must see and do
Here are some uniquely Bielsko-Biała’s top things to do and see.
Admire ‘Little Vienna’ Architecture
Most of the folders promoting Bielsko-Biala inform that ‘Bielsko-Biała is often described as Little Vienna. Indeed, the architecture of the city was modelled on Vienna and some of the buildings were even designed by famous Viennese architects. Majority of buildings were constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and represent Revival, Art Nouveau and Classicism styles. A casual walk through the city and a chance to admire unique designs is an attraction not to miss.
HAVE A DRINK IN THE OLD TOWN
The Old Town of Bielsko-Biała is not the largest historic district that you will ever see, but it has an undeniable charm and a lots of character. It has some features like the Sułkowski’s Castle, which now hosts the City Museum; the city’s cathedral, a few cute streets and nooks; and the Old Market Square at its centre.
During the day, the Old Town seems peaceful and quiet, but in the evenings, especially on weekends, the neighbourhood is buzzing with life. Most of the pubs and some of the great restaurants are located in the area.
Explore the Beskids Mountains
Bielsko-Biała, apart from being a beautiful city, has a fantastic location and beautiful surrounding landscape. The city is situated at the foot of the Beskid Mountains and 25% of its area is occupied by forest.
A short city bus ride will take you directly to the green spaces and to starting points of hiking trails. Bielsko-Biała is a convenient base for those who value city comforts, and at the same time appreciate an easy access to nature.
Take a cable car to Szyndzielnia
If you don’t have too much time to explore the Beskids, but what to get the taste of it, then your option is a cable car ride to one of the Bielsko-Biała’s landmarks – Mount Szyndzielnia.
The local bus no. 8 will take you directly to the Lower Cable Car Station. The ride is short, only 6 minutes, but the views over the city are great, and with no effort you will reach a height of 1028 meters. Once there, you can visit the Szyndzielnia Mountain Shelter for a meal or drink, or climb a viewing tower to get 360 degree view of the area and even the Tatra Mountains on a clear day. In the winter time, you can enjoy skiing.
Enjoy festivals and concerts
For music and art lovers, Bielsko-Biała offers many events like two major jazz festivals, festival of puppetry art, photo-art festival, 90s music festival, organ and sacred music festivals. Hobbyists might be interested in the historic vehicles or military vehicles rallies. Sport events and competitions are also organized throughout the year.
Loose a sense of time during outdoor activities
Feast on traditional and modern Polish food
For many tourists, food is as important experience as any other attraction. If you are one of them, then Bielsko-Biała won’t disappoint you. For old-style Polish culinary experience head to one of the traditional inns. If you fancy Polish food with a modern twist, your option will be restaurants in the centre. Italian cuisine is also popular due to the presence of Italian companies in the city, and it is top notch. Your budget is limited? Don’t worry, your choice won’t be. Homely milk bars, quick bites cafeterias and casual restaurants will feed you for less than 15 złoty.
Have a photo with the Polish famous cartoon characters
This attraction is appealing especially to children. Two monuments, one of Bolek and Lolek and another of Reksio were erected in Bielsko-Biała in the recent years. Who are they? Beloved animated cartoon characters known to every Polish child that were created in the city’s Animated Movies Studio. Bolek and Lolek are brothers (abroad also known as Jym and Jam orBennie and Lennie) and Reksio is a dog. The monuments are 90cm and 130cm high, so perfect buddies for the children to take photos with.
If shopping is what boosts your endorphins levels, then head to one of many shopping malls in Bielsko-Biała. Big international and national brands are available to you, as well as some local products. And if you search for a perfect souvenir or gift, use our list of locally produced items or souvenirs from Poland.