polish Theatre building (1890) at No. 1, 1 Maja St. was built in a Palladian Neo-Classical Historicist style with statues of Apollo and the Muses Melpomene and Thalia displayed on its façade. It has a beautifully restored and richly decorated interior. Dancing nymphs are depicted on the historic curtain. In front of the theatre there is a fountain originally constructed in 1895. The modern Mała Scena (Small Stage) is in the former paint room at the rear of the building.

Budynek Teatru Polskiego Bielsko-Biała
The Polish Theatre, photo R. Hryciów

The Main Post Office

The Main Post Office at No. 2, 1 Maja St. has a distinctive cupola and the figures of Jupiter with an eagle and Mercury with a staff.

Poczta główna Bielsko-Biała
The Main Post Office, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

City Hall

City Hall on Ratuszowy Sq. is a grand Neo-Renaissance building, at one time the headquarters of the Communal Savings Bank, municipal council and city council. It now houses the offices of the city authorities.

Ratusz
City Hall, photo Dorota Koperska

Hotel „Pod Orłem” (Eagle)

It is an impressive building formerly known as the Hotel “Pod Czarnym Orłem” (Black Eagle). Instead of hotel rooms the building now comprises offices and an exclusive arcade of shops.

Hotel Pod Orłem Bielsko-Biała
Hotel Pod Orłem (Eagle), photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

The Art Nouveau Townhouses

Situated at nos. 12 and 13 Wojska Polskiego Sq. The first of these has decorative features imitating a ‘Prussian’ (timber-framed) wall, a mini-tower, kidney-shaped windows and bay windows above the entrances. At one time Rudolf Nahowski’s winery was located within this building, hence the two amusing, carousing frogs above the portal entrance (on Targowa St.). The second townhouse building has decorations representing treetops on its façade.

Secesyjne Kamienice
The Art Nouveau Townhouses, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

St Stanislaus' Church

It is a gothic church with prized polychromes and was built in the second half of the 14th century as a place of worship for the city of Bielsko.

Kościół świętego Stanisława
St Stanislaus' Church, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

St Nicholas’ Cathedral

Situated on Św. Mikołaja Sq. is a 15th century church built in the Gothic style, remodelled for the final time at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time the church acquired a widened nave, a Neo-Romantic façade and tall tower topped with several tiers of recessed balconies.

Katedra świętego Mikołaja
St Nicholas’ Cathedral, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

Holy Trinity Church

Situtaed on Jana II Sobieskiego St. was constructed at the beginning of the 17th century in late Gothic style as the first of the new Protestant churches. It was taken over by the Catholics during the Counter Reformation. Post-rebuilding, this place of worship has an eclectic character.

Church of the divine providence in Biała

It is a Baroque-style church possessing valuable works of art from the second half of the 18th century, including a pulpit in the shape of a fisherman’s boat sailing under the sign of the cross with Jonah in the mouth of the whale.

Kościół Opatrzności Bożej
Church of the divine providence in Biała, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

St Barbara's Church

It is a charming wooden church, with interesting polychromes, built at the end of the 17th century.

Kościół świętej Barbary
St Barbara's Church, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

Bielsko Zion

Bielsko Zion is a district within the city belonging to the evangelical parish. Here on Marcina Lutra Sq. we see the Church of Christ the Redeemer, a presbytery, the Augustan publishing house and two school buildings. The headquarters of the Bishop of the Cieszyn Evangelical-Augsburg diocese is also here.

Statue of Martin Luther

A bronze statue of Martin Luther stands on the square named after him, the only statue of this theologian and religious reformer to be found in Poland.

Pomnik Marcina Lutra
Statue of Martin Luther, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

The Church of Christ the Redeemer

It is situated on Marcina Lutra Sq. is in the Neo-Gothic style. It houses a fine 19th century organ.

Kościół Zbawiciela
The Church of Christ the Redeemer, photo Krzysztof Cienciała

The Church of John the Baptist

It is a 19th century place of worship with numerous windows over three floors.

The Church of Martin Luther

It was constructed in the late 18th century, contains a valued organ crafted in the renowned workshop of Karol Kuttler in Opava.

The Jewish cementery

Of the Jewish cemeteries the one in Biała was taken apart in the 1960s on the orders of the authorities of that time. However, the other Jewish cemetery on ul. Cieszynska remains intact. The Pre-Funeral House was also saved. Its walls are decorated with historic polychromes.

Cmentarz Żydowski
The Jewish cementery, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

Private museum of literature

An exhibition of works by Władyslaw Reymont, hand-written and illustrated by Tadeusz Modrzewski.

The Fiat 126P museum

Antoni Przychodzeń opened the Fiat 126p Museum in the rooms of a disused factory on Karpacka St. Included in the collection is the green ‘maluch-kabriolet’ (‘tiny tot’ cabriolet), the diesel-fuelled ‘maluch’, the ‘maluch’ on caterpillar tracks and many more.

Muzeum Fiata 126p, fot. Lucjusz Cykarski
Fiat 126p museum, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

BWA Bielsko Gallery

Temporary exhibitions of modern art created by Polish and foreign artists. Artistic events, films, workshops, art lectures. Activities throughout the city. Café-club Aquarium located in the building.

Galeria Miejska BWA
BWA Bielsko gallery, photo Krzysztof Morcinek

Jerzy Zitzman "Banialuka" Puppet Theatre

The Banialuka puppet theatre is one of the best-known puppet theatres in Poland, often invited to the most important festivals. It has won numerous awards. Included in the theatre’s rich repertoire are productions for children, teenagers and adults, characterised by its own specific staging élan and ever relevant topical themes.

Teatr Lalek Banialuka
"Banialuka" puppet theatre, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

Tourist recreational centre on the slopes of mount Dębowiec

Attractions of the center: four-seater chair lift, travelling 600m; at the lower level: a rope park, team sports pitch and outdoor gym; at the higher level: an enclosed children’s playground and climbing wall, the Mount Dębowiec tavern and an educational trail with information boards and a water feature for reptiles.

Dębowiec
Tourist recreational centre on the slopes of mount Dębowiec, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

Enduro Trails Bielsko-Biała for mountain bikers

Enduro Trails Bielsko-Biała is a series of mountain trails for bikes. It is a network of one-way tracks, known as ‘single tracks’, designed for bikes, and are the favourites of mountain bikers: narrow, twisting and undulating paths of various degrees of difficulty, from easy, gently-descending inclines to steep and technically demanding rides down. In winter it welcomes the skiers.

Enduro Trails
Enduro Trails Bielsko-Biała for mountain bikers, photo Lucjusz Cykarski

Mount Szyndzielnia cable car

Six minutes’ journey time, 1810m long. The cable car run caters for disabled persons in wheelchairs as well as for pushchairs, bikes, skis and other baggage.

Kolej linowa Szyndzielnia
Mount Szyndzielnia cable car, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

Mount Szyndzielnia viewing tower

Located next to the upper cable car station, the viewing platform is 18m high with 120 steps to the top. There is a telescope with 25x magnification. One can admire breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. 

Wieża widokowa Szyndzielnia
Mount Szyndzielnia viewing tower, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

Panorama open air swimming pool

There are two pools on site: for swimming (50 x 25m, 1.6–4.5m deep) and for children (50 x 50m, up to 1.4m deep). There is also a 10m diving board, 42m slide, 2 beach volleyball courts, changing rooms and food court. This is a listed historic building.

Pływalnia Panorama
Panorama open air swimming pool, photo Paweł Sowa

Start open air swimming pool

The bathing area comprises a sports pool for swimming, and a recreational pool with many attractive water features: rapids, climbing frame, geysers, sprinklers, hydro-massage, winding slide, cascading slide, waterfalls, and a paddling pool for children with playground. The water in the recreational and paddling pools is heated. Around the pools there are grassy areas and decking for sunbathing. In the recreational sports area there are two floodlit tennis courts, two beachball pitches, a streetball court and a climbing wall. 

Pływalnia Start
Start open air swimming pool, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała

Animated film studio

The Animated Film Studio invites children of all ages to visit as part of their media education. The programme is adapted to the educational level of each group. Schoolchildren will learn about the successive stages involved in creating animated film, discover more about animation, screenplay, script, special effects and sound effects. During their visit to the Studio they will see real props, decorations and character design techniques. Every visit ends with an SFR production film show in the Studio’s cinema.

Studio filmów rysunkowych Bielsko-Biała
Studio filmów rysunkowych Bielsko-Biała, photo from resources of UM Bielsko-Biała