Szczyrk

Szczyrk

Infobox Settlement
name = Szczyrk



image_caption = Szczyrk as seen from Skrzyczne mountain's slope
image_shield = POL Szczyrk COA.svg
pushpin_

pushpin_label_position = bottom
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = POL
subdivision_type1 = Voivodeship
subdivision_name1 = Silesian
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Bielsko
subdivision_type3 = Gmina
subdivision_name3 = Szczyrk (urban gmina)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Wojciech Bydliński
established_title = City rights
established_date = 1973
elevation_min_m = 500
elevation_max_m = 600
area_total_km2 = 39.07
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 5860
population_density_km2 = auto
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST = CEST
utc_offset_DST = +2
latd = 49
latm = 42
lats = 58
latNS = N
longd = 19
longm = 1
longs = 37
longEW = E
postal_code_type = Postal code
postal_code = 43-370
blank_name = Car plates
blank_info = SBI
website = http://www.szczyrk.pl

Szczyrk [IPA-pl|sz|cz|y|r|k] ( _de. 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 routes 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 two mountain ranges that surround the valley are topped by the peaks of Skrzyczne (1,257m) and Klimczok (1,117m), both of significant interest to tourists. One can observe a great view from the top of either peak. Moreover, there is no difficulty in climbing these peaks. They are easily accessible for everyone.

Szczyrk shares a common border with Wisła, a town where the source of the Vistula (Wisła) river can be found (around the Barania Góra mountain).

External links

* [http://www.szczyrk.pl/ Official website]
* [http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Poland/West/Slaskie/Szczyrk/ TrekEarth - photos from Szczyrk]
* [http://www.szczyrk.info.pl Detailed site about Szczyrk]
* [http://foto.szczyrk.info.pl Photo gallery from Szczyrk]


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