Szczyrk (Southern Poland)
The quintessence of the Silesian Beskids
Szczyrk is a small mountain town situated in the Silesian Beskids. Although its glory days as one of the best ski resorts in Poland are over, new investments are being made now and it’s still very popular with tourists, both in winter and summer. Generally famous for its beautiful scenery, the town is also known for folk culture, ski jumping hills and traditional log house restaurants.
Take the chairlift up to the top of Skrzyczne and enjoy a picture-postcard vista of the Silesian Beskids. This however, isn’t as exciting as the aerial view so why not use a paraglider instead? Szczyrk is well known for its paragliding school which offers tandem paragliding and professional training courses. Give it a try and you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable experience.
Things to do & see in Szczyrk
Enjoying The Outdoors
Skiing & Snowboarding
Hit the slopes if you come to Szczyrk in winter. Although the pistes here are generally short, they vary in difficulty and offer wonderful views.
Walking & Hiking
Szczyrk has some really great walks and hiking routes. Choose Skrzyczne (the highest peak of the Silesian Beskids) or Klimczok if you like trails that climb up the mountain tops. Or stay in the town centre and take an easy stroll along the Zylica River.
Getting The Thrills
Quad bikes and four-wheel drives are perfect for exploring Szczyrk off the beaten track. If you prefer downhill mountain biking, you’re in the right place too.
The Silesian Beskids boast a few interesting mountain caves. A stay in Szczyrk gives you an opportunity to visit them as they are all located in the surrounding area. For a better and safer experience go on a guided tour.
If you’d like to have some traditional local food in Szczyrk, look for kwasnica (sour cabbage soup), zupa czosnkowa (garlic soup), golonka (ham hock), oscypek (smoked sheep’s milk cheese), trout (grilled or smoked) and placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes). You should also try miodula (honey-flavoured vodka) and mulled wine or beer (both taste best in autumn and winter).
Art & Architecture
Drop by Beskidzka Galeria Sztuki if you’re interested in modern art, ceramics and sculpture. The gallery also sells various works of art (including handmade jewellery and artistic clocks) which can make a perfect souvenir or gift. To see Szczyrk’s religious architecture, visit the two sanctuaries: Zabytkowe Sanktuarium sw. Jakuba Apostola and Sanktuarium Matki Boskiej Szczyrkowskiej.