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Silesian Voivodeship

Text: Edward Wieczorek Translation: Robert Skwierawski Editing: Grzegorz Wamberski Graphic layout, typesetting: Pawe Brzozowski, Boena Wojtanowska Consultation: Agnieszka Sikorska Editor: lska Organizacja Turystyczna 40-085 Katowice, ul. Mickiewicza 29 tel. 0048 32 207 207 1, fax 0048 32 207 207 2 www., e-mail: Realization: Wydawnictwo Kartograficzne Compass 30-084 Krakw, ul. Podchorych 3 tel./fax: 0048 12 626 14 36, e-mail: Print: Drukarnia LCL ISBN: 978-83-924569-5-7 1st EDITION, Katowice 2006

Silesian Voivodeship is an amazing region surprising by its diversity, outstanding landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Here you can discover mysteries of Medieval castles and caves of Krakowsko Czstochowska Upland. You can climb scenic rocks or take picturesque routes of Beskidy mountains; ride a horse, sail, ski, ride along tracts or in wilderness. Visitors can find numerous wooden architecture monuments, technical monuments, gorgeous palaces, magnates and traders residences, museums, nature reserves, sacral architecture, famous sanctuaries at Jasna Gra (Czstochowa) and in Piekary lskie. Discovering Silesian touristic and landscape attractions and taking advantage of their wealth is easy because of well developed tourist accommodation which together with splendid Silesian cuisine make the stay even more interesting. The logo of our region consists of four colors. Each of them indicates different touristic attractions described in our guidebook. The yellow colour distinguishes sanctuaries and sacral architecture, green colour active tourism, blue cultural heritage, and black technical monuments. We hope that information from this guidebook will be useful in discovering the wonders of Silesia region and enjoying its nature, history and culture. Please, enjoy the guidebook and have a nice stay in Silesia.

Touristic regions

lskie (Silesian) Voivodeship


Established in 1/01/1999 Silesian voivodeship is the fourteenth in terms of area and the second in terms of inhabitants voivodeship in Poland. The area is 12 294 km2 and the number of inhabitants is 4,830 thousand. There are 393 people per square kilometre, which makes the highest population density in Poland (the country average is 124 inhabitants). Silesian voivodeship is located in the southern part of Poland and borders with the following voivodeships: opolskie, dzkie, witokrzyskie, maopolskie and also Czech and Slovak republics. It consists of 19 city counties (county cities) and 17 landed counties. There are 166 districts, 71 cities and 1518 villages in the area. The capital of the voivodeship is Katowice (329 thousand inhabitants).

An a l ys i n g d i f fe re nt l a n d fo r m features, tourist facilities, accessibility and usefulness for different touristic and recreational disciplines we can
The region of Wielka Rycerzowa, photo. A. Sawski

On the south along the boundary with Czech and Slovak republics there are Western Beskidy located. They are divided into three groups: Beskid lski with the highest peak Skrzyczne (1257 m), Beskid May with Czupel (933 m.) and Beskid ywiecki, where we can find the highest mountain in the voivodeship Pilsko (1557 m) the culmination is on Slovak side. The above regions have been for more than one hundred years the destination for tourists and the place of recreation for

distinguish several touristic regions in Silesia voivodeship.

people from the voivodeship and more distant places. The main aim of touristic outings is mountain trekking in summer and skiing in winter. More and more popular are water sports, horse riding, angling, hunting and aviation gliding, hang gliding and paragliding. Summer tourisms and leisure is especially attractive thanks to 1.5 thousand kilometres of marked touristic trails, a dozen or so mountain shelters, cable cars, numerous agro touristic and complex leisure centres in Wisa, Ustro and Szczyrk. Ustro is also a famous spa. Beskidy with their famous Soa river cascades (three dam lakes) are also attractive region for water sports. In winter there are two ski centres in Szczyrk and Korbielw with lit up slopes and more than 150 ski lifts.

great variety of flora and the animal world and numerous examples of Jurassic forms such as inselbergs, deep valleys, ravines, caves. Krakowsko-Czstochowska Jurrasic Upland is a popular climbing area.
Malinowska Rock, photo. B. Czerwiski

Touristic regions

Grnolski Industial District

In the centre of laskie voivodeship there is highly ur banis e d a n d industrialised agglomeration called Grnolski Industial District (GOP). The landscape distorted by centuries of human activity surprises newcomers by treasures of national heritage, 19th century architecture monuments, technical monuments, museums, leisure and sport centres. Katowice the capital of the voivodeship is located there. Another attraction is Culture and Leisure Park and Dolomity Sportowa Dolina ski centre open the whole year in Bytom.

Impressive rocks and caves attract many alpinists and cave explorers. Architectural monuments add to the attractiveness of the area, these are especially ruins of castles, sanctuaries in arki-Leniw, wita Anna, Mstw and Myszkw-Mrzygd, and the most famous Czstochowa.

Gliwicko-Lubliniecki region
North - west part of the voivodeship is covered by the forests of Gliwice, Lubliniec and Tarnogra regions. Similar to Rybnik land these are perfect recreational areas for the inhabitants of the voivodeship. There are several hundred kilometres of touristic

Jura Krakowsko-Czstochowska
Krakowsko-Czstochowska Jurassic Upland, popularly called Jura is the second after Beskidy touristic and recreational area of lsk Voivodeship used mostly for trekking, bike and horse riding and cross
Katowice - Spodek, photo. E. Kaniewski

country skiing in winter. The attractiveness of the area is connected with outstanding landscape, mild climate, high forestation,

trails and bike routes marked out for them. The biggest attractions of this region are monuments of the old ore mining in Tarnowskie Gry, palaces

Sosnowiec Schoen Palace, photo. E. Kaniewski

Touristic regions

in Plawniowce, Brynek, Kochcice, Nako and wierklaniec; historical urban layouts in Gliwice, Pawniowice and Toszek, a dozen wooden churches on The Wooden Architecture Route. A narrow gauge railway (Grnolska Kolej Wskotorowa) leading from Bytom via Tarnowskie Gry to Miasteczko lskie is yet another attraction of the region.

Rybnik and Racibrz Land

The next touristic region is Rybnik and Racibrz land located in south west part of the voivodeship. The most attractive are vast forest areas and historic cities
Okiennik Wielki, photo. T. Gbu

Pszczyna Land
Pszczyna Land is located to the north of Beskidy and to the south of Rybnik in Owicim Basin. In its southern part there are picturesque ponds in Wisa old river bed and a historic place called Strumie. The whole region is called abi Kraj (The Frogs country). The significant part of Pszczyna Land is covered by Lasy Pszczyskie (Pszczyna Forests) where you can find hidden hunting manor house in Promnice, bison reserve in Jankowice. The biggest attraction of the region is Pszczyna with beautiful palace and park complex, ethnographic museum, historic architectural layout, and numerous catering services. In this region there is also located the second biggest spa after Ustro - Goczakowice Zdrj.
Ogrodzieniec-Podzamcze the ruins of the castle, photo. arch. OT

- Racibrz, Rybnik, Wodzisaw lski and ory. Rudy is very important touristic destination with historical Cystesrcian complex, narrow gauge railway museum, and the network of footpaths and bike trails. The area is often visited by the railwaymen tourists and enthusiasts of historical souvenirs.


Natural attractions

Diversified lie of the land and habitat conditions make lskie voivodeship posses very rich and full of curiosities nature which most attractive parts are protected by landscape parks, Nature 2000 sanctuaries, reserves, and ecological lands.

at the height of 1100 m originates a little stream Czarna Wiseka. The whole spring area till the place where Czarna and Biaa Wiseka join together has been covered by Wisa reserve with the area of 383,04 ha. One of the aims of the reserve is trout protection. Beskid May Landscape Park (area, 25 770 ha and protected area 22 253 ha, including respectively 16 540 and 10 243 ha in lsk). Beskid May has a character of a compact mountainous area divided by Soa gorge into two uneven parts. From the east a big group of amana Skaa (929 m.), and


The are eight landscape parks functioning in the area grouped in Silesian Voivodeship Landscape Park Complex. (41-300 Dbrowa Grnicza, ul. Legionw Polskich 69, phone/fax 032 262 25 15, pl, e-mail: biurozpk@ Jurassic rocks, photo. R. Winicki ywiecki Landscape Park (area. 35 870 ha and 53 844,26 ha of protected area). The park stretches from Zwardo to Korbielw and covers the most beautiful parts of Beskid ywiecki. Forests constitute 80% of the area. Spruce dominates there (90% of tree stand). Mixed forests are not so common in this area. The most valuable areas are protected by 8 nature reserves in Butor, rubita, Oszast, Romanka, Pod Rysiank, Pilsko, Gawroniec and Dziobaki. Nature reserves constitute 0,87% of the general area of the park.

from the west Magurka Wilkowicka range with the highest pick of Beskid May Czupel (933). The most precious original tree stands are protected by Madohora, Szerok a reser ves and Buczyna reserve in A view of Magurka Radziechowska from Zielony Kopiec, photo. B. Czerwiski Zasolnica. Orlich Gniazd L a n d s c a p e Pa r k (Eyries Landscape Park) (area 49 432 ha, 59 383 ha together with protected area). The park protects characteristic Jurassic landscapes c h a ra c te r i s e d by variety of flora and fauna together with numerous examples of Jurassic forms such as inselbergs, deep valleys, ravines, caves. Attractiveness of the area is strengthened by the material culture monuments characteristic

Beskid lski Landscape Park (area. 38 620 ha and protected area 22 285 ha). Comprises major ranges of Beskid lski: Stoek, Czantoria and Barania Gra. On the north west slopes of Barania Gra

of Jura ruins of medieval castles and fortresses called Orle Gniazda (Eyries). The biggest of them is Ogrodzieniec castle in Podzamcze. Oher monuments are sacral buildings and palaces with beautiful landscaping. The most valuable landscape and flora areas are protected by reserves (Zielona Gra, Sokole Gry, Kaliszak, Parkowe, Ostrnik, Gra Zborw, Bukowa Kpa, Smole, Gra Chem, Ruskie Gry). Stawki Landscape Park (area 1745 ha, protected area common with Orlich Gniazd Landscape Park). Constitutes connecting area between Czstochowska Upland and Woszczowska Basin. In the park you can find marshes, riparian forests, ash and elm trees with stands of fir and rare plants, and animals habitations. Wielki Las reserve protects the most attractive mountain plants (Anthriscus nitida, Streptopus amplexifolius). Lasy nad Grn Liswart (Grna Liswarta) Landscape Park (area. 38 701 ha, protected area 12 045 ha). Located in Kobuck and Lubliniec counties. Majority of the area is covered by pine forests with spruce stands and beech trees. A part of the area is covered by meadows and grazing lands located along rivers and streams. There are three reserves protecting spruce in the area (Cisy in ebki, Cisy at Liswarta, Cisy near Sierakw), and other reserves: Rajchowa Gra, Modrzewiowa Gra, Gra Grjec, Zamczysko and Jeleniak-Mikuliny. Zaczaski Landscape Park (located mostly in dzkie voivodeship from total area of 17 527 ha there is only 816 ha in lskie voivodeship in Lipie district). Covers Bukowa Gra reserve (1,06 ha) with a stretch of original lowland beech trees, stands of fir and sources of Sucha Struga brook. Cysterskie Kompozycje Krajobrazowe Rud Wielkich Landscape Park (area. 49 387 ha, 14 010 ha of protected area). The park is characterised by attractive flora, delightful land shape and high cultural values originating in Cistercian forestry and fishery. Cistercians arrived at the area in the middle of 13th century. Another feature is original landscape of Rudy Wielkie together with the valuable monastery and palace complex surrounded by landscape park with outstanding examples of trees. Other precious area is fish ponds complex in oczek based on the Odra river bed. There was a reserve established in 1957.

Babczyna Dolina, forest reserve, area. 76.5 ha, located in Suszec, Suszec district; protects typical forest biocoenosis characteristic of river valleys. Barania Gra , forest reserve, area. 383.04 ha, in Wisa, Wisa district; protects mountain mixed forest transforming into high mountain woods, sources of Biaa and Czarna Wiseka (Vistula river). Borek, forest reserve, area. 64.70 ha, in Radoszewnica, district. Koniecpol; protects mixed woods with sessile, linden, alder wetland, ash tree. There are 176 species of vascular plants there (7 protected)
Rodo cascades on Biaa Wiseka, photo. B. Czerwiski

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Bukowa Gra, forest reserve, area 1.06 ha, in Kleniska, district. Lipie; protects acid lowland with ancient beech forest, fir, spruce and pine. The reserve protects also sources of Sucha Struga. Bukowa Kpa , forest reserve, area 52.84 ha, in czki, district Janw; protects beech forests situated on lime and loessic ground. The characteristic plants in the area are: hard shield fern, Northern firmoss, wood speedwell Polygonatum verticillatum (Solomons Seal) and cephalanthera. Butorza , forest reserve, area 30.68 ha, in Zwardo, district Rajcza; protects istebniaski spruce growing in the lower section of Tatra mountains in Rachowiec hill and Carpathian beech wood complex. Cisy near Sierakw, forest reserve, area 8.86 ha, in Przywary, district Ciasna; protects natural habitation of yew in old mixed stand.

Cisy at Liswarta, forest reserve, area. 21.85 ha, in g, district Herby; protects yew stands in ash alder wetland and marsh woods. Protects also 17 species of protected plants.
Twig of a yew tree bearing fruit, photo. E. Kaniewski

Dolina abnika , (abnik Valley) peat bog reserve, area 42.32 ha, in Cikowice, district Jaworzno; protects water biocenosis and transitory peat bogs with plentiful protected species like sundew. D z i o b a k i , fo re s t re s e r ve, a re a 13.06 ha, in Soblwka, district. U j s o y ; p r o t e c t s s p r u c e, b e e c h , and fir forest and a fragment of marsh alder forest on the slopes of Rycerzowa hill where you can find numerous examples of martagon lily and streptop. Gawroniec , forest reser ve, area 2 3 . 6 9 h a i n Pe we l M a a , d i s t r i c t winna; protects fertile Carpathian beech and riverside mountain alder on the slopes of Gawroniec hill and Koszrawa river. Gra Chem (Chem Hill), forest reser ve, area 12.56 ha, in Hutk iKanki, district azy; protects picturesque lime inselberg covered with original beech among which we can distinguish 18 protected species like martagon lily. Gra Grojec (Grojec Hill), forest reserve, area 17.53 ha, in Psary, district Woniki; protects mixed tree stand with beech, sycamore and fir covering lime hills Gra Zborw (Zborw Hill), landscape reserve, area 45,00 ha, in Podlesice, district Kroczyce; protects picturesque lime hill with numerous inselbergs and caves with rock plants and xerophilous grass and 22 protected species of plants

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Cisy in Huta Stara, forest reserve, area 11.25 ha, in Huta Szklana, district Koziegowy; protects natural stand of one hundred year old yews in ash alder wetland and 5 species of endangered vascular plants. Cisy in ebki, forest reserve, area 22.36 ha, in ebki, district Herby; protects old yews in ash alder wetland and reed woods, six species of endangered plants.

Czantoria, forest reserve, area. 97.71 ha, in Ustro, district Ustro; protects lower section of Tatra mountains A view of Skrzyczne, photo. E. Wieczorek forest complexes ,mainly mountain beech together with ash tree and sycamore on the northern slope of Czantoria. D b owa G ra , fo re s t reser ve, area 5.43 h, in Skrzeszw, district Kobuck; protects broadleaved forest with dominating sessile and common fir. There are three species of protected plants in the forest. Dolina askiego Potoku, (aski Potok Valley) forest reserve, area 46.89 ha, in Jasienica, district Jasienica; protects riverside mountain alder, foothill ash tree wetland, beech trees. The reserve is a place of reproduction of endemic Carpathian triton.

Grapa, forest reserve, area 23.23 ha, in ywiec, district ywiec; protects ash tree riparian forest with Great Masterwort and broadleaved forest with 10 species of protected plants.

Hubert , forest reserve, area 14.30 protects remains of lska Puszcza (old ha, in Dbrwka, district Wielowie; forest) acid lowland beech forest with protects part of mixed forest with ancient beech and oak trees. broadleaved forest and ash alder Lasek Miejski nad Olz (Town Forest wetland with numerous protected at Olza River), flora, area 3.23 ha, in species. Jaworzyna, forest reserve, Cieszyn, district Cieszyn; protects the area 40.03 ha, in Bielsko-Biaa; protects biggest in Poland stand of Hacquetia mountain forests represented by epipactis in linden oak broadleaved mountain sycamore, acid mountain forest. b e e c h a n d f e r t i l e A flower of Hacquetia epipactis, photo. A. Krzemiski Carpathian beech. Jeleniak-Mikuliny, fauna reserve, area 37.54 ha, in Pik a, distric t Koszcin; protects wetland stands of crane in woods and rush. Kaliszak, forest reserve, area 14.64 ha, in Apolonka, district Janw; protects 160 yearold ancient pine oak forest with fir and 6 species of protected plants. Kpina, forest reserve, area 89.58 ha, in Irzdze; protects lowland wetland, ols porzeczkowy, adenostylion, rich fauna and flora, plentiful springs. Kopce , forest reserve, area 14.76 ha, in Cieszyn, district Cieszyn; protects original broadleaved forest with linden tree and fertile Carpathian beech with numerous population of cieszynka wiosenna in undergrowth and on rock called cieszynity.
A view of Babia Gra from the area of Pilsko, photo. A. Sawski

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Lasek Miejski nad Pucwk (Town Forest at Pucwka), flora, area 6.79 ha, in Cieszyn, district Cieszyn; protects original stand of Hacquetia epipactis in linden oak broadleaved forest as well as 203 other species of plants (10 endangered). czok, water forest reserve, area 408.88 ha, in Babice, district Ndza; protects old wetland with oak avenues, Odra old river bed and post Cistercian ponds which are a sanctuary for 195 species of birds. Madohora, forest reserve, area 71.81 ha, in Rz yk i, district lemie; protects original highland spruce forest, beech fo r e s t , a n d s a n d s t o n e rocks in upper parts of amana Skaa hill. Modrzewiowa Gra (Modrzewiowa Hill), forest reserve, area 49,27 ha, in Zwierzyniec Drugi, district Opatw; protects broadleaved forest with dominating sessile and Polish larch. There are 142 species of vascular plants (7 protected). Morzyk, forest reserve, area 11.47 ha, in Grodziec l., district Jasienica; protects mixed broadleaved forest and fertile Carpathian beech, and a spring with working calcareous sinter.

Kunie, geological reserve, area 7.22 ha, in Twardorzeczka, district Lipowa; protects a group of geological forms of rocks and caves and splendid spruce fir woods on Moroka slopes. Las Murckowski, forest reserve, area 102,56 ha, in Katowice, district Katowice;

Muco , flora, area 45.20 ha, in Soblwka, district Ujsoy; protects stands of Common Snowdrop in fertile Carpathian beech. Ochojec , flora, area 26.77 ha, in Katowice, district Katowice; protects ash alder wetland with stands of 14 mountain species, mostly Streptopus amplexifolius, and 231 species of other vascular plants. Ostrnik , forest reser ve, area 4.10 ha, in Ostrnik, district Janw; protects lime hill covered with beech hornbeam forest, the remains of 14th century stronghold with cave and periodic spring. Oszast, forest reserve, area 47.31 ha, in Soblwka, district Ujsoy; protect Karpacka Puszcza (old forest), spruce, fir, beech forest of lower mountain area.
Szachownica cave, photo. E. Kaniewski

Romanka, forest reserve, area 98.45 ha, in Sopotnia M. and Sopotnia Wlk., district Jelenia; abnica, district Wgierska Grka; protects upper parts of Romanka with fragments of upper mountain spruce and single sycamore trees. Rotuz, bog reserve, area 28.17 ha, in Chybie, district Chybie and in Zabrzeg, district Czechowice-Dziedzice; protectshigh peat bog and fragments of marsh forest. Ruskie Gry forest reserve, area 153.65 ha, in Zoeniec, district Pilica; protects lime hills with fragments of fertile beech of Sudety and sycamore. Segiet, forest reserve, area 24.65 ha, in Blachwka, district Bytom; protects beech trees covering old mining excavations. There are 9 vascular protected plants and the biggest in Upper lsk winter habitat of bats in the area.

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Parkowe , landscape reserve, area 159.90 ha, in Zoty Potok, district Janw; protects sources of Wiercica river in its valley part with numerous lime hills and caves covered with original forests with 24 protected plants. Pilsko, forest reserve, area 105.21 ha (covers also reserve: Pi Kopcw), in Korbielw, district Jelenia; protects old high mountain spruce forest, mountain pine, and shrubs with rare species of flora and fauna. Pod Rysiank , forest reserve, area 27.54 ha, in Sopotnia Wlk., district Jelenia; protects sources of Sopotnia Wielka brook and lower hill fir spruce beech forest coming into upper hill spruce forest. Rajchowa Gra, forest reserve, area 8.20 ha, in Boronw; protects original mixed forest with pine, beech, spruce, oak and fir.

Skarpa Wilicka, forest reserve, area 24.17 ha, Wilica, district Skoczw; protects a fragment of beech forest and ash tree wetland with rich undergrowth (e.g. Hacquetia epipactis) Smole, forest reserve, area 432 ha, in Smole, district Pilica; protects lime hill with the remains of 14th century castle covered with beech hornbeam larch forest and fragments of dry and warm grass. Sokole Gry, forest reserve. 215.95 ha, in Olsztyn, district Olsztyn; protects lime hills with numerous inselbergs and caves covered with Sudeten beech and orchid beech with rare species of orchid. Stawiska, forest reserve, area 6.28 ha, in Parzymiechy, district Lipie; protects original oak forest with monumental old oaks and fragments of alder wetland. Stok Szyndzielni, forest reserve, area 57.92 ha, in Bielsko-Biaa, district Bielsko-


Biaa; protects natural beech forests with examples of sycamore, spruce and fir. Szachownica, geological reserve, area 12.70 ha, in Wapiennik, district Lipie; protects Krzemienna Gra lime hill with Szachownica cave, winter habitat for 1000 bats, one of the longest caves on Krakowsko Czstochowska Upland. Szeroka, forest reserve, area 51.94 ha, in Kocierz Moszczanicki, district kawica; protects of beech forests of lower Carpathian with old monumental specimens of fir and beech trees and 104 specimens of vascular trees. rubita forest reserve, area 25.86 ha, in Rycerka Grna, district Rajcza; protects fragment of old Carpathian forest original beech fir forest of lower Carpathian. Wielki Las , forest reser ve, area 3212 ha, in Zalesice, district Przyrw; protects alder ash wetland with many specimens of protected plants. Wisa, fauna reserve, area 17.61 ha, in Wisa, district Wisa; protects brown trout in natural habitation in upper parts of Biaa and Czarna Wiseka River. Zadni Gaj, forest reserve, area 5.77 ha, in Cisownica, district Goleszw; protects original stands of yew tree in fertile Carpathian beech forest and 15 species of endangered plants.
Midzybrodzkie Lake, photo. B. Czerwiski

Zielona Gra , forest reserve, area 19.66 ha, in Kusita, district Olsztyn; protects lime hill with lime inselbergs and caves covered with stenothermic grass, shrub and forest plants. ubrowisko , fauna reserve, area
Biaa Wiseka, photo. B. Czerwiski

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742.56 ha, in Pszczyna, district Pszczyna; protects population of European bison (currently 33 specimen).


Nature 2000 area is a new form of protection introduced in Poland in 2004 year. The network Nature 2000 consists of special protection areas of birds, habitats, fauna and flora specimens published in annexes to European Union Directives from 1992 regulating protection of natural habitats, birds habitats, flora and fauna specimens having European significance. In lsk area we can distinguish the following protected areas: Ostoja Grnej Wisy (districts Chybie, Goczakowice and Strumie), area 24 767 ha, 29 species of birds (e.g. Great Bittern, Little Bittern Night Heron Mediterranean Gull Black Tern Common Tern). During migrations the concentration of water birds in the area exceeds 20 000 Recommended habitats: Beskid lski, area 35 870 ha, covers

Zamczysko , forest reserve, area 1.35 ha, in Niwa Skrzeszw, district Kobuck; protects old oak forest covering ridges of early middle ages settlement and 165 species of vascular plants (6 endangered). Zasolnica, forest reserve, area 16.65 ha, in Porbka, district Czaniec; protects a fragment of Carpathian beech forest and sub continental linden tree broadleaved forest.


most of the areas of Beskid lski landscape Park, covers 19 habitats and 16 protected species. Beskid ywiecki , area 38 370 ha, sanctuary of 22 habitats including 6 of primary importance (eg. mountain pine the only stands in lsk) and 13 species of protected animals, e.g. bear, wolf and lynx. Cieszyskie rda Tufowe , four isolated areas of active springs with sediments of calcareous sinter and calcareous tufa in: Morzyk (Grodziec, district Jasienica), Gra Jasieniowa (district Goleszw), Kamieniec (district D b o w i e c ) a n d S k a r p a Wi l i c k a (Wilica, district Skoczw), total area of. 269 ha; sanctuary of 9 habitats with the above mentioned springs and 2 species of fauna.

Ostoja Zotopotocka (district Janw), area 4 619 ha, area of planned Jurassic National Park, sanctuary of 10 habitats and 15 protected species (e.g. Brook lamprey, European bullhead, 7 species of bats). There have been 12 species of protected birds mentioned in EU directives observed there. Podziemia Tarnogrsko-Bytomskie (districts Bytom and Tarnowskie Gry), area 3 401 ha; sanctuary consists of vast and complicated system of 60 km long mining excavations as the remains of limestone mining from 12th to 20th century. There is winter habitat for a dozen of thousand bats, a rare species Myotis myotis among them. Pustynia Bdowska (Bdowska Desert), area 2007 ha (in lsk), area of Quaternary sands, exposed after uncontrolled clearing of forests in 13 and

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Graniczny Meander Odry (district Krzyanowice), area 320 Bdowska Desert, photo. B. Czerwiski ha (in lsk), sanctuary of 7 habitats and 9 species of protected fauna. Koci w Grkach Wielkich (district Brenna), sanctuary of reproductive colony of two species of bats Lesser Horseshoe Bat and myotis myotis (nocek duy) K o c i w Radziechowach (district Radziechowy-Wieprz), sanctuary of reproductive colony of endangered species Lesser Horseshoe Bat. L a s k o o Tw o r k o w a ( d i s t r i c t Krzyanowice), area 170 ha, sanctuary of six habitats (1 priority) Madohora (district lemie), area 72 ha, sanctuary of 3 habitats, e.g. upper mountain spruce and beech) Myn w Piercu (district Skoczw), sanctuary of reproductive colony of endangered species Lesser Horseshoe Bat. O s t o j a O l s z t y s ko - M i r o ws k a (districts Niegowa and Olsztyn), area 2 444 ha; sanctuary of 11 habitats and 14 species of bats (6 rare ones); there are 8 species of birds hatching there. Ostoja rodkowojurajska (districts Ogrodzieniec and Pilica), area 3 923 ha (in lsk), in Orle Gniazda (Eyries) Park.; sanctuary of 17 habitats (3 priority ones), 8 birds species; substitute stand of endemic species Polish Scurvy-grass, winter habitats for bats.

14th centuries, sanctuary of two habitats in waters of Biaa Przemsza river which crosses the desert there are two species of protected fauna. Stawy czok (czok Ponds) (district Ndza), area 695 ha, area of czok reserve; sanctuary of 9 habitats, 35 types of flora communities; 18 species of hatching birds Suchy Myn (districts Irzdze and Szczekociny), area 1 485 ha; sanctuary of 7 habitats in upper part of Pilica River, we can observe there the most rare plants in Poland jzyczek syberyjski; in waters of Pilica and its tributaries there are 5 species of vertebrate, there are 120 species of birds observed there Jaskinia Szachownica (Szachownicka Cave) (district Lipie), area 13 ha; sanctuary of 3 habitats and 4 species, geological reserve. it is the biggest cave on Krakowsko - Czestochowska Upland, significant winter habitat for


bats in Poland with more than 1000 bats spending winter there with the rarest species: Myotis Bechstein s bat and Dasycneme bat. Recommended bird sanctuaries: Beskid y wiecki , area 35 510; sanctuary of 9 species of rare birds. Stawy w Brzeszczach, area 2465 ha (in lsk and Maopolska region); sanctuary of 14 species of rare birds.. Stawy Wielikt (Wielikt Ponds) and Las Tworkowski (Tworkowski Forest), area 934 ha; sanctuary of 20 species of birds.

plants, rose garden; a seat of forestry technical college (tel. 032 285 74 18). BUJAKW - Botanical garden at local parish. CHORZW - Silesian zoological garden at Wojewdzki Park Kultury i Wypoczynku (Lesisure and Culture Park), 3600 specimen of animals from 400 species presented on 49 ha (tel. 032 259 94 72).

Natural attractions

Gliwice palm greenhouse, photo. E. Kaniewski


Touristic attractions of lskie voivodeship are not limited only to nature in its natural environment. There are many p re c i o u s places created by the man in the area. There are dozens of palace and manor house garden parks, the most precious in Pszczyna, wierklaniec, Rudy and Repty. There is a dozen of city parks, the oldest in Bytom and the most spacious between Chorzw and Katowice Wojewdzki Park Kultury i Wypoczynku (Leisure and Culture Park). Area of 600 ha makes the park one of the biggest zone of planned green areas in Europe. There are also spa parks in Goczakowice and Jatrzbie Zdrj. In lask there are small zoological gardens in Zabrze and
Chorzw Leisure and Culture Park, photo. arch. OT

GLIWICE - City Palm House in Frederic Chopin park. 4 exposition pavilions, area of 2000 m2 , about 6000 plants from the whole world (tel. 032 231 00 31). R AC I B R Z - B r a m a M o r aw s k a Arboretum in Obora forest, 35 ha botanical garden and a fragment of an original forest; total area of 164 ha; the first botanical garden in lsk under patronage of Polska Akademia Nauk (Polish Academy of Sciences) SOSNOWIEC - Greenhouse and garden, presents interesting exotic plants and several little animals, e.g. reptiles, f i s h e s, m o n k e y s, birds, address: ul. Pisudskiego 116, tel. 032 266 44 52). U S T R O ZAWODZIE - Leny Park Niespodzianek (Forest Park of Surprises), in beech old forest, e. g. co m p l e x fo r predator y birds; game; protected animals; leisure complex (Zdrojowa Street). ZABRZE - Botanical Garden, the richest in the region collection of plants, established in 1928; about 4500 specimens of trees and bushes, 127 exotic species; address: ul. J. Pisudskiego, tel. 032 271 30 33.

Brynek. Ambition of Silesian naturalists is to establish Upper Silesia botanical garden in Mikoow city district which could protect variety of flora species for next generations. BRYNEK - Botanical garden located in 40 ha palace park with approx. 3500 species of green plants, high mountain



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Aleksandrwka a village in Przyrw district; St. Anna church-sanctuary and the cloister of Dominican sisters (1609, extended in the middle of the 18th century), often connected with the neighbouring settlement wita Anna (St. Anna). Bek a village in Czerwionka-Leszczyny district; Maria Magdalena wooden parish church (1753), in the neighbourhood tombs of the Baildon family and the mausoleum of the Gemander family at the mound of the former settlement. Bestwina a village in Bielski county, seat of district authorities, late Classicist Habsburg palace (1826) District Office; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin parish church (1577, transformed and extended in 18th century).

Bdzin a town on the Czarna Przemsza, 58.8 thousand inhabitants, seat of county; early Medieval town and settlement, city rights 1358, Bielsko-Biaa the City Hall, photo. E. Kaniewski since the 19th century the administrative centre of of Zagbe Dbrowskie; a large industrial centre; castle (ca. 1340, rebuilt 1956) Museum of Zagbie; Holy Trinity parish church (14th century, rebuilt in 19th century); St. Thomas of Canterbury Cemetery church (18th century); former chief office of a district (1911); historical cemeteries; Catholic and Jewish on the G ra Zamkowa; in the Gzichw distr ic t palace and par k complex of the Mieroszewski family (1702) the seat of the Museum of Zagbie; in the Grodziec St. Dorotha district church (1653), palace and park complex of the Ciechanowski family from 1840 (at present Social Care Center) and the remains of Saturn cement plant) Bielowicko a village in Jasienica district; St. Laurent wooden parish church (1701); in neighbourhood natural reserve Morzyk. Bielsko-Biaa a town with county rights, at the same time county town (in the years 1975-1999 capital city of voivodeship) on the Biaa river, at the feet of Beskid lski and May, 180 thousand inhabitants; it was created in 1951 as a

result of the merger of two towns: Bielsko and Biaa; Bielsko goes back to the 14th century, Biaa to the middle of the 16th century; both towns were once important textile industry centers, Bielsko was called a Silesian Manchester ; at present BielskoBiaa is an important industrial, cultural and academic centre of the southern part of the voivodeship, the seat of the Bielsko ywiec diocese of the Roman Catholic Church; numerous historical buildings: town and Gothic St. Stanislaw church in Stare Bielsko (14th century), Sukowski Dukes Castle old seat of Cieszyn dukes from the 14th century, Catholic churches: St. Barbara wooden church (1690) in Mikuszowice l., St. Nicolaus concathedral from the 15th century (totally rebuilt in 1910), Divine Providence church (1769); Evangelical Augsburg churches: Salvators church (1790 1852) in Bielsk with the only monument of Martin Luter in Poland (1900), Franz Vogel from

Wien and Martin Luter in Biaa; complex of buildings from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century: Main Railway Station (1890), Neo Renaissance City Hall in Biaa (1897), Theatre (1888), Cesarean Hotel, today Prezydent hotel (1893), Pod Orem Hotel (1909), Communal Savings Bank (1889),


Main Post Office (1898) and numerous townsmen houses; a Museum with Technical and Textile Industry Museum Division and Weavers House, Polish Theatre, Puppet Theatre Banialuka , BWA Bielsko Gallery, Beskidy Folk Puppet Centre, Ksinica Beskidzka (Beskidy public library) and Cartoons Studio; events of the Beskidy Culture Week take place there as well as International Puppet Art Festivals and Polish Composers Festival; the town is a starting point of numerous tourist routes to the region of Hrobacza ka and Magurka in Beskid May and Szyndzielnia and Klimczok in Beskid lski; it is a skiing centre and from Olszwka to Szyndzielnia one can travel by a gondola cableway. Biekowice a village on the Psina river in Krz yanowice district; All Saints Baroque parish church (1730); on Easter Monday a horse procession takes place here. Bieru an industrial town, 19.8 thousand inhabitants, seat of county; market settlement in the 13th century, city rights 1387, from the 18th century a duty chamber between Prussia and Austria and the origin of Bieru nowy settlement; at present coal mining (KWK Piast), Plastic manufacturing Plant, Danone plant; retained historical arrangement with market square and buildings from the middle of the 19th century, St. Valentine wooden cemetery church (1626); St. Bartholomew Apostle parish church (18th century, rebuilt after fire in 1848); Sacred Heart of Jesus church in Bieru Nowy (1919.)

Boronw a district village in Lubliniec county; Our Lady of the Rosary wooden parish church (1611); St. Barbara wooden chapel (1740); former pearling mill, organists house and inn (beginning of the 19th century); 500 years old oak - nature monument; close to the village Rajchowa Gra reserve. Br Zapilski a village in Wrczyca Wielka district; St. Jack wooden parish church (1921). Brenna a tourist village on the Brennica, seat of the district authorities in Cieszy county; St. John the Baptist church (1796); a few wooden mountaineers houses; numerous skiing centers. Brusiek a village in Koszcin district located in the middle of forest; from the 16th to 19th century a metallurgy centre; St. John the Baptist wooden church (1670). Brynek a village in Tworg district located in the middle of forest; Hugon Henckel von Donnersmarck palace and park complex Forestry Technical School: palace (1908), historical landscape park with area of 40 ha (1829), school botanical garden, farm, (1905). Buczkowice a district village in Bielsko county; Transfiguration of Jesus parish church (beginning of the 20th century), chapel (1816); in neighbouring Rybarzowice Our Lady of Consolation church (19th century), mill and sawmill (19th century). Bukw a village on the Odra in Lubomia district; wooden chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary (1770); Our Lady of Perpetual Succour parish church (1933); recreational centre and Mini ZOO.

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B i s k u p i ce a v i l l a g e i n Pi l i c a d i s t r i c t, a d j a ce nt Bytom the Market and Our lady church, photo. B. Czerwiski to town; Name of Jesus church and Reformat monastery (1746); military cemetery from the First World War. Bobolice a village in Niegowa district; in surrounding area n u m e ro u s s c e n i c limestone rocks; ruins of a castle (14th century). Bobrowniki a village in B dzin co u n t y, s e a t o f district authorities; St. Laurent wooden church (1669); Bojszw a village in Rudziniec district; All Saints wooden auxiliary church (end of the 15th century).

Bycina a village in Rudziniec district, Baroque palac of the Counts Paczyscy family from 1700. Bystra a recreational village in the Biaka valley in Wilkowice district; the


Assumption of Our Lady chapel (1892), Julian Faat Museum. Bystrzanowice a village in Janw district; historical manor house from the 18th century. Bytom a city with county rights, 191 thousand inhabitants; on the Magorzatka hill a town was already present in the 10th century, a written record about the Bytom settlement comes from 1123; city rights were granted in 1254; in Middle Ages it was an important metal mining and trade center, from the 19th century coal mining and heavy industry; at present heavy industry is withdrawn and replaced by small production and service plants; in now it is an academic and cultural center; there is Silesian Opera and Silesian Dance Theatre, Upper Silesian Museum, Bytom Cultural Centre with KRONIKA Gallery,

skiing centre Dolomity Sportowa Dolina, as well as narrow gauge railway from Bytom to Miasteczko lskie (23 km), old tramway carriage, route 38, going along the Piekarska street (1,5 km). Chaupki a village on the Odra in Krzyanowice district, road border crossing with the Czech Republic; castle (1682), at present a hotel, surrounded with old bastions and a landscape park. Chem lski a district village in Bieru-Ldziny county, Holy Trinity Baroque parish church (1660, extended in 19th and 20th century); in neighbourhood of the village water supply reservoir Zbiornik Dziekowicki (712 ha). Choro a village in Poraj district; church (1657, rebuilt in the 20th century ), former farm with manor house (beginning of the 19th century) and a park.

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Chorzw Leisure and Culture Park, Planetarium, photo. E. Kaniewski

Akademos Quartet, National Musical and Ballet School, numerous private galleries and exhibition salons (e.g. Stalowe Anioy); regular events take place here, such as: Bytom Festival, International Contemporar y Dance Conference, Teatromania, New Music Festival, High Art Festival; churches: Assumption of Our Lady (15th century, rebuilt 1852-76), St. Adalbert (St.Wojciech) (1783), Holy Spirit (1721), Holy Trinity (1886) and St. Jack (1905); numerous buildings from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century: municipal hospital (1848), hospital of Bracka Association (1851), County Court and prison (1862), Secession building of the 4th High School (1901), Neo-Gothic building of the Musical School (1870), Silesian Opera building (1901), former office of county authorities (1897) at present one of buildings of the Upper Silesian Museum and a few hundreds of historical houses; within city boundaries a forest reserve Segiet and ecological area abie Doy (Frog Ponds); 7 tourist routes and educational paths o through the city; in Sucha Gra district an all-year

Chorzenice a village in Komnice district: manor house surrounded by a park (1926) at present Orphanage; St. Stanislaw chapel BM (1927), mechanical mill from 1909. Chorzw a city with county rights, one of the cities of Upper Silesian Industrial Area agglomeration, 117.4 thousand inhabitants; originated in 1934 from merger of Chorzw, Krlewska Huta and Hajduk; since the end of the 18th century an important mining and heavy industry centre; at present an academic and cultural centre (Teatr Rozrywki, Municipal Museum, Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park); the greatest attraction in the city is Wojewdzki Park Kultury i Wypoczynku (Silesian Central Park), with the area of 600 ha, where you can find: Silesian Zoological Garden, Silesia Stadium, Amusement Park, Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory, Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park and many other attractions; the most important historical buildings: St. Laurent wooden church (1559), moved from Knurw; Neo-Gothic churches: Evangelical Augsburg St. Elizabeth


church (1844); St. Barbara (1852), with adjacent tomb of Juliusz Ligo (18231889) a smith and poet, and national activist; St. Jadwiga (1874); M. Luter Evangelical Augsburg church (1896); St. Antoni (1934) designed by A. Bellensted, which is a modernistic transposition of Gothic forms; Neo-Gothic post office building (1892) architectonic symbol of Chorzw; in Chorzw Stary Neo-Gothic Elizabeth shaft can be seen (1913), a complex of workers houses and St. Maria Magdalena church (1888).
Chudw the castle, photo. E. Kaniewski

hall (1800, rebuilt several times) and buildings (18th/20th centuries); St. Maria Magdalena parish church (14th century, rebuilt 1789); Evangelical church of Jesus, Church of Grace (1709, tower 1772); postJesuit St. Cross church (1707); Assumption of Our Lady church, Bonifraters (1718); the Larisch family palace (1794) Cieszyn Silesia Museum; St. George church (15th century, rebuilt in the 19th century); Holy Trinity church (16th century, rebuilt in the 19th century); Neo-Baroque Theatre building (1910); Three Brothers Well (1868), numerous public buildings and

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Chudw a village in Gieratowice district; partially rebuilt ruins of a castle (15th century); manorial granary (middle of the 19th century); in August a Medieval Fair in the castle. Ciasna a district village in Lubliniec county; the Kitzing family palace (1908) at present an Orphanage surrounded by a park. Cieltniki a village in Dbrowa Zielona district; the oldest linden tree in Poland (530 years old), a manor complex (1725), Transfiguration of Jesus NeoGothic parish church (1891). Cieszowa a village in Koszcin district; St. Martin wooden church (1751); wooden granary (18th century); old Jewish cemetery. Cieszyn a county town on the Olza, 36.3 thousand inhabitants, road border crossing with the Czech Republic; an Early Medieval town and settlement from the 11th century, city rights from before 1223, between 1290-1653 the capital city of the Duchy of Cieszyn; in the 19th century an important centre of national life, after 1920 divided into the Polish and Czechoslovakian part (Czech Cieszyn); a castle hill: Romanesque rotunda (11th century), Piast Tower and fragments of castle walls (14th century), Classicistic Habsburg palace (1840), castle park; market square with town

houses from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century; within the town boundaries natural reserves: Kopce (Mounds), Las Miejski nad Olz (Town forest on the Olza) and Las Miejski nad Pucwk ( Town forest on the Pucwka). Cicina a village in Wgierska Grka district; St. Catherine of Alexandria auxilliary wooden church (1542, extended 1667 and 1895, totally rebuilt 1935). Cisiec a village in Wgierska Grka district, in the Soa valley; contemporary St. Maksymilian Kolbe church of one day and one night , built without the permission of authorities on 5th November and the night from 5th to 6th November 1972, architectonically finished in 1984. Cynkw a village in Koziegowy district; St. Laurent wooden church (1631). Czaniec a village in Porbka district; ruins of a defensive manor house (17th century); St. Bartholomew parish church (beginning of the 20th century, with tower from 1764); former paper mill (middle of the 19th century) Czarny Las a village in Woniki district; the Ziegler family palace (19th/20th century), at present a hotel. Czatachowa a village in arki district; in the neighbourhood Holy Spirit hermitage, where a few hermits are living.


Czechowice-Dziedzice a town in Bielsko county, 35.1 thousand inhabitants, seat of landed district authorities, created in 1950 as a result of the merger of Czechowice and Dziedzice, mentioned in records already in the 15th century; since the middle of the 19th century and important railway junction and industrial centre (oil refineries, coal mine, match factory, cable factory); historical buildings: St. Catherine parish church (1729, tower 1800); Late Baroque palace (1729), surrounded by a landscape park (area of 1 ha); granary (18th century) and manor buildings; railway station (1855); contemporary Jesus Christ the Saviour parish church (1999) the best architectonic realisation of the year 1999. Czelad a town in Bdzin county, 34.6 thousand inhabitants; city rights in 1257, in the 19th century a coal mining centre, Neo-Romanesque St. Stanislaw parish church (1913); a few wooden houses (18th century); a workers colony KWK Saturn in Piaski town district. Czernica a village in Gaszowice district; palace (1885), surrounded by a landscape park; wooden manorial granary (18th century).

Czernichw a district village in ywiec county, situated in the Soa river ravine in Landscape Park of Beskid May; historical shrine Czstochowa the City Hall at Biegaski square, photo. B. Czerwiski (18th century) and wooden belfry. Czerwicice a village in Rudnik distric t; palace, par tially ruined (1892), surrounded by a park (2 ha). CzerwionkaLeszczyny a town in Rybnik county, 29.8 thousand inhabitants, seat of landed district authorities; created in 1992 as a result of the merger of Czer wionka and Leszczyny, city rights 1962; Czerwionka, centre of the town and district from the 13th century a village, from the beginning of the 18th century the beginning of coal mining and development of industry similarly other districts (Leszczyny, Dbiesko and Czuchw); baroque St. George church in Dbiesko (1802); manor houses in Czerwionka (19th century), Czuchowie (19th century) and Leszczyny (1882).

Czstochowa a town with county rights, also a county town (in the years 1975-1999 capital of voivodeship), 254 thousand i n h a b i t a nt s, t h e m o s t i m p o r t a nt industrial, academic and cultural centre of the northern part of the Silesian Voivodeship, the seat of archdiocese of the Roman Catholic church; from the 11th century a settlement, from the 13th century a village; city rights ca. 1377; in 1826 merged with neighbouring Czstochwk a; the most important in Poland and one of the most impor tant in Europe pilgrimage centres; A. Mick iewicz Theatre, Czstochowa Filharmony, Czstochowa Archdiocesian Museum, Match Production Museum, Railway Museum (PKP Czstochowa-Stradom), numerous galleries and cinemas; annual International Sacral Music Festival Gaude Mater ; the most important historical and artistic place is Jasna Gra with Pauline monastery, basilica, shrine with miraculous Black Madonna icon and a complex of Jasna Gra museums (Arsenal, Treasury, 600th Anniversary Museum); monastery and church, built and extended from Wadysaw Opolczyks times to 1906 (106.3 m high tower ), are National History Monument, spiritual treasury of the Polish nation; other historical buildings: St. Barbara and St. Andrew the Apostle Baroque church (1637-42);

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St. Sigmund Baroque church (middle of the 14th centur y, rebuilt many times); St. Jacob church (1872) in NeoByzantium style (former Orthodox church); Classicistic town hall (1828) and buildings from the beginning of the 19th century at The Holiest Virgin Mary Avenue; Holy Family Neo-Gothic cathedral (1908-27) towers from 1997; Ascension of Jesus Neo-Gothic Evangelical church (1913).


wiklice a village in Pszczyna district; St. Martin wooden parish church (16th/ 17th century). Dankw a village in Lipie district; bastion fortress (17th century) with ruins of gate tower; St. Stanislaw BM parish church (1650) Our Lady of Dankw sanctuary.

the middle of the 17th century (Civil Registration Office); in Wesoa settlement a military shelter museum chamber of the Silesia Military Zone. D o b ra kw a v i l l a g e i n Pi l i c a district; Elevation of the Holy Cross abandoned wooden church (18th century).

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Dbrowa Grnicza a city with Dzigielw a village in Goleszw county rights, 127.9 thousand inhabitants district; castle (15th century, rebuilt in a town with largest area in Silesian 18th and 20th century with disappearance Voivodeship (187 km2); villages Goong of style features). and Strzemieszyce were mentioned in Gamw a village in Rudnik district; Medieval records, Dbrowa in 1775, city St. Anna Baroque parish church (1728, rights 1916; from the end of the 18th extended in 1848). century coal mining, from the beginning of the 19th century Gliwice radio mast, photo. arch. OT main centre of the region called Zagbie Dbrowskie; today a big industrial city (Mittal Steel Steelworks, coking plant Przyja , cement mill EkoCem , Saint Gobain Window Glass Works, insulation and construction materials) and academic centre; Paac Kultury Zagbia, (Palace of Culture in Zagbie), numerous galleries and Sztygarka Museum; historical churches: the Nativity of Our Lady and St. Antoni in Goong (1675), St. Mary of the Angels (1912), the Holiest Heart of Jesus in Strzemieszyce (1901), Pentecost in Zbkowice (1914); railway stations buildings (after 1859) in Dbrowa Grnicza, Zbkowice and Goong, Mining School building (1842), so called Resursa (1895); socrealistic Palace of Culture in Zagbie (1951-58); a natural attraction of the city is Giebo a village in Ogrodzieniec Bdowska Desert the largest Polish area district; St. Jacob Romanesque parish of inland sand and the Biaa Przemsza church (12th century, extended in 1912); basin with unique flora (a few varieties manor house (19th century) surrounded of orchids); within city boundaries three with historical park. artificial water reservoirs: Pogoria I, II and III (the fourth one under construction), used for water sports and recreation; a starting point for journeys to Jura Krakowsko-Czstochowska, especially to the Orlich Gniazd Landscape Park.

Gieratowice a district village in Gliwice county ; Classicistic manor house (1845, rebuilt); Our Lady of Scapular church (1934); Sisters Servants cloister (1898). Gilowice a district village in ywiec county, in Pewla Range of Beskid redni; St. Andrew wooden parish church (1547, with tower 1641, rebuilt in 1934), moved from Rychwad. Gliwice a county city on the Kodnica river, 213 thousand inhabitants, mentioned in records in 1276, an important industrial, academic and scientific centre, a seat of diocese of Roman Catholich Church;

Dbrowa Zielona a district village in Czstochowa county; historical St. Jacob parish church (1554-70), Stations of the Cross (1756). Dbrwka a village in Wielowie district; in Hubert range a nature reserve and hunters palace of the Guradze family (1895), at present a sanatorium. Dobieszowice a village in Bobrowniki district; rennaissance manor house from


since 2001 Gliwice Musical Theatre has been existing, continuing the half- centur y tradition of Silesian Operetta; one of the oldest upper Silesian Museum with the Ar tistic Foundry Division is open in Gliwice Technical Machines Plant (known as monuments factory ); fragments of Gothic city walls and Gothic castle of the Cetrycz family (Museum), gothic churches: All Saints (15th century) and St. Bartholomew (15th-17th century), Holy Cross Baroque church and Fathers Redemptorists monaster y (1623), Holy Trinity Classicistic church (1838) of Armenian rite, Ss. Peter and Paul Neo - Gothic cathedral (1905) and Assumption of Our Lady wooden church (1493, rebuilt in the 17th century), moved from Zbowice; urban arrangement of Medieval town with market square, town hall (18th century) and houses around the market square (18th- 19th century); numerous eclectic townsmens houses from the turn of the 20th century; Willa Caro (19th century) seat of a Museum, modernistic

Gokowice a village in Godw district; St. Anna wooden parish church (1878) with sculpture of Madonna (16th century); in Zawada settlement a road border crossing with the Czech Republic. G o r z yce a d i s t r i c t v i l l a g e i n Wodzisaw county; a palace and park complex: Classicistic palace (18th century), Neo-Baroque hunters palace (19th century), landscape park in English style (19th century); Guardian Angel parish church (1865). Gra a village on the Vistula river in Miedna district; St. Barbara wooden parish church (15th century, extended 1950). Grki Wielkie a village in Brenna district; All Saints parish church (15th century, extended 1662); Biographical Museum of Zofia Kossak-Szczucka.

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Grodziec a village in Jasienica district; castle (1580, rebuilt in the 17th and 19th century), surrounded by a historical park; ruins of St. Bartholomew church (16th century); St. Bartholomew Neo-Gothic parish church (1910) Goczakowice Zdrj (Goczakowice Spa) former pump room, photo E.Wieczorek with Renaissance tomb stone of Henryk Grodecki (17th century); in villages neighbourhood a nature reserve Morzyk. Grzawa a village on the Vistula river in Miedna district; St. John the Baptists Beheading wooden parish church (16th century) with Baroque interior. Herby a district village in Lubliniec county; in railway stations building of Herby Nowe a Tradition Chamber of Coal Railway Route Silesia Ports (1930-32); in the neighbourhood of Herby natural reserves Yew trees in ebki and Yew trees on the Liswarta . Hutki-Kanki a village in azy district; in the neighbourhood a reserve Chem Mountain and the source of the Centuria river with stands of endemic Polish scurvy grass. Imielin a town in Bieru Ldziny county, 7.7 thousand inhabitants; settlement already in the 14th century, city rights 1966; Our Lady of Czstochowa shrine (1706); Our Lady of the Scapular parish church (1912). Irzdze a district village in Zawiercie county; manor house and park (18th century) District Office; St. Vaclaus parish church (1326, rebuilt in the 17th century). Istebna a tourist village in Beskid lski, seat of district authorities, skiing centre; numerous examples of folk

building of former Weichmann Fabric House designed by E.Mendelsohn; City Palm house and former Gliwice Radio Station (Museum of radio Broadcasting and Media Art), the mast of which, built of larch wood, is a monument of technology. Goczakowice-Zdrj a district village in Pszczyna county, a health resort; in the 13th century a farming settlement, from 1856 the development of the health resort; St. George Neo-Baroque parish church (1910); St. Anna Neo-Gothic church (1883); historical health resorts buildings from the 19th century (Resorts Management, Old Well-room); at the outskirts of the village Goczakowickie Lake artificial water reservoir for water supply on the Vistula river (3200 ha). Goleszw a district village in Cieszyn county; St. Michael Archangel NeoBaroque parish church (1921), Evangelical church (1793).


wooden buildings (e.g. Kawuloks house from the 19th century); Good Shepherd parish church (1794, rebuilt in 1929), interior decoration by Jan Waach and Ludwik Konarzewski; Ecological Education Centre, Jerz y Kukuczk a Memorial Chamber, numerous artistic chambers; on Kubalonka Holy Cross wooden parish church (18th century), moved from Przyszowice near Gliwice; on Mlaskawka St. Joseph wooden church (1948), moved
Jastrzbie Zdrj spa house, photo. B. Czerwiski

St. Barbara and St. Joseph the Worker wooden church (1647), palace in Borynia (18th century), defensive manor house in Bzie Zameckie (17th century), St. Catherine church (1825), Spring House (1862) and historical Spring Park and numerous guesthouses from the end of the 19th century; the Bells Museum in Szeroka and Museum Chamber in Jastrzbie Zdrj are tourist attractions. Jaworze a village in Bielsko county, since the 19th century a spa (Beskidy Cure and Rehabilitation Complex); waters considered as healing can be found there; historical buildings: Classicistic palace (1793) surrounded with 6-ha park, Evangelical church (1782), Gods Providence parish church (1802, rebuilt 1880, 1934); in close vicinity forest reserves aski Brook Valley , Jaworzyna and Szyndzielnia Slope . Jaworzno a town with county rights, 97.1 thousand inhabitants; settlements creating todays Jaworzno mentioned in record in the Middle Ages, city rights obtained in 1901; since the middle of the 19th century an important industrial centre of western Maopolska Region; at present Jaworzno maintained an industrial character (power plant, heat and power station, glass works, coal mine and sand mine); post-war development destroyed on rebuilt not very numerous historical buildings, only a few roadside shrines remained, building for directors of Jaworzno mine (beginning of the 20th century), Holy Cross Elevation church in Jele (1691), old well in Jele (19th century); a Museum of Jaworzno Town can be visited. Jaworzynka a tourist village in Istebna district in Beskid lski; a point where borders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia meet; Na Grapie Regional museum, Istebna Spruce museum in Czadeczka settlement, Istebna Spruce Gene Bank, breeding wood grouse in aviaries. Jelenia a district village on the Koszarawa, in ywiec county; St. Adalbert Baroque parish church (1693, extended in the 18th century); wooden organists house (beginning of the 19th century) regional Artistic Chamber; wooden inn (18th century) Old Inn restaurant. Juszczyna a village in RadziechowyWieprz district; the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary wooden parish church (1927). Kaczyce a village in Zebrzydowice district; Elevation of the Holy Cross

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from Jaworzynka-Trzycatka; on Stecwka our Lady of Fatima wooden church (1956); in Jasnowice road border crossing to the Czech Republic. Jankowice Rybnickie a village in wierklany district; Corpus Christi wooden parish church (1670), in close neighbourhood Studzienka a place of numerous festivals and pilgrimages. Janw a district village in Czstochowa county, in the years 1696-1870 city rights; buildings arrangement from the 17th century Immaculate Conception NeoBaroque parish church (1921-23); historical Jewish cemetery (18th century). Jasienica a district village in Bielsko country; St. George parish church (1787, tower 1869); Evangelical church (1891, rebuilt 1934); in close neighbourhood a forest reserve aski Brook Valley . Jastrzbie a village in Rudnik district; eclectic palace (end of the 19th century) surrounded by a park (2,5 ha). Jastrzbie Zdrj a city with county rights, 96.8 thousand inhabitants; originated in 1963 from 13th- century settlement, from 1861 to the beginning of the 60s of the 20th century a spa, mineral sources disappeared after coal mining started; at present 3 mines and many plants of other branches; in 1980 a social agreement, third after Gdask and Szczecin was signed in Jastrzbie Zdrj; Educational Activity Center of the Silesian University and Foreign Language Teacher Training College; historical buildings:


wooden parish church (1620), moved from Ruptawa. Kalety a town on the Maa Panew, in Tarnowskie Gry county, 8.7 thousand inhabitants, city rights 1951; in Zielona town district a ruined Donnersmarck family palace (18th century), recreational grounds and a lake on the Maa Panew; in Jdrysek town district St. Joseph NeoGothic parish church (1900).

in modern history of Poland Katowice is known for 16th December 1981 when nine miners from Wujek mine were killed by ZOMO forces (the event commemorated by a monument next to the mine); the oldest building existing to present times come from the middle of the 19th century: Christs Resurrection Evangelical church (1856), Immaculate Conception of Our Lady Catholic church (1870), Goldstein

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Katowice the building of theVoivodeship Authorities, photo. arch. OT

Kamesznica a tourist village in Milwka District at the feet of Barania Gra; manor house complex (1833): manor house, outbuilding with a tower (Chancellery), granary and farm buildings surrounded by a landscape park (nature reserve); Our Lady of the Scapular parish church (1851); St. Theresa brick shrine (1830). Kamieniec a village on the Drama river in Zbrosawice district; Early Medieval settlement; St. John the Baptist parish church (1413, extended 1870); palace and park complex sanatorium: palace (18th century on Gothic foundations), landscape park with the area of 6 ha, so called Mouse Tower (1887, on Gothic foundations). Kamyk a village in Kobuck district; classicistic palace (1840) surrounded by a historical park. Karchowice a village in Zbrosawice district; St. Catherine of Alexandria parish church (1500, tower middle of the 19th century); Water Factory Zawada (1896, rebuilt 1930), inside historical pumps and turbines (1923). Katowice a city with voivodeship authorities on the Rawa river, 329.6 thousand inhabitants, metropolis of Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, called Upper Silesian Industrial Area (GOP), a seat of archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church; important industrial, scientific and cultural centre; village mentioned in the 16th century, city rights since 1865;

palace (1872), city bath (1895), Spka Bracka hospital (1895), Construction Crafts School (1898), Grand hotel (1899), gymnasium (1900) and theatre (1907); between the world wars monumental buildings were built here: Silesian Parliament and Silesian Voivodeship Office (1929), Polish Steelworks Syndicate (1927), airport (1927), the first artificial skating ring in Poland Torkat (1930), the
Katowice - Nikiszowiec district, photo. E. Kaniewski

first skyscraper in Poland (1932), Silesian Technical Scientific Plant (1932), Silesian Library (1934); interesting sacral buildings: garrison church (1934) and Christ the King


cathedral, the construction of which was begun in 1926 (consecration in 1955), and residential buildings designed by eminent Polish architects: J. Michejda, S. Tabeski, S. Brya, Z. oboda, M. Kozowski; architectonic symbols of the city are as follows: historical wooden church (1510), moved from Syrynia, Sports Center and Concert Hall Spodek (1971), modern Silesian Library building (1998); old workers colonies especially Giszowiec and Nikiszowiec; five theatres are active (the oldest S. Wyspiaski Silesian Theatre) and two musical facilities: Silesian Philharmonic and The Polish Radio and TV National Symphony; Silesian Museum is situated here with its wide gallery of Polish painting from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as unique Centre of Polish Set Design, Katowice History Museum and Archdiocesan Museum with a collection of Medieval sacral art from Upper Silesia; important
Katowice evangelical church, photo. B. Czerwiski

presbytery; Neo-Gothic palace in Zagrze (1800); in vicinity reserves Dbowa Gra and Zamczysko . Komnice a district village in Czstochowa county; St. Martin church (1789, rebuilt in 1918), belfry and fence (18th century). Knurw a town in Gliwice county, 40.2 thousand inhabitants; settlement mentioned in records in 13th century, city rights 1951; important centre of coal industry (2 coal mines) and chemical industry; historical colonies for workers and clerks (1906-1921); Sts. Cyril and Methodius Modernistic parish church (1937). Kobiernice a village in Porbka district; Classicistic manor house (middle of the 19th century); St. Urban church (1858); ruins of Woek castle. Kobir a district village in Pszczyna county; Promnice - hunters castle of Pszczyna Dukes (1867) at present a hotel; Regional Museum Smolarnia in a building from the 19th century Kochanowice a district village in Lubliniec county; palace (19th century) at present a school; St. Laurent parish church (1823). Kochcice a village in Kochanowice district; the Ballestrem family palace (1909) surrounded by a historical park at present a Provincial Rehabilitation Centre; farm (1903). Koniakw a tourist village in Istebna district, a famous centre of folk lacemaking in Beskid lski, a skiing centre; regional chamber u Gwarkw , Tadeusz Ruckis gallery of non-professional art. Koniecpol a town in Czstochowa county, founded in the 15th century, 6.7 thousand inhabitants, a seat of landed district authorities; the Koniecpolski palace (1603), holy Trinity Baroque parish church (1644), St. Michael Archangel parish church (1767), the Potocki family chapel (1829). Konopiska a district village in Czstochowa county; St. Valentine NeoGothic parish church (1904).; Catholic cemetery with a chapel from the 19th century; full-size golf course in Konopiska; bicycle route. Ko c z yc e M a e a v i l l a g e i n Zebrzydowice district; Renaissance castle (15th century, rebuilt 1560) museum chamber and restaurant; Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary parish church (1713, rebuilt in the 20th century), inside a miraculous painting of Our Lady of Koczyce (15th century).

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regular cultural events: Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, International Students Festival of Folklore, Upper Silesian Chamber art Festival Ars Cameralis Silesia Superioris , Rawa Blues Festival, Metalmania, International Dance Festival A Part , Directorial Art Festival Interpretations , International Graphic Art Exhibition Intergrafia and International Military Band Festival. Kobuck a town on the Biaa Oksza, 14 thousand inhabitants, a seat of village district and county authorities; settlement in the 12th century, city rights 1339; St. Martin Gothic Baroque parish church (13th century, rebuilt many times); former monaster y of Canons Regular (15th centur y, rebuilt in the 19th and 20th century)


Koszcin the Chamber of Tradition, photo. E. Kaniewski

Kornowac a district village in Racibrz county: manor house and park complex from the 19th century (abandoned manor house). Koszarawa a district village on the upper Koszarawa, in ywiec county; several wooden mountaineers houses; Karol Boromeusz parish church (1844).

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Koczyce Wielkie a village on the Piotrwka in Hale district; St. Michael Archangel wooden parish church (1777); palace (17th century, rebuilt at the end of the 19th century) an Orphanage; in the village the oldest in the Voivodeship 700-years-old common oak (circumference 840 cm). Korbielw a tourist village in Jelenia district at the feet of Pilsko mountain, an important skiing centre, road border crossing to Slovakia; numerous wooden
A view of Kooczek Hill, photo. arch. OT

Koszcin a district village in Lubliniec county; Classicistic palace of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen Dukes (1830) surrounded by a historical park a seat of Song and Dance Ensemble lsk , farm buildings (beginning of the 19th century), forest administration (1810) Holy Trinity wooden parish church (1724), Heart of Jesus parish church (1908); Regional Culture and Education Centre; in vicinity of Koszcin a reserve Jeleniak Mikuliny .

mountaineers houses; Our Lady of the Angels church (1936) with miraculous painting of Our Lady of Korbielw (1691), originating from Bohorodczany.

Kotowice a village in arki district; a large collective cemetery of those who died in fightings in November 1914, founded in 1919.


Kotulin a village in Toszek district; Neo-Gothic palace (1873), surrounded by a landscape park (6 ha), at present a school. Koty a village in Tworg district; Sts. Peter and Paul Baroque parish church (1714).

Krowiarki a village in Pietrowice Wielkie district; the Donnersmarck family palace (1826, rebuilt 1898) surrounded with a landscape park (area of 7 ha), in the park a mausoleum of its owners (1870); Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary parish church (1910).

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Krupski Myn a village in forest, with industrial character, located on the Maa Panew, seat of district in Tarnowskie Gry county; since the 19th century Ksiy Las (the Priests Forest) the wooden church, photo. B. Czerwiski large explosives factory; former company mess room (beginning of the 20th century); historical suspension bridge with 25 m span (1930); numerous oaks monuments of nature. Koziegowy a town in Myszkw county, 2.4 thousand inhabitants, a seat of landed district authorities; Kruszyna a district village in Czstochowa county; the Denhoff family palace and park complex: palace (1630), gate buildings, annex buildings, Denhoff hermitage, landscape park; St. Martin the Apostle parish church (1663), remains of a farm (19th/20th century). Krzanowice a town in Racibrz county, 2.7 thousand inhabitants, a seat of landed district; city rights 1265-1877 and since 2001; irregular buildings arrangement with market square remained, with Our Lady Column (18th century); St. Nicholas Baroque church (1742); St. Vaclaus Neo-Baroque parish church (1915); on Easter Monday a horse procession takes place here; in neighbouring Pietraszyn a road border crossing to the Czech Republic Krzepice a town on the Liswarta, in Kobuck county, 4.7 thousand inhabitants, a seat of landed district; city rights 1357; buildings arrangement retained with a market square and buildings characteristic of small towns; St. Jacob parish church (14th century) with miraculous picture of Our Lady of the Rosary (1736); ruins of a synagogue (18th century); Jewish cemetery (18th century). Krzyanowice a district village on the Odra, in Racibrz county; from the 18th to the 20th century owned by the Lichnowski Dukes Ludwig van Beethoven (1806) and Franciszek Liszt (1843-48) visited the place among others; palace and park complex of the Lichnowski: palace (18th century, rebuilt 1858), at present a Nursing Home, landscape park (3 ha), Neo-Gothic gate building (1853); St. Anna parish church (1793) with a Gothic tower (16th century). Krzyowice a village in Pawowice district; St. Michael parish church (1793); Baroque presbytery (1779).

settlement from 1136, from 1519 city rights; maintained buildings arrangement with a rectangular market square; Corpus Christi parish church (1470, rebuilt in the 17th century), St. Barbara hospital church (1670), remains of a castle (14th century); Tadeusz Puszczewicz painting gallery. Koziegwki a village in Koziegowy district; church (1907) St. Anthony of Padua sanctuary. Kozw a village in Sonicowice district; conical settlement (14th century); Late Gothic St. Nicolaus parish church (1500, rebuilt 1671). Kozy a district village in Bielsko county; Sts. Simon and Jude Thaddeus (beginnings of the 20th century), Late Classicistic manor house (middle of the 18th century), baroque quadrilateral sheep-fold (18th century); Historical Chamber of Kozy. Kroczyce a district village in Zawiercie county; St. Jack and Maria Magdalena parish church (1895) with a calcite altar in the shape of the Lourdes Grotto; in vicinity areas for climbers in Kroczyckie Rocks and Podlesickie Rocks and water reservoirs Siamoszyce and Przyubsko.


Ksiy Las a village in Zbrosawice district; St. Michael Archangel wooden church (1494). Kunia Nieborowska a village in Pilchowice district; manor house (1880) surrounded by a park a nursing house. Kunia Raciborska a town on the Ruda river, 5.8 thousand inhabitants, in Racibrz county, a seat of landed district authorities; metallurgic settlement founded in 1641, city rights 1967; St. Maria Magdalena parish church (1903); St. John Nepomuk figure (1747). Laliki a tourist village in Milwka district; in Pochodzita hamlet Our Lady of Perpetual Succour wooden church (1947), decorated by local folk artists; in Tarliczne hamlet a wooden shrine of Our Lady (19th century); in vicinity a forest reserve Butorze . Lelw a district village in Czstochowa county, in the past (in the years 13411869) a town; old buildings arrangement retained; St. Martin parish church (14th century, rebuilt 1638 and in the 20th century) Our Lady of Consolation from Lelw sanctuary; tomb of zaddik destination for pilgrimages of hasids from all over the world.

Our Lady of Lubecko sanctuary; in vicinity the grave of Franciszka Ciemienga from Kanus, from the time of her death considered a saint. Lubliniec a county town, 24.4 thousand inhabitants; city rights before 1313; retained Medieval arrangement of buildings with a market square and an old town hall (1821); St. Nicholas parish church (1590, rebuilt numerous times) with the Cellari family chapel (1648) and the Kochcicki family chapel (1629); house of Father Konstanty Damrot (19th century); Dukes of Opole castle (14th century, rebuilt in the 16th and the 17th century); St. Anna wooden church (1653). Lubomia a district village in Wodzisaw county; St. Maria Magdalena Neo-Gothic parish church (1886); St. John Nepomuk wooden shrine (1700); to the east from the village Early Medieval settlement Goszycw (7th-9th century); to the south from the village a group of ponds under protection as a nature and landscape complex Wielikt (636,96 ha). Lubsza a village in Woniki district, connected with eminent Silesian Jzef Lompa (1797-1863), who was a teacher here (1819-1851); St. Jacob the Older church (15th century, rebuilt numerous times).

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Ldziny an industrial town (KWK Ziemowit coal mine) in Bieru Ldziny county, 15.9 thousand inhabitants; Lyski a district village in Rybnik settlement mentioned in records from the county; St. Margarita Neo-Gothic parish 15th century, city rights 1966; St. Clement church (1906); Neo-Gothic nursing home Baroque church (1772); presbytery and for adults (1846); Gothic penitential cross parish house of St. Anna church (1788); (15th century). in Hodunw a modern church of Christ the King (1989) with Lubomia ancient settlement Goycw, photo. B. Czerwiski unique architecture. Ligota Toszecka a village in Toszek district; St. Anna Baroque church (1720). Lipie a distric t village in Kobuck county; wooden and brick manor house from the 18th century, surrounded with a historical park (19th century). Lipowa a district village in ywiec county, at the feet of Skrzyczne (1257 above the sea level); St. Bartholomew the Apostle parish church (1896), with Gothic triptych (16th century) from the previous temple. Lubecko a village in Kochanowice district; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin parish church (1679, extended 1787)

any Wielkie a village in arnowiec district; St. Adalbert church (12th century, rebuilt in the 19th century). aziska a village in Godw district; All Saints wooden parish church (1579), inside an original 16th century polychromy.


aziska Grne a town in Mikow county, 21.9 thousand inhabitants; from 13th century a village, city rights 1951; since the end of the 18th century development of coal mining and industry; Our Lady the Queen of the Holy Rosary Neo-Gothic parish church (1893); modernistic town hall (1927); in aziska Dolne town district military shelters of the Silesia Military Zone; at the aziska Power Plant a Museum of Power Engineering. ka a village in Pszczyna district; St. Nicholas wooden parish church (1660) with a freely standing belfry; on the cemetery next to the church the tomb of Jan Kupiec, a poet and Polish national
The area of Midzybrodzie ywieckie, photo. B. Czerwiski

ubowice a village in Rudnik district, the birth place of poet Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857); ruins of poets family palace (1786, rebuilt 1858), surrounded by a park (3.5 ha); Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary Neo - Gothic parish church (1907); J o s e p h vo n E i c h e n d o r f f M u s e u m Chamber. utowiec a village in Niegowa district; numerous limestone rocks; remains of a defensive guardhouse (14th century). Makw a village in Pietrowice Wielkie district; St. John the Baptist parish church (1788).

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activist; to the north from the village an artificial reservoir ka on the Pszczynka (353 ha), to the south Goczakowickie Lake; on the 6th December or on Sunday closest to this day people in the village go dressed as Santa Clauses. odygowice a district village on the ylica, in ywiec county, founded in the 13th century by Cistercians from Rudy, in the 17th century the centre of so called odygowice state ; in the village Sts. Simon and Jude Thaddeus wooden parish church (1635, extended in 1687 and in the 18th century); Neo-Gothic brick manor house (1629, rebuilt in the 19th century) surrounded with a landscape park; in vicinity dam ywieckie Lake (area of 10 km2). ubie a village in Zbrosawice district; the Baildon family palace (1869) surrounded by a small park; Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary parish church (16th century, extended 1739), next to the church the Baildon family tombs.

Miasteczko lskie a town in Tarnowskie Gry county, 7.4 thousand inhabitants, city rights 1561; since the Middle Ages a centre of metal and iron mining, since 1968 a large Zinc Works; spindle-shaped market square with a town hall (1890); St. George and Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary wooden auxiliary church with a freelystanding belfry (1666); end station of tourist narrow-gauge railway from Bytom; in vicinity artificial lake Nako-Checho. Miedary a village in Zbrosawice district; palace (1889) surrounded with a park in Kopanina hamlet; a group of German military shelters (1939). M iedna a d i s t r i c t v i l l a g e i n Pszcz yna county ; St. Clement the Pope wooden parish church (1721) with Baroque interior. Miedno a district village in K obuck count y ; St. Cather ine of Al ex a n d r i a p a r i s h c h u rc h ( 1 8 7 7 ) ;


on the cemetery a collective grave of soldiers from Cavalry Brigade of Woy who were killed in the battle over the Mokra (1 IX 1939). Midzybrodzie ywieckie a village in Czernichw district; on the ar mountain: cable railway, ski-lift, skiing route, pumped-storage power station and glider airfield; in vicinity a forest reser ve Szeroka; in neighbouring
Promnice hunters lodge, photo. B. Czerwiski

village district St. Peter and Paul wooden parish church (1757); in Bujakw village district St. Nicholas parish church (1506, extended 1924), inside a Gothic figure of Our Lady of Bujakw Sanctuary of Our Lady Protecting the Natural Environment; next to the church a botanical garden and a penitentiary cross (14th century); in Mokre village district St. Laurent parish church (1336, rebuilt 1863); in Mokre area Upper Silesian Botanic Garden is being created; in miowice village district 4 military shelters of the Silesia Military Zone. Milwka a district village in the Soa valley, in ywiec county, a starting point for journeys along routes in Beskid ywiecki; Blessed Virgin Mary parish church (1839); wooden house (1739) museum Old Hut ; cemetery chapel (1857); neglected Jewish cemetery. Mirw a village in Niegowa district; picturesque groups of rocks; ruins of a castle (14th century). M i ze rw a v i l l a g e i n Suszec district: late Classicistic administrators house (beginning of the 19th century) Modzurw a village in Rudnik district; Neo-Gothic palace (1874) surrounded with a park (7,8 ha), with ruins of its owners mausoleum (1840).

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Tresna a dam on the Soa 39 m high and 300 m long, creating ywieckie Lake (area 10 km2).

Mokra a village in Miedno district, place of battle of Cavalry Brigade of Woy on 1st September 1939: a monument

Mikow a county Morsko skiing slope, photo. arch. OT town, 38.2 thousand i n h a b i t a n t s ; t ra d i n g settlement from the beginnings of the 13th century, city rights 1547; industrial centre at the outskirts of Upper Silesian Industrial Area (experimental mine Barbara , Machine Factory in Mikow, Mechanical Furnaces Factory and others); retained buildings a r ra n g e m e nt w i t h a market square and town hall (1872); St. Adalbert and Memorial Chamber in the school; Neo-Romanesque parish church (1861); Sts. Simon and Jude Thaddeus wooden St. Adalbert and Our Lady of the Snow affiliated church (1708). auxiliary church (16th century, tower 18th century); Evangelical Neo-Gothic church Morsko a village in Wodowice district; (1861); villa White Manor House (1880); ruins of Bkowiec castle (14th century); in Borowa Wie village district St. Nicholas recreation centre with a ski-lift. wooden parish church (1720); in Paniowy


Mstw a district village on the Warta, in Czstochowa county, in the past a town (1279-1870); retained buildings arrangement typical for small towns; St. Adalbert chapel (1620), unique complex of wooden and brick barns (beginning of the 20th century); in vicinity a picturesque gorge of the Warta river; in neighbouring Wancerzw Canons Regular monastery complex.

centre; the Donnersmarck family NeoGothic palace (1856) surrounded with an English park; Sacred Heart of Jesus Neo-Romanesque parish church (1892), Henckel von Donnersmarck family mausoleum (1896). Ndza a district village in Racibrz county; Our Lady of the Rosary NeoBaroque parish church (1908); in vicinity forest and lake nature reserve czok .

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Mysowice a town with county status, Niegowa a district village in Myszkw at the confluence of the Black and White county; St. Nicholas parish church (1440, Przemsza rivers, in a historical Triangle rebuilt in the 18th century). of Three Emperors , 75.5 thousand Niegowonice a village in azy district; inhabitants; as a town it was mentioned St. Francis of Assisi church (1802); in as early as in 1360; since the middle of the vicinity picturesque rocks of Smolesko19th century the development of industry; Niegowonickie Range (e.g. Stodlska in 1846 borders of Prussia, Austria and Mountain 435 m). Russia met here and Mysowice became Nieznanice a village in Komnice a border town; in the 19th and 20th district, eclectic palace (1917) surrounded century they were main emigration by a park, currently a hotel. station for inhabitants of Galicia, Hungary and Austria going to America; the town Ogrodzieniec a town in Zawiercie retained its industrial character (2 coal county on the source of the Czarna mines, construction industry); interesting Przemsza river, 4.4 thousand inhabitants, historical buildings: Jarlik chapel The image of Piekarska Holy Mary, photo. E. Kaniewski (1745), Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary baroque church (18th century), Holy Cross Baroque and Classicistic church (1810), Holiest Heart of Jesus Neo-Gothic parish church (1891), Neo-Renaissance town hall (1867), court (1904), post office (1888) and bridge crossing over ul. Powstacw former seat of emigration office (1907); another attraction is Central Museum of Fire Fighting. Myszkw a town with county status, 33.1 thousand inhabitants, industrial centre on the Warta river; city rights 1950; St. Stanislaus the Bishop Neo-Gothic parish church (1908-14); historical palace of A. Schmelzer, the owner of spinning factory (1883); in Bdusz town district a manorial complex from the beginning of the 20th century; in Mijaczw town district Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary chapel (1780); in Mrzygd town district Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish church (1662) Our Lady of Mrzygd sanctuary and a monument commemorating the battle of January uprising soldiers from Teodor Cieszkowskis division (28th February/1st March 1863). Nako a village in Lelw district; St. Nicholas parish church (17th century), palace (1780) surrounded with a historical park . Nako lskie a village in wierklaniec district, in the past a metal mining

seat of village commune authorities; city rights before 1409; Transfiguration of Jesus Late Baroque parish church (1787); Museum of Nature; in the forest near Ogrodzieniec ruins of powder magazine from the 19th century Olsztyn a district village in Czstochowa county, in the past a town (1488-1870); retained arrangement of buildings with a market square; ruins of Casimir the Great castle (14th century), one of Eyries castles; St. John the Baptist parish church (1726); Jan Wewirs Nativity Scene with moving


figures; in vicinity of Olsztyn reserves green Mountain and Falcon Mountains. Olszyna a village in Herby district; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish church (1888); erratic block Devils Stone . Ornontowice a district village in Mikow county; a settlement at the beginning of the 14th century, since the 18th century the development of industry at present Budryk Coal Mine;
Pawniowice - Ballestrem family palace, photo.arch. OT

Parzymiechy a village in Lipie district, at the outskirts of Zacze Landscape Park; Sts. Peter and Paul parish church (14th century, rebuilt many times); manor house and park complex (beginning of the 19th century); in vicinity reserves Beech Mountain and Chessboard . Paweki a village in the forest in Kochanowice district; Our Lady of Fatima affiliated wooden church (1928); in vicinity of the village monument of nature Birch

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Neo-Renaissance palace (beginning of the 20th century) surrounded with a historical landscape park (3,5 ha); St. Michael Archangel Neo-Gothic parish church (1892); at ul. Nowa oak avenue (75 trees). Orzesze a town in Mikow county, 18.6 thousand inhabitants; a settlement originated from the 15th century, city rights 1961; St. Laurent Gothic and Renaissance parish church (1590); Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Neo-Romanesque parish church (1930); in Gardawice town district a manor house (19th century), surrounded with the remains of a park; in Woszczyce district Sts. Peter and Paul Neo-Gothic parish church (1880) and reconstructed manor house of the Szczepaski family (1722) at present a hotel; in Zawi a palace (18th century, rebuilt 1911) surrounded with a park (2 ha) at present Educational Centre for Children. Oarowice a district village in Tarnowskie Gry county; St. Barbara auxiliary church (1781). Palowice a village in CzerwionkaLeszczyny district; Holy Trinity wooden parish church (1595, tower 1606), moved from Leszczyny; Classicistic manor house (1880); in a forest in vicinity of the village a monument of technology a tower for blast-furnace charge of Waleska steelworks (1830).

place where Catawba Rhododendron is growing on the area of 0,2 ha. Pawowice a district village in Pszczyna county; mentioned in records in the 13th century, place of heavy fighting in March of 1945; since the 80s of the 20th century coal mining ( Pniwek coal mine); St. John the Baptist parish church (1596, rebuilt 1696). Pawonkw a district village in Lubliniec county; St. Catherine Late Classicistic parish church (1806), Classicistic presbytery (1836). Piekary lskie a town with county status, 60 thousand inhabitants, the second greatest pilgrimage centre after Czstochowa in the Voivodeship; in the Middle Ages a centre of metal mining, in the 19th century a large printing centre (called a Silesian Leipzig ) and calamine and coal mining; city rights and the adjective lskie (Silesian) in 1947; Our Lady worship is connected with the following places: Our Lady and St. Bartholomew minor basilica (1842-49) with miraculous painting of Our Lady of Piekary sanctuary of Mother of Justice and Social Love, a Calvary with 40 objects (1886-95) with Transfiguration of Jesus Neo-Gothic church (1896); Schaffers Sacral Art Company (1898); Spka Bracka hospital building (1915) at present District Hospital of Traumatology; at the outskirts of the town there is the


Liberation Mound (height 30 m), created in the years 1932-37 as homage to those taking part in the Silesian uprising; at the outskirts of the town a few military shelters of Silesia Military Zone remained (1934-1938); in Kozowa Gra town district a dam on the Brynica and water supply reservoir Kozowa Gra (wierklaniecki Lake) with the area of 587 ha. Pielgrzymowice a village in Pawowice district, place of birth of eminent national activist in Silesia Karol Miarka; St. Catherine wooden parish church (1675, tower 1746). Pietrowice Wielkie a district village in Racibrz county, founded in the 13th century; retained Medieval arrangement with Sts. Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia parish church (16th century, rebuilt 1822 and 1935); Holy Cross pilgrims wooden church (1667), next to it in a Neo-Gothic chapel (1899) a source; numerous brick Franconian farms; on Easter Monday there is a horse procession between the parish church and the pilgrims church. Pilchowice a district village in Gliwice county; St. John the Baptist parish church (1780); manor house (18th century, rebuilt 1978) District Office; Bonifraters monastery (1814, extended 1859); tomb of father Konstanty Damrot, a poet. Pilica a town in Zawiercie county, 2.3 thousand inhabitants, on the source part of the Pilica river, seat of landed district; city rights since 1393; retained arrangement of buildings characteristic of a small town; St. John the Baptist parish church (1612,

Pawniowice a village in Rudziniec district; palace and park complex of Ballestrem Counts: Neo-Renaissance palace (1888) Retreat and Formation Centre of Gliwice Diocese and a landscape park (2,3 ha); Bachelors House (1888); historical farm complex, among others manorial granary (1888); in vicinity of the village Pawniowickie Lake (250 ha) with numerous recreational centres. Podlesice a village in Kroczyce district, Zborw Mountain reserve; in vicinity climbing areas in numerous groups of rocks and caves; Seat of Voluntary Mountain Rescue Service in Jura region. Podlesie a village in Lelw district; St. Giles wooden parish church (beginning of the 18th century) with a freely standing wooden belfry (19th century). Podzamcze a village in Ogrodzieniec district ; ruins of Ogrodzieniec castle (14th century), one of the largest castles in Poland; picturesque rocks on Castle Mountain; traces of a settlement on Birw Mountain; on Suchy Poe Mountain the remains of German military shelters from 1944; contemporary chapel with a painting (1842) sanctuary of Our Lady of Skaka; every year in July a Knights Tournament takes place in the castle. Pogrzebie a village in Kornowac district; the Baildon family palace (beginning of the 19th century, rebuilt 1885), at present Salesian Sisters convent, Memorial Chamber of Servant of God Laura Meozzi; St. Bartholomew parish church (1852, rebuilt 1954). Poniszowice a village in Rudziniec district; St. John the Baptist wooden church complex: church (15th century, rebuilt 1775 and 1834), freely standing belfry (1520). Popw a district village on the Liswarta, in Kobuck county; St. Joseph the Worker wooden auxiliary church (1858, extended in the 20th century).

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Pszczyna - market square from the distance, photo. P. Sadza (arch. UM Pszczyna)

rebuilt in the 18th century); the Padniewski family palace (1610), surrounded by bastion fortifications (1657) and a historical park; St. George hospital church (1630, rebuilt in the 19th century); wooden belfry (18th century); Jewish cemetery.

Poraj a district village in Myszkw county; in vicinity a water reservoir on the Warta river (550 ha), built in 1978, surrounded by numerous recreation centres.


Porbka a district village on the Soa river in Bielsko county; water dam on the Soa (1936); Regional Chamber; in vicinity of Porbka forest reserves Zasolnica and Szeroka.
Racibrz - market, photo. B. Czerwiski

manor house Ludwikwka (1801); All Saints parish church (1754, rebuilt many times); Neo-Baroque Evangelical church (1907), Museum of Silesian Press in a house from the 18th century; open air museum Pszczyna village farm, historical public buildings from the end of the 19th century (seat of authorities, court, gymnasium); historical cemeteries - Catholic and Jewish. Pszw a town in Wodzisaw c o u n t y, 1 4 . 1 t h o u s a n d inhabitants; settlement mentioned in records in 973, parish since the 13th century, city rights 1954; Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary b a ro q u e b a s i l i c a ( 1 7 4 6 ) sanctuary of Smiling Our Lady; Calvary of Pszw (1929); former manorial buildings (beginning of the 19th century). Pucw a village in Goleszw district; St. George parish church (1518, extended 1905). Pyrzowice a village in Oarowice district; International Airport KatowicePyrzowice. Pyskowice a town in Gliwice county on the Drama, 19.4 thousand inhabitants; settlement on trading route from Wrocaw to Krakw in the 13th century, city rights 1260; Medieval town arrangement retained with a market square and a town hall (1822); St. Nicholas parish church (middle of the 15th century, rebuilt 1824); St. Stanislaus cemetery church (1868); Neo-Gothic Evangelical church (1897); numerous houses from the beginning of the 19th century; in Zaolszany town district a Jewish cemetery from the 19th century; in Dzierno town district an artificial water reservoir with recreational character Dzierno Mae (105 ha) and a flood gate on the Gliwicki Canal (1933). Rachowice a village in Sonicowice district; Holy Trinity parish church with a brick presbytery (15th century), wooden aisle (1668) and tower (1790); wooden manorial granary (19th century). Racibrz a county town on the Odra, 58.8 thousand inhabitants, industrial centre (Rafako, Coal Electrodes Plant, sugar factory and others); settlement Goycw is mentioned in records in 845, settlement before location in the 12th century, city rights 1246, trade and crafts centre, since the 19th century the development of industry (mainly agricultural and food industry); Medieval town arrangement retained

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Porba a town in Zawiercie county, 8.9 thousand inhabitants; since the Middle Ages a centre of iron forging and steel industry; city rights 1973; a tower for blastfurnace charge remained (1798); Holy Spirit Neo-Gothic parish church (1901); on the cemetery 700 years old common oak a monument of nature; in MOK building a Tradition Chamber. Porba a village in Pszczyna district; Classicistic palace Baanciarnia (1800). Pr z yrw a distr ic t village in Czstochowa county; in the years 13691870 city rights; Medieval arrangement of buildings retained; St. Nicholas affiliated church (17th century); numerous wooden houses (19th century). Przystaj a distric t village in Kobuck county ; Holy Trinity Late Baroque parish church (1752); town hall called Sukiennice (beginning of the 20th century). Przyszowice a village in Gieratowice district; Neo-Baroque palace of the Raczek family (1895) surrounded with a park ; wooden presbytery granary (1829). Pszczyna a town with county status on the Pszczynka river, 26.7 thousand inhabitants, seat of landed district authorities; settlement in the 13th century, from the middle of the 16th century a seat of Free State Country, residential town of Dukes of Pszczyna: Promnitz, Anhalt and Hochberg; Medieval town arrangement retained, with a market square, houses from the 18th and 19th centuries and Neo-Renaissance town hall (1931); castle (15th century, rebuilt in the 18th century and in 1876) surrounded with a landscape park; Wybracw Gate (1687), Classicistic


Rybnik market and city hall, photo. B. Czerwiski

with a market square and remains of city walls; Piast castle: St. Thomas chapel (13th century), gate building Ruda lska a city with county status, (1630), western wing a brewer y 147 thousand inhabitants, created in 1959 (1858); Assumption of Our Lady parish from the merger of towns Ruda and Nowy church (1300, rebuilt 1891); St. Jacob Bytom; settlements creating nowadays church (1300, rebuilt in the 18th Ruda lska originated already in the Middle century and 1874); former Holy Spirit Ages, in the middle of the 18th century coal church (1335) Museum; Prison Tower mining was started here; at present a mining (16th century) and city walls (14th and industrial city; historical buildings from century); Our Lady Column (1727); the turn of the 20th century, e.g. churches: Classicist Distric t Cour t designed Our Lady of Lourdes in Kochowice (1806), by K.F.Schinckl (1827); bishops inn St. Paul in Nowy Bytom (1912), St. Joseph (18th century); Polish House Strzecha in Ruda (1904); post-industrial facilities: (1911); Our Lady baroque church shaft Andrzej (1870), city buildings e.g. (1736) with miraculous painting of our Lady with Child; numerous Rybnik St Anthony church photo. B. Czerwiski Neo-Gothic churches and public buildings from the 19th/20th century; in Obora district Moravian Gate Arboretum is being created. Radlin a town in Wodzisaw county, 17.7 thousand inhabitants; settlement mentioned in records in 1305, city rights 1954, in the years 1975-1996 within the boundaries of Wodzisaw l.; Maria Magdalena Neo-Baroque parish church (1929). Radziechowy a village on the Soa in Radziechowy-Wieprz district, founded in the 15th century; St. Martin parish church (14th century, rebuilt 1722). R a d z i o n kw a t o w n i n Tarnowsk ie Gr y county, 18 thousand inhabitants, on Garb Tarnogrski (Ksia Gra 357 m); Medieval settlement with metal mining, since the 19th century coal mining; city rights 1951; St. Adalbert Neo-Gothic parish church (1874); town hall (1902); former fire-fighters building (1903); the first Museum of Bread in Poland; miniopen air museum of mining.

Rajcza a tourist village on the Upper Soa river, in ywiec county, seat of district authorities; shepherds settlement in the 16th ce nt u r y, s i n ce t h e middle of the 19th century iron works; St. Laurent and St. Casimir church (1890), with miraculous painting of Madonna of Rajcza (Casimirs) (17th century); palace (1850, rebuilt 1896) surrounded with an old park Nursing and Treatment Centre: several wooden peasants houses.

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Florianka house (1905); mining settlements Ficinus in Wirek and a colony at ul. KocielnaStaszica; at the outskirts of the city several military shelters of the Silesia Military Zone remained (1934-38); M. Chrobok City Museum can be visited.


Rudnik a district village in Racibrz county; St. Catherine of Alexandria Neo-Gothic parish church (1893); palace (beginning of the 19th century, rebuilt 1896) surrounded with a park (4.8 ha) and farm buildings (19th century). Rudotowice a village in Pszczyna district; Baroque palace (1752). Rudy a village in Kunia Raciborska district on the Ruda river, founded next to Cistercian abbey in the 13th century; postCistercian complex: Late Romanesque Early Gothic Assumption of Our Lady parish church (middle of the 13th century, rebuilt in the 15th and 18th centuries) diocese sanctuary of Our Lady of Ruda: monastery (1678) and abbots palace (1730, rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century) under reconstruction; monastery landscape park from the 18th /19th century (15 ha); former Juliusz Rogers hospital (1861), at present the administration of the Landscape Park Cistercian Landscape Compositions of Rudy Wielkie ; St. Maria Magdalena
Siedlecka Desert, photo. B. Czerwiski

Rybnik a city with county status, seat of Rybnik county authorities, 145 thousand inhabitants; located in 1308; from the 16th century iron forgeries functioned here; since the 19th century a county city, large industrial centre, later the centre of Rybnik Coal Region; at present an industrial, academic city; Medieval arrangement of buildings with a market square and a city hall retained; palace of Rybnik region owners from the 17th/18th century (at present a court); Assumption of Our Lady academic church retained Gothic presbytery of the old parish church (middle of the 15th century); Our Lady of Sorrows church (1801), Evangelical Augsburg church (18th century); two wooden churches St. Laurent (1717) in Ligocka Kunia city district, moved in 1975 from Boguszowice and St. Catherine and Our Lady of the Rosary (1534) in Wielopole city district, moved in 1976 from Gieratowice; St. Anthony church (1906) one of the highest temples in Upper Silesia; Doctor Juliusz Rydygier Neo-Gothic hospital complex (middle

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cemetery church (1880); open air museum of narrow gauge railway from 1903 (in summer tourist rides). Rudzica a village in Jasienica district; St. John the Baptist Baroque parish church (1800); Florian Kohut Gallery of Field Scarecrows. Rudziniec a district village in Gliwice county; St. Michael Archangel wooden parish church (1657, tower 1853) with a Baroque polychrome; palace from 1860 (school) surrounded with a landscape park (13,2 ha); flood gate on the Gliwice Canal (1933).

of the 19th century); historical coal mine Ignacy-Hoym (1792) in Niewiadom; Museum and Silesian Musical Centre; at the outskirts of the city Zalew Rybnicki (water reservoir) on the Ruda river (587 ha), used also for recreation; in Stodoy city district a ruined Baroque Cistercian manor house (18th century). Rychwad a village in Gilowice district; St. Nicholas parish church (1756) sanctuary of Our Lady of Rychwad; Classicistic manor house (19th century) hotel, surrounded with a landscape


park (6,5 ha); tennis court and summer swimming pool. Ryczw a village in Ogrodzieniec district surrounded by the rocks of Ryczw Rocks region, remains of old watchtower (14th c.) Rydutowy a city in Wodzisaw county, 21.9 thousand inhabitants, settlement mentioned in 1228, city rights in 1951, between 1975-1992 in the boundaries of Wodzisaw lski, St Jerry Neo Gothic parish church, historic buildings of Rydutowy mine (1906), labour colony of Carol from the turn of the 20 th century, near the mine there is one of the biggests in Europe cone shaped burrows Rzeczyce a village in Rudziniec district, nearby Rzeczyckie Lake (Dzierno Due) area 615 ha. Rzeki Wielkie a village in Komnice district, brick and wooden manor house (1790), manor park. Rzuchw a village in Pogrzebie district; abandoned eclectic palace (1886) surrounded by a landscape park (3 ha). Sadw a village in Koszcin district; St Joseph Gothic parish church from 14th century, modernised in 18th century, nearby old bell tower from 17th c. Siedlec Janowski a village in Janwdistrict; so called Siedlecka Desert in the area former mine of moulding sand. Siemianowice lskie a town with county rights, 75 thousand inhabitants, a big industrial center in the center of Upper Silesian Industrial Area (GOP), in the 13th century mentioned as farming and fishing settlement, at the end of 18th century
Siewierz Roman church, photo. R. Piwkowski

development of coal mining, zinc and iron industry; Wojciech Korfanty a Polish MP in Reichstag, Mp in Polish Parliament Polish plebiscite commisioner and the leader of the third Silesian Uprising was born here in 1873; architecture typical of industrial period preserved here Mieroszewscy and Donnersmack Palace build in 1778, modernised in 1832, surrounded by historical park ; eclectic palace in Michakowice city district from the turn of the 20th c. (surrounded by old manor park); churches of Saint Cross (1884), evangelical (1895), city hall of Siemianowice district (1904), manor stone granary from the 18th c.- seat of the Museum, one of the thirteen German soldiers cemetery in Poland; golf course Sierakowice a village in Soniowice district, wooden parish church of St Catherine (1675); wooden shrine of St. Jan Nepomucen (19th c.) Sierakw a village in Ciasna district, St Peter and Paul Neo Gothic parish church (1861) surrounded with park, in the area nature reserve Cisy near Sierakw. Sieroty a village in Wielowie district, All Saints parish church with stone presbytery (1490), wooden nave (1707) and wooden tower (1770). Siewierz a city in Bdzin county, 5.6 thousand inhabitants, seat of the country district, town and settlement mentioned in the 12th c., city rights in 1276; between 1443-1787 the capital of Siewierskie Duchy, preserved urban layout with market square and little town buildings (tenement house from the 18th c.), St John the Baptist Roman church (ca 1140), ruins of the castle (14th c.), St. Mathew the Apostle parish church (15th c., rebuilt in 1784); St Barbara and St. Valentine hospital church (1618); building of the Old District (the turn of the 19th century); near the town Przeczycki reservoir on Czarna Przemsza river (470 ha). Simoradz a village in Dbowiec district, St. Jacob parish church (15th c., rebuilt in 1892) Skoczw a city at Vistula river in Cieszyn county, 14.8 thousand inhabitants, seat of the country district; founded in the 13th c. on the salt road, city rights before 1327, market square with town hall (1797) and Tryton fountain (1796); family house of St John Sarkandr (museum), St Peter and Paul parish church (1531, rebuilt in 1767 and 1862), the Finding of the Holy Cross church from the 15th c. (rebuilt in 1767 and 1862), evangelical Neo


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Gothic church (1865), Gustaw Morcinek museum, papal Cross from Katowice (1983) on the slopes of Kaplicwka; on Good Friday a custom of burning of Judas is celebrated, near the city forest reserve SkarpaWilicka. Skrzydlw a village in Komnice district, brick manor house (middle of the 19th c.) surrounded with a park. Sawikw a village in Rudnik district, ruins of a palace (1874) surrounded by a neglected park (12.4 ha), St Jerry Neo Gothic parish church (1846).

Sosnowiec - Kiepuras monument, photo. E. Kaniewski

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Sawkw a city in Bdzin county at Biaa Przemsza river, 6.7 thousand of inhabitants, in medieval times center of silver and lead ores mining, city rights in 1279, preserved urban layout with market square, wooden arcade houses from the turn of the 19th c. and an old well; remains of a castle (13th c.), Ascension of the Holy Cross and St Nicolaus parish church (1250, rebuilt in the 18th c.), wooden inn (1701), St Mark chapel (beginning of the 19th c.), St Jacob chapel (1827), historic catholic and Jewish cemeteries. Smole a village in Pilica district, in the area of Orlich Gniazd Landscape Park (Eyries Landscape Park); 14th c. castle ruins in Smole reserve, nearby Educational Historic Center at Landscape Parks Complex in Silesian Voivodeship, attractive rock climbing areas nearby Skay Zegarowe, Binik, Grodzisko and numerous caves. Smolnica a village in Sonicowice district, St. Bartholomew cemetery wooden church (1603) Soblwka touristic village in Ujsoy district, a starting point Rycerzowa region and so called Worek Raczaski, Immaculate Conception of Our Lady wooden parish church (1952). Sopotnia Wielka a touristic village in Jelenia distric t at the foot of Romanka in a valley of Sopotnia Wielka brook, where you can find the highest waterfall in Beskidy 10 m. high; many highland wooden cottage houses, reserves Romanka and Pod Rysiank in the area. Sosnowiec a town with county rights, 241.8 thousand inhabitants; the main city of historic Dbrowa coal basin founded in 1902, capital of Roman Catholic church diocese; development in the middle of the 19th c. after construction of the

railway track (1859) and establishment of the customs house for Prussia; since the beginning of the 20th c. an important industry center, and currently also administrative and academic center; the biggest in the voivodeship complex of 19th c. city palaces: Schoens palace in Sielc (1903) currently the court of justice, a big Schoens palace at Srodulka (1885) currently a museum, the Little palace (1900), Dietls palace (turn of the 20th c. ), Mieroszewscy palace in Zagrz (1777) and a castle in Sielec district (1620, modernised in 1832); railway stations in Sosnowiec (1859) and Maczki (1848); Wiery, Nadziei i Luby (Faith Hope and Charity) Orthodox Church(1889); the Holiest Heart of Jesus railway church(1862), cathedral of the Assumption of the Holiest Virgin Mother (1899), evangelical church (1886), family house of Jan Kiepura (famous Polish tenor and actor); museum and theater. Sonicowice a town in Gliwice county, 2 thousand inhabitants ,the seat of landed district, mentioned as a village in 1305, since 1526 a town, preserved urban layout with a market, Late Baroque palace (1755) Social Care Center, St. Jacob the Older parish church (1447, rebuilt 1795) with Baroque interior, nearby penitential cross from the 15th c. Sl touristic village in Rajcza district, there are brine sources here (salt was made there till 1804); wooden Loreto bell tower (1837); several dozen mountain wooden cottages, Butorze forest reserve nearby.


Stanice a village in Pilchowice district, St. Martin parish church (1804). Stara Wie a village in Wilamowice district, Elevation of the Holy Cross wooden parish church (1522, rebuilt in the 18th c.), old wooden parish school(1787).

Studzionka a village in Pszczyna district, Assumption of Our Lady Late Baroque parish (1834), nearby two penitential stone crosses (15th c.), at the entrance to the village Czarne Doy foresters lodge and a pheasant house (1905).

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Suliszowice a village in ark i Staromiecie a village in Lelw district remains of a watchtower district, the Assumption of Our Lady (14th c.). parish church (15th c. rebuilt in 1877, 1967), gateway Szczekociny - palace, photo. B. Czerwiski bell tower (1827). Strumie a town at Vistula river in Cieszyn county, 3.4 thousand inhabitants, a seat of landed district; settlement in 1293, city rights in 1482, historic urban layout with the market and a town hall (1628), tenement houses at the market (19th c.); St Barbara parish church (1692); in the area: Upper Vistula Valley sanctuary of birds of European Nature 2000 Protection Program. Strzybnik a village in Rudnik district, ruined 19th c. palace (rebuilt in 1919) in a park (6,9 ha); manor complex, ruined wooden granar y (1815), manor smithy (1905).
Tarnowskie Gry - Black trout Drift, photo. E. Wieczorek

Suszec a district village in Pszczyna county ,established in the 13th c., in the 18th c. royal sheep house, brewery and brick yard, since 1984 coal mining (Krupiski coal mine), Neo-Romanesque St. Stanislaw parish church (1898); private ethnographic collection of the Szender family, in the neighbourhood Babczyna Dolina reserve. Szasza a village in Zbrosawice district, Holy Mother district wooden church (17th c. reconstructed in 1967 after the fire), Neo Gothic palace (1877) surrounded by the remains of a park. Szczekociny a town at Pilica river in Zawiercie count y, 4.1 thousandsinhabitants, the seat of a landed district, former residence of the Odrow family, city rights before 1438, the place of a big battle at Kociuszko s uprising (1794) ,from that time Kociuszkos mound in Chebdzie village and scythe soldiers mound in Wywa, palace park complex of Dbiscy (1770), St Bartholomew Apostle parish church 91620, rebuild in 1780). Szczyrk a town in Bielsko county at ylica river, at the foot of Skrzyczne, 5.5 thousand inhabitants, in the 17th c. shepherds settlement, since 1920s holiday resort, city rights in 1973 ,the


biggest in Poland ski center almost 50 ski lifts, 60 km of runs, two of them FIS routes; wooden church of St. Jacobs the Elder.(1800, rebuild in1935) lemie a district village in ywiec county, Nativity of St John the Baptist
Tarnowskie Gry - market, photo. B. Czerwiski

60 thousand inhabitants, the highest in Poland and Europe population density 4400 people per one square kilometer, industrial city, established in 1951 after the merge of witochowice, Chropaczw, and Lipiny; characteristic of industrial cities of Upper Silesia urban architecture tenement houses, collective family buildings (familioki); St Peter and Paul historic church (1891), evangelical church (1901), City Council Building (beginning of the 20th c.), former City Hall in Lipiny (1910); city museum.. Tarnowskie Gry a c o u n t y c i t y, 61.7 thousand of inhabitants, city rights in 1526 as a free mining city, from the 15th till the 20th centuries the center for mining silver , lead, and zinc ores; important railway complex, preserved medieval urban layout with the market and arcade tenement houses (16th 17th cc.)city hall (1898), St Peter and Paul parish church (1540, rebuilt in 1851), old manor house inn, old palace at Karuszowiec (18thc.), St Ann parish church (1612, rebuilt 1847); Kamilian complex (1908), historic mine of silver ores and steam engines museum, water park, St Martin auxiliary church in Tarnowice Stare district (built 1380, rebuilt 1787) ,old Wrochem family castle (mid 16th c., rebuilt), palace park (200 ha) in

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parish church (1853) ,wooden school (mid 19th c.), ruins of iron furnace (19th c.), Madohora forest reserve in the area. wibie a village in Wielowie district, St Nicolas the Bishop parish church (the turn of the 16th c.), St Benigna Baroque chapel (1669) ,Neo Gothic manor house 91800 ,modernised in 1830 and 1900), surrounded by a park (1.95 ha).

wierklaniec a district village in Tarnogra county, since 1624 the seat of Henckel von Donnersmarck family (till 1945 castle and palace); 180 ha palace park (the turn of the 19th c.) with Dom Kawalerski (Bachelors House) (1906, a hotel today); chapel, a n d m a u s o l e u m Tychy city center, photo. B. Czerwiski Henckel von Donnersmarck (1896) and sculptures of Fremiet (1872); farm outbuildings (19th c.), artificial water intake reservoir at Brynic river (587 ha); in the area in Orzech village romantic fake ruins (19th c.) wierklany Dolne a village in wierklany district, St Ann Neo baroque parish church (1930) ,art. gallery of the Holesz family (e.g. nave painter Ludwik Holesz). witochowice a town with county rights, at the upper part of Rawa river,

Repty district, in the park Black Trout drift (touristic underground route), St Nicolaus Neo Gothic parish church (1872), walled Youth Spring (one of Drama tributary,


Baroque palace (1796) with a park in Rybna district. Tpkowice a village in Oarowice district, numerous war shelters of the
Wancerzw monastery complex, photo. B. Czerwiski

St Urban pilgrim church (1779), ruins of Renaissance castle (1585, rebuilt in 1870) in the center of a landscape park (4 ha). Tworg a district village at Stoa river in Tarnogra county ,since medieval times till the 19th c. center of ore mining and steel production; palace (18th c.) District Council surrounded by the remains of the park, St Anthony Padewski parish church (1817), former poorhouse (1827). Tychy a city with county rights, 140 thousand inhabitants, a village mentioned in the 15th c., in 1920s status of a town settlement, city rights in 1951, originally bedroom for Upper Silesia Industrial Center, since 1970s important industrial and academical center, modern type of architecture, former hunting palace of Pszczyna duchies, St Mary Magdalena church 918th c., rebuilt in 1929), Brewery Museum, Tyskie Duchy Breweries available for sightseeing; contemporary architectural investments: The Holy Spirit church in wakw with J. Nowosielski polychrome, the church of blessed Kzkwna, St Christopher church; Pyramid Hotel, Golden Gate (Brama Soca) building.

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Fortified Region Silesia (1938 1939); similar fortifications in nearby Niezdara and Ossy.

Udrz a village in arnowiec district, Toszek a town in Gliwice county, ruins of the 14th c. castle, monument of 5 thousand inhabitants, the seat of AK soldiers who were killed in action. landed district, fortress in the 10th c. Ujsoy touristic village in ywiec and a settlement (12th c.) on the trade county, seat of the district, shepherds road Wrocaw Krakw, city rights 1235, settlement established in the 17th c., in preserved medieval urban layout with the 19th c. big center of timber processing, market, city hall (1836) and houses (1833); St Joseph stone parish church (1939), gothic castle (15th c. rebuilt in 1666), several wooden mountain cottages, partly ruined St Catharine of Alexandria Wawrzycowe Hudy folk festival in parish church (1450, modernised in August, in neighboring Glinka road 1715), cemetery church of St Barbara (1750), Dolny Dwr Wodzisaw lski - market, photo. B. Czerwiski (manor house) (1811, modernised in 1880); the house (1848)of Brac t wo Kurkowe (Brotherhood). Tr u s ko l a s y a village in Wrczyca Wielka district; wo o d e n B a ro q u e church of St Nicolaus (1737) with miraculous paimting of Our Lady from Truskolas. Tu r z a l s k a a village in Gorzyce district, sanctuary of Our Lady from Fatima (1948). Tworkw a village in Krzyanowice district, St Peter and Paul Baroque parish church (1694), rich Baroque interior (e.g. family tombs of Reiswitz family from the 18th c.);

frontier crossing and forest reserves: Dziobaki, Muco and Oszus . Ustro a town at Upper Vistula river in Cieszyn county, 15.4 thousand inhabitants, spa and ski resort in Beskid


Wisa - center, photo. B. Czerwiski

1939 a place of fierce fights with Germans, preserved fortification complex from 1939 consisting of 4 forts, exposition chamber in one of them (Wedrowiec Fort) Wielowie a district village in Gliwice county, Count Verdugo Baroque palace (1748, rebuilt in 1923) surrounded by a landscape park (3.25 ha); Jewish cemetery (18th c.) with 250 tombstones; Assumption of Our Lady parish church (1934-35) with preserved Gothic walls and Baroque elements of interior; former synagogue from the 19th c. (currently a storehouse). Wierzbie a village in Koszcin district, a palace (17th c., rebuilt at the turn of the 20th c.)
Wisa - viaduct in abajowa valley, photo. B. Czerwiski

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lski, a settlement mentioned in 1305, between 1772 1897 steel work, from 1882 a spa, city rights in 1956, St Clement parish church (1787) ,evangelical church of elder St Jacobs the apostle (1835), Stara Zagroda (Old Barn) ethnographical museum ,Museum of Metallurgy and Smithwork in Ustro-Nierodzim, St Ann wooden parish church 91769, the tower from 1938), Elevation of the Holy Cross church in Ustro Lipowiec (1810). Wancerzw a village in Mstw district, the complex of Lateran Canons Regular Monastery: The Assumption of Our Lady parish church (1746) sanctuary of Mstowska Virgin Mary of Mercy (painting from the 17th c.), monastery (17th c., rebuilt in 1791), fortifications with 8 towers (17th c.) Wsosz Grny a village at Warta river in Popw district, a monument of January Uprising battle, St Andrew the Apostle parish church (1826, modernised in 1937). Wgierska Grka a district village at Soa river in ywiec county ,located between Beskid lski ans Beskid ywiecki, shepherds settlement mentioned in the 15th c., since 1838 till the end of the 20th c. steelwork and foundry, in September
Wisa - Muzeum of Beskidy, photo. arch. OT

Wilamowice a town in Bielsko county, 2.8 thousand inhabitants,theseatof landed district, a settlement located in 1250 by settlers from Flanders who preserved their separate habits and language till 1945; city rights in 1818, preserved relicts of wooden architecture characteristic of small towns; Neo Gothic parish church of The Holy Trinity (1923) with a wooden triptych by Kazimierz Danek.


Wilcza a village in Pilchowice district, St Nicolaus wooden parish church (1755), Neo Gothic palace from the middle of the 19th c. surrounded by a historic park. Wilkowice a district village in Bielsko county, at the slopes of Magurka and Rogacz, St. Michael Archangel Neo Gothic parish church (1900).

in Kokoszyce district (1783) at present Archdiocese Recollection house, a manor house (ca 1860) in Jedownik district. Wojkowice a town in Bdzin county, 9.5 thousand inhabitants ,historic complex of Jowisz Coal Mine with a working class housing estate.

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Wojkowice Kocielne a village in Wisa a town at Upper Vistula river in Siewierz district, St Dorothy and Martin Cieszyn county, 11.5 thousand inhabitants, parish church (1229, rebuilt several times), popular holiday resort and big skiing center inside Gothic painting of the Holy Mary in Beskid lski; shepherds settlement from with the Baby (1450). the 17th c., since the end of the 19th c. Wojnowice a village in Krzanowice holiday resort, city rights in 1962; inn (1794); district, Elevation of the Holy Cross Beskidy Museum a complex of old wooden Baroque parish church (1794); eclectic architecture: wooden school (1891), mountain cottage from Jonido Zabrze wooden church, photo. E. Wieczorek (beginning of the 20th c.), evangelical church (1838); old school (1824), wooden hunters little castle of the Habsburg family (1897) moved from Barania Gra; parish church (1855, modernised and reconstructed in 1970), historic villas from the turn of the 20th c., The Presidents Palace at Zadni Gro (1930). palace (the end of the 19th c.).surrounded Wisa Maa a village in Pszczyna district, St Jacob the Apostle wooden parish church (1775 82; extinguished in 1923). with a landscape park (4.3 ha). Wola Libertowska a village in arnowiec district, gallery and workshop of Antoni Toborowicz, a folk sculptor, at his farm there is a collection of wooden shrines moved from Wierzbica, Chlina Grna, Otola and Kleszczowa. Woniki a town in Lubliniec county, 3.2 thousand inhabitants, a seat of landed district, city rights around 1270, preserved historic urban layout with a market (a monument of Jzef Lompa there) and a Town Hall (1862), St Catharine parish church (1364, rebuilt in 17th and 18th cc), St Valentine wooden cemetery church (1689), a grave of Jzef Lompa nearby. Wygiezw a village in Irzdze district, classical manor house (19th c.) surrounded with a park. Wyry a district village in Mikow county, in 1939 a place of fierce defensive fights of the Polish Army, Name of Jesus Neo Baroque parish church (1927); manor house (the turn of the 19th c) distorted by many moderations, several war shelters of a Fortified Region Silesia Zabrze a city with county rights, 199.2 thousand inhabitants; a village called Sadbre (Zabrze) was mentioned in 1295, in Medieval

Winicze a village in Wielowie district, Holy Trinity parish church (1585, modernised in 1864). Wodowice a village in Zawiercie county, city rights from the beginning of the 14th c. to 1870, St. Bartholomew parish church (1702, modernised in 1911), ruins of a palace (17th c.), in the neighbourhood Rdkowice a group of Rzdkowicke Rocks and numerous climbing schools. Wodzisaw lski a county town , 49.6 thousand inhabitants, settlement in the 11th c., city rights in 1257, preserved Medieval urban layout with market and tenement houses (18th 19th cc), post Franciscan church (15th c.) evangelical at present time, former Franciscan monastery (17th c.) the seat of the local Court of Justice; classical palace surrounded with a park (1747) nowadays a museum; buildings of the City Council (1879), post (1880), Romantic Tower (1857), the Assumption of Our Lady Neo Gothic parish church (1911); a palace (1783) surrounded with a historic park


times there were also Biskupice, Grzybowice, Zbrosawice district village at Drama, Mikulczyce and Rokitnica; in the 19th c in Tarnogra county, Assumption of Our development of mining and heavy industry, Lady parish church (1777) sanctuary of city rights since 1922 (the name of the city Zbrosawicka Holy Mary, inside miraculous was Hindenburg at that time); in modern 15th c. figure, neglected palace (1756), so times numerous scientific and academic called Brama Gwarkw (Gwarkw Gate) institutions, important cultural center (1821) outflow of black Trout Drift; German of Upper Silesia Industrial Area; theater war shelters (1939), horse riding center. Teatr Nowy, philharmonic, Museum of Zebrzydowice district village in Coal Mining, City Museum; Krlowa Luiza Cieszyn county established in the 13th underground museum; churches of St. Ann c., railway frontier crossing to the Czech (1902), St. Andrew (1866), evangelical (1874), Republic, The Holy Mother parish church St John the Baptist (1856), St Camillus (1927), (1776, rebuilt in 1855), Baroque palace St. Joseph (1932), buildings from the turn of (1776) District Culture Center. the 20th c.: the building of the former district Zatna a village in Ujsoy district, authorities (1874) museum of Coal Mining; wooden foresters lodge of Habsburg Forest the court of justice (1907), post office (1909), Administration (1876); remains of glassworks. old City Hall of Zabrze (1896), old city hall of Zoty Potok a village in Janw cistrict, Mikulczyce (1902), Donnersmarck smelting Krasiscy Raczyscy palace park casino (1900) NowyTheatre, housing patron complex Borsigwerk (1863-71); ory - St Philip and Jacob church, photo. B. Czerwiski the biggest in Silesia voivodeship City botanical Garden. Zacharzowice a village in Wielowie district, St. Laurent wooden parish church (1580) Zamarski a village in Halach district; St Rogue wooden parish church (1731, bell tower from 1558). Zawiercie county city at the sources of Warta and Czarna Przemsza 53.6 thousand inhabitants, city rights in 1915; settlements formulating the city mentioned in the 12th c. (Kromow) and the 15th c. (Zawiercie); since the middle of the 19th c. important industrial area of the middle part of Jura Krakowsko Czstochowska (nowadays steel works, glass works, foundry, textile industry); monuments: urban layout of TAZ working class housing estate (1880); Szymaskis palace (1897); St Peter and Paul Neo Gothic parish church (1900); Holy Trinity church (1583, modernised1788 and 1904) sanctuary of Skarycka Holy Mary in Skaryce district; St Nicolaus church (16th c. rebuilt in 1867) district; Neo Roman chapel of St John Nepomuk at Warta river source; big Jewish cemetery (18th c.) first world war cemetery in Kromow district; manor house (19th c.) in Bzw district; rock climbing areas in Skaryce and erkowice Rocks. Zborowskie a village in Ciasna district known in the 18th and 19th centuries from the production of ceramic pipes, former Pipers House (beginning of the 19th c.)

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complex: Zygmunt Krasiski manor house (1829) Museum, Raczyscy palace (1856), English style park and numerous ponds, rebuilt in 1780); park reserves: Ostrnik , Kaliszak and Bukowa Kpa . Zrbice a village in Olsztyn district; St Giles wooden parish church (1596, renovated in 1789) with a separately standing bell house (16th c.). Zwardo touristic village inRajcza district at the bottom of Wielka Racza, important ski resort, road and railway frontier crossing with Slovakia, several historic pension houses from the mid war period Zwonowice a village in Lyski district, Neo Gothic Racibrz Duchies foresters lodge (1887) at Winna Gra.


arki-Leniw a fragment of polychrome, photo. E. Kaniewski

19th centuries houses. St Philip and Jacob Apostles Gothic church (the turn of the 16th c.) nearby ancient penitentiary Cross, town museum, in the forest between ory and Palowice Gichta a tower of a blast furnace a left out after old Waleska steelworks (1832). ywiec county city at Koszarawa and Soa rivers on the edge of ywieckie Lake, 32.2 thousand inhabitants, market town in the 12th c. city rights in about 1270, in the 15th c. relocated to its current place, since the middle of the 19th c. development of industry (paper mill, steel works, brewery), important railway junction the Birth of our Lady Cathedral (the middle of the 15th c. rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the 16th c.), stone

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abnica a village in Wgierska Grka county; Czstochowska Holy Mother parish church (1914).

arki a town in Myszkw county, 8.1 thousand inhabitants; a seat of the landed district, mentioned in 1373, preserved old urban layout with the market, St Simon and Jude Thaddeus parish church (1522, rebuilt in the 18th and ywiec Cathedral of Our Lady, photo. P. Skrzypiec 19th cc); hospital church of St Barbara 18th c.); synagogue (the middle of the 18th c.) Culture Center; graveyard (18th century.); ruins of St Stephen church (1763); a complex of concrete and wooden barns (19th and 20th cc), in Leniw district: Leniowsk a Holy M ar y sanctuary, Our lady church (1559, rebuilt in the 18th c.), Pauline monk monastery (18th c. rebuilt in 1936; in Przewodziszowice district ruins of the tower where it was possible to live (14th c.). arnowiec district village at Pilica in Zawiercie county, mentioned in 1098, city rights between 1340 1870, a little market place with architecture characteristic of a little town (19th c.); Nativity of Our Lady church and St Jacobs the Elder church (14th c.) ernica a village in Pilchowice district, St Michael Archangel wooden parish church (1661) on the settlement from the 12th c. ory a town with county rights, 64.5 thousand inhabitants, city rights from 1272, trade and craft center in Medieval times, in the 19th c. industrial center, currently important trade and service center and living area for the workers of Rybnik Mining Area; preserved Medieval urban layout with remains of the city walls and 18th and

bell tower (1724); Komorowskich castle park complex (beginning of the 16th c. with Renaissance court yard 1569 and NeoGothic body 1870), classical New Castle (1895); English style park from the turn of the 19th c. (25 ha), Chinese House (18th c.)on the island; Holy Cross church (14th c. rebuilt in 1878 and 1910); historic brewery (19th c.); museum; classical manor house in Moszczanica district (18th c. rebuilt in 1910), forest reserve Grapa in the city area.



Pilgrimage tourism and sanctuaries

Millions of the faithful annually visit numerous sanctuaries of the Silesian Vo i vo d e s h i p, p a r t i c u l a r l y t h e m o s t significant of them: the Sanctuary of Jasna Gra (Bright Hill) in Czstochowa. Local sanctuaries also enjoy great interest. The majority of them are devoted to Mother of God, but there are also some other: St Annes, St. Florians, St. Josephs, St. Therese of Lisieux.
wita Anna - sanctuary, photo. B. Czerwiski

Chorzw the Sanctuary of St. Florian the Martyr the Patron Saint of Chorzw, at the church dating from the years 1948-61, in 1994 the relics of the Patron were placed there. The church-fair on May 4 or on Sunday closest to this date. Chwaowice The Sanctuary of St. Therese of Lisieux at the church building dating from 1928, instituted i n 2005. Church-fair on October 1 or on Sunday closest to this date. Czstochowa Jasna Gra (Bright Hill) The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Czstochowa, the beating heart of the nation, sacred place for the Catholics who visit this place in pilgrimages organised from different places of the world; Jasna Gra Group is a combination of different styles and epochs from 1382 till the beginning of the 20th century, the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Czstochowa, called the Black Madonna, was, according to the legend, painted by St. Luke on a wood panel coming from the table of the Holy Family. The newest research shows that this is a Byzantine icon dating from 6-8th centuries. Approximately 50 pilgrimage routes lead to Czstochowa crossing the whole area of Poland. Jasna Gra annually attracts 5 million pilgrims, the sanctuary was a number of times visited by Pope John Paul II (1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1999). Chief church-fairs: May3, July 16, August 15, August 26, September 8, September 12. Czstochowa The Sanctuary of Gods Mercifulness at the Pallotyns

Aleksandrwka/ St. Annes St. Annes Sanctuary in the buildings of the Dominican Convent dating from 1609, extended in the 18th century; the Church boasts a late Gothic figure of St. Anne Samotrze dating from the beginning of the 16th century, churchfair on July 26. Bdzin-Syberka The Sanctuary of the Polish Golgotha of the East in a contemporary church, the Parish of the Visitation of Virgin Mary, instituted in 1997. Church-fair on May 31 (the Visitation of Virgin Mary). Bujakw The Sanctuary of the Mother of God , the Patroness of the Natural Environment at the parish church under the invocation of St. Nicholas dating from 1500, rebuilt in the 17th and 19th centuries, inside one can find the figure of the Mother of God with the Child of 1480, which is famous for its good graces. Church fair on the second Sunday of September.

Czstochowa sanctuary at Jasna Gra, photo. arch. OT


Church dating from 1976 founded in 1992. The painting of Merciful Jesus is placed in the altar (author A. Hya), and the Chapel contains the figure of Merciful Jesus being a gift from the Mexican Church, in 1996 the relics of the Holy Tree were placed in the Sanctuary. Church-Fair on the second Easter Sunday. Czstochowa-Grabwka The Sanctuary of Jesus Blood with the relics of Jesus Blood received from Mantua, founded by Archbishop S. Nowak in 1999. Czstochowa-Rakw The Sanctuary of St. Joseph at the church dating from 1928, raised to the rank of the sanctuary in 2002, inside one can find the painting of St. Joseph famous for its graces. Church fairs: March 19, May 1. Dankw The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Dankw at the church dedicated to St. Stanislaus dating from 1650. The altar contains the Painting of Holy Virgin with the Child, famous for its graces, dating from the middle of the 16th century, crowned in 2002. Church-fair on May 8 (St. Stanislaus the Bishop) and October 7 (Our Lady of Rosary). Dbrowa Grnicza Sanctuary of the Our Lady of Angels Mother of the Basin at the church dating from 1912. In the chief altar, there is a figure of the Queen of Angels dating from 1901, made of cypress tree. Church fair on August 2. Dbrowa Grnicza Goong - The Sanctuary of St. Athony of Padua, at the Church dedicated to Holy Mothers Birth and St. Anthony dating from 1675, founded in 1997. Church fair on June 13.
The image of Czstochowska Holy Mother, photo. arch. OT

from the years 1836-38 of the Ormian Rite, the painting of the Mother of God with the Child from ysiec in Podole, famous for its graces, worshipped since the 17th century. Church-fair on August 15. Jaworzno Osiedle Stae The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Incessant Aid at the contemporary
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parish church from the years 1981-1997, recognised as the Sanctury in 1997. Inside the Miraculous Painting of Mother of God with the Child. Church fair on June 26. Katowice-Bogucice: The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bogucice with the Paiting of the Holy Mother with the Child, crowned in 2000 with Pope crowns. Chief church fairs: first Sunday of June, July 16 (Szkaplerzna Mother of God). Kobuck The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Kobuck at the parish church dedicated to St. Martin dating from the 12th century and extended in the 15th century, inside the painting, famous for graces, presenting Mother of God with the Child dating from the middle of the15th century. Church fair on November 11. Lelw The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lelw the Consoler at St. Martins church dating from the 14th century and rebuilt many times. It is the painting of Our Lady of Lelw dating from the year 1948 which is worshipped. Church fair on July 16. Lubecko the Sanctuary of Gliwice diocese at the parish church dating from the turn of the 17th century, inside one can find the painting of Our Lady of Lubecko on silver sheet metal with Our Lady of Czstochowa on the obverse, on the reverse the Saviour in the thorn crown (Ecce Homo). Chief church fairs: August 15, August 2 and July 2 a pilgrimage from Lubliniec. Mstw The Sanctuary of Our Merciful Lady of Mstw at the monastery church of regular canons of the Holy Virgin Assumption of 1742,

Dbrowa Grnicza Strzemieszyce The Sanctuary of the Most Holy Heart of Jesus at the parish church of 1910. The figure of Jesus is the subject of cult. Church fair on Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi. Gliwice the Sanctuary of Our Lady of ysiec at the Church of the Holy Trinity dating


famous for graces painting of Gods Mother with the Child constitutes a copy of Our Lady of Czstochowa dating from the 17th century. Church fairs: February 14, August 15 and the second Sunday of October. Mstw The Sanctuary of Father Pio on Holy Apology Hill, established in 2002, at the contemporary church of St Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael one can find Father Pios relics.
Piekary lskie - Basilica, photo. B. Czerwiski

Podzamcze The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Skaki at the chapel dating from the year 2000, where one can find a copy of the Paiting of Our Lady of Czstochowa of 1842, famous for its graces. Our Lady of Skaki has been worshipped since the beginning of the 19th century, but the Sanctuary was established in the year 2002. Church fair on Monday coming just after Whit Sunday (Holy Virgin Mother of the Church). Pszw the Sanctuary of Smiling Mother of God established in 2002 at the Basilica of Holy Virgins Birth from the years 1743-47, in the chief altar one can find the Painting of God Mother with the Child a repainted copy of the painting of Our Lady of Czstochowa of 1722 crowned four times (1732, 1979, 1989, 2002). Church fairs: the small one on June 29 (St Peter and Pauls) and great August 15. Rudy The Sanctuary of Gliwice Diocese of Our Lady of Rudy at a postCistercian church dating from the 13th century, at St Marys Chapel the painting of Mother of God with the Child being a copy of Salus Populi Romani from the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore in Rome, crowned in 2000. The main church fair of Our Lady of Rudy on the last Sunday of May and on August 15. Rychwad the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Rychwad, the Queen of ywiec Area at St. Nicholas Church from the years 1741-56, in the Baroque chief altar the miraculous painting of Gods Mother with the Child datig from the 15th century. Church fairs on Holy Trinity Sunday, the 6th Sunday after July 16, August 2, August 15, December 6, December 8.
Rudy the Assumption of Our Lady church, photo B.Czerwiski

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Myszkw-Mrzygd The Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Mrzygd, the Queen of the Rosary at the parish church of Holy Virgin Assumption dating from 1653, inside one can find famous for its graces painting of Mother of God with the Child dating from 1804. Church fairs on August 15 and the second Sunday of October. Piekary lskie the Sanctuary of Holy Virgin, the mother of Justice and Social Love at the Minor Basilica of Virgin Mary and St Bartholomeos from the years 1842-49, in the main altar the Miraculous Painting of Mother of God with the Child a copy of a similar painting, transferred to the cathedral in Opole, worshipped since the 17th century. In the neighbourhood there is Kalwaria embracing 40 objects dating from the years 1886-95 with a Neo-gothic church of Christs Transfiguration (1896). What constitutes chief celebrations are pilgrimages of Men and Boys on the last Sunday of May as well as those of Women and Girls on Sunday coming just after August 15. Those pilgrimages were many times accompanied by the Metroppolitan of Cracow Cardinal Karol Wojtya. Church fairs: first and third Sundays of July, July 26, first Sunday of August, August 15, the Sunday coming just after August 24, September 12 (Our Lady of Piekary), Sunday after the 14th.

Turza lska the Sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima at the church of 1948. Church fairs on Sundays coming after the thirteenth day of the month from May till October.


Wojkowice Kocielne The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Road at St. Martins Church from the turn of the 14th century extended many times, in the Baroque chief altar, famous for its graces, painting of Gods Mother with the Child dating from about 1460. Church Fair of Our Lady of Good Road on May 31, during which vehicles are blessed.

16th century, called Zbrosawicka. Church fairs: Monday coming just after Whit Sunday (Our Lady of Zbrosawice) and August 15. arki Leniw The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Leniw, the Patron Saint of Families at the Church of Pauline Monks under the invocation of Virgin Marys Vsitation, in the chief altar the figure of Mother of God with the Child dating from the end of the 14th century. Church fair on July 2 or on Sunday closest to that date.

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Zawiercie Skaryce The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Skaryce at Holy Trinity C h u rc h d a t i n g f ro m t h e m i d d l e o f the 16th century arki-Leniw monastery of the Pauline Order, photo. R. Piwkowski established in the year 1999, at the church one can find famous for its graces painting of Our Lady of Skaryce of the 17th centur y. Church f a i r o n H o l y Tr i n i t y Sunday (VI). Zbrosawice The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Zbrosawice at the church of Holy Virgin Assumption dating from the 15th century, rebuilt in the 18th century, in the chief altar one can find a figure of Mother of God with the Child dating from the

Penitential crosses
Penitential crosses come from the Rydutowy, Sonicowice, Studzionka Middle Ages, they came into being as (2), Syrynia, Wodzisaw laski (4), ory the confirmation of a private or private (2) and ywiec. The oldest cross in the church agreement between the ory penitential cross, photo. B. Czerwiski murdurer and the family of the victim. According to the agreement the murderer obliged himself to cover the cost of victims funeral, the costs of the lawsuit as well as the costs of maintenance and upbringing of the victims children. Finally he was obliged to put a cross or a chapel made by himself on the site of the crime. Some of the crosses were made with the use of the crime tool: a knife, a dagger, a sword, a cross-bow, a fork and even sheep scissors. The custom of putting crosses and preparing penitential agreements came to Silesia from Western Europe in the 14th century and survived till the 19th century. It is here that the greatest number of crosses and penitential chapels survived, 25 crosses in 19 towns and villages of the Silesian Voivodeship: MikowB u j a k w, B y t o m - a g i w n i k i , voivodeship is a 13th- century cross Grzegorzowice, Krzyowice, from Bytom agiwniki, the youngest Lekartw, Lyski, any Mae, aziska, one is the cross dating from 1828 from Olza, Pruchna, Radoszowe, Rogw (2), Wodzisaw lski Jedownik.


John Paul II in Silesia

It was as early as the 40-ies that during holidays Karol Wojtya visited his aunt, a teacher in Stodoy near Rybnik. Later, as a bishop and Cracow Metropolitan for many times he participated in male pilgrimages to Piekary lskie and in celebrations at Jasna Gra in Czstochowa. As the Pope John Paul II he visited the Silesian Voivodeship for many times: most frequently Czstochowa (1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1999), Katowice (1983), Skoczw, Bielsko-Biaa and ywiec (1995), Sosnowiec and Gliwice (1999). Several monuments commemorate John Paul II in the voivodeship.
Ogrodzieniec John Paul II monument, photo. B. Koodziej

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Judaic of the Silesian Voivodeship

The Jews appeared in some regions of the present Silesian Voivodeship as early as the 14th century, but it was only since the 17th century that more and more numerous Jewish colonies were coming into being. The greatest intensity of theit settling came in the 19th century together with a rapid development of towns and industry. As a result of Nazi extermination in the years of the Second World War only a small group of them remained in the area of the Silesian Voivodeship. The only trace of their presence are closed synagogues and deteriorating cemeteries.
Cieszyn old cemetery, photo. A. Krzemiski

in the region of Podbeskidzie with a funeral house dating from 1885 (project by Karol Korn) and 400 preserved tombstones. BIERU - Cemetery in Bieru Stary (Old Bieru) (ul. Wita) of 1778, the area of 0.2 ha with approximately 40 tombstones preserved. BYTOM - The new cemetery dating from 1870 (ul. Piekarska), the area of 1.3 ha, about 1,000 tombstones preserved, in the cemetery wall one can find the wailing wall a collection of stone fragments from the old cemetery (ul. Piastw Bytomskich). CIESZOWA - Cemetery dating from the 18th century, to the south-east from the village, the area of 0.5 ha, it is badly preserved, about 100 tombstones preserved. CIESZYN - An old cemeter y from the middle of the 17th century (ul. Halaska), the area of 0.8 ha with about 500 tombstones from the period of the 17th-20th centuries; The new cemeter y dates from 1906 ( u l. H a l a s k a ) , t h e area of 1.1 ha with a monumentous gate, ruins of a funeral house of 1906 (project by Jakub Gartner), a tomb of Glesingers family and other tombstones. CZECHOWICE-DZIEDZICE - Cemetery dating back to 1925 (ul. Szkolna), the area of 0.4 ha, approximately 50 tombstones preserved CZELAD - A cemeter y founded approximately in the year 1915 (ul. Bdziska), the area of 1.5 ha, about 2800 tombstones

BDZIN - Mizrachi Synagogue (ul. Potockiego) dating from 1927; Obelisk (ul. Zamkowa) on the site of the synagogue ruined by the Nazi; Cemetery dating from the 18th century on the Castle Hill (ul. Podzamcze), the area 0.5 ha with 300 preserved tombstones. BIELSKO-BIAA - Cemetery dating from 1849 (ul. Cieszyska), the area of 2.4 ha, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved oes


CZSTOCHOWA - A cemetery (8.5 ha) in the area of Czstochowa Steelworks (on the extension of ul. Zota), founded in 1799 with a renovated gate, enclosures and monuments of victims of the Nazi occupation. DBROWA GRNICZA - A cemetery (ul. Wolska 5), founded in 1929, the area of 0.4 ha with about 150 preserved tombstones. GLIWICE - An old cemetery dating back to 1815 (ul. Na Piasku), the area of 0.6 ha with approximately 700 tombstones; A new cemetery of 1902 (ul. Poniatowskiego), the area of 1.7 ha with a neo-Gothic funeral house of 1902 (project by Mayer) with about 400 tombstones and monuments to the victims of World War I and World War II. JANW - A cemetery dating back to the 18th centur y (ul. Kociuszki), to the north from the market square, the area of 1.2 ha with about 20 tombstones preserved the oldest one dating back to the year 1791. J AW O R Z N O - A s y n a g o g u e ( u l . Stojaowskiego 4), at present a trade building; A cemetery (ul. Pisudskiego), founded at the begning of the 20th century, the area 0.25 ha, about 100 tombstones. KATOWICE - An open house of prayer in a specially adapted flat (ul. Myska 13); An obelisk (ul. Mickiewicza) on the site of a synagogue ruined by the Nazi; A cemetar y dating back to 1869 (u. Kozielska), the are 1.1 ha, nearly 1500 tombstones.
Lelw the grave of cadyk Bidermann, photo B.Czerwiski

the ruins of the synagogue, the area of 1.4 ha with preserved 300 tombstones. LELW - A tomb of a sage David Bidermann (1746-1814) in the building at Ogrodowa street the destination of pilgrimages of Orthodox Jews from all over the world. On the first Sunday of September Ciulimu-Ciulentu festival tasting of the Jewish cuisine.

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Krzepice old cemetery, photo. B. Czerwiski

MIASTECZKO LSKIE - A cemetery dating back to the 19th century (ul. Kiliskiego) with approximately 10 preserved tombstones. MIKOW - A cemetery dating back to the year 1726 with 500 preserved tombstones, 33 of them come from the 18th century. MILWKA - A cemetery dating back to the end of the 19th century on the hill on the river Soa, the area of 0.2 ha with approximately 30 tombstones preserved. MYSOWICE - A cemetery founded in 1864 (ul. Stawowa), the area of 0.4 ha, approximately 100 tombstones preserved. PILIC A - A s y n a g o g u e dating back to the 19th centur y (ul. azienna), changed into an office building; A cemeter y (ul. Mickiewicza), the area of 0.3 ha, founded on the turn of the 19th century, about 40 tombstones are preserved there. PSZCZYNA - A synagogue dating back to the 17th century (ul. Warowna), after World War II it was changed into the cinema; A cemetery of 1816 (ul. Katowicka), the area of 0.6 ha with a funeral house and about 200 tombstones. PYSKOWICE - A cemetery dating back to the year 1830 (ul. Gliwicka), the area of 0.6 ha with a funeral house dating back to 1860 and 220 tombstones. SKOCZW-WILAMOWICE - A cemetery dating back to the end of the 19th century for the inhabitants of Skoczw, Ustro, Wisa, Pruchna, Brenna, Grki; a house a

KOBUCK - A cemetery (ul. Szkolna) 300 metres to the east from the street. KRZEPICE - Ruins of a synagogue dating back to the 18th century on the river Liswarta in the district of Nowokrzepice; A cemetery of the 18th century in the neighbourhood of


cemetery guardians was preserved there, some tombstones as well as a monument devoted to the Jews from Cieszyn Silesia murdered during World War II.

tombstones preserved; A commemorative plate on the site of a destroyed synagogue at Brysza street.

Pilgrimage tourism and sanctuaries

Z AW I E R C I E - A s y n a g o g u e ( u l . SAWKW - A synagogue (ul. Biskupia Marszakowska 41) of 1880, rebuilt in 1945, at 10) dating back to the year 1876, at present present a shop; A cemetery (ul. Daszyskiego one can find there a warehouse as well as A 54) ded in 1879, the area of 0.6 ha, the Farmers Club; A cemetery for the communes enclosures made of concrete, about 200 of Sawkw and Strzemieszyce (ul. Francesco tombstones preserved, a funeral house in the Nullo already in the area of Krzykawka) neighbourhood. dating back to the year 1907 with Zawiercie-Kromow old cemetery, photo. B. Czerwiski 293 preserved tombstones including numerous tombstones with double plate and a concrete sarcophagus. SOSNOWIEC - A cemeter y dating back to the 19th century (ul. Gospodarcza), the area of 1 ha with 300 tombstones preserved as well as a monument to the Jews from Zagbie murdered during World War II; A cemetery dating back to the 19th century in the district of Niwka (ul. Pastewna), the area 0.3 ha, several dozen tombstones were preserved. SZCZEKOCINY - A synagogue (ul. Konopnickiej 3), after the year 1945 totally rebuilt into a warehouse. TARNOWSKIE GRY - A cemetery of 1822 (ul. Gliwicka 66), the area of 0.5 ha with about 400 tombstones. TOSZEK - A cemetery from the middle of the 19th century (ul. Wielowiejska) wih several dozen tombstones. USTRO GOJE - At a Catholic cemetery one can find several tombstones coming from a Jewish cemetery destroyed during the construction of a motorway. WIELOWIE - A synagogue dating back to the 2nd half of the 19th century (ul. Gwna 53), changed into a warehouse; A cemetery of
arki former synagogue, photo. R. Piwkowski

ZAWIERCIE KROMOW - A cemetery dating back to the beginning of the 18th century (ul. Piaskowa), the area of 0.4 ha with a funeral house and about 1000 tombstones. ARKI - A synagogue (UL. Moniuszki 2) from the first half of the 19th century, reconstructed from war destruction in 1957, at present one can find a cultural centre there; A cemetery dating back to the 18th century (ul. Polna), the area of 1.5 ha, about 900 tombstones (the oldest one dating back to 1840). O R Y KLESZCZWKA - A cemetery of 1814 (ul. Cmentarna), the area of 0.6 ha with 100 preserved tombstones.

1694 with about 250 tombstones, 36 of which date back to the end of the 18th century. ZABRZE - A cemetery founded in 1872 (ul. Cmentarna), the area of 1.5 ha with about 650

YWIEC ZABOCIE - A cemetery dating back to the 19th century (ul. Stolarska), the area of 0.5 ha with approximately 200 tombstones from 19th and 20th centuries.



Active tourism

laskie Voivodeship is a place where everyone can find their own way of spending free time. It offers active recreation in winter and other seasons. Below you can find most popular places, ski runs, and touristic routes.

ISTEBNA: Koniakw Ochodzita 4 wycigi (1180 m), Jaworzynka Wawrzaczw Gro (100 m), Marek (825 m), Zoty Gro (793 m), Maria (450 m) KORBIELW : Korbielw Buczynka (1186 m), Hala Miziowa (932 m), Hala Miziowa Pilsko (700 m) SZCZYRK : Szczyrk Czyrna (375 m), Polana Suche (1305 m), Szczyrk Hondraski (1288 m), Szczyrk Doliny (1206 m) USTRO: Ustro Jaszowiec Palenica I (964 m), Ustro Poniwiec (900 m), Czantoria Faturka (670 m) WISA : Wisa Jawornik Soszw (1218 m), Wisa Ciekw (984 m), Wisa Nowa Osada Wrblwki (950 m), Wisa Malinka (908 m), Wisa Gbce Kozice (816 m), Wisa Stoek (800 m), Wisa Partecznik (500 m)


In Beskidy there are more than 200 km of ski runs awaiting the tourists
Gondola cable car to Szyndzielnia, photo. E. Wieczorek

in the area of Bielsko Biaa (Klimczok, Szyndzielnia, Magurka), Jaworze (Batnia), Szczyrk (Cerhla), Wisa (Kubalonka), Istebna (Jaworzynka, Koniakw), Milwka (Kamesznica) & Rajcza (Zwardo, Sl, Rycerka, Ujsoy). For the enthusiasts of downhill skiing there are more than 150 ski lifts and properly prepared slopes. The biggests ski centers are: Szczyrk, Korbielw, Wisa, Ustro, Brenna, Istebna and Zwardo. In Bytom there is open all the year Dolomity Sportowa Dolina (Dolomity Sport Valley ) ski center; there is also one ski lift in Jura Krakowsko Czstochowska in Morsk. LONGER SKI LIFTS BIELSKO -BIA A: Klimczok (430 m), Dbowiec (410 m) BRENNA: Stary Gro (630 m), winiorka (600 m), Wgierski (600 m), Kotarz I (596 m), Bukowa (563 m), Kotarz II (509 m) BYS T R A L S K A : Ski Park, ul. Klimczoka 259, tel. 033-817-12-79, BYTOM : Dolomit y Sportowa Dolina, tel. 032388-66-00,

ZWARDO: Duy Rachowiec (1091 m), May Rachowiec (906 m), Skalanka (616 m)

CZANTORIA (995 m n.p.m.) 2-persons chair lift, length - 1640 m; lower station Ustro Polana, ul. 3 Maja 130, phone 033 854 22 50 PALENICA (672 m n.p.m.) 2-persons chair lift from Ustro Jaszowiec to Palenica, length - 950 m; phone 033 854 27 36, 0601 550 592 SKRZYCZNE (1257 m n.p.m.) 2-sections 2-persons chair lift, length - 2940 m; lower station Szczyrk, ul. Myliwska 45, phone 033 817 86 20

Beskidy a paradise for the skiers, photo. arch. OT


Cross country railway to ar mountain, photo. B. Czerwiski

CHORZW - Sankidrom, artificial, all-year sledge slide, WPKiW, al. Rana 2, phone 032 349 83 73, w w w. w p k i w. p l / f l a s h / sankodrom.html USTRO - Czantoria slope, Ustro Polana, ul. 3 Maja 130, phone/fax 033 854 22 50, phone 033 854 35 50, pl, summer sledge slide 710 m long, difference in levels 50 m, 2-persons sledges, speed 30 km/h.

Active tourism

SOLISKO (874 m n.p.m.), 2-persons chair lift from Korbielw-Kamienna to Solisko; STOEK (978 m n.p.m.), 2-persons chair lift from Wisa abajw to Stoek, length 800 m; phone 033 855 32 52, www.stozek. SZCZAWINY (1087 m n.p.m.), 4-persons chair lift from Polana Strugi in KorbielwKamienna to Hala Szczawiny, length 1650 m, time of journey 13 min., www. SZYNDZIELNIA (1026 m n.p.m.) 6persons gondola lift, length 1860 m; lower station Bielsko-Biaa Olszwka, ul. Armii Krajowej 366, phone 033 814 44 81 AR (750 m n.p.m.) cable and ground railway (110 people), length 1300 m; lower station Miedzybrodzie ywieckie, ul. Grska 21 phone 033 866 11 36
Intersection of touristic trails in Jura, photo. E. Kaniewski


In Silesian Voivodeship there are over 4 thousand kilometers of marked tourist routes for walking, over 1.5 thousand kilometers of the routes are in Beskid laski, May and ywiecki mountains. The most important long-distance routes are as follows: IN THE MOUNTAINS K. Sosnowski Main Beskidy Route (red): Ustro Rwnica Czantoria Stoek Barania Gra Wgierska Grka Hala Miziowa Przecz Jaowiecka (further to Woosate) Little Beskidy Route (red): Straconka Porbka ar amana Skaa (further to Lubo Wielki) O N K R A KOWS KO CZSTOCHOWSKO WIELUSKA UPLAND Eyries route (red): Krakw Smole Ogrodzieniec Mirw Zoty Potok Olsztyn Czstochowa J u r a Ca s t l e s R o u te (blue): Rudawa Smole Ogrodzieniec Morsko Gra Zborw arki Mstw Zamonit Route (yellow): Goong Podzamcze Giebo Kroczyce Niegowa Rez. Parkowe Poraj Jastrzb Jura Wieluska Route (red): Czstochowa Mstw Kruszyna Wane Myny Kule Dziaoszyn Wielu IN THE REMAINING AREA OF THE VOIVODESHIP 25-th Anniversary of PT TK (Polish Tourism Association) Route (green): C h o r zw W P K i W S i e m i a n ow i c e

BIELSKO-BIAA - Kozia Gra, natural sledge slide 1055 m long, 43-300 Bielsko-Biaa, Mikuszowice lskie, phone 033 814 31 20. Pod Dbowcem, artificial, all-year sledge slide, 400 m long, lighted, 2-persons sledges, speed 40 km/h, lift 100 m long, 43-309 Bielsko-Biaa, ul. Skalna 58, phone 0 605 216 965


l . Grodziec Pogoria Goong Maczki Jaworzno Supna Giszowiec Piotrowice Zae Chorzw WPKiW
Bike tourism in Jura, photo. P. Apel

Siewierz azy Podzamcze Kromow Skaryce.

Active tourism

Taking into consideration more and more popular bicycle tourism, tourist bicycle routes going through the Silesian Voivodeships area are being marked. European Bicycle Route R4 (Middleburg Bonn Praha Brno Krakw Lww Odessa) on the section: country border in Chaupki Jastrzbie Zdrj Strumie Pszczyna Miedna (red marks ca. 65 km) Eagles Nests Jura Bicycle Route: Krakw Balice Kleszczw Rudno Krzeszowice Olkusz Jaroszowiec Bydlin Smole Podzamcze Morsko Mirw Ostnik Olsztyn Czstochowa (red marks, 190 km) Zygm u nt K ra s i s k i J u ra R o u te : Czstochowa-Rakw Mstw Julianka Zoty Potok arki Myszkw (green marks, 70 km)

Evacuation of Owicim Prisoners Route (blue): Owicim Brzezinka Brzeszcze Miedna Pszczyna Pawowice Jastrzbie Zdrj Wodzisaw lski History of Upper Silesia Mining Route (yellow): Rybnik Leszczyny Bek Orzesze Mikow Murcki Katowice Siemianowice Bobrowniki Rogonik ubianki

Cieszyn Euroregion Loop: Chaupki countr y border Jastrzbie Zdrj Zebrzydowice Dolne Cieszyn Dzigielw Skoczw Ustro Wisa Istebna Jasnowice boundary crossing (red marks, 130 km) Krupski Myn Borowiany Wojska Brynek Miasteczko lskie (black marks, 34 km)

Kalety Koszcin Kokotek Borowiany Polish Hussars Route (red): Bdzin (black marks, 32 km) Bytom Tarnowskie Gry Gliwice Rudy czak reser ve Bike tourism in Jura, photo. P. Apel Racibrz Pietrowice Wielkie Krzanowice. A route Around Gliwice (yellow): Rudy cza Bycina Toszek Zacharzowice Pyskowice erniki Zabrze Borowa Wie Chudw Wilcza Stodoy Rudy Polish Minority Schools Route (yellow): Chaupki Krzyanowice Tworkw Racibrz czak reserve Przewz Bierawa Silesian Insurgents Route (blue): Bytom Repty Stare Zbrosawice Toszek Jemielnica Strzelce Opolskie St. Anna Mountain Kotlarnia Gliwice 100th Anniversary of Tourism Route (green): Rybnik Kamie Wilcza Sierakowice Pawniowice Punica Wielowie Tworg Miasteczko l. jezioro Checho-Nako Tarnowskie Gry 1000th Anniversary Route (green): Bytom wierklaniec Przeczyce Gliwice-abdy Pawniowice Ligota Toszecka Toszek (black marks, 33 km) Polish Hussars route: Section erniki Szobiszowice Gliwice and section Gliwice Musical Theatre Sikornik Kolonia ernicka Pilchowice Rudy Rybnik (red marks)


K a t o w i c e, Po m n i k Po w s t a c w lskich Osiedle Rodzieskiego Dolina Trzech Staww Muchowiec Ochojec Kostuchna Podlesie Tychy (red marks)

Jastrzbie Zdrj Marklowice Grne Zebrzydowice (yellow marks, 28 km) Wgierska Grka Cisiec-Gouszki Kamesznica-Krzywa Kamesznica, park Zatna slope of Magurka Firlejka Przybdza Bki Wgierska GrkaZielona (35 km)

Active tourism

ory Suszec Pszczyna outskirts of Miedna Brzeszcze Jawiszowice (green marks, 47 km) Horse tourism in Jura, photo. P. Krzemie Rybnik-Paruszowiec outskirts of Szczejkowice Gichta ory (green marks, 15 km) Rybnik, Os. Nowiny Stodoy Rudy (black marks, 17 km) Ochojec Kamie Paruszowiec Rybnik-Ruda (blue marks, 20 km) Rybnik-Ruda Orzepowice Stodoy Ochojec (blue marks, 15 km) Jastrzbie Zdrj Strumie (blue marks, 23 km) Landek Skoczw Cieszyn, country border (yellow marks, 37 km) Ustro Grki Wielkie Jaworze (blue marks, 22 km) Rybnik-Paruszowiec wierklany Dolne Jastrzbie Zdrj Zebrzydowice Dzigielw Ustro (green marks, 80 km)
Horse tourism in Jura, photo. P. Krzemie

Wgierska Grka Cicina Cicina Grna Ficoka slope of Romanka slope of Lipowsk a Sowiank a Hala Boracza Milwki Wojtatwka abnica Leniczwka Wgierska Grka (45 km)

Horse riding, traditionaly connected with horse stables, is becoming more and more popular. In the Silesian Voivodeship there are a few horse riding centres with long traditions (Pruchna-Ochaby, Trachy, Zbrosawice) and many new ones. Jura horse riding route goes through the most attractive areas of Krakowsko-Czstochowska Upland, a similar route is also in the Beskidy Mountains. HORSE RIDING ROUTES (in underlined places there are horse riding stables with a possibility of providing accommodation) Jura Horse Riding Route: Nielepice close to Krakw Zawada Zederman Rabsztyn Klucze Maobdz Podzamcze Karlin Bobolice Mirw Zoty Potok Zrbice Olsztyn koo Czstochowy; ca. 250 km Across Beskidy Horse Riding Route: Brenna Wgierska Grka Korbielw Zawoja Zubrzyca Grna further t o Wo o s a t e i n B i e s z c z a d y ; t o t a l length 600 km

Strumie Jaworze (red marks, 24 km) Istebna-Rogowiec Jasnowice Jaworzynka Koniakw Istebna-Zaolzie (green marks, 28 km) Kaczyce-Podwinioszw Dbowiec (blue marks, 14 km)


Jura Horse Caravan Route: 15 km loop (see FTG Oaza) Viking Loop : 22 km (see Viking stable) HORSE RIDING CENTERS BIELSKO-BIAA: Hubertus, ul. Straconki 177, tel. 033 813 29 93; BIERU: Solec , ul. Barbrki 23, tel. 032 216 21 10; BISKUPICE district Olsztyn: Stajnia Biay Borek (Biay Borek stable), ul. Zrbska 121, tel. 0603 432 076, 0600 096 708, B O G U C H WA O W I C E d i s t r i c t Mierzcice: Biay Dom , ul. Wakacyjna, tel. 032 380 62 00 BOJSZOWY: Grof , ul. Jedliska 86, tel. 032 218 95 97 BRENNA: Romko , Jatny 120, tel. 033 853 65 21 BUJAKW Mikow city: Sonia Gra 13, tel. 032 235 54 60
Horse tourism in Jura, photo. arch. ZGJ

GOLESZW: Berta ul. Nowalijek 12, tel. 033 852 77 53, 0603 389 132 GRKI WIELKIE: LKS (Folk Sport Club) Grki Wielkie 222, tel. 033 853 93 42 JANOWICE district Bestwina: Orodek Jazdy Konnej (Horse Riding Center), ul. Graniczna, tel. 0601 470 151 JAWORZE : ul. Zajcza 51, tel. 033 817 22 00 JAWORZNO : Hippiczny Orodek Rekreacyjno-Rehabilitacyjny (Horse Riding Center of Recreation and Rehabilitation), ul. Filomatw 37, tel. 032 615 02 85 JAWORZNIK district arki: Stajnia (Stable) Wolta, Jaworznik 2, tel. 034 313 10 90 JULIANKA district Janw: Stajnia (Stable) Kalina , tel. 034 354 73 92 KATOWICE: Orodek Jedziecki (Horse Riding Center), ul. Panewnicka 260, tel. 032 252 11 86; Galop , ul. Francuska 182, tel. 032 251 34 84 KORBIELW d i s t r i c t Jelenia: Stadnina Koni Huculskich (Carpathian Pony Farm) Fero , ul. Szczyrbok 62, tel. 033 863 60 24; Unitourist, ul. Szczyrbok 56, tel./fax 033 863 40 33 LACHOWIZNA district Ogrodzieniec: Orodek Jazdy Konnej (Horse Riding Center), tel. 0604 893 114 LUBLINIEC : Po s my k , Kokotek, tel. 034 356 31 94 ODYGOWICE : Mustang , ul. Kasztanowa 7, tel. 0603 677 211 MIDZYRZECZE GRNE district Jasienica: Hucu Midzyrzecze Grne 137, tel. 033 815 56 94 MIKOW: Galop , ul. Dolina Jamny 2, tel. 032 226 06 80, www.stadninajamna.; Pegaz ul. Baziowa 30, tel. 0601 448 989 MIRW district Niegowa: OGTJ Orle Gniazdo , Mirw 60, tel. 0606 223 257 MYSOWICE: Purus , al. Spacerowa, tel. 032 317 62 39, OCHABY district Skoczw: Stadnina Koni (Horse Farm), tel./fax 033 853 10 13 PEWEL LEMIESKA district winna: Rancho Adama , tel. 033 863 87 84 PIASEK district Janw: FTG Oaza , tel. 034 363 13 65 (see: Jurassic Horse Convoy) PRZYMIOWICE-KOTYSW district Olsztyn: Koniczyny,

Active tourism

CHORZW: Orodek Harcerski (Scouting Center) WPKiW, tel. 032 241 32 91 CHRUSZCZOBRD district azy: Klub Jedziecki (Horse Riding Club) Parnas , ul. Dworcowa 32, tel. 032 673 12 14 CIESZYN: Cieszyski Klub Hippiczny (Horse Riding Club in Cieszyn), ul. Owocowa 4, tel. 033 851 54 77 CICINA 203: tel. 033 864 16 56 CZSTOCHOWA: TKKF (Physical Culture Society) Pegaz , ul. Mstowska 46, tel. 034 361 71 65 DBROWA GRNICZA : Husar , ul. Kuniczka Nowa 9, tel. 032 260 72 68; Jutrzenka , park Zielona 1, tel. 032 261 16 44 GLIWICE: Orodek Jedziecki (Horse Riding Club) Lukasyna , ul. Starogliwicka 104, tel. 032 230 47 80 GOCZAKOWICE ZDRJ: Leniczwka, Br I nr 10, tel. 032 210 79 62


Golf course in Siemianowice, photo. E. Kaniewski

Active tourism

PSZCZYNA : Brandy , ul. Asnyka 3, tel. 0609 733 335; Mustang , wiklice, ul.Orzechowa 6, tel. 032 210 49 23 RUDNIKI district Wodowice: Amigo, ul. Myska 4, tel. 032 673 20 45 RYBNIK: Kurdesz , ul. Stalowa, tel. 032 739 16 14; Rancho Gena, ul. anowa 18, tel. 0502 479 300; Stadnina koni (Horse Farm), ul. Cisowa, tel. 032 422 22 61 SADW district Koszcin: Skorupa J., ul. Podlesie 5, tel. 034 356 11 06 SIEMIANOWICE LSKIE: Deresz , ul. Wiejska, tel. 032 730 68 00 SIEWIERZ: Orodek jedziecki (Horse Riding Center), ul. Sportowa 9, tel. 032 674 13 04 SOSNOWIEC: Ostrowy , ul. Lena, tel. 032 266 63 17; Rancouver , ul. Maobadzka 86, tel. 032 291 70 09 SZCZYRK: Orodek jazdy konnej (Horse Riding Center), ul. Kwiatowa 19, tel. 033 817 82 27 TARNOWSKIE GRY : Jazdy konne (Horse riding), ul. Szcz Boe 85, tel. 032 285 36 90 TRUSKOLASY district Wrczyca Wielka: Cwa Stadnina Koni (Horse Farm), ul. Opolska 18, tel. 034 319 90 91 UDRZ district arnowiec: Stadnina Koni (Horse Farm), tel. 032 644 90 82 USTRO : Orodek jazdy konnej ( H o r s e R i d i n g C e n t e r ) Po l a n k a , Ustro-Polana, ul. 3 Maja 77, tel./fax 033 854 55 30
Poraj water reservoir, photo. J. Ddek

WGLOWICE district Wrcz yca Wielka: Pro-Kall-Hand , Wglowice 13 b, tel/fax 034 318 10 40, tel. 034 319 37 19 WILAMOWICE: Orodek jazdy konnej (Horse riding Center), ul. Solskiego 7, tel. 033 845 62 96 WISA: Jawornik-Rwienki, tel. 0604 209 490 WODZISAW LSKI: ul. Paacowa, tel. 032 456 24 18 WRCZYCA WIELKA: Amazonka , ul. Mickiewicza 68, tel. 034 317 03 72 ZABRZE: MOSiR, ul. Srebrna 1A, tel. 032 276 17 43; John West Ranch , ul. Gnienienska 27, tel. 032 272 45 69, 0609 535 081 ZAWIERCIE: Arkonda , ul. Polna 42, 032 672 36 41; Mustang , ul. Karliska 59, tel. 032 671 66 96 ZBROSAWICE : Hegemonia, ul. Wolnoci 28, tel. 032 233 70 00, 032 233 71 03 ZOTY POTOK district Janw: Stajnia Wiking (Viking Stable), ul. Kociuszki 8, tel. 034 327 82 68 ABNICA: abnica 550, tel. 033 864 26 43; abnica 677, tel. 033 864 28 37 YWIEC : Stadnina koni przy ZSR (Horse Farm at ZSR), Moszczanica, ul. Moszczanicka 9, tel. 033 865 21 94, 033 475 05 70.

KONOPISKA: Rosa Golf Klub, ul. Rolnicza 1 e-mail:, www., 18 hole master class PSZCZYNA: Golf Club Pszczyna, ul.Sznelowiec 30, tel. 032 326 58 58, SIEMIANOWICE LSKIE : lski Klub Golfowy, ul. Sowia 10, tel. 0602 374 573. 9 holes, 31 pairs



BLACHOWNIA: ul. Sportowa 1, tel. 034 327 04 15 CZECHOWICE-DZIEDZICE : Przysta (Harbour) KS Grnik Nad Stawem , tel. 032 215 48 43 GLIWICE: Czechowice, ul. Ziemicicka 62, tel. 032 238 88 70 JAWORZNO : Sosina, ul. Bukowska, tel. 032 617 71 41, 032 616 44 91, 0608 406 092 JEZIORO DZIERNO (Dzierno Lake): Dzierno, Dzierno Mae, ul. Na Grobli 2, tel./fax 032 233 23 48; ywieckie lake, photo. arch. OT Nad Kanaem , tel. 032 233 98 95 J E Z I O R O MIDZYBRODZKIE : Adam, Midzybrodzie Bialskie, ul. ywiecka 9, tel. 033 866 18 30; Andaluzja, Midzybrodzie Bialskie, tel. 033 866 18 49; LOK, Midzybrodzie Bialskie, ul. ks. Jana Banasia 26, tel. 033 866 19 52; Magra , Midzybrodzie Bialskie 1, tel. 033 866 18 11; Miami Tropic , Midzybrodzie Bialskie, ul. Ks. J. Banasia, tel. 033 866 18 61; Silesia , Midzybrodzie Bialskie, tel. 033 866 52 41 J E Z I O R O P AW N I O W I C K I E (Pawniowickie Lake): Szkwa, Pawniowice, tel. 0503 387 996; agiel Niewiesze, ul. Soneczna 5, tel. 032 230 35 23, 0501 251 556
Pogoria water reservoir, photo. arch. ZGJ

032 264 07 96, 0504 756 460; Pogoria 3 Pogoria 3, ul.Zakadowa, tel. 032 261 25 11, 0503 864 326, pl; Tramp Pogoria 1, ul. eglarska 16, tel. 032 254 06 24,; Zefir, Pogoria 1, ul. eglarska 28, tel. 032 261 91 87, 0606 284 523 JEZIORO YWIECKIE - Befama , Zarzecze, ul. eglarska 7, tel. 033 863 35 33; Fregata , Zarzecze, ul. eglarska 1, tel. 033 863 35 37; Halny , Zarzecze, ul. Beskidzka 80, tel. 033 863 19 10; Mega, ywiec, ul. w. Wita 51, tel. 033 861 87 07, 0505 058 197,; Neptun, Zarzecze, ul. Beskidzka 88, tel.

Active tourism

033 863 3548; Odys , Tresna Maa, ul. Nad Jeziorem 99, tel. 033 866 13 58; Perkoz , ul. eglarska, tel. 033 863 36 06; Rybak, ywiec-Oczkw 272, tel. 033 865 21 86; U Rumcajsa , ywiec-Moszczanica, ul. Krlowej Jadwigi, tel. 033 865 24 28; Yacht Club Bielsko-Biaa, Tresna, tel. 033 861 30 82 LUBLINIEC: Silesiana , Kokotek, tel. 034 351 14 25; Posmyk , Kokotek, tel. 034 356 31 94 SIAMOSZYCE district Kroczyce: Orodek wypoczynku (Leisure Center) Ciechan-Zdrj , tel. 034 315 56 56 SZYMOCICE district Ndza: ul. Gliwicka, tel. 0602 476 404 TYCHY: Paprocany , ul. Parkowa 17, tel. 032 219 61 94 WOSZCZYCE distric t Orzesze: Szybiarz, ul. Suszecka, tel. 032 221 51 20 ZBIORNIK NAKO-CHECHO: Alga , Nowe Checho, tel. 0604 065 327; agiel, Nowe Checho, tel. 032 380 54 14

JEZIORA POGORIA (Pogoria Lake) DBROWA GRNICZA: Fregata Pogoria 1, ul. eglarska 16, tel. 0507 767 716; Hutnik Pogoria 1, ul. eglarska 10, tel.

ZBIORNIK PORAJ: Hutnicza Rado Jastrzb, tel. 034 314 51 31; Orodek Wodny lskiej Chorgwi ZHP Jastrzb (Scouts Watersport Center), ul. Wojska Polskiego, tel. 034 314 54 72; Rybaczwka, Masoskie, tel. 034 314 67 43; Orodek


Sportw Wodnych i Rekreacji (Watersport and Recreation Center) Poraj, tel. 034 314 53 33 ZBIORNIK PRZECZYCKI: Fakop Boguchwaowice, tel. 032 674 17 18; Horyzont , Przeczyce, tel. 032 674 18 56; Pera , Boguchwaowice, tel. 032 674 18 22; Pemug, Przeczyce, tel. 032 674 12 61; Staszic Przeczyce, ul. 21 Stycznia, tel. 0601 507 858; ZBIORNIK RYBNICKI: Kotwica, Orzepowice, ul. Rudzka 226, tel. 032 739 62 92; Orodek Sportw Wodnych i Rekreacji Elektrowni Rybnik (Watersport and Recreation Center at Rybnik Powerplant), Chwacice, ul. Rudzka 394, tel. 032 739 11 95 ZIELONA district Kalety: Grnolski Orodek Wypoczynkowy (Upper Silesia Holiday Center) , tel. 032 357 81 21

Extreme competition Outdoorman 2003, photo. G. Wamberski

Active tourism

BIELSKO-BIAA - Centrum Nurkowe (Diving Center) ORKA , ul. Komorowicka 15, tel./fax 033 822 82 30,; Speleok lub (Cave Exploration Club), ul. 11 Listopada 10/2, tel. 033 812 65 66; Aeroklub Bielsko-Bialski (Flying Club), ul. Cieszyska 321 lotnisko
Extreme competition Outdoorman 2003, photo. G. Wamberski

(airport) Aleksandrowice, tel./fax 033 815 18 79,; Klub Wysokogrski (Mountain Climbing Club), ul. Barlickiego 3, tel. 033 822 00 05 BYTOM - Grnolsk ie Centrum Nurkowe (Diving Center) Sea-Fish , Witczaka 9, tel. 032 282 53 04, tel./fax 032 282 66 70, CHORZW - Paintball Kansus , ul. Wolnoci 50, tel. 032 241 14 88, www. CIESZYN - Klub Lotniowy Ziemi Cieszyskiej (Hang Gliding Club of Cieszyn Land), ul. Bobka 9a, tel. 033 851 16 42, tel./fax 033 852 25 10; Szkoa Latania (Flying School) Gral , ul. Olszaka 10, tel./fax 033 855 80 18, 0503 960 211 C Z S TO C H OWA Trekking Sport , Krzysztof Tretter, ul. Focha 35/1, tel./ fax 034 365 24 04, 0601 097 255,; Aeroklub Czstochowski (Flying Club), ul. POW 4, tel./ fax 034 360 57 72, Lotnisko (Airport) Rudniki, tel. 034 327 97 55, DBROWA GRNICZA - Szkoa Pilotau Paralotni (Hang Gliding School) Fly School , ul. Staszica 86, tel./fax 032-60-00-16,


GLIWICE - Aeroklub Gliwicki (Flying Club), ul. Toruska Lotnisko (Airport) Tr ynek , tel. 032 230 15 92, w w w.; Klub Wysokogrski
Paraglides in Jura, photo. T. Gbu

Mountain Climbing School) Vancrol, Podlesice 5, tel. 034 315 20 99, 0601 441 091 PRZYBDZA district RadziechowyWieprz - Skoki bungee (bungee jumps) CIS , Przybdza 88, tel./fax 033 867 68 37 RYBNIK - Aeroklub (Flying C l u b ) R y b n i c k i , u l. o r s k a Lotnisko Gotar towice, ul. orska, tel. 032 421 81 89, www. R Z D KO W I C E d i s t r i c t Wodowice - Jurajskie Centrum Wspinaczki i Rekreacji (Jurassic Center of Climbing and R ecreation) D. Z. Wachw, Rzdkowice 164, tel. 034 315 60 70 SZCZYRK - Szkoa Bezpiecznego Latania (School of Save Flying), ul. Skona 2, tel./fax 033 817 80 90, 0602 305 688

Active tourism

(Mountain Climbing Club), ul. Zwycistwa 1, tel. 032 231 88 15

USTRO - Paintball Konfer , ul. Sanatoryjna 32a, tel. 033 854 18 17, fax KATOWICE - Aeroklub lski (Flying 033 854 18 69, Club), Lotnisko Muchowiec, tel. 032 Z AW I E RC I E - S z k o a A l p i n i z m u 256 10 33, www.aeroklub.katowice. B ogdana K rauze (B ogdan K rauze pl; Harcerski Klub Taternicki (Scouts Mountain Climbing School), erkowice, Tatra Mountains Climbing Club), ul. ul. Okiennik 29, tel. 032 671 60 24, 0607 Barbary 25a, tel. 032 257 14 17; Klub 687 781 Wysokogrski (Mountain Climbing ARKI - Paintball, quady, wspinaczka Club), ul. 3 Maja 11, tel. 032 206 23 40; Jura Adventure Team, arki-Jaworznik, Szkoa Pilotau Paralotni (Hang Gliding ul. Polna 6, tel. 0606 449 118, 0602 433 School) Altus , ul. Osikowa 48, tel. 0601 422; 430 216,; lskie Centrum Sportw Wodnych i Systemw Nurkowych (Silesian Water and Diving S p o r t s C e n t e r ) , u l . Po w s t a c w 19, tel. 032 757 20 97, Climbing Rzdowickie Rocks, photo. P. Komander MIEDZYBRODZIE YWIECKIE - Grska Szkoa Szybowcowa (Mountain Gliding School) on ar Hill, ul. Grska 19, tel./fax 033 866 10 46, PODLESICE district Kroczyce - Szkoa Alpinizmu B o g d a n a K ra u ze ( B o g d a n Krauze Mountain Climbing School), Podlesice 34, tel. 032 671 60 24; Szkoa Alpinizmu (Mountain Climbing School) Ekstrem Jarosawa Cabana, tel. 0602 733 003; Szkoa Alpinizmu (Mountain Climbing School) W Pionie , Podlesice 35, tel. 0601 242 923; Szkoa survivalu, narciarstwa i alpinizmu (Survival, Skiing and


Bytom - Dolomity Sport Valley, photo. E. Kaniewski

2938790, 604 507 676, TARNOWSKIE GRY Park Wodny Aquapark, ul. Obwodnica 8, tel. 032 393 39 00, www. USTRO Park Linowy (Rope Park) na Rwnicy, the l o n g e s t i n Po l a n d obstacle course 400 m, the hight 4 12 m including rope slides, bridges, huge cobweb, tel. 033 854 27 28, Leny Park Niespodzianek, (Forest Park of Suprises) ul. Zdrojowa 16, leisure and entertainment complex with mini safari, predatory birds station, playground, fairy avenue with mobile exposition, tel. 033 851 35 63, WISA Park linowy Przygoda Park (Rope Park Adventure), center of Wisa near ski jump, includes 3 overhead routes of different difficulty level, tel. 0509 547 094, 0694 209 702,

Active tourism

BYTOM Dolomity Sportowa Dolina (Dolomity Sport Valley), includes 4 ski lifts, 3 ski runs, one ski run open all year round, quad and 4 WD cars run, sledge run, snowboard park, ul. Blachwka 1, tel. 032 388 66 00 CHORZW Wojewdzki Park Kultury i Wypoczynku (Culture and Leisure Park), area 620 ha including such attractions as: Amusement Park, Silesia Stadium, Planetary, Chairlift Elka, address: al. Rana 2, tel. 032 349 83 73, 032 349 86 61,

Figloland, ul. Katowicka 111 (POSTI I pitro), tel. 032 241 29 16, Rwnica Rope Park, photo. B. Czerwiski DBROWA GRNICZA Aquapark Nemo Wodny wiat (Aquapar k Nemo Water Land), Aleja R 1, tel. 032 639 05 79, SZCZYRK Park Linowy Adrenalina (R ope Par k Adrenaline) ul. Sosnowa (the longest in Poland tyrolka descent, multitravers, ro p e s, b r i d g e s, l a d d e r s, swaying bridges), tel. 032


Throughout centuries, the area of todays lskie voivodeship was divided by intertribal, interdistrict and international borders, which is proved by numerous defensive construc tions, for tified settlements and castles. From the 18th
Bielsko-Biaa - castle, photo. arch. OT

Heritage tourism

Bielsko-Biaa castle of the Dukes of Cieszyn, primarily Gothic, dating from the second half of the 14th century, rebuilt and extended numerous times (among others by the Sunnegh family in the 17th century and in the beginning of the 18th century), transformed by the Sukowski family in 1753 and rebuilt to an eclectic residence in the years 18551864 (arch. J. Ptzelmeyer); presently houses the Museum of Bielsk Bobolice ruins of a Gothic royal castle from the first half of the 14th century, one of the Eyries built of stone; during the reign of King Jagieo, it was the property of the Kreza and Myszkowski families; demolished by the Swedes in 1657; the ruins presently are private property, under partial reconstruction.
Bdzin - castle, photo. arch. OT

century, numerous residences were also built in the region. Especially the 19th century, called the century of steam and electricity, was the time of creation of great capitalist fortunes, and the time of the construction of impressive palaces. Bdzin King Kazimierz the Greats Gothic castle, made of stone, built from the middle of the 13th century to ca.1364, rebuilt in 1616 and 1655; after the partitions of Poland, the castle started to decay; in 1834 Franciszek Maria Lanci attempted to reconstruct it in the neo-Gothic style, but finally the castle was rebuilt only in the fifties of the 20th century; it presently houses part of the collection (military items) of the Museum of Zagbie. Bdzin-Grodziec palace of the Ciechanowski family, built in the years 1842-1844 (design by Franciszek Maria Lanci), combining romantic and historical style, surrounded by a small landscape park from 1880 (W. Kronenberg); the palace presently houses a nursing home. Bdzin-Gzichw late Baroque and Classical-style palace of the Mieroszewski family dating from 1702, surrounded by a small landscape park, rebuilt at the turn of the 18th and 19th century, changed its owners several times (the Siemieski, von Kramsta family, since 1890 the Sosnowiec Mines and Steelworks Society); after a thorough restoration, it has been the seat of the Museum of Zagbie.

Brynek a neo-Baroque palace of the Henckel von Donnersmarck family, built in the years 1905-08 (design Karl Grosser) in the place of a former hunting castle from the middle of the 19th century; after 1945 it housed a Forestry Technical College; the palace is surrounded by a landscape park


with an area of 45 ha (111 acres) with a small botanical garden and farm buildings (stable, carriage building, pressure tower with a clock) dating from 1905.

Bycina dilapidated late-Baroque palace, built in 1700 by Count Albert Leopold Paczyski in the place of the former one, from the middle of the 17th century, rebuilt after a fire in 1767; from the side of the courtyard bricked up Cieszyn - rotunda, photo. arch. OT cloisters, and from the front bricked up stone portal with a cartouche of the Topr coat of arms; in the years 1838-1933 the estate of Bycin belonged to the Dukes Hohenlohe-Oehringen of Sawicice, later places of residence for farm workers were established in it; next to the palace there are the remains of a landscape park Bydlin ruins of a small Gothic castle on the Hill of the Saint Cross, built of stone before 1388; in the 16th century, Jan Firlej transformed it into an Arian church, and his son, into the church of the Saint Cross, devastated by the Swedes in 1655, rebuilt, again in ruins from the end of the 18th century; on the hillside below the ruins there are the remains of trenches from November 1914. Chaupki palace of the Rotschild family, dating from 1682, built in the place of a small 16th century castle, re b u i l t i n t h e 1 8 t h / 1 9 t h ce nt u r y ; Baroque-style with older relics, onelevel with a cylindrical tower in the corner and a mansard roof; surrounded by former moat and the remains of bastion fortifications and a park from the beginning of the 19th century.
Brynek - Donnersmarck palace, photo. B. Czerwiski

since 1995, the Chudw Castle Society has rebuilt among others the castle tower and outside walls to the height of ca. 4 meters; full reconstruction of the castle together with the historical design of the interior designed is planned; next to the castle there is an 18th century granary and a reconstructed 19th century brewery; every August, the Medieval Fair is held here

Heritage tourism

Cieszyn remains of the castle of the Dukes of Cieszyn on Gra Zamkowa, in the place of a former 9th century fortified settlement: the church of St. Nicholas in the shape of a Romanesque rotunda from the 11th century, a Gothic Piast Tower from the 14th century, with heraldic shields presenting the image of a Piast eagle, the basement of a tower of final defence - the so-called Old Tower dating from the 13th century, and a contour of the basement of the castles kitchen; in 1840, the Gra Zamkowa was transformed into a park, and in the place of the lower castle, a Classical-style Hunting Palace of the imperial family (design Jzef Kornhusel), presently a music school, was built. Cieszyn late Baroque/Classicalstyle palace, one of few ones of that kind in the Ciesz yn Silesia, built in 1789 by Count Johannes von Larisch-Mnnich o n t o d a y s R e g e r street; in 1831 it was bought and extended by Count Philippe Louis Saint-Genois dAnneaucourt, and in 1840 by doctor Antoni Demel, a barrister from Cieszyn, who sold the palace to the town in 1918; since 1931 it has housed the Museum of the Cieszyn Silesia.

Chudw p a r t l y re co n s t r u c te d Renaissance castle of Jan Gieratowski dating from ca. 1532, rebuilt in the middle of the 19th century by Aleksander von Bally, and deprived of its Renaissance features; in ruins since the fire in 1875;


Czechowice-Dziedzice late Baroque palace of the Kotuliski family dating from the middle of the 18th century, rebuilt by the Renard family, surrounded by the remains of a French flower garden; after World War II it housed a Farmers Training Centre, presently derelict. Czernica neo-Gothic palace of the Roth family built in the years 1880-1885, rebuilt in 1937 (deprived, among others, of the finials of pinnacles); after World War II the palace housed, among others, Office of the Registrar of Vital Statistics, School of Agriculture, offices; after the renovation in 1993, the building housed the Zameczek Culture Centre, a caf, a post office, village administrators office; the palace is surrounded by a landscape park with an area of 2 ha (5 acres) Dankw remains of a castle estate of Stanisaw Warszycki: bastion fortifications dating from 1632 and ruins of castles gate building and a 16th century church, rebuilt in the years 1630-50; from the end of the 18th century, the castle laid in ruins, and was pulled to pieces in the middle of the 19th century. Gliwice small Gothic castle in the line of fortifications, also called the Piast Castle, dating from 1558-1561 , built by Fryderyk Zettritz; rebuilt numerous times, among others in the 18th and 19th century; after
Gliwice - castle, photo. E. Kaniewski

Detoxication Centre and a Health Care and Curative Institution; the palace is surrounded by a former landscape park with an area of 100 ha (247 acres) with a complex of ponds, oak alley and an interesting, exotic dendroflora; nearby there is a hunting palace, called the lower palace, dating from 1912 (architect Paul Schultze-Naumburg) in the shape of a semicircular horseshoe with a gate building in the centre; in 1975 one level was added (Honoured Miners Home was to be established there), presently derelict, officially situated within the area of the nursing home. Grodziec lski former Gothic castle of the Grodecki (Grodziecki) family dating from 1580; from the middle of the 17th century it was the property of the Marklowski, Sobek and Larisch families; in 1884 it was bought by von Strzegowski, an enterpreneur from Bialsk, who considerably rebuilt the castle, and later in 1927 by dr Ernest Habicht; after the World War II the castle housed the Animal Production Experimental Station; presently private property. Jastrzbie eclectic palace of the Schramek family dating from 1872, in the shape of the letter L, with a cylindrical tower in the corner; built on a hill and surrounded by a small landscape park Jastrzbie ZdrjBorynia late Baroque/Classicalstyle palace of the Foglar family dating from the second half of the 18th century; damaged in 1945; after the re c o n s t r u c t i o n i t housed a primar y school; presently derelict Jaworze Classicalstyle palace of Count Arnold Saint-Genois d A n n e a u c o u r t dating from 1793, surrounded by an extensive English park with a valuable collection of trees; until 1945 it constituted the property of Counts Larisch-Mnnich from Karwina; after the World War II it housed an orphanage and a State Juvenile Reform School. Kamieniec late Baroque palace of the Lwencron family dating from the beginning of the 18th century, built on the foundations of a former castle of the Kokosz family (from the turn of the 15th and 16th century), extended by the Strachwitz family in the years 1872-73 and 1910 (among others a palace chapel

Heritage tourism

1945 it was reconstructed; since 1956 it has housed the Museum - presently, the archeological and historical departments Gorzyce neo-Baroque palace, called the upper palace, of Count Fritz von Friedlnder-Fuld (architect William Mller); since 1929 it has been the property of the city of Katowice, which adapted the palace for an orphanage, later a retirement home and a home for mentally handicapped boys (until 1984); it presently houses a Regional


was added); presently it houses a Health wings with a vestibule, pillar arcades and Care and Curative Centre for Children; the a wooden gallery, supporting the eaves of palace is surrounded by an 18th century the roof have been preserved until today; the castle houses the Regional Chamber, landscape park with an area of 6 ha (15 acres), with some interesting dendroflora; rooms of the Communal Culture Centre nearby the palace there is the so-called and a stylish restaurant. M ouse Tower - Kochcice - palace Ballestremw, photo. B. Czerwiski artificial ruins dating from 1887, built on the remains of the Kokosz castle, as well as a former estate manager s house from 1909. Kochanowice Classical-style palace of the von Aulock family dating from the beginning of the 19th century, rebuilt and adapted for a school in 1932 Kochcice neoBaroque palace of Karl Ludwig von Ballestrem dating from 1908-09, surrounded by an extensive park with an area of 16 ha (40 acres): from the south, from the side of the driveway, the park is in French style, and from the north English style, with rich collection of trees and a small pond; since 1963 it has housed a health resort, presently a Regional Rehabilitation Centre; next to the palace there are several former farm buildings from the years 1902-03 Koczyce Mae castle from the end of the 15th century or from the beginning of the 16th century, rebuilt in 1560 by Jan Sedlnicki, marshal of the Duchy of Cieszyn, and transformed into a Renaissance residence; later, the property of, among
Koszcin -palace, photo. E. Wieczorek

Heritage tourism

Koczyce Wielkie palace of Counts Thun-Hohenstein, surrounded by an extensive landscape park, built in the 17th century by Baron Jerzy Fryderyk Wilczek; from 1825 it was the property of Counts Larisch-Mnnich, and later of the von Thun-Hohenstein family; in the 19th century, the Thun family developed the palace in the Baroque/Classical style; the last owners were Countess Gabriela von Thun-Hohenstein, lady-inwaiting of the Empress and a renown philanthropist, and her husband, Count Ferdinand von Thun-Hohenstein, aidede-camp of the Emperor Franz Joseph I; after the war, an orphanage was established in the palace. Koszcin Classicalstyle palace with a chapel and an annex, dating from 1830, erected on the walls of an 16th/17th century castle, rebuilt numerous times; primarily it was the property of the Dukes of Opole, and from 1819, of the Dukes of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen; from 1953 it was the seat of the lsk Song and Dance Ensemble; inside the palace there is the ensembles Tradition Chamber, the former carriage house houses a ballet room, and the palace chapel serves as a concert hall; the palace is surrounded by a landscape park from the beginning of the 19th century, with an area of 12 ha (30 acres), with a valuable

others, the Czelo, Peka and Folwarczny family; the Renaissance building was rebuilt in the 18th century, in 1880 and in the years 1956-58; two perpendicular


collection of trees, in the vicinity there is a Classical-style estate managers house - presently a forest inspectorate and 19th century farm buildings Krowiarki palace of Ernest Joachim Strachwitz dating from 1826, built in the place of a former 17th century castle, later the property of the von Gaschin and Henckel von Donnersmarck families; rebuilt in the years 1852-1877, with the establishment of a new park; after the fire in 1892, an additional wing was added; above the front part there is a tower with an ornamented neo-Baroque helmet; the interior is mostly devastated; the palace is surrounded by an extensive landscape park with a historic stand of trees and numerous exotic tree species; in the park there is the mausoleum of the Donnersmarck family. Kruszyna late Renaissance palace of Casper Denhoff dating from 1630 (design Tomasz Poncino), partly rebuilt in 1867 by the Lubomirski family, who owned Kruszyna until 1945; after World War II, it housed an orphanage and childrens
Mirw - ruins of a castle, photo. T. Gbu

since 1930 - nursing home presently Caritas; the palace is surrounded by a 18th century landscape park (among others London planes, liriodendrons), and a neo-Gothic wall with a gate building from 1835. ubie Classical-style palace of the Baildon family dating from 1869, rebuilt in 1911; in the shape of the letter L, with a three-level tower at the back, surrounded by a park established in 1900, with an area of 3 ha (7.4 acres) consisting of a geometric and landscape part with the ruins of the Sybil Temple; fountains with a colonnade; presently a nursing home. ubowice ruins of a palace of von Kloch and of the Eichendorff family dating from 1780-1786, developed by the Duke Hohenlohe-WaldenburgS chillingfrst of R acibr z in 1858 in the neo-Gothic style; Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857), an eminent German romantic poet, was born here; in 1938 a memorial chamber for the poet was established; after the demolition

Heritage tourism

holiday resort; the derelict palace is surrounded by an extensive landscape park with an area of 7,51 ha (18.5 acres), with a valuable collection of trees, in which the Sobieski chapel from the 17th century and the Denhoff hermitage from the middle of the 17th century are situated; other elements of the palace complex are: the eastern and western annex, the dungeon annex and guard-rooms; the palace is presently the property of the Lubomirski family. Krzyanowice neo-Gothic palace of the Dukes of Lichnowy dating from 1856, built in the place of a former, 18th century one; eminent pianist and composer Franz Liszt was a guest here in 1846 and 1848;

of the palace in 1945, only a few walls, surrounded by a devastated landscape park, have been left. Miedary-Kopanina neo-Baroque palace of Baron Friedrich von Frstenberg dating from 1894, extended in 1907 and 1912, surrounded by a landscape park from 1882, with an area of 6,6 ha (16.3 acres); the palace houses a nursing home. Mirw characteristic ruins of a Jura castle, one of the Eyries, the former royal watchtower from the reign of King Kazimierz the Great, linked to a castle in Bobolice; after 1391, Krystyn of Koziegowy transformed the watchtower into a stone castle; next owners, the Myszkowski family, rebuilt it at the turn of the 15th and 16th


Olsztyn - ruins of a castle, photo. T. Gbu

Heritage tourism

century: At the eastern side, they added a five-level, rectangular, stone tower and a gate building; the castle was demolished by the Swedes in 1655, and partly rebuilt by the Mciski family; derelict from ca. 1787, it fell into ruins, and was partly secured in the sixties of the 20th century

Modzurw the palace of von Knig dating from 1870-1874, in English neoGothic-style, with two octogonal towers with battlements, surrounded by landscape park with an area of 7,86 ha (19.5 acres); in the park there are, among others, the ruins of a 19th century mausoleum, ruins of a neo-Gothic chapel and a small cemetary Olsztyn ruins of a 14th century royal with the gravestone of Victor von Koenig castle, one of the mightiest ones in the (1910); in the vicinity there are farm Krakow-Czstochowa Jura, composed buildings from Ogrodzeniec-Podzamcze - ruins of a castle, photo. arch. OT 1896-1904. M o r s k o ruins of a medieval castle of Bkowiec , built by the Wodek family on a high rock, in the beginning of the 16th century, in the place of a wooden settlement of the Toporcz yk and Strza families, and of Krystyn of Koziegowy; after the Wodek family, the castle belonged to, among others, the Zborowski family, and later to the families of Brzeski, Giebutowski and Heppen; demolished by the Swedes in 1655 (as many other castles), and remained derelict; in the years 19291933, architect Witold Czeczot built a stone house at the foot of the rock; after World War II, the architects widow sold the castle and the new owners established a holiday resort in it; in 1061, the crown of castle walls was secured and lifted.

Nako lskie a neo-Gothic palace of the Henckel von Donnersmarck family dating from 1856, built in the place of a 16th century castle of the Nakielski family, rebuilt in 1891; the palace is surrounded by a landscape park from the middle of the 19th century, with an area of 3 ha (7.4 acres); the palace houses the dormitory of the Agroeconomic and Comprehensive School Complex; next to the parish church there is the mausoleum of the Nako line of the Henckel von Donnersmarck family, and in the vicinity there are the buildings of a former farm.

of three parts: upper castle with a 35 meter tower made of stone and brick, with round base and octogonal upper part, fragments of the residential part linked to a natural cave; middle castle, nearly entirely destroyed, and lower castle, where rooms for service, stables and additional buildings were located; at the western end of the hill there is a lonely, square-shaped watchtower; the castle was damaged during the Swedish invasion in 1656; in 1722 the


ruins were partly pulled to pieces, and the material was used to rebuild a burnt church in Olsztyn Pilica palace of Wojciech Padniewski dating from 1610, in 1651, the next owner, Stanisaw Warszycki, surrounded it by bastion fortifications; rebuilt in 1730 by Maria Sobieska de domo Wessel; the palace got its present, neo-Renaissance shape in 1876, in the times of Leon Epstein; after World War II the palace housed an orphanage; since the beginning of the nineties of the 20th century it has been derelict. Pawniowice eclectic palace dating from 1882-85 (design Carl Heidenreich), built in the place of a Baroque palace of
Pszczyna - castle, photo. A. Rabij (arch. UM Pszczyna)

official, who in the years 1530-45 built a Renaissance residence in the place of the watchtower; the towers preserved until today served as staircases between particular wings; after the Boners, the castle was owned by the Firlej family and Stanisaw Warszycki; the castle was twice demolished by the Swedes in 1655 and 1702; from the 18th century, laid in ruins; secured in the seventies of the 20th century; since the parcelling out of the Ogrodzieniec estate, the castle has been the private property of the Zamek company. Pogrzebie palace of Artur Baildon dating from 1882, in French neo R enaissance st yle, built in the place of a former mansion of Count Jan Nepomucen Larisch (father-in-law of the poet Jzef von Eichendorff ); in 1930 sold to the Salesian Society and used as a lower theological seminary; after 1945 used by Salesian Sisters; inside the palace there is a Memorial Chamber for blessed Laura Meozzi, Mother superior, who died in 1951 and recognized as a saint.

Heritage tourism

Zygmunt Mikoaj von Goertz from 1732Porba small Classical-style palace 37; until 1945 it was the seat of the Counts called The Pheasantry, built in 1800 of Bellestrem, later a convent and parish for Fryderyk Erdmann Anhalt-Cthen, chambers; presently it houses a retreat and Duke of Pszczyna, with a characteristic formative centre of the Gliwice diocese; in four-column portico (architect Wilhelm the former palace chapel there is a parish Pusch); the palace served entertaining church of Immaculate Conception; the purposes, like balls (that is why it was palace is surrounded by a landscape park also called Lustschloss); after World with an area of 3 ha (7.4 acres), with rich War II inhabited by employees of state dendroflora, the monument of Giovanni farms, and in the seventies of the 20th Battista Angelo Ballestrero di Castellengo progenitor Siewierz - ruins of a castle, photo. arch. ZGJ of the family and a statue of Virgin Mary with the Child dating from 1870; nearby there is a carriage house contemporary to the palace, farm with a granary from 1888 and the Cavalier House from 1885; presently the palace houses the Caritas centre Podzamcze impressive ruins of a castle (area of 32.000 m3), which used to be a royal castle of the King Kazimierz the Great, given by Wadysaw Jagieo in 1386 to knight Wodek of the Sulima coat of arms; in the 16th century it was the property of Seweryn Boner, banker and royal

century it became a social building of the Pniwek coal mine; presently private property


Promnice small hunting castle of the Dukes of Pszczyna, built for Johannes Heinrich XI von Hochberg in the years 1867-68 (architect Olivier Pavelt), in the place of a burnt wooden building from 1861; neo-Gothic style with halftimbered elements, with valuable hunting exhibits; it presently houses the Noma Residence Hotel
Magic of Jurassic Eyries, photo. T. Gbu

Pszczyna-Rudotowice late Baroque/ Classical-style palace of the Zborowski family dating from 1752, surrounded by a landscape park with an area of 5 ha (12.3 acres); after World War II it housed, among others, a health resort, Childrens Holiday Resort, and after the major repairs in the nineties of the 20th century, a Centre for Blind and Near-Blind Children Racibrz 13th century castle of the Dukes of Racibrz, in Gothic and Renaissance style, built in the place of a 9th century settlement made of earth and wood, rebuilt in the 14th century, in the years 1630-36 and in the 19th century; among the elements preserved until today there are: Gothic castle chapel of St. Thomas of Canterbury from ca. 1290, a gate building from ca. 1630, northern wing and the ruins of eastern wing. After the fire in 1857, the nor thern wing was transformed into brewery buidings. Rajcza palace of Anastazy Siemoski dating from 1843-50, surrounded by an old park, rebuilt by Wadysaw Lubomirski in the years 1895-96; from May 1914 it was the property of Archduke Karl Stefan Habsburg of ywiec; during World War I the palace housed a military hospital, and after the war, the Archduke adapted it for healthcare purposes; presently there is a Health Care and Curative Centre. Rudnik derelict late Classical-style palace dating from the end of the 19th century, surrounded by a landscape park with an area of 4,8 ha (12 acres). Rybna late Baroque/Classical style palace of the Warkocz family dating from 1796, rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century by the Koschtzki family, who added a porch with a balcony, as well as many details in the contemporarily fashionable style of historism; the last owner, Egon von Koschutzk i, sold the palace to the lzak Settlement Society ; in the interwar period the palace housed the Tarnogra Shooting Association, and after 1945 it served residential purposes; presently serves as a guesthouse and a restaurant; the palace is surrounded by a small, rectangular landscape park from the 18th century, with 12 nature monuments.

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Przyszowice eclectic palace of the von Raczek family, dating from 1890-95, built in the place of a former 18th century palace; rebuilt in 1904; in 1954, renovated after the World War II; it houses a health care centre and some of the offices of the Gieratowice Commune Department; the palace is surrounded by a landscape park from the middle of the 19th century, with an area of 8,4 ha (20.7 acres). Pszczyna Baroque-style palace of the Dukes of Pszczyna, built by the Promnitz family and priest of Anhalt-Cthen in the years 1734-68 (architect Christian Jahne), after the fire of the former palace, in the place of a 15th century Gothic castle; rebuilt in French neo-Renaissance style by Johannes Heinrich XI Hochberg von Pless in the years 1870-74 (architect Hipolit Destailleur); during World War I it housed the Imperial Headquarters and the headquarters of the Prussian army; since 1946 the Castle Museum; the palace is surrounded by an extensive, landscape park with the area of 48 ha (188.6 acres), linked to the complex of Pszczyna natural forests; in the park there are, among others, the cemetaries of the Anhalt-Cthen and Hochberg von Pless families, Ludwikwka mansion dating from 1800, stables and a riding school, tea pavilion on the island, Chinese gate, ice cellar (cold store), chapels and arc bridges, remains of the farm.


Rybnik former castle of the Dukes of Opole and Racibrz dating from the 13th century, rebuilt in the 17th century and in the years 1776-78 in a Baroque/Classical style; since 1849 it has housed a court, presently a District Court.

it; since the middle of the 19th century, the unrenovated castle walls have been falling into ruins. Smole ruins of a stone castle on a limestone, built in the 14th century by Otton Stara Toporczyk in the place of a former wooden one; after the Pilecki family, the castle was the property of the Boner and Padniewski families; Wojciech Padniewski rebuilt it in

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Siemianowice lskie a Baroque-style palace of the Mieroszewski family dating from the 17th century, At the turn of the 18th and 19th Smole - ruins of a castle, photo. B. Czerwiski century rebuilt by the Henckel von Donnersmarck family a Classicalstyle wing was added; after 1871 used by the Krlewska and Laura United Steelworks conglomerate, after World War II taken over by S i e m i a n o w i c e mines; other adaptations and renovations eradicated buidings primary character, the end of the 16th century, but already in since the sixties of the 20th century the 1610 he moved to a new residence in Pilica; palace has been falling into ruins; presently the castle was burnt and destroyed by the private property. Swedes in 1655; only the cylindrical keep and rectangular remains of the upper castle, as Siewierz ruins of the castle of the well as an ogival gate and western courtyard Dukes of Cieszyn and archbishops of with a 150-meter well have been preserved Krakow, composed of the surrounding until today; the castle hill is preserved as the walls with a barbican and a tower; the Smole reserve. castle was built in the 14th century and rebuilt in the 15th and 16th century, after the establishment of the episcopal Duchy of Siewierz, it obtained Renaissance features with an onion dome at the top of the tower; in the castle, the bishops had their cour t, chancellor, judges and village-mayors; conquered and burnt by the Swedes in 1655, despite its renovation, has never regained its former grandeur; in the beginning of the 19th century, a manufacture and later military warehouses were established in
Sosnowiec Schoen palace, photo. R. Piwkowski

Sosnowiec palace of Henryk Dietel, situated by a railway track in todays eromskis Park; it was built in 1878, next to an industrial complex belonging to the owner; built in several stages, it obtained the final, neoBaroque shape at the turn of the 19th and 20th century; inside the palace there are, among others: a unique bathing room with an area of 27 m2 with ceramic decorations portraying the play of mythological sea deities; after World War II in was used by a music school and the NOT club Sosnowiec-rodulka impressive neoBaroque palace flanked with three towers, of the Schoen family; rebuilt numerous times, among others in the interwar period and after World War II; it presently houses the Museum of Sosnowiec; the palace is surrounded by the rodulka landscape park, inside of which t h e r e i s a s m a l l Schoens palace dating from 1900 (architect


Jzef Pomian-Pomianowski), which used to serve residential purposes; presently a hotel school; both palaces and the park are part of a bigger estate, among others a spinning factory and a settlement for factory employees.

1980, the castle has been derelict; the palace is surrounded by an extensive (5,9 ha 14.5 acres) park consisting of two parts: geometrical part frim the south, and lanscape part from the east, with an extensive collection of plants.

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wierklaniec extensive estate, composed Sosnowiec-Sielec Renaissance-style of a palace and a park, of the Henckel von castle of Sebastian Minor of Przybysawice Donnersmarck family; it used to include dating from 1620; in 1814 in was bought by a 15th century Gothic castellans castle, the Duke of Pszczyna, Ludwik Anhalt-Cthen, rebuilt in 1851, and a neo-Renaissance and in 1856 by Count Andrzej Renard of palace called the Versailles of the North, Strzelce Wielkie (Opolskie); the fire of 1824 dating from 1870-73 (design Hector Lefuel) entirely damaged the primary castle, which both burnt in 1945 and pulled to pieces was rebuilt in 1832 (architect Jzef Heintzl) in the beginning of the sixties of the 20th and thus obtained a representative, palacecentury; in an extensive 180-hectare (445 like charakter; a park was also established; acres) park there are: the so-called Cavalier from the end of the 19th century until 1945, House dating from 1903-06 (design Ernst the castle was the seat of the Count Renards von Ihne) presently a hotel , a neo-Gothic Guild mining and industrial company, and Evangelic church, and the mausoleum of after World War II it housed the administrative the Donnersmarck family (design Otto o f f i c e s o f t h e wierklaniec The Bachelors Palace, photo B.Czerwiski Sosnowiec mine and the Vitropol society; since major repairs in the end of the 20th century, the castle has housed the Sosnowiec Art Centre. SosnowiecSielec the third of the palaces, built by the Schoen family in 1903, since 1923 housing the District Court; eclectic style, with a dominating neoGothic tower and machicolations. Sosnowiec-Zagrze palace of the Mieroszewski family, dating from 1777, built in the place of a 17th century wooden mansion; rebuilt in the end of the 19th century; after the Mieroszewski family and their heirs, the palace was the property of Gustav von Kramsty, and from 1869 of the Sosnowiec Mines and Steelworks Society; after the war it housed the Studio of Conservation of Historic Objects; the palace is surrounded by a dilapidated park Strzybnik Classical-style palace of Jadwiga Drechsler de domo von Kloch, dating from 1792, rebuilt in 1919 and 1961; presently in ruins; the palace is surrounded by a landscape park with an area of 6,9 ha (17 acres); next to the palace there is a farm dating from the 19th/20th century with a unique forge from 1905 and a historic granary from 1815. Szczekociny Baroque/Classical-style palace (design Ferdynand Nax), built ca. 1770 by Urszula Dbiska of Morstins in the place of a former residence of the Koryciski family; together with symetrical annexes and galleries it has the shape of a horseshoe; since the fire in

Raschdorff ); in the park there is also a terrace of the former palace with Emmanuel Fremiets sculptures depicting fighting animals, a fountainn from 1872, a concert bowl from the beginning of the 20th century and ruins of cellars of the former palace, situated on the island surrounded by moat; the mansion estate also includes: a former inn, stables (Agroma), farm buildings, former gardens and a foresters lodge all of these date from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Toszek ruins of a 15th century Gothic castle, rebuilt after a fire in 1570, and later developed in the Baroque style by the Colonna family in the years 1650-66; after a fire in 1811 the castle lied in ruins, and was partly rebuilt in1956-63; the estate is composed of: a gate building with a stone portal and a cartouche of the Colonna coat of arms, a 15th century four-level northern tower and former stables from 1666, transformed into an orangery in 1761 (presently a performance hall), as well as the cellars of other buildings and the remains of surrounding walls; on the


hillside there is a romantic-style park dating from the 16th century; by the courtyard there is a 17th century bur graves house, linked to the castle with a wall with 16th century bastle houses; the castle houses a Municipal and Communal Culture Centre
Toszek - castle, photo. B. Czerwiski

Colonna in 1805 (architect Friedrich Wilhelm Wegner), again rebuilt in the years 1922-23 for Duke Adolf Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen of Koszcin; the palace has a characteristic, central projection of the facade with a deep, semicircular vaulted niche and a balcony on cast iron columns; during the third Silesia uprising, it housed the headquarters of the North insurgent army; it presently houses the Commune Office; near the palace there are the remains of a park with a Baroque-style chapel of St. John of Nepomuk from 1796. Tychy small Baroque-style hunting castle of Balthasar Erdmann Promnitz dating from ca. 1685, rebuilt in 1775 in Classical style, and later also in 1833; after 1847 it was the seat of the dukes forest department and of the Tychy farm manager, and from 1890 the property of Browar Ksicy (Dukes Brewery) (among others civil servants places of residence, amusement halls, alehouse); the park surrounding the castle has been transformed into City Park; presently the castle houses a restaurant. Udrz ruins of an unknown 14th century castle on the river Udorka, probably an unfinished one; in the vicinity there are ground fortifications dating from the period of the uyce culture. Wielowie palace dating from 1748 built by Count Verdugo, rebuilt by Count Hans Hubert von Durant de Senegas at the turn of 1911 and 1912 (annexes were added); the palace has two levels and the shape of the letter L, in the front elevation there is a projection supported by columns; on the side there is a gateway with a heraldic cartouche (probably of Count Verdugo); the building presently houses a healthcare centre; the palace is surrounded by a landscape park from 1891, with the area of 3,25 ha (8 acres), primarily 10 ha (24,7 acres) with some interesting dendroflora. Wierzbie palace built by the Wierbski family in the 17th century, primarily in Baroque style, rebuilt in the 19th century and in 1927; underwent major repairs in 2001. Wisa-Zadni Gro functionalistic residence of the President of the Republic of Poland in the years 1929-31, built in a place of a wooden hunting castle of the Habsburg family, bur nt in 1928 (architect Adolf SzyszkoBohusz); the interior was designed by Andrzej Pronaszko, a renown avant-garde painter; after World War II it housed a recreation centre of the Council of Ministers, and from 1981 a guesthouse; from 2002, after general repairs in the years

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Tworkw ruins of a Renaissance-style castle of Kasper Wyskota of Wodniki, dating from 1567-85, thoroughly rebuilt by Count von Saurma-Jeltsch in the years 1872-74 (architect Carl Heindenreich) in the neoRenaissance style, taking advantage of the part of the former building; the palace got burnt in mysterious circumstances in 1931 and since that time it has lied in ruins; the castle, standing on a hillside by the river Psina, in surrounded by a small, dilapidated landscape park with extensive remains of 16th/17th century stone cellars.
Wisa Zadni Gro - residence of the President of RP, photo. B. Czerwiski

Tworg late Baroque/Classical-style palace dating from the second half of the 18th century, built in the place of a former castle mentioned in 1679; rebuilt for Count


2003-05, it again became the residence of the President of the Republic of Poland; next to the castle there is a wooden chapel dating from 1909 (architect Albin Prokop) with 16th century interior items from an old church in Bystrzyca, on Zaolzie. Wodzisaw lski palace of Duke Joseph von Dietrichstein, built in the place of a former dukes castle, damaged by the Swedes in 1648; burnt in 1822, rebuilt , later housed the town hall; presently houses the Office of the Registrar of Vital Statistics and the City Museum.
Zoty Potok Raczyscy palace, photo. G. Wamberski

dating from 1756, built in the place of a 16th century castle; rectangular, with a perpendicular annex and a mansard roof; it was rebuilt numerous times, which eradicated characteristic features of the style. Zebrzydowice a late Baroque-style palace of the von Mattencloit family, built in 1764 in the place of a Renaissance-style mansion; in the years 1888-1945 it was the property of Counts Larisch-Mnnich of Karwina; in 1945 the palace got entirely burnt; rebuilt in the years 1958-63; presently houses a Communal Culture Centre. Zoty Potok landscape estate of the Raczyski family (38,5 ha 95 acres) including: a Classical-style mansion (1829) Z. Krasiskis biographical museum; a neo-Classical palace of the KrasiskiRaczyski family (1856, rebuilt in 1912 design Z. Hendel and J. Heurich) didactic centre of the Group of Silesian Voivodeship Landscape Parks, farm buildings, English park (24,8 ha 61,2 acres) from the turn of the 19th and 20th century, designed by Franciszek Szanior, fish ponds, fields and gardens. ywiec castle of the Komorowski family dating from the beginning of the 16th century, with a neo-Gothic corpus from the years 1850-70 and a Renaissance cloistered cour tyard from 1569; inside the castle there are, among others: exhibition halls of the Museum of ywiec and the Rycerska c a f ; i n t h e ye a r s 1 8 8 5 - 1 8 9 5 , t h e Habsburg family built a Classical-style palace, called the new castle, in the vicinity. It was rebuilt in 1906-10 (architec ts Tadeusz Str yjesk i and Franciszek Mcz yski) and houses, a m o n g o t h e r s, a Fo re s t r y S c h o o l, and, since 1992, private apartments of Duchess Krystyna Habsburg; the castle and the palace are surrounded by 26-hectare (64 acres) English park from the 18th/19th century, with an 18th century Chinese house located on the island.

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Wodzisaw lski-Jedownik eclectic palace of Friedrich von Wilhelm Hitsch from the middle of the 19th century; after the parceling out of the estate in 1830, it was taken over by the Church and adapted for a girls shelter; it presently houses a nursing home run by sisters from Gods Providence Congregation.

Wodzisaw lski-Kokoszyce late Baroque/Classical-style palace of Count Balthasar von Czebulka, rebuilt in the middle of the 19th century by Gustav von Ruffer into an eclectic residence; since 1928 it was the property of the curia of Katowice; presently houses the Bishop Stanisaw ywiec - castle, photo. arch. OT Adamski Archdiocesan Retreat House; the palace is surrounded by a park from 1783, transformed into a landscape park in the middle of the 19th century, with the area of 30 ha (74 acres); the trees in the park depict the Way of the Cross; in 1968 Karol Wojtya visited Kokoszyce. Zbrosawice Baroque-style palace of the Stockmans family,



The route of wooden architecture of the lskie (Silesian) Voivodeship shows the most interesting objects in their natural surrounding as well as museums taking care of architecture and folk art. Its main line joins similar routes in Opolskie and Maopolskie Voivodeships, while five separate loops allow for a detailed visitation of the voivodeship. MAIN LINE: Gwodziany Lubliniec Koszcin Tworg Wielowie Paczyna Poniszowice Rudziniec Sierakowice Sonicowice Smolnica Gliwice Zabrze Ruda lska Chorzw Katowice Tychy Bieru Stary Bojszowy Pszczyna Gra Jawiszowice Wilamowice Stara Wie Bestwina Bielsko-Biaa ywiec Jelenia Pewel Wielka Lachowice (326 km).
Ksiy Las wooden church, photo. B. Czerwiski

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RYBNIK LOOP : Rybnik Wielopole Ochojec Wilcza CzerwionkaLeszczyny Bek Palowice ory Szeroka Jastrzbie Zdrj Gokowice aziska Gorzyce Wodzisaw lski Radlin Jankowice Rybnickie Chwaowice Ligocka Kunia Rybnik (126 km). PSZCZYNA LOOP: Pszczyna wiklice Grzawa Miedna Gra Jawiszowice Wilamowice Stara Wie Bestwina Komorowice Jasienica Bielowicko Skoczw Ogrodzona Zamarski Koczyce Wielkie Kaczyce Zebrzydowice Pielgrzymowice Strumie Wisa Maa ka Pszczyna (133 km). BESKIDY LOOP : B i e l s k o - B i a a Komorowice Bielowicko Skoczw Ustro-Nierodzim Wisa Istebna Koniakw Laliki-Pochodzita Milwka Cicina ywiec odygowice Mikuszowice Krakowskie Bielsko-Biaa (113 km). OBJECTS ON WOOD ARCHITECTURE ROUTE: BEK St. Maria Magdalenas Church of 1753. BIEOWICKO St. Wawrzyniecs Church of 1701. BIELSKO -BIAA ul. Sobieskiego 51 The house of a weaver dating back to the 18th century. Mikuszowice Krakowskie ul. Cyprysowa St. Barbaras Church of 1690. BIERU STARY ul. Krakowska St. Valentines Church dating back to the turn of the 17th century. BOJSZW cemetery church of the Holy Trinity from the beginning of the 16th century. BORONW The Church of Our Lady of Rosary of 1611.

CZSTOCHOWA LOOP: Czstochowa Olsztyn Zrbice Janw arki Koziegowy Cynkw Woniki Sonica Koszcin Boronw Br Zapilski Truskolasy Kobuck Mokra Miedno Czstochowa (180 km). GLIWICE LOOP : Gliwice Ostropa Smolnica Sonicowice Sierakowice Rudziniec Poniszowice Paczyna Zacharzowice Sieroty Zacharzowice ubie Ksiy Las Szasza Gliwice Zabrze Ruda lska Halemba Paniowy Borowa Wie Bojkw ernica Smolnica Ostropa Gliwice (159 km).

BR ZAPILSKI St Jacks Church dating back to the years 1919-21. BRUSIEK St. John the Baptists Church dating back to about 1670. CHORZW Skansen Upper Silesia Etnographic Park, ul. Lwowska St. Wawrzyniec s Church of 1559, transferred from Knurw. CIESZOWA St. Martins Church of 1751. CICINA St. Catherines Church of 1542, enlarged in 1667 and 1895. CYNKW St. Wawrzyniecs Church of 1631.


GLIWICE ul. Kozielska The Church of Holy Virgin Assumption of 1493, reconstructed in the 17th century, transferred from Zbowice, Ostropa ul. Piekarska St. Georges Church of 1640 with a gothic stone presbytery of the 15th century.
odygowice - wooden church, photo. B. Czerwiski

AZISKA All Saints Church dating back to the 16th century. ODGOWICE The Church of Saint Szymon and Saint Juda Thaddeus of 1653, enlarged in the 18th century. MIASTECZKO LSKIE St. Georges a n d Vi r g i n M a r y s Assumption Church of 1666. MIEDNA St. Clemens the Pope Church of the 17th century. MIKOW Borowa Wie ul. Gliwicka St. Nicholas Church of 1640, transferred from Przyszowice, Paniowy St Peter and Paul Church of 1757.

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GOKOWICE St. Annes Church of 1874 GRA St. Barbaras Church dating back to the second half of the 16th century. GRZAWA The Church of John the Baptist Beheading of the 16th century. GWODZIANY The Church of Holy Virgin Visitation of 1576, transferred from Kocieliska.

Cottage of 1739

MILWKA Regional House Old

MOKRA - The Church of Saint Szymon and Saint Juda Thaddeus of 1708 OLSZTYN , UL. Kuhna 1 moveable Christ Childs crib by Jan Wiewira at a wooden house dating back to the end of the 19th century. PACZYNA wood belfry of 1679.

PALOWICE The Church of the Most ISTEBNA no 824 a wooden mountain Holy Trinity of 1595 transferred from cottage Kawulokw dating back to the Leszczyny. end of the 19th century, Andziowka Konarzewscy Chapel of 1922, Kubalonka Sierakowice - wooden church, photo. B. Czerwiski Holy Cross Church of 1779, transferred from Przyszowice; Mlaskawka succursal St Josephs church, transferred from Jaworzynki-Trzycatka, Stecwka The Church of Our Lady of Fatima of 1956. JANKOWICE RYBNICKIE Corpus Christi Church of 1675. JASTRZBIE ZDRJ ul. Bishop Bednorz St. Barbara and Josephs Church of the first half of the 17th ctury, transferred from Jedowik. JELENIA An inn of the 18th century. KACZYCE The Church of Holy Cross Raising of 1620, transferred from Ruptawa. KATOWICE Kociuszko Park The Church of St. Michael Archangel of 1520, transferred from Syrynia. KOSZCIN Holy Trinity Church of 1724. KSIY LAS St. Michael Archangels Church of 1494. LALIKI POCHODZITA The Church of Virgin Mary of Incessant Aid of 1947. LUBLINIEC St. Annes Chapel of 1653. PIELGRZYMOWICE St. Catherines Church of 1680. PONISZWICE St. John the Baptist Church of 1499, enlarged in 1775 and 1834 with a separate belfry of 1520.


PSZCZYNA Skansen, a farm of Pszczyna village at the Railway Park, wiklice St. Martins Church from the turn of the 17th century, ka St. Jadwigas Church of 1660 with a separate belfry. RACHOWICE - Holy Trinity Church of 1668 with a Gothic stone presbytery of the 15th century. RUDZINIEC St. Michael Archangels Church of 1657. RYBNIK L i g o c k a Ku n i a , u l. Wolna St. Wawrzyniecs Church of 1717, transferred from Boguszowice, Wielopole, ul. Grna St. Catherines and Our Lady of Rosary Church of 1534, transferred from Gieratowice. SADW a separate wood belfry dating back to the 17th century. SIERAKOWICE St. Catherine of Alexandrias Church of 1675, St. John Nepomucens Chapel. SIEROTY All Saints Church of 1707 , with a Gothic stone presbitery dating back to about 1470. SMOLNICA St. Bartholomeos Church of about 1603. STARA WIE The Church of Holy Cross Raising of 1522, some wood houses dating back to the 19th century with decorative summits, an old school of 1787 at present a regional house. SZASZA the Church of the Mother of God dating back to the turn of the 17th century, reconstructed after a fire in 1967.
Zamarski - wooden church, photo. A. Krzemiski

WISA MAA St. Jacobs and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church of 1775-1782. WISA, ul. Lipowa an old hunting castle of the arch duke Frideric Habsburg of 1898, transferred from Przysop glade at Barania
Istebna Kubalonka - wooden church, photo. B. Czerwiski

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Gra (in the years 1924-1973 PTT and PTTK Polish Tourists Associations shelter ); abajw, ul. Kopydo The Church of the Holy Cross Finding with a wooden tower of 1575 transferred from Poomia, Zadni Gro, ul. Zameczek Chapel of 1909 from a group of a the Habsburgs hunting castle which does not exist any longer. WO N I K I S t . Valentines cemetery Church of 1696. Z A B R Z E ul. Wolnoci St. Jadwigas Church of 1929. ZACHARZOWICE St. Wawrzyniecs Church dating back to about 1580. ZAMARSKI St. Rochs Church of 1731. Z ATNA Foresters Lodge of Habsburg Forest Management of 1876 (project by Karol Pietschka). ZOTY POTOK an old water mill Koaczew on Wiercica from the turn of the 20th century. ZRBICE St. Idzis Church of 1789. ERNICA St. Michaels Church dating back to approximately 1661.

TRUSKOLASY St. Nicholas Church of 1737, some wood dwelling and farm houses. USTRO St. Annes Church of 1769. WILAMOWICE some wood houses , the remnants of the buildings of a small town, among others a manor-house at Rynek 15 of 1832. WILCZA St. Nicholas Church of 1755.


The route of wooden architecture of the lskie (Silesian) Voivodeship

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Main Line Czstochowa Loop Gliwice Loop Rybnik Loop Pszczyna Loop Beskidy Loop



A fortified region Silesia came into tres (there was a ban on constructing being in the years 1934-38 as a protec- buildings in those areas). tion of a Polish industrial area against Shelters did not take part in fights, but potential aggression on the part of only in minor skirmishes with German Germany. OWS permanent fortifications divertive squads. The remaining ones are are 21 kilometres long and stretch from still nearly intact and constitute the best Tpkowice and Niezdary in the north preserved Polish fortifications from the till Mikow and Pszczyna in the south. period between World War I and World They include seven main resistance War II. OWS Museums have been opened points: Hill 310 on the river Brynica in in some of them: a war shelter no 52 the area of Bobrowniki village, Hill 305 Wesoa Dobieszowice, ul. Wesoa; a on the road Czelad-Bytom, agiewniki, war shelter no 5 Chorzw, ul. KatowiGodula, New Bytom, Arthurs Shaft, cka 168, a war shelter Sowiniec Wyry Hill 304in Radoszowe completed by Gosty, ul. Tczowa. More information 17 separate shelters of the first line, 6 on shelters of the second line (Kochowice Zgoda Lipiny Bunker of OW lsk, photo. B. Czerwiski - agiewniki) and a commanding point on the east border of Chorzw. Fortification landscape, apart from defensive buildings, is completed by wireentanglements, anti-tank barrages, communication ditches, open fields stretching for a few kilome-

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BESTWINA Izba Regionalna im. ks. Bubaka, (Priest Bubak Regional Chamber) ul. Kocielna 57. BDZIN Technology and Textile Industr y), ul. Sukiennicza 7, tel. 033 812 23 67; Dom Tkacza, ul. Sobieskiego 51, tel. 033 811 71 76.

Muzeum Literatury (Museum of Literature), ul. Pankiewicza 1 (written reservation) Muzeum Zagbia: Paac Mieroszewskich Dom Przyrodnika im. E. Fory (Naturalist House), (Mining Region Museum: Mieroszewskich ul. Bogusawskiego 18, tel. 033 814 33 19. Palace) ul. wierczewskiego 15, tel. 032 267 44 61, www.muzeum. Bdzin Mieroszewskich palace, photo. B. Czerwiski; Zamek ul. Zamkowa 1, tel. 032 267 47 31. BIELSKO-BIAA Muzeum w BielskuBiaej (Museum in Bielsko Biaa): Zamek Sukowskich, (Sukowskich Castle) ul. Wzgrze 16, tel. 033 822 06 56, 033 8 1 1 1 0 3 5 , w w w.; M u z e u m Te c h n i k i i Wkiennictwa (Museum of


Chorzw Upper Silesia Ethnographic Park, photo. E. Kaniewski

CZSTOCHOWA Klasztor oo. Paulinw na Jasnej Grze, (Jasna Gra Pauline Monastery) ul. Kordeckiego 2, tel. 034 377 77 77, reservation: Jasnogrskie C e n t r u m Informacji, tel. 034 377 74 08, w w w. j a s n a g o r a . pl: Treasur y, Arsenal, Muzeum of Jasna Gra 600 anniversary. Muzeum Czstochowskie Ratusz, pl. Biegaskiego 45, tel. 034 324 44 24, Aleja NMP 45a, tel. 034 361 50 08; Branch: Rezerwat Archeologiczny Cmentarzysko Kultury uyckiej, (Archeological Reserve uycka culture burial ground) ul. ukasiskiego 2, tel. 034 323 19 51. Muzeum Archidiecezjalne, (Archidiocese Museum) ul. w. Barbary 41, tel. 034 368 33 61. Muzeum Produkcji Zapaek (Muzeum of The Production of Matches), ul. Ogrodowa 68, tel. 034 324 26 26, Muzeum Kolejnictwa (Railway Museum), stacja PKP Czstochowa Stradom (PKP railway station), tel. 034 363 59 31.

Heritage tourism

BYSTRA LSKA (district Wilkowice) Muzeum Juliana Faata, ul. Faata 34, tel. 033 817 13 61, BYTOM Muzeum Grnolskie (Museum of Upper Silesia), pl. Jana III Sobieskiego 2, tel. 032 281 82 94,; Filia ul. Korfantego 34, tel. 032 281 97 33. CHORZW Muzeum, ul. Powstacw 25, tel. 032 241 31 04, Grnolski Park Etnograficzny (Upper Silesia Ethnographic park), WPKiW, ul. Parkowa 1, tel. 032 241 07 18, CHUDW (district Gieratowice) Muzeum Zamku (Museum of the Castle), ul. Podzamcze 6, tel. 032 330 13 02, www.zamekchudow. CIESZYN Muzeum lska C i e s z y s k i e g o, u l . Regera 6, tel. 033 852 15 77, Muzeum Drukarstwa ( Pr i n t i n g I n d u s t r y Museum), ul. Gboka 50, tel. 033 851 16 30. CISIEC (district Wgierska Grka) Prywatne Muzeum Jana Talika Ocalenie (Salvation Jan Talik private museum), Cisiec May, tel. 033 864 26 16. CISOWNICA (district Goleszw) Izba Regionalna U Brzezinw (Regional Exhibition Room), Cisownica 116, tel. 033 852 88 14. CZECHOWICE-DZIEDZICE Izba Regionalna (Regional Exhibition Room), ul. Niepodlegoci 42, tel. 032 215 32 85, CZELAD Czeladzka Izba Tradycji (Czelad Exhibition Room), ul. Dehnelw 10, tel. 032 265 42 93.

Istebna - The Kawulok familys cottage house, photo. B. Czerwiski

DBROWA GRNICZA Muzeum Miejskie Sztygarka (City Musum), ul. Legionw Polskich 69, tel. 032 262 36 95. GLIWICE Muzeum w Gliwicach Willa Caro, ul. Dolnych Waw 8a tel. 032 231 08 54, www.; Zamek Piastowski (Piast Castle), ul. Pod Murami 2, tel. 032 231 44 94; Branch: Odlewnictwa Artystycznego (Ar tistic Foundr y), ul. Robotnicza 2, tel. 032 231 90 71; Branch: Muzeum Historii Radia i Sztuki Mediw (Museum of Radio and Media Ar t. Histor y), ul. Tarnogrska 129, tel. 032 300 04 04, www.


Muzeum Geologii i Z im. C. Poborskiego, (C. Poborowski museum of Geology and Deposits) ul. Akademicka 2, tel. 032 237 26 08, MuzeumTechniki Sanitarnej (Museum of Sanitary Technology), ul. Edisona 16, tel. 032 401 14 40. GRKI WIELKIE (district Brenna) Muzeum Zofii Kossak Szczuckiej-Szatkowskiej, Grki Wielkie 68, tel. 033 853 95 15. ISTEBNA Izba Twrcza Jana Waacha (Regional exhibition room of Jana Waach artistic work), Andziowka 293, tel. 033 855 72 01. Izba Regionalna Chata Kawuloka (Regional exhibition room), Istebna-Wojtosze 824, tel. 033 855 62 31.

KATOWICE Muzeum lski, al. Korfantego 3, tel. 032 258 56 61,; Branch: Centrum Scenografii Polskiej (Center of Polish Scenography), pl. Sejmu lskiego 2, tel. 032 251 51 67. Muzeum Archidiecezjalne (Archidiocese Museum), ul. Wita Stwosza 16, tel. 032 251 67 03. Muzeum Historii Katowic (Museum of Katowice History), ul. ks. Szafranka 9, tel. 032 256 21 34, 032 256 18 10, www.mhk.; Branch: Galeria Magiel KatowiceNikiszowiec, ul. Rymarska 4 Muzeum Organw lskich (Museum of Silesian Pipe Organ) at the Academy of Music, ul. Wojewdzka 33, tel. 032 255 40 17, 060 922 422.

Heritage tourism

Izba Pamici Jerzego Kukuczki Regional exhibition room in memor y of Jerz y Katowice Silesian Museum, photo. E. Kaniewski Kukuczko), IstebnaWilcze 340, tel. 033 855 69 74. Muzeum Rodziny Konarzewskich (The Museum of the Konarzewscy Family) Istebna-Bucznik 569, tel. 033 855 60 68. Orodek Edukacji Ekologicznej(Ecological Education Center), Istebna-Dzielec, tel. 033 855 60 14. JASTRZBIE ZDRJ Galeria H istorii Miasta (City History Gallery), ul. Wrzosowa 14, tel. 032 471 17 57. Muzeum Dzwonkw (Museum of small bells), Szeroka, ul. Powstacw lskich 109, tel. 032 471 11 93. Izba Regionalna im. Rodziny Witczakw (Regional exhibition room), ul. 1 Maja 15, tel. 032 476 33 88, tel. kom. 0602 859 269. JAWORZE (powiat bielski) Skansen Powozw i Narzdzi Rolniczych (Ethnographic Museum of Carriages and Farming Tools), ul. Cyprysowa 209, tel. 033 817 21 18. JAWORZNO Muzeum Miasta Jaworzna (Museum of Jaworzno City), ul Pocztowa 5, tel. 032 751 91 62, JAWORZYNKA (district Istebna) Izba Regionalna Jana Bojki (Jan Bojko regional exhibition room) , Jaworzynka 235. Muzeum Regionalne Na Grapie (Regional Museum), Jaworzynka-Staki 720, tel. 033 855 65 20. JELENIA Regionalna Izba Pracy Stara Organistwka (Regional manufacture), ul. Jana Kazimierza 254, tel. 033 863 66 68.

Izba lska Gawlikwka (Silesian exhibition room), Katowice-Giszowiec, ul. Pod Lipami 2, tel. 032 206 46 42. Wystawa Najmniejszych Ksiek wiataZygmunta Szkocnego (Exhibition of Zygmunt Szkocnys smallest books in the World), ul. Traktorzystw 5, tel. 032 252 52 83. KOCHCICE (district Kochanowice) Izba Pamici (Regional exhibition room) Zesp Szkolno-Przedszkolny, ul. Parkowa 45, tel. 034 353 36 30. KONIAKW (district Istebna) Chata (Hut) Na Szacach , Koniakw 662, tel. 033 855 70 70. Izba Regionalna Marii Gwarek (Maria Gwarek regional room), Koniakw 550, tel. 033 855 64 23. Izba Twrcza Heleny i Miecz ysawa Kamieniarzy (Artistic work exhibition room), Koniakw 301, tel. 033 855 65 61. KOCZYCE MAE (district Zebrzydowice) Izba Regionalna (Regional exhibition room), ul. Staropolska 5, tel. 032 469 33 34. KOSZCIN Orodek Kultury i Edukacji Regionalnej (Center of Culture and Regional Education), ul. A. Kochcickiego 2, tel. 034 357 62 94.


Mysowice - Central Fire Fighting museum, photo. arch. T

Room), kawica 239, tel. 033 865 16 67. UBOWICE (district Rudnik) Izba Pamici Jzefa Von Eichendorffa ( R e g i o n a l exhibition room in memory of Jzef Von Eichendor ff ), ul. Zamkowa 3, tel. 032 414 92 06.

Heritage tourism

Izba Tradycji Zespou Pieni i Taca lsk (Exhibition room of lsk song and dance team), ul. Zamkowa 3, tel. 034 357 63 41, KOZIEGOWY Galeria Autorska Tadeusza Puszczewicza ( Tadeusz Puszczewicz Art. Gallery), ul. Wojsawicka 26, tel. 034 314 15 04. KOZY Izba Historyczna Kz im. Adolfa Zubera (Regional exhibition room), ul. Bielska 17, tel. 033 817 41 09. KRZEPICE Muzeum Regionalne Braci Chmielarskich (Chmielarscy Brothers Regional Museum) , ul. Kuniczka 40, tel. 034 317 53 42. LUBLINIEC Muzeum Pro Memoria Edith Stein, ul. E. Stein 2, tel. 034 356 28 84. AZISKA GRNE Muzeum Energetyki (Energetics Museum), ul. Wyzwolenia 30, tel. 032 324 35 55, www.
aziska Grne Museum of Energetics , photo. E. Kaniewski

MIDZYBRODZIE YWIECKIE (district Czernichw) Elektrownia Szczytowo-Pompowa na grze ar (Pumped Storage Power Station at ar Hill), tel. 033 866 10 57. M I D Z YR Z E C Z E G R N E ( d i s t r i c t Jasienica) Izba Regionalna (Regional exhibition room), Midzyrzecze Grne 175, tel. 033 812 66 40. MILWKA Izba Regionalna Stara Chaupa (Regional exhibition room), ul. Piastowska 1, tel. 033 863 76 34. MOKRA (district Miedno) Izba Pamici (Regional exhibition room), SP Mokra, tel. 034 317 85 36. MYSOWICE Centralne Muzeum Poarnictwa (Museum of fire fighting), ul. Stadionowa 7A, tel. 032 222 37 33, PODZAMCZE (district Ogrodzieniec) Zamek Ogrodzieniec (Ogrodzieniec castle), tel. 032 673 22 20, OLSZTYN Ruchoma szopka Jana Wewira (Mobile Crche of Jan Wiewir), ul. Khna 1, tel. 0607 41 48 06. PIEKARY LSKIE Izba Regionalna Miejskiej Biblioteki Publicznej (Regional exhibition room in the Public Library), ul. Kalwaryjska 62D, tel. 032 287 30 17. PORBKA Izba Regionalna (Regional exhibition room), Rynek 22, tel. 033 810 60 55.

Izba Tradycji Grniczej (Exhibition room of mining tradition), KWK Bolesaw miay, ul. Pstrowskiego 12, tel. 032 224 13 00, wew. 5145, KAWICA Izba Twrcza Anny i Jzefa Hulkw (Anna and Jzef Hulkowie Artistic Work Exhibition

PSZCZYNA Muzeum Zamkowe (National Museum), Brama Wybracw 1, tel. 032 210 30 37, 032 449 08 88, Izba Telemanna (Telemann Chamber), ul. Piastowska 26, tel. 032 210 22 13.


Muzeum Prasy lskiej (Museum of Silesian Press), ul. Piastowska 26, tel. 032 210 22 13. Skansen (Ethnographic park) Zagroda Wsi Pszczyskiej , Park Kolejowy, tel. 0603 131 186. PSZW I zba Pamici Narodowej (Regional exhibition room), ul. Traugutta 12, tel. 032 729 10 72. RACIBRZ Muzeum, ul. ul. Rzenicza 15, tel. 032 415 49 01, 032 415 28 41, www.muzeum.
Radzionkw Museum of Bread, photo. E. Kaniewski

culture at the City Cultural Center), Rynek 9, tel. 032 293 13 96. SOSNOWIEC Muzeum w Sosnowcu (Museum in Sosnowiec), ul. Chemiczna 12, tel. 032 266 02 62, STARA WIE (district Wilamowice) Izba Regionalna (Regional exhibition room), ul. ks. Wojtyki 1, tel. 033 845 74 02. SUSZEC Prywatne zbiory rodziny Szenderw (Private collection of the Szender family), Kolonia Podlesie 5, tel. 032 212 42 48. SZCZYRK Izba Regionalna (Regional exhibition room), ul. Beskidzka 99, tel. 033 817 86 36. WITOCHOWICE Muzeum Miejskie (City Museum), ul. Dworcowa 14, tel. 032 245 23 88, TARNOWSKIE GRY Muzeum, Rynek 1, tel. 032 285 26 07. Kopalnia Zabytkowa Rud Srebrononych (Old Mine of Silver Ores), ul. Szcz Boe 52, tel. 032 285 29 81,

Heritage tourism

RADZIONKW Muzeum Chleba (Museum of Bread), ul. Nakowskiej 5, tel. 032 289 74 73, www. RUDA LSKA Muzeum Miejskie im. Maksymiliana Chroboka (Maksymilian Chrobok City Museum), ul. Wolnoci 26, tel. 032 248 44 57. RUDY (distr ic t Kunia Raciborska) Sk ansen Kolei Wskotorowych (Narrow Gauge Train Museum), ul. Szkolna 1, tel. tel. 0500-282732,, e-mail: RYBNIK Muzeum, Rynek 18, tel. 032 422 14 23, www.muzeum. SIEMIANOWICE LSKIE Muzeum Miejskie (City museum), ul. Chopina 6, tel. 032 228 50 80. SKOCZW Muzeum im. Gustawa Morcinka, ul. Fabryczna 5, tel. 033 853 29 13. M u z e u m Pa r a f i a l n e i m . w. J a n a Sarkandra (Parish Museum), Rynek 2, tel. 033 853 33 30. SAWKW Dzia Kultury Dawnej przy Miejskim Orodku Kultury (Community of the old

Sztolnia Czarnego Pstrga (Black Trout Drift), park Repty lskie, shafts Ewa and Sylwester , tel. 032 285 49 96. Muzeum I nst ytutu Tarnogrsk iego (Museum of Tarnogrski Institute), ul. Ligonia 7, tel. 032 285 50 30. TYCHY Tyskie Muzeum Piwowarstwa (Brewing Museum in Tychy) Tyskie Princes Brewery,

Tychy Brewery Museum, photo. B. Czerwiski

ul. Mikoowska 5, tel. 032 327 84 30, M u ze u m M i e j s k i e (C i t y M u s e u m ) , ul. Katowicka 9, tel. 032 327 18 21. UJSOY Izba Regionalna (Regional exhibition room), Ujsoy Glinka, tel. 033 864 70 48, 033 862 59 51.


USTRO Muzeum Hutnictwa i Kunictwa im. Jana Jarockiego (Jan Jarocki Museum of metallurgy and SmithWork), ul. Hutnicza 3, tel. 033 854 29 96, www. Zbiory Marii Skalickiej (Maria Skalickas Collection), ul. 3 Maja 68, tel. 033 854 29 96. Muzeum Regionalne Stara Zagroda (Old Homestead Regional Museum), ul. Ogrodowa 1, tel. 033 854 31 08. WIEPRZ (district Radziechowy-Wieprz) Izba Twrcza rodziny Fico (The Fico Family Artistic Work Room), Wieprz 288. WISA Muzeum Beskidzkie im. A. Podorskiego (Podorski Museum of Beskidy Region), ul. Stellera 1, tel. 033 855 22 50.
Wisa - Muzeum of Beskidy, photo. B. Czerwiski

Muzeum Historii Turystyki Grskiej U rde Wisy (Museum of Mountain Tourism), Przysop glade at Barania Gra (Mountain), open: July August WODZISAW LSKI Muzeum, ul. ks. Kubsza 2, tel. 032 455 25 74. ZABRZE Muzeum Miejskie (City museum), pl. Krakowski 9, tel. 032 271 56 89, www. M uzeum G r nic t wa Wglowego (Museum of Coal Mining), ul. 3 Maja 19, tel. 032 271 65 91, 032 271 88 31, www.; Branch: Skansen Grniczy Krlowa Luiza, ul. Wolnoci 410, tel. 032 370 11 27. ZAWIERCIE Miejska Izba Muzealna (City regional exhibition room), ul. Szymaskiego 2, tel. 032 672 11 43. ZOT Y POTOK (district Janw) Dworek Krasiskich (Manor house of K r a s i s c y ) , u l . T. Kociuszki 11, tel. 034 327 81 91. ORY Muzeum Miejskie (City Museum), Dolne Przedmiecie 1, tel. 032 434 37 14.

Heritage tourism

Izba Pracy Twrczej Jana Kocyana (Jan Kocyan Chamber of Artistic Work), Osiedle Bajcary 6, tel. 033 855 22 50. Muzeum Narciarstwa Zimowit ( S k i i n g M u s e u m ) , u l . Wo d n a 3 , t e l . 033 855 27 98. Izba Lena, polana Przysop pod Barani Gr, open May Oct from 11 am to 16 pm
Zabrze - Krlowa Luiza mining museum, photo. E. Kaniewski

YWIEC M uzeum, ul. Kociuszk i 5, tel. 033 861 21 24. Zesp Paacowo-Parkowy Stary Zamek (Old Castle park and palace complex), ul,. Zamkowa 1, tel. 033 860 20 87, 033 861 35 11,



Industrial tourism

The Route of Technological Monuments of the Silesian Voivodeship embraces the most characteristic objects of cultural heritage of Upper Silesia: mines, tunnels, textile establishments, museums of industry and technology. The numbers from the descriptions mark the localisation of objects on a map from page 86. BIELSKO-BIAA The railway station (27) - The building of the railway station (from the years 1889-90) of a significant junction station in
Bielsko-Biaa Weavers House, photo. E. Kaniewski

Matches Manufacturing Museum (1) - A museum, unique in Europe, open in still working Matches Manufacturing Establishment in Czstochowa from the years 1880-82 with a working technology line of the 30-ies of the 20th century. GLIWICE A mast of Gliwice broadcasting station (18) - It is built of larch, height 111m, a technology monument and the place of remembrance of Nazi provocation from the time preceding Wo r l d Wa r I I . T h e Museum of Radio H i s to r y a n d M e d i a Art. A Museum of Artistic Casting (20) - A hall of a former Royal I ronworks of 1796, later Royal Cast Iron Foundry, at present The Gliwice Technical Machines Establishment, numerous exhibits, original casts from the 19th century, contemporary monuments and their models. Sanitary Technology Museum (19) - In the building of a former pumpingstation dating back to the years 1909-11 old sanitary technology equipment is exhibited. NARROW-GAUGED RAILWAY OF UPPER SILESIA (7) The route Bytom Tarnowskie Gry Miasteczko lskie (22 km) is a fragment of the oldest in the world narrowgauged railway of 1853. I n season tourist trains run.

Bielsko (railway dating back to 1855, 1878 and 1888), designed in a historic style by Carl Schulz. Technology and Textile Museum (26) - The building of a former textile Btners factory with a unique collection of textile machines, printing tools, household machines and equipment. CZSTOCHOWA Railway History Museum (2) - It is located in the building of the railway station Czstochowa-Stradom dating back to the year 1911, rebuilt in more or less 1980 on a shield line, among exhibits one can find signals and shields for marking trains, equipment used by a conductor as well as documents and old photos.
Narrow gauge railway, photo. E. Wieczorek


KARCHOWICE O l d E s t a b l i s h m e n t o f Wa t e r Production Zawada (5) - A group of old buildings, among others a pumpingstation of 1929 with preserved unique equipment of steam movement of the pumping-station of 1925. KATOWICE Glass G aller y Wilson (10) The building of a guildhall and baths of an old shaft Richthofen (Wilson) of the m i n e G i e s c h e (Evening) of 1 9 1 8 ( d e s i gn e d by Zillmann b ro t h e r s ) , a f te r liquidation adapted for a gallery of modern art.

MYSOWICE Central Museum of Fire -fighting (9) - A unique, biggest in the world museum of vehicles and fire-fighting equipment since the beginning of the 18th century till the present day with a rich collection of fire brigade banners and parade helmets.

Industrial tourism

Sosnowiec main PKP station, photo. R. Piwkowski

Giszowiec Housing Estate (12) - A housing estate of the mine Giesche (Evening) town - garden, the work of Zillmann brothers dating back to the years 190610, some quarters of houses, an old inn, forest inspectorate, schools and shops have been preserved. Nikiszowiec Housing Estate (11) Workmens Housing Estate of the mine Giesche (Evening) from the years 190815 of Zillmann brothers, a background of many films about Upper Silesia.

PSZCZYNA Silesian Press Museum (25) - In an old building dating back to the 18th century A Museum of Press and Printing, among exhibits one can find old newspapers and printing machines with a possibility of copying commemorative print. RUDA LSKA

A railway station in Ruda lska Chebzie (13) - An old railway station of a former junction station in Chebzie (railway in 1846, 1856 and Pszczyna - Museum of Silesian Press, photo J.Patyk (arch. UM Pszczyna 1868), built in 1859, extended in the years 1900-02. Workmens Houses Ficinus (14) - A totally revalorized , unique group of 16 building of Ficinus Housing Estate built in 1867 for miners of the mine Gotessegen (Small Whirl). RADZIONKW A Bread Museum (6) - A unique, the only in this part of Europe museum showing a history of bread, tools and machines for its production with a possibility of baking rolls by visitors. RUDY Narrow-gauged Railway Open-Air Museum (21) - A station and a threetrack hall for stopping and reparation for

AZISKA GRNE A Museum of Power Engineering (23) - A unique museum in a building of a former distribution station 60 kV in the area of a power-station aziska with a rich collection of exhibits from the field of power engineering.


locomotives of a narrow-gauged railway Gliwice Racibrz Ponia dating back to the years 1897-1903, transformed into an openair museum of narrow-gauged railway. RYBNIK An Old Mine Ignacy (22) - A group of buildings of an old mine Hoym (Ignacy) with the shafts Gowacki and Kociuszko, two working excavation machines of 1900 and 1920 and some auxiliary buildings. SOSNOWIEC A Railway Station (8) - An old, neoclassical building of a railway station dating back to 1859 of a former border station of one of Zbkowice-Katowice Way of the Iron Road Warsaw- Vienna. TARNOWSKIE GRY An Old Mine of Silver Ore (4) - A labyrinth of excavation sites dating back to the 1520th centuries, a tourist route measuring 1700.00 m runs at the depth of 40 m and visitors go by boat at a section of 270 m, in a building on the surface one can find a mining museum, in the neighbourhood an open-air museum of steam machines. A Black Trout Gallery (3) - A fragment of the underground of Tarnowskie Gry a section of an old water-taking gallery
Zabrze - Krlowa Luiza mining museum, photo. E. Kaniewski

Tarnowskie Gry a fragment of historic mine, fot. arch. OT

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Dukes Brewery Industry (founded in 1629); old building of the brewery completes the exposition. USTRO The Jan Jarecki Museum of Steelworks and Smithcraft (28) - A building of old steelworks Klemens (existed in the years 1772-1897) of 1868, since 1986 a museum of Ustro steelworks and smithcraft. ZABRZE Coal Mining Museum (15) - In a building of an old Administrative District of 1875 , the only in Poland museum with a rich collection referring to the history of mining industry and mining technology, mining culture, writing and mining press. An Open-Air Museum Queen Louis (16) - A group of buildings dating back to the second half of the 19th century of a royal coal-mine Queen Louis: pit head and shaft tower Carnall, an engine room with an excavating steam machine of 1915, guildhall, baths and a workshop; underground part of the open-air museum at the depth of 35m embraces pavements and excavation sites dating back to the 19 and 20th centuries having the length of 1560 m, presenting different methods and various tools for treating coal as well as a 500 metre mining railway. A shaftMaciej(17) -The buildings of the shaft Maciej dating back to the beginning of the 20th century (former West-Schacht of the coal-mine Concordia), since 1995 an underground water intake, in an engine room a working double drum excavation machine Siemens-Schuckertwerke. ywiec Brewer Industry (29) - An Old Brewery of an Archduke of 1856 with old 19th century buildings and some equipment (old boilers).

Fryderyk from the beginning of the 19th century, the length of 600.00 m, which is covered by boats. TYCHY A Brewing Industry Museum in Tychy (24) - The first in Poland museum perfectly combining a traditional exhibition in an old building of 1902 with a virtual presentation of beer brewing and a History of Tychy


The Route of Technology Monuments of the Silesian Voivodeship

Industrial tourism

A list of attractions
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. MUSEUM OF THE PRODUCTION OF MATHES Czstochowa, ul. Ogrodowa 68 MUSEUM OF THE RAILWAY HISTORY Czstochowa, Stradom PKP Station, ul. K. Puaskiego 100/120 BLACK TROUT DRIFT, Tarnowskie Gry, Repecki Park, ul. niadeckiego HISTORIC MINE OF SILVER ORES Tarnowskie Gry, ul. Szcz Boe 81 HISTORIC WATER STATION ZAWADA Karchowice, ul. Bytomska 6 MUSEUM OF BREAD Radzionkw, ul. Z. Nakowskiej 5 UPPER SILESIAN NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY Bytom Miasteczko lskie PKP STATION w Sosnowcu, ul. 3-go Maja 16 CENTRAL FIRE FIGHTING MUSEUM Mysowice, ul. Stadionowa 7a WILSON S SHAFT GALLERY Katowice, ul. Oswobodzenia 1 NIKISZOWIEC SETTLEMENT Katowice GISZOWIEC SETTLEMENT Katowice PKP RAILWAY STATION Ruda lska Chebzie, ul. Dworcowa 8 FICINUS WORKERS COLONY in Ruda lska Wirek, ul. Kubiny MUSEUM OF COAL MINING Zabrze, ul. 3-go Maja 19 KRLOWA LUIZA MINING MUSEUM Zabrze, ul. Wolnoci 410

17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29.

MACIEJS SHAFT Zabrze, ul. Srebrna 6 GLIWICKA RADIOSTATION Gliwice, ul. Tarnogrska 129 MUSEUM OF SANITARY TECHNOLOGY Gliwice, ul. Edisona 16 MUSEUM OF ARTISTIC FOUNDRY Gliwice, ul. Robotnicza 2 MONUMENTAL STATION OF NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY w Rudach, ul. Szkolna 2 HISTORIC MINE IGNACY w Rybniku, ul. Mocickiego 3 ENERGETICS MUSEUM aziska Grne, ul. Wyzwolenia 30 TYSKIE MUSEUM OF BREWERY Tychy, ul. Mikoowska 5 MUSEUM OF SILESIAN PRESS Pszczyna, ul. Piastowska 26 MUSEUM OF TECHNICS AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY Bielsko-Biaa, ul. Sukiennicza 7 PKP STATION Bielsko-Biaa, ul. Waszawska 2 JAN JAROCKI MUSEUM OF USTRO Ustro, ul. Hutnicza 3 YWIEC BREWERY ywiec, ul. Browarna 88



Recommended accommodation

All recommended accommodation places have positively come through categorization procedure of lskie Voivodeship. Details concerning all places, also those not categorised, are available on the website of the lskie Voivodeship Marshall s Bureau:

CHORZW Hotel Skaut **, Al. Harcerska 3, tel. 032 241 32 91-3, fax. 032 250 66 90, e-mail: www. CIESZYN Hotel Halny ***, ul. Motelowa 21, tel. 033 852 04 51, fax 032 852 29 30, e -mail: mciesz Hotel 500 **, ul. Graniczna 46, tel. 033 857 82 77, fax. 033 858 23 98, email: www. Hotel Gambit *, ul. Bucewicza 18, tel. 033 852 06 51, fax 032 851 39 51, e-mail: www. CZECHOWICE-DZIEDZICE Hotel Rist ***, ul. Brzeziny 4, tel./fax 032 214 26 46, e-mail:


BDZIN Hotel Cumulus **, ul. Sportowa 3, tel. 032 267 52 15, fax 032 762 22 20 Hotel Skarbowiec **, Al. I Armii Wojska Polskiego 1, tel. 032 267 08 88, 032 267 08 80, ROKK.htm BIELSKO-BIAA Hotel Parkhotel Vienna ****, ul. Bystrzaska 48, tel. 033 496 62 00, fax 033 812 06 99, e-mail: vienna@vienna. pl

Hotel Magura ***, ul. ywiecka 93, tel. 033 819 91 99, fax 032 819 91 59; e-mail: Polonia hotel in Racibrz, photo arch. OT Hotel Papuga-Park-Hotel ***, Wapienica, ul. Zapora 3, tel. 033 815 58 60, 032 818 58 50, fax 032 818 33 25, email: www. Hotel Prezydent ***, ul. 3-go Maja 12, tel. 033 822 72 11, fax 032 815 02 73; e-mail: www. Hotel Beskid *, ul. Olszwka 24, tel./fax 033 814 31 20 Hotel Elektron *, ul. Gaczyskiego 3 1 , t e l . 0 3 3 8 1 4 1 0 8 5 , w w w. BRENNA Pensjonat Hawana *, ul. Jatny 34, tel. 033 853 62 79, 032 853 64 57, e-mail: BYTOM Hotel Bristol **, ul. Dworcowa 16, tel. 032 281 12 41, fax 032 281 12 44 CHAUPKI Hotel Zamek (Castle) **, ul. Graniczna 1, tel./fax 032 419 60 79

CZSTOCHOWA Hotel Mercure Patria Czstochowa ***, ul. Popieuszki 2, tel. 034 324 70 01, fax 034 324 63 32, e-mail: mer. Hotel Scout ***, ul. Drogowcw 12, tel. 034 361 56 62, fax 034 361 58 99, e-mail: Hotel Sonex ***, ul. Krakowska 45, tel. 034 366 80 80, fax. 034 366 80 99, e-mail: www. Hotel Bonaparte **, ul. Osada Myska 5, tel./fax 034 361 85 32


Hotel Ibis **, ul. Jaskrowska 22, tel. 034 377 45 00, fax 034 377 45 55, e-mail: ibis. Hotel Sekwana **, ul. Wieluska 24, tel. 034 324 89 54, fax 034 324 63 67, e-mail: Hotel Wenecki **, ul. Berka Joselewicza 12,
Stok Hotel in Wisa, photo. arch. OT

JASTRZBIE ZDRJ Hotel Czarny Rycerz (Black Knight) ***, ul. Wodzisawska 5, tel. 032 476 24 95, fax 032 476 24 95, e-mail: cr@czarny-rycerz. JAWORZE Hotel Jawor (Sycamore) ****, ul. Turystyczna 204, tel. 033 817 22 06, tel./fax 032 817 21 30 JAWORZNO Hotel Paska Gra ***, ul. Krakowska 1, tel. 032 615 01 50, e-mail: pl Hotel Brojan **, ul. Paderewskiego 43, tel. 032 752 11 11, e-mail: recepcja@brojan. pl KATOWICE H o te l Q u b u s Pre s t i g e * * * * * , ul. Uniwersytecka 13, tel. 032 601 01 00, fax 032 601 02 00, e-mail: Hotel Monopol ****, ul. Dworcowa 5, tel. 032 782 82 82, e-mail: www.hotel. Hotel Novotel Rondo Katowice ****, Al. Rodzieskiego 16, tel. 032 200 44 44, fax 032 200 44 11, e-mail: nov.rondo@ Hotel Diament (Diamond) ***, ul. Dworcowa 9, tel. 032 253 90 41, fax 032 253 90 43, e-mail: katowice@ www.hoteldiament. pl/polski/katowice/powitanie.htm Hotel Kinga ***, ul. Zimowa 36, tel. 032 209 96 69, fax 032 314 15 00 Hotel Silesia ***, ul. Piotra Skargi 2, tel. 032 253 75 84, fax 032 259 61 40, e-mail: Hotel Campanile **, ul. Sowiskiego 48, tel. 032 205 50 50, fax 032 209 06 06, e-mail: Hotel Gociniec Murckowski **, ul. Murckowska 64a, tel. 032 352 99 99 Hotel Katowice **, Al. W. Korfantego 9, tel. 032 258 82 81, fax 032 259 75 26, e-mail:; Hotel Uniwersytecki **, ul. Bytkowska 1a, tel. 032 259 92 71, fax 032 259 92 78 Hotel AWF *, ul. Mikoowska 72c, tel. 032 207 54 01, fax 032 251 02 26, http:// Hotel Polonia *, ul. Kochanowskiego 3,

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tel. 034 324 33 03, fax 034 324 28 07 Hotel HAGA *, ul. Katedralna 9, tel. 034 324 61 73, fax 032 324 61 73, e-mail: DBROWA GRNICZA Hotel KEM **, ul Kasprzaka 84, tel./ fax 032 264 10 00, e-mail: GLIWICE Hotel Diament (Diamond) ***, ul. Zwycistwa 30, tel. 032 231 22 44, fax 032 231 72 16, e-mail: gliwice@hoteldiament. pl powitanie.htm Hotel Diament-Plaza ***, ul. Zwycistwa 42, tel. 032 231 18 21, fax 032 231 71 26, e-mail: gliwice@ www.hoteldiament. pl/polski/gliwiceplaza/powitanie Hotel Mikulski ***, ul. Dbrowskiego 24, tel. 032 331 82 01-5, fax 032 331 82 00, e-mail: Hotel Qubus ***, ul. Dworcowa 27, tel. 032 300 11 00, fax 032 300 12 00, e-mail: Hotel Piast **, ul. Chodkiewicza 33, tel. 032 231 26 32, fax 032 231 26 32, www. Hotel Tawerna **, Gliwice-Kleszczw, ul. Wolnoci 8, tel. 032 305 00 65, fax 032 305 00 64; e-mail: hotel-restauracja. ISTEBNA H o te l Szarotk a (Edel we i s ) * , Andziowka 464, tel./fax 033 855 60 18, e-mail:


tel. 032 251 40 51, fax 032 251 40 53, email: KOBIR Hotel Noma Residence ****, Hunting Lodge in Promnice near. Tychy, tel. 032 219 46 78, e-mail: pl KORBIELW Hotel Harna *** , ul. Lena 1, tel. 033 863 66 19, fax 032 863 67 33, e-mail: www.harnas. Hotel FeroLux ***, ul. Szczyrbok 62, tel./fax 033 863 60 23, e-mail: fero@tenit. KUNIA RACIBORSKA Hotel Gracja **, ul. Moniuszki 3, tel./fax 032 419 14 10 LIPOWA Hotel Zimnik ***, Lipowa 396, tel. 033 867 02 81, 033 865 27 07, 0513 168 919, e-mail: www. MIASTECZKO LSKIE Hotel Miasteczko *, ul. Srebrna 6, tel./fax 032 288 86 48 MIDZYBRODZIE YWIECKIE Pensjonat Trjka ***, ul. Beskidzka 42, tel. 033 866 13 54, www.osw-troja.
Magurka mountain shelter, photo. E. Wieczorek

PIEKARY LSKIE Hotel Apogeum **, ul wirki 16, tel. 032 381 59 00 Hotel Imperium (Empire) **, ul. M. Skodowskiej-Curie 65, tel. 032 287 91 50 Hotel Komfort Inn **, ul. Inwalidw Wojennych, tel. 032 767 85 55, e-mail: POCZESNA Hotel Zornica ***, ul. Spadowa 4, tel./ fax 034 327 48 81, e-mail: hotelzornica@ PODLESICE Hotel Ostaniec (Inselberg) ***, Podlesice k/Kroczyc, tel. 034 315 50 01-5, fax 034 315 20 40, e-mail: biuro@ pl/ho.html PSZCZYNA Hotel Imperium (Empire) ***, ul. Bielska 54, tel. 032 210 00 00, tel./fax 032 212 80 80, e-mail: recepcja@hotelimperium. Hotel U Michalika ***, ul. Dworcowa 11, tel./fax 032 210 13 55, 032 210 13 88 RACIBRZ Hotel Polonia ***, Pl. Dworcowy 16, tel./fax 032 414 02 70, e-mail: hotel@ www. Hotel R agos **, ul. Kociuszki 38, tel. 032 415 37 40, tel./fax 032 415 36 79, e-mail: RUDA LSKA Pension House Florianka ****, ul. Niedurnego 73, tel. 032 772 40 15, fax 032 772 14 76 RYBNIK Hotel Maranta ***, ul. Maachowskiego 130, tel. 032 422 01 36, 032 422 02 69, fax 032 739 20 95, e-mail: recepcja@ Hotel Olimpia ***, ul. Hotelowa 12, tel. 032 422 10 97, 032 422 21 40, fax 032 422 50 53, e-mail: Hotel Arena **, ul. Gliwicka 72, tel. 032 433 13 95 Hotel Politaski **, ul. Sosnowa 5, tel. 032 422 32 80, pl/hotel_politanski

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MIKOW Motel A&P *, ul. Jasna 1-5, tel. 032 226 04 34, fax 032 226 04 50, e-mail: MILWKA Hotel Milena **, ul. Dworcowa 22, tel. 033 863 76 49, tel./fax 033 863 73 83, PAWOWICE Hotel Koniczynka (Clover) **, ul Zjednoczenia 16, tel. 032 472 21 22


SOSNOWIEC Hotel Aria ***, ul. Kresowa 5/7, tel. 032 299 91 46, 032 299 94 26, fax 032 299 84 91, e-mail: Hotel Orion **, ul. Przyjaci onierza 5a, tel. 032 266 18 97, 032 266 70 33, fax 032 266 71 58, e-mail: hotele@orion. SONICOWICE Hotel SilVia ***, ul. Gliwicka 90, tel./fax 032 238 77 11, e-mail: gliwice@ php SZCZYRK Hotel Klimczok ****, ul. Poziomkowa 20, tel. 033 817 86 73, fax 032 817 89 07, e-mail: Hotel Orze-Biay (White Eagle) *, ul. Spacerowa 4, tel. 033 817 86 87 WIERKLANIEC Hotel Paac Kawalera (Bachelors Palace) ***, ul. Parkowa 30, tel./fax 032 284 43 30, tel. 032 381 48 00, e-mail: www.palac. TARNOWSKIE GRY Hotel Olimpijski **, ul. Korczaka 23, tel./fax 032 285 45 24 TYCHY Hotel Piramida *****, Sikorskiego 100, tel./fax: 032 325 78 78, reservation 032 325 78 79, e-mail: Hotel Corona ***, ul, Owicimska 219, tel. 032 216 98 20 Hotel Daria ***, ul. Skadowa 2, tel. 032 329 12 90, fax 032 329 12 91, e-mail: Hotel Tychy **, ul. Jana Pawa 10, tel. 032 217 20 31, fax 032 217 40 25, e-mail: Hotel Prima *, ul. gen. De Gaullea 8, tel./fax 032 227 70 51-5 USTRO Hotel Belweder *****, ul. Zdrojowa 15, tel. 033 854 85 00, fax 032 854 85 24, e-mail: Hotel Jaskka (Swallow) ***, ul. Zdrojowa 10, tel. 033 854 15 87, fax 032 854 29 29, e-mail: Hotel Ustro ***, ul. Hutnicza 7, tel./fax 033 854 22 05 Hotel Wilga ***, ul. Zdrojowej 7, tel. 033 854 33 11, 032 854 35 45, e-mail: www.wilga.

Pensjonat rdeko (Little spring)***, ul. rdlana 24, tel. 033 858 74 50, tel./fax 032 854 11 26, e-mail: zrodelko@prezentacje. pl Hotel Magnolia **, ul. Szpitalna 15, tel. 033 854 36 90, fax 033 854 33 32, e-mail: Hotel Sok (Falcon)**, ul. Zdrojowa 3, tel. 033 854 11 59, 032 854 33 91, fax 032 854 35 67; e-mail: sokol@antracyt.home. pl Hotel Tulipan **, ul. Szpitalna 21, tel. 033 854 37 80, fax 032 854 20 82, e-mail: Hotel Ziemowit **, ul. Szpitalna 88, tel. 033 854 34 86, fax 032 854 48 56, e-mail: WGIERSKA GRKA Pension House Melaxa **, ul. Zielona 6, tel. 033 864 12 23 WISA Hotel Millenium ***, ul. Malinka 35, tel./fax 033 855 36 61 Hotel Stok (Slope) ***, ul. Jawornik 52a, tel. 033 855 24 04-7, fax 033 855 24 04, e-mail: Hotel Polonia **, ul. Wyzwolenia 34a, tel. 033 855 35 55, fax 033 855 33 05, email: Hotel Start **, ul. Olimpijska 1, tel. 033 855 24 14, fax 032 855 23 63, e-mail: poczta@ Pension House Umiech (Smile) *, Wisa-Malinka, ul. Chaupiaska 1, tel. 033 855 36 52 WONIKI Hotel Paac Czarny Las (Black Forest Palace) ****, Czarny Las, tel. 034 357 30 78, fax 034 352 1009 ZABRZE Hotel Diament (Diamond)***, ul. Cisowa 4, tel. 032 278 66 80, fax 032 278 66 79, e-mail: powitanie.htm Hotel SilVia ***, ul. Knurowska 17, tel./fax 032 274 85 08, e-mail: zabrze@ php Hotel Ibis **, ul. Jagielloska 4, tel. 032 777 70 00, fax 032 777 70 07, e-mail: ibis. Hotel Etap *, ul. Bytomska 120, tel. 032 271 43 43, fax 032 274 63 66, e-mail:, www.

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ZAWIERCIE Hotel Villa Verde ***, ul. Mrzygodzka 273, tel. 032 670 38 00, fax 032 670 38 01, e-mail: www. ZEBRZYDOWICE Hotel Zebrzydowice *,ul.Kochanowskiego 39, tel./fax 032 469 35 24 ZOTY POTOK Hotel Kmicic ***, ul. Majora Wrzoska, tel. 034 327 82 43, fax 034 327 80 66, e-mail: www. ORY Hotel ory **, ul. Wojska Polskiego, tel. 032 435 08 66, 032 435 09 22, fax 032 435 08 90

Stoek PTTK Mountain Hostel , 957 m., tel. 033 855 27 10, http://www.beskidy. s.htm Szyndzielnia PTTK Mountain Hostel, 1001 m., tel. 033 814 40 47, http://www. BESKID YWIECKI Dworzec Beskidzki PTTK Mountain Hostel , Zwardo, 43, tel. 033 864 63 05, dwbeskidzki Hala Lipowska PTTK Mountain Hostel , 1291 m., tel. 033 861 31 41, http://www. Hala Miziowa PTTK Mountain Hostel, 1330 m., tel./fax 033 475 00 00, http:// Hala Rysianka PTTK Mountain Hostel , 1320 m. tel. 033 861 23 49, http://www. Przegibek PTTK Mountain Hostel , 1000 m, tel. 033 864 41 39, http:// Wielk a Racza PT TK Mountain Hostel, 1230 m., tel. 0506 038 290, 0502 286 486 JURA KRAKOWSKOCZSTOCHOWSKA Mountain Youth Hostel, 2 nd cat., Czstochowa, ul Jasnogrska 84/90 Mountain Youth Hostel, 3 rd cat., Siedlec Janowski, ul. Szkolna 8

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Rwnica mountain shelter, photo. A. Krzemiski

BLACHOWNIA OsiR Guest House, 3 rd cat., ul. Sportowa 1, tel./fax 034 327 0415 BESKID MAY Magurka PTTK Mountain Hostel, 912 m above sea level, tel. 033 817 0421, BESKID LSKI Wiecha Mountain Hostel, 1 st cat., Ustro -Jaszowiec, ul. Stroma Hondrasik Youth Mountain Hostel , 1 st cat., Szczyrk, ul. Sportowa 2 Mountain Youth Hostel , 1 st cat., Buczkowice, ul. Grunwaldzka 220 Mountain Youth Hostel, 1 st cat., Cieszyn, ul. Bogocka 24 Klimczok PTTK Mountain Hostel, 1034 m. above sea level, tel. 033 814 52 88, http://www.Mountain Hostelklimczok. Rwnica PTTK Mountain Hostel, 785 m., tel. 033 854 24 48

BIELSKO-BIAA Camping Pod Dbowcem ****, ul. Karbowa 15, tel. 033 814 60 80, fax 033 814 88 75 Camping Ondraszek *, ul. Pocztowa 43, tel. 033 814 64 25, tel/fax 033 814 36 01 CZSTOCHOWA Camping Oleka ***, ul. Oleki 22/30, tel./fax 034 360 60 66, e-mail: camping@ KATOWICE Camping 215 ****, ul. Murckowska 6, tel. 032 255 53 88 YWIEC Camping Cest La Vie , ul Krlowej Jadwigi 41, tel. 033 65 24 27



BDZIN Koo Przewodnikw Beskidzkich i Terenowych Branchu PTTK im. M. KantoraMirskiego (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. Maachowskiego 43, tel. 032 762 17 47
A time for relax at Wielka Rycerzowa, photo. A. Sawski

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CZSTOCHOWA Czstochowski Branch Przewodnikw PTTK im. Jana Dugosza (Czstochowa Branch of PTTK Guides), ul. Katedralna 13, box: 631, tel. 034 363 07 14 Branch Miejski im. dr. W. Biegaskiego, (City Branch) Al. NMP 39/41, tel. 034 324 67 55

BIELSKO-BIAA Koo Przewodnikw Beskidzkich Branchu PTTK (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association) ul. Wzgrze 9, tel. 033 812 24 00 BYTOM Koo Pr zewodnikw Besk idzk ich, Terenowych i Miejskich Branchu PTTK im. Stefana Lachowicza (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. onierza Polskiego 13, tel. 032 281 62 03 CHORZW Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych im. Augusta Czarnynogi Branchu PTTK (PTTK Touristic Guides Association), ul. Sienkiewicza 3/7, tel./fax 032 247 68 12, CHORZW Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych Branchu PTTK Huta Batory (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. S. Batorego 35, tel./fax 032 246 02 28, 032 772 22 28 CIESZYN Koo Przewodnikw Besk idzk ich i Terenow ych Branchu PT TK Besk id lski (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. Gboka 56, tel./fax 033 852 11 86

Branch PT TK Huta C zstochowa, (Czstochowa Steelworks PTTK Branch) ul. ukasiskiego 24, tel. 034 323 25 05 DBROWA GRNICZA Koo Przewodnikw Terenowych i Beskidzkich Branchu PTTK (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association)ul. Adamieckiego 13, tel. 032 262 01 20 GLIWICE Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych Branchu PTTK Ziemi Gliwickiej (Ziemia Gliwicka PTTK Branch of Touristic Guides) Rynek 12, tel. 032 231 26 16 Koo Przewodnikw Tatrzaskich Branchu PTTK Ziemi Gliwickiej, (Tatra Mountais PTTK Guides Association, Ziemia Gliwicka Branch), Rynek 12, tel. 032 231 26 16 Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych Branchu Kolejowego PTTK w Gliwicach (PTTK Touristic Guides Association, Railway Branch), ul. Dubois 12, tel. 032 237 72 34 Studenckie Koo Przewodnikw Grskich Harnasie Branchu Midzyuczelnianego PTTK, (Harnasie StudentsCircle of Mountain PTTK Guides), ul. ks. Strzody 8, tel. 032 231 87 25 JASTRZBIE ZDRJ Koo Przewodnikw Branchu PT TK, (Guides Circle of PTTK Branch), ul. Harcerska 14B, tel. 032 471 94 88


JAWORZNO Koo Przewodnikw Beskidzkich i Terenowych Branchu PTTK (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. Grunwaldzka 80, tel. 032 616 39 52 KATOWICE Koo Przewodnikw Miejskich po GOP i Terenowych Grnolskiego Branchu PTTK, (PTTK City and Local Silesia Guides Association), ul. Staromiejska 13, tel.032 253 03 62; Koo Przewodnikw Tatrzaskich im. J. Chmielewskiego Grnolskiego Branchu PT TK, (PT TK Tatra Mountains Guides Association, Upper Silesia Branch), ul. Staromiejska 13, tel.032 253 03 62; Koo Przewodnikw Beskidzkich im. B. Ryborza Grnolskiego Branchu PTTK (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. Staromiejska 13, tel.032 253 03 62 S t u d e n c k i e K o o Pr z e w o d n i k w Beskidzkich Branchu Midzyuczelnianego PTTK (Students Circle of PTTk Beskidy Guides), Koo Pr zewodnikw B esk idzk ich, Terenowych i Miejskich Branchu PTTK Huta Baildon (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association at Baildon Steelworks), ul. elazna 9, tel. 032 258 82 21 w. 1776 MIKOW Koo Przewodnikw Beskidzkich i Terenowych Branchu PTTK (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. Krakowska 2, tel./fax 032 226 28 98 PSZCZYNA Koo Przewodnikw Beskidzkich i Terenowych Branchu PTTK (PTTK Beskidy
GOPR rescuers in action, photo. Z. Kubicz

Guides Association), Rynek 3, tel./fax 032 210 35 30, 032 210 11 22 RACIBRZ K o o Pr z e wo d n i k w Te r e n o w y c h Branchu PTTK Ziemi Raciborskiej (PTTK Local Guides of Ziemia R aciborsk a Association) , ul. Chopina16, tel. 032 415 30 93 RUDA LSKA Koo Przewodnikw Terenowych Branchu PTTK (PTTK Local Guides Association), ul. Objazdowa 3a, tel. 032 248 67 48 RYBNIK Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych Branchu PTTK (PTTK Touristic Guides Association), ul. Pisudskiego 4, tel. 032 422 80 72, 032 422 74 47 SOSNOWIEC Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych Branchu PTTK im. A. Janowskiego (PTTK Touristic Guides Association), ul. Dbliska 3, tel. 032 266 23 61 SZCZYRK Koo Przewodnikw Grskich Branchu Beskidzkiego PTTK (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. Beskidzka 31, tel. 033 817 87 04, 033 817 81 83 TARNOWSKIE GRY Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych Branchu PTTK (PTTK Touristic Guides Association), ul. Grnicza 7, tel. 032 285 48 91 TYCHY Koo Przewodnikw Turystycznych im. H. Czyby Branchu PTTK (PTTK Touristic Guides Association), al. Niepodlegoci 116, tel. 032 227 28 93 WISA Koo Przewodnikw Beskidzkich i Terenowych Branchu PTTK (PTTK Beskidy Guides Association), ul. Lipowa 4a, tel. 033 855 35 60 WODZISAW LSKI Koo Przewodnikw Branchu PTTK (PTTK Guides Association), ul. ks. pk. W. Kubsza 15, tel./fax 032 455 32 58, 032 455 45 69 ZABRZE Koo Pr zewodnikw B ra n c h u PTTK (PTTK Guides Association), pl. Dworcowy 5, tel. 032 271 34 27 ZAWIERCIE Koo Przewodnikw Te r e n o w y c h , B e s k i d z k i c h i Jurajskich Branchu PT TK im. A. Janowskiego (PT TK Local, B e s k i d y, a n d J u r a s s i c G u i d e s Association), ul. Sikorskiego 10, tel. 032 672 18 41


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GOPR Rescuers Patrol, photo. arch. Grupa Beskidzka GOPR

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YWIEC Branch Babiogrski PTTK, (Babia Gra Branch of PTTK Guides) ul. 3 Maja 16, tel. 033 861 26 34

GRNOLSKA IZBA TURYSTYKI (UPPER SILESIA CHAMBER OF TOURISM), 40-014 Katowice, ul. Mariacka 1, tel./fax 032 781 95 52, IZBA TURYSTYKI PIELGRZYMKOWEJ (CHAMBER OF PILGRIM TOURISM), 40-527 Katowice, ul. Gawronw 20, tel./fax 032 205 38 28, tel. 032 205 38 29, 032 205 38 30 P O L S K A I Z B A P I E L G R Z Y M K O WA (POLISH CHAMBER OF PILGRIMAGES), 42-200 Czstochowa, ul. witej Barbar y 41 POLSKA IZBA TURYSTYKI BRANCH LSKI (POLISH CHAMBER OF TOURISM SILESIA BRANCH), 40-012 Katowice, ul. Dworcowa 15, tel./fax 032 253 85 75


THE MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER RESCUE SERVICE GOPR (GRSKIE OCHOTNICZE POGOTOWIE RATUNKOWE) BESKIDY GROUP EMERGENCY: 033 817 85 36; 033 829 69 00; 985 (free call) JURASSIC GROUP EMERGENCY: 034 315 20 99; 034 315 20 00; 985 (free call) WAT E R R E S C U E V O LU N T E E R S E R V I C E WOPR (WODNE OCHOTNICZE POGOTOWIE RATUNKOWE) Katowice, ul. Pawa 6/6, tel. 032 253 61 58 Bielsko-Biaa, ul. Partyzantw 64/13, tel. 033 812 37 86 Czstochowa, ul. Sobieskiego 5, tel. 034 324 23 55

Szyndzielnia mountain shelter photo. A. Sawski


LSKA ORGANIZACJA TURYSTYCZNA (SILESIAN TOURISTIC ORGANIZATION), 40085 Katowice, ul. Mickiewicza 29, tel. 032 207 20 71, tel./fax 032 207 20 72, e-mail: BESKIDZKA IZBA TURYSTYKI (BESKIDY CHAMBER OF TOURISM), 43-300 BielskoBiaa, ul. Piastowska 2, tel./fax 033 812 24 06, 033 812 21 39

POLSKIE TOWARZYSTWO SCHRONISK MODZIEOWYCH (POLISH YOUTH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION), Zarzd Okrgu, 40-086 Katowice, ul. Sokolska 26, tel./fax 032 259 68 49 POLSKIE TOWARZYSTWO TURYSTYCZNOKRAJOZNAWCZE PTTK (POLISH TOURISM ASSOCIATION), Regional Foundation ofTourism; Council of Presidents of Silesian PTTK Branch, Regional Tourism workshop, 40-013 Katowice, ul. Staromiejska 4, tel./fax 032 253 93 52, 032 253 78 12,


Indepth touristic information about l s k i e Vo i v o d e s h i p , i n c l u d i n g re c re a t i o n , accommodation, catering, touristic routes, ski runs, nature attractions, monuments and culture, is available on: website. BIELSKO-BIAA City Center of Touristic Information, pl. Ratuszowy 4, tel. 033 819 00 50, BYTOM Promotion Office of Bytom, Rynek 7, tel. 032 386 36 74, 032 386 36 69, CIESZYN

SOSNOWIEC City information Center, ul. Modrzejowska 1a, tel. 032 368 17 74, www. SZCZYRK 24 h information about skiing conditions, tel. 033 817 89 26 Touristic Information, ul. Beskidzka 41, tel./fax: 033 815 83 88, e-mail: TARNOWSKIE GRY Information Center about the City and European Union, Rynek 4 (side entrance to the City Hall, tel. 032 393 38 49, USTRO City Information Center, Rynek 2, tel./ fax 033 854 26 53, WISA

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Wisa Center of Culture and InformaCity Information Center and Borderland Information Agency, Rynek tion, pl. B. Hoffa 3, tel. 033 855 34 56, tel./fax 033 855 29 67, 1, tel. 033 852 30 50, 033 852 07 01 w. 229, Beskidy Mountain People, photo. arch. OT Silesian Castle of Art and Enterprise, ul. Zamkowa 3 c, tel. 033 851 03 01 w. 14, CZSTOCHOWA City Information Center, Al. NMP 65, tel. 034 368 22 50, Jasnogrskie Centrum Informacji Klasztor OO. Paulinw na Jasnej Grze 42, ul. Kordeckiego 2 tel. 034 365 38 88, 034 377 74 08, KATOWICE City information Center, ul. Myska 2, tel. 032 259 38 08, tel./fax 032 259 33 69, PSZCZYNA Touristic information Bureau, Brama Wybracw 1, tel. 032 212 99 99, RACIBRZ City Information Center, ul. Duga 2, tel. 032 415 72 39 RYBNIK City Information Center, pl. Wolnoci, tel. 032 422 94 00,

ZAWIERCIE Jurassic Touristic Information, ul. Piastowska 1, tel./fax: 032 672 43 31, IT Point, ul. Sikorskiego 6, tel. 032 678 39 93, 032 672 18 41, www.powiat. ORY City Information Point, ul. ks. Klimka 4, tel. 032 434 48 82, 0801 336 555 YWIEC Touristic information Bureau, Rynek 12, tel. 033 861 43 10, 033 861 70 38,


TOURISTIC REGIONS .......................................................................................... 3 Beskidy .............................................................................................................................................. 3 Upper Silesia Industrial Area .................................................................................................. 4 Krakowsko-Czstochowska Jura .............................................................................................. 4 Gliwice Lubliniec region .......................................................................................................... 4 Pszczyna Land ................................................................................................................................. 5 Rybnik and Racibrz Land .......................................................................................................... 5 NATURAL ATTRACTIONS ................................................................................... 6 Landscape parks ............................................................................................................................ 6 Nature reserves ............................................................................................................................... 7 Nature 2000 protected areas .................................................................................................. 11 Nature in the city ......................................................................................................................... 13 A Z TOURISTIC GUIDE .................................................................................... 14 PILGRIMAGE TOURISM AND SANCTUARIES .................................................... 44 Sanctuaries .................................................................................................................................. 44 Penitential crosses ...................................................................................................................... 47 John Paul II in Silesia .................................................................................................................. 48 Judaic of the Silesian Voivodeship ........................................................................................ 48 ACTIVE TOURISM .............................................................................................. 51 Ski lifts and runs ........................................................................................................................... 51 Cable cars ....................................................................................................................................... 51 Toboggan runs ............................................................................................................................. 52 Major marked touristic trails ................................................................................................... 52 Bike tourism .................................................................................................................................. 53 Horse riding ................................................................................................................................... 54 Horse riding routes ..................................................................................................................... 55 Horse riding centers ................................................................................................................... 55 Golf ................................................................................................................................................... 56 Water sport centers .................................................................................................................... 57 Extreme sports ............................................................................................................................. 58 Entertainment parks .................................................................................................................. 59 HERITAGE TOURISM .......................................................................................... 61 Castles and palaces ..................................................................................................................... 61 The Route of the Wooden Architecture ............................................................................. 73 A Fortified Region Silesia ....................................................................................................... 77 Museums and expositions ....................................................................................................... 77 INDUSTRIAL TOURISM ...................................................................................... 83 RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION .............................................................. 87 Hotels and pension houses ..................................................................................................... 87 Guest Houses and Mountain Hostels ................................................................................... 91 Camp sites ...................................................................................................................................... 91 SERVICES FOR TOURISTS ................................................................................. 92 Guiding services .......................................................................................................................... 92 Safety for tourists ........................................................................................................................ 93 Institutions connected with tourism .................................................................................... 94 Touristic information .................................................................................................................. 95