Szczyrk as seen from Skrzyczne mountain's slope
Szczyrk within the Bielsko County
|Gmina||Szczyrk (urban gmina)|
|• Mayor||Wojciech Bydliński|
|• 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 (390/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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. The principal training centre for Poland's Winter Olympic athletes is based in the town, where they train for events such as skiing, ski jumping and ice skating. The ski jumping in the Youth WInter Olympics 2009 took place in Szczyrk. Peter Prevc won before Vladimir Zografski and Adrian Schuler.
The two mountain ranges that surround the valley are dominated by the peaks of Skrzyczne at 1,257 metres (4,124 feet) and Klimczok 1,117 metres (3,665 feet), both of significant interest to tourists. There are commanding views from either peak. Moreover, either peak is accessible to most people, in one day's hike, via the tourist routes marked on any tourist map available in most kiosks or mountain shelters. The routes are mostly accessible for the able-bodied, Skrzyczne being accessible via chair-lift.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Szczyrk is twinned with:
- Official website
- skiing in Szczyrk
- TrekEarth - photos from Szczyrk
- Detailed site about Szczyrk
- Photo gallery from Szczyrk
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