Szczyrk


Szczyrk German: Schirk is a town in the Beskid Śląski mountains of southern Poland, situated in the valley of the Żylica river It is part of the Silesian Voivodeship since 1999, previously being part of the Bielsko-Biała Voivodeship 1975–1998 It has a population of 5,810 people 2004

The town is a popular winter sports centre, with over 60 km of ski runs served by 30 ski lifts The principal training centre for Poland's Winter Olympic athletes is based in the town, where they train for events such as skiing, ski jumping and ice skating

The two mountain ranges that surround the valley are dominated by the peaks of Skrzyczne at 1,257 metres 4,124 feet and Klimczok 1,117 metres 3,665 feet, both of significant interest to tourists There are commanding views from either peak Moreover, either peak is accessible to most people, in one day's hike, via the tourist routes marked on any tourist map available in most kiosks or mountain shelters The routes are mostly accessible for the able-bodied, Skrzyczne being accessible via chair-lift

Szczyrk shares a common border with Wisła, a town where the source of the Vistula Wisła river can be found around the Barania Góra mountain

Panorama of Southern Poland

Twin towns — sister cities

Szczyrk is twinned with:

  • Jászkisér, Hungary 2004
  • Zetel, Germany 2008

External links

  • Official website
  • skiing in Szczyrk
  • TrekEarth - photos from Szczyrk
  • Detailed site about Szczyrk
  • Photo gallery from Szczyrk
Ski jumping hill

Coordinates: 49°42′58″N 19°1′37″E / 4971611°N 1902694°E / 4971611; 1902694




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