Szczyrk

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Szczyrk
Szczyrk as seen from Skrzyczne mountain
Szczyrk as seen from Skrzyczne mountain
Coat of arms of Szczyrk
Coat of arms
Szczyrk within Bielsko County
Szczyrk within Bielsko County
Szczyrk is located in Poland
Szczyrk
Szczyrk
Szczyrk within Bielsko County
Coordinates: 49°42′58″N 19°1′37″E / 49.71611°N 19.02694°E / 49.71611; 19.02694
Country Poland
VoivodeshipSilesian
CountyBielsko
GminaSzczyrk (urban gmina)
City rights1 January 1973 (1973-01-01)
Government
 • MayorAntoni Byrdy
Area
 • Total39.07 km2 (15.09 sq mi)
Highest elevation
600 m (2,000 ft)
Lowest elevation
500 m (1,600 ft)
Population
 (2006)
 • Total5,860
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
43-370
Car platesSBI
Websitehttp://www.szczyrk.pl

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

The town is a popular winter sports centre, with over 60 km of ski runs served by 30 ski lifts. Poland's Winter Olympics athletes train for in Szczyrk for events such as skiing, ski jumping and ice skating.[citation needed]

The two mountain ranges that surround the valley are dominated by the peaks of Skrzyczne at 1,257 metres (4,124 feet) and Klimczok 1,117 metres (3,665 feet), both of significant interest to tourists since they have commanding views from either peak. Moreover, both peak is accessible to most people in one day's hike via the tourist routes. Skrzyczne is also accessible via a chairlift.

To the west of Szczyrk is Wisła, a town where the source of the Vistula (Wisła) river can be found (around the Barania Góra mountain).

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Szczyrk is twinned with:

Gallery[edit]

A ski jumping hill in Szczryk.

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Coordinates: 49°42′58″N 19°1′37″E / 49.71611°N 19.02694°E / 49.71611; 19.02694