Szczyrk as seen from Skrzyczne mountain
Szczyrk within Bielsko County
|Gmina||Szczyrk (urban gmina)|
|City rights||1 January 1973|
|• Mayor||Antoni Byrdy|
|• Total||39.07 km2 (15.09 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||600 m (2,000 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||500 m (1,600 ft)|
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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 5,734 people (2019).
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 in Szczyrk for events such as skiing and ski jumping.
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 peaks are accessible to most people in one day's hike via the tourist routes. Skrzyczne is also accessible via a chairlift.
A ski jumping hill in Szczyrk
Twin towns – sister cities
- "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial divison in 2019. As of 30th June". stat.gov.pl. Statistics Poland. 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
- "Miasta partnerskie". szczyrk.pl (in Polish). Szczyrk. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
- Official website
- Skiing in Szczyrk
- TrekEarth - photos from Szczyrk
- Detailed site about Szczyrk
- Photo gallery from Szczyrk
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