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 (390/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 5,810 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.
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.
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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