Bielsko-Biała is a city in southern Poland with 180,307 inhabitants (1999).Situated in the Silesian Voivodship (since 1999), previously capital of Bielsko-Biała Voivodship (1975-1998).Cahrming, spread at the foot of Beskid Mountains, the town is one the the most interesting towns in the south of Poland, wilingly visited by tourists. The quests are attracted to Bielsko - Biala, known as "little Vienna", not only by the beuty of the town's architecture, but also the fascinating ladscapes of the surroundong mountains.
The city of Bielsko-Biała was created on January 1, 1951 when the adjacent cities of Bielsko and Biała were unified. Bielsko, which for centuries belonged to the Duchy of Cieszyn, was founded in 1312. From 1457 the Biała river was the border between Silesia and Little Poland. Silesia belonged to Austria, Little Poland to Poland. In 1723 on the opposite bank of the river the city of Biała came into being. In 1772 Biała was annexed by Austria and included in the crownland of Galicia. In 1918 both cities became part of reborn Poland, though a significant part of the population was ethnic German. During World War II the city was annexed to the Third Reich and its Jewish population sent to Auschwitz. After the liberation of the city by the Red Army in 1945, the ethnic German population was expelled.
In Bielsko-Biala and in the region there are many interesting and comfortable beds. We recommend the following hotels:
Hotel offers 113 comfortably furnished rooms and 6 meeting rooms. All the rooms and halls are in range of high-speed Wi-Fi Internet. Additionally, in the hotel operates Restaurant Imperial, Lobby Bar and AVIS Car Rental.
The four stars President Hotel in Bielsko-Biała is a unique place. It has been receiving guests, who appreciate a fascinating mix of history and comfort, for the last one hundred and eighteen years
Qubus Hotel Bielsko-Biała is a luxury, superbly located hotel offering sumptuously equipped rooms with LCD screens, satellite television, free internet access and an extensive package of additional services.
Wooden church of St. Barbara in Mikuszowice
Wooden church of St. Barbara in Mikuszowice - built in 1690. It is one of the few remaining wooden churches in this part of Beskidy mountains. There is a specious nave, hexagonal chancel, sacristy and a tower with a rectangular vestibule, all constructed of large beams, boarded up on both sides; the squat tower features slightly sloping supporting pillars. The steep roof is covered with shingles. The church cementery is surrounded by a wooden beamed fence. Inside, note the paintings by Johann Mentil (1723), a rare example of the intense, magnificent Baroque polychromy. ALso worth seeing are 17th-century paintings and sculptures, including a lime-wood, gilded statue of the Virgin with Child, dating from 1420s.
Towering in the Bielsko-Biała city centre, the Castle is the oldest and largest construction of historical importance, erected in the old town of Bielsko. A legend says that in its place there used to be a settlement of robbers who attacked travelling merchants. The Opolski Prince, Casimir (1229/30) of the Piasts is said to have conquered that fortalice, wiped out the robbers and had the hunting palace erected in that place, which over the years grew into a magnificent castle around which the city of Bielsko developed. The oldest part of the Castle dates back to 14th century. Over the next centuries the Castle gradually developed and transformed. It is a city castle in its nature, incorporated into the system of Bielsko fortifications from the beginning, at the same time providing their strongest section.
Museum of Technology and Textile Industry
The Museum evidences most of all traditions of wool industry in Bielsko-Biała, by means of collecting machines, equipment and documents related to this field of manufacturing. The exhibits are stored in four rooms. Each of them is commensurate with division of old textile factory – preliminary treatment mill, weaving mill and finishing mill. A separate unit consists of machines for making hats. The display is complemented by exhibition devoted to the history of Bielsko-Biała fire brigade and of municipal water supply system. There is also a little printing office and a so called museum granary, where all the historical household equipments, radio sets, typewriters etc., are being stored The historical lathe, drilling machines and locksmith tools remind of the traditions of metal processing industry in Bielsko.
Cable Car to Szyndzielnia
We propose to visit our Mountains using the cable car. The cable car is suitable for transport of the people with reduced mobility on wheelchairs, as well as strollers, pushchairs, bicycles, and other kinds of luggage.Convenient transport to the centre of Bielsko-Biała by city bus, line 8.