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Sucha Beskidzka

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Sucha Beskidzka is a very attractive little tourist town. This is mainly due to its location. Sucha Beskidzka, with a population of about 10,000 inhabitants, lies on the borders of three mountain ranges: Beskid Makowski, Beskid Żywiecki and Beskid Mały. This makes Sucha Beskidzka a great starting point for mountain trekking, offering a choose from the numerous, well marked mountain trails. In addition, Sucha Beskidzka has got some very impressive historical monuments. The most important one is a renaissance castle, called the “Little Wawel."

The origins of this town date back to the beginning of the fifteenth century, when Duke John II, issued a law, allowing for the creation of Sucha Beskidzka in its present location, a small village at the time. The settlement was developing dynamically, passing into the hands of successive private owners. A significant role in the history of the town has been played by the noble Kasper Suski, which initiated the construction of the castle. This castle has achieved greatness in the early seventeenth century, during the reign of the Komorowski family. For many years, this was the main administrative, economic and cultural center for the surrounding areas. Until 1939, the city functioned as a private town, remaining in the hands of such famous families as Wielopolski, Branicki and Tarnowski.

On the 3rd of September 1939 it was invaded by Natzis and taken as property of the Third Reich. In the city, they developed a ghetto, where the murder of the entire Jewish community took place, numbering about 500 people.

The Renaissance castle, now known as "The Little Wawel" was built from 1554 to 1580 by Kasper Suski, as a wood - stone fortified manor house. This manor house was later developed by Peter Komorowski into the beautiful Renaissance palace. In addition, in the early eighteenth century, Anna Wielopolska sponsored construction of two additional towers, which added extra charm. During the reign of the Braniecki Family, there was created one of the largest library collections in Poland at that time. Unfortunately, during the Second World War, most of it was destroyed or stolen. After the war ended the castle operated as a Castle High School. It is now the seat of art galleries, a hotel with a restaurant and the Municipal Cultural Center.

Location and Other Attractions in the Area

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Sucha Beskidzka is a very attractive little tourist town. One of the most famous attractions here is the Renaissance castle, now known as "The Little Wawel" it was built from 1554 to 1580.

Distances to Sucha Beskidzka from:

Krakow:56km
Zakopane:75km
Oświęcim:57km

Other Attractions in the area:

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The Museum of Auschwitz & Auschwitz Birkenau is the only concentration camp to of been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The camp is located in the town of Oświęcim. 

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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a very important pilgrimage site in Poland, situated about 30km south-west of Kraków center. It was created as a faithful duplicate of Jerusalem.

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The Babie Góre National park is only a small part of the Beskidy Mountain Range. The most common place to enter the park is located by the village Zajowa.

The Museum together with an Art Gallery can be visited daily, except Mondays, during the following hours:

  • High season from the 1st of May to the 31st October:Tuesday to Friday. 9.00 - 17.00, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 - 18.00
  • Low season: from the 1st of November to April 30th: Tuesday to Friday. 8 .00 - 16.00,Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00 - 15.00

Ticket prices:

  • Normal Ticket: 6.00zł
  • Discount Ticket Price: 4.00 zł
  • Children under 7 years of age have free admission.

 

Ticket prices include guide service and there is free parking by the castle.

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The castle in Sucha Beskidzka is also famous for its beautiful park, which origins date back to the sixteenth century. The site where the Park is today was a conservatory, or winter garden, which in this case is the only example of English Gothic Revival in Southern Poland. The park has retained much of its old character. You can admire here the ancient ash trees, oaks, hornbeam and Linden. Among other interesting plants, you can see is the: Weymouth, London plane, Swiss pine and red oak.

Another place, worth a visit is a pub-restaurant called “Rome." It represents a specific style of the folk wooden architecture in this region. The inn was built in the second half of the eighteenth century, as a place of special value for merchants of the trade settlement, which at that time was operating here. Today, the inn operates as a restaurant, serving mostly traditional Polish cuisine.

 

 

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