Activities the township of Bielsko–Biała offers. Here are some opportunities :
Central location for trips abroad
Bielsko-Biala is one of the largest cities in Silesia, Southern Poland with a population of about 180,000 in the city itself and over half a million if its metro area taken into account. Bielsko-Biala is a place which tourists visit -people from all over the country visit the city as it is a logistical and cultural center for nearby winter sport towns, such as Szczyrk, Wisla, Ustron and Zywiec.
It is situated 50 km south of Katowice and 75 km west of Krakow. The location is ideal for trips to many places in Central Europe, and the city is well served by public transport for getting around and getting away.
The Katowice-Pyrzowice airport in Pyrzowice (80 km from Bielsko-Biala) is an airport for domestic and European flights to following cities: Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Budapest, Cologne, Cork, Dortmund, Dublin, Doncaster – Sheffield, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Koln, Liverpool, London, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Rome, Rhodes, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, Warsaw, Dusseldorf. There's a frequent shuttle bus from outside the terminal building to the city centre dropping off near the main railway station. For further information see GTL Airport Katowice - Pyrzowice [https://www.katowice-airport.com/en/index/index/0].
The other option, perhaps better, is the Balice Airport (KRK) [http://www.krakowairport.pl/en/]. It is the Krakow airport, located about 65km to the east of Bielsko-Biala. It is the second biggest airport in Poland, with frequent domestic and international charter and scheduled flights. There are several direct arrivals every day from all over Europe, including London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Milan, Cologne, Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Rome, Vienna and Zurich. Services also fly from Chicago and New York in the USA, and there are summer flights to more destinations, including Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. The main flight companies operating in the airport include British Airways, LOT (the Polish national airline), Air France, Alitalia, Aerlingus, Austrian Airlinese, and Lufthansa. There are also lots of budget airlines operating here, including Central Wings, easyJet, German Wings, Jet 2, Ryanair, and SkyEurope. Alternatively, you can fly to Warsaw for a connecting flight.
Bielsko-Biala Main Railway Station is located in the city center.
Trains from all parts of Poland and other countries arrive at the Main Station. There are Intercity and Eurocity express trains stopping at Bielsko-Biala, as its railway goes on the line Budapest - Bielsko-Biala - Katowice - Warsaw and Vienna - Bielsko-Biala - Katowice - Warsaw.
The trains within Poland are run by Polskie Koleje Państwowe (see PKP http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en)
Long-distance bus services arrive at the Main Bus Station (near the Main Railway Station). The main operator is Eurolines Polska (see http://www.eurolines-polska.pl/pl/). Services are available from Krakow (2 hours - an hour quicker than the train), Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan and in summer to the Baltic coastal resorts. These buses are comfortable, fast and efficient, whilst being still surprisingly cheap.You can also check another operator PolskiBus (see http://www.polskibus.com/en/index.htm) There are also local PKS buses to travel around Silesia (see PKS http://www.pks-bielsko.pl/viewpage.php?page_id=11).
The main attraction of Bielsko-Biala is, for most visitors, not what's in the town but what surrounds it. The city is a very good base for lightweight exploration of the area as it has transport connections to many resort towns and villages, while many a mountain walking trial actually starts in Bielsko-Biala (or its suburbs).
Situated at the foot of the Beskid Slaski and the Beskid Maly Mountains, Bielsko-Biala has extremely rich natural resources. It belongs to a region often referred to as the “Green Lungs of Poland”. Among the most favoured attractions are the numerous trails leading to the most enchanting nooks of the Beskidy Mountains, and the chance to take a cable car trip to Szyndzielnia (1026 m) anytime throughout the year. Even those of you who have no inclination for hill walking at all get a chance to enjoy a picnic at the mountain top: take a town bus no 8 from the main road (3 Maja/Partyzantow) to the end marked Szyndzielnia and you will be less than five minutes walk away from the bottom station of the cable car. The journey in little "gondolas" that take maximum of 6 people takes about 6 minutes and is over 1800 meters long, taking the passengers 450 meters up from the bottom level. It's not exactly a breathtaking ride, but a fun thing to do and provides a lovely view of the city and the surrounding areas. At the top you can just walk in the wood and laze about on the tufty, springy mountain grass, walk 5 minutes to the mountain hostel to get a drink or something to eat or another 5 minutes to get to the actual summit of Szyndzielnia.
Those more athletically inclined can walk further half an hour (and another 100 meters up) to the neighbouring top of Klimczok (1117m above sea level) or alternatively take a gentle descent down back to town by any of at least three different routes whose length vary from about two hours (back to the bottom station) to about 3.5 if you choose one of the longer routes as the one to Blonia/Bystra or to Wapienica. Tickets for the cable car cost 13 PLN adult return or 10 PLN one way
Hikers have more than 4,200 km of marked tourist routes at their disposal. A web of tourist routes in the Beskid Slaski, Beskid Zywiecki and Beskid Maly mountain ranges link many mountain chalets and shelters whose tradition goes back to the beginning of tourism in the 19th century.
The Beskidy Mountains supports a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many rare and protected species. The landscape is diverse, with densely forested slopes interspersed by high altitude meadows, natural mountain streams and rocky caves. You can still find here the remains of the primeval spruce, beech, and fir forests. The lowest parts are dominated by birches, sycamore, and maples; above, there are beeches and conifers, gradually giving way to dwarf mountain pines. Over 1,560 meters above the sea level, the only plants are of the Alpine type. Equally rich is the fauna; in the remote parts of forests you can meet bears, badgers, deer, wolves, lynxes, roe-deer, otters, many species of birds, reptiles, and amphibians. To preserve this unique environment, the Babia Gra National Park has been created, now included in the UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Preservation.
The region around Bielsko-Biała is renown for its mountains – The Beskidys!!
These are the home of skiing in south Poland.
There are two main areas that of Szczyrkhttp://www.gat.pl/download/mapa_cs.jpg (see also http://www.szczyrkowski.pl/ )and that of Korbielów https://korbielow.net/pilsko_trasy_wyciagi/.
Szczyrk is the closest area to Bielsko being a short 30-40 minute bus ride from the town centre, whereas Korbielów is a bit further away being the other side of Żywiec. Trains and buses run from Bielsko to both resorts on a regular basis.
Both of the resorts are serviced with either chairlifts or, mainly, ‘T-Bars’ or drag lifts. Both have a variety of runs from Green to Black with the majority being Red. The season generally begins in December and runs to the end of March depending on snowfalls and both have snow making facilities. Runs vary from 800 meters to up to 4.5 Km.
Further from Bielsko in Slovakia there are a number of ski areas which are modern and easily accessible if you have a car (90 mins) or a friend with a car (students are often good for this). The Slovakian areas tend to be better equipped than the Polish ones with more modern infrastructure and facilities such as 8 seat gondolas and 4 seat chairlifts. See – Snow Paradise http://www.snowparadise.sk/snowparadise/en/
Where to eat
Pubs and Cafes
There are many pubs and cafes in Bielsko-Biała. The biggest cluster of them can be found in the town centre, close to the main pedestrian zone and the shopping district in 11 Listopada Street and on Stary Rynek (old Town) Square.
Where to stay:
Landscape Parks Reserves and other tourist attractions
Stok Szyndzielni Natural Reserve
Landscape Park of the Silesian Beskid
Landscape Park of the Beskid Mały
Gondola lift up Szyndzielnia mountain
Klimczok Slope – Polana (length 430 m, elevation 105 m)
Dębowiec Slope – Polana (length 400 m, elevation 70 m)
Szyndzielnia Mountain – Kamienicka Meadow (length 275 m, elevation 43 m)