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  • Cultural Heritage
    The origins of the Castle of Bielsko-Biała date from the Piast dynasty, but it owes its present eclectic appearance to the Sułkowski family, who were its owners from the middle of the 18th century to 1945. Nowadays, the castle houses collections of the Bielsko-Biała Museum. During the visit to the castle we can experience the past elegance and learn more about the history of the city, admiring old and contemporary art, and even listen to good music.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Kozy is a large village lying in the district of Bielsko, in the foothills of the Little Beskids. It is indeed the most populated village in Poland. It has almost 12 thousand inhabitants, which is even more than the population of some towns. In the village there is a manor probably dating from the eighteenth century. It is a neo-Classicist building, whose today’s shape results from the renovations in the nineteenth century. The manor is located in the middle of the park.
  • Cultural Heritage
    The village of Bestwina, which is a village and the seat of the commune, is located in the district of Bielsko. The first mention of the village dates back to 1326, so does its name, although it is believed that the village is much older. At the time of Mieszko I, there was a settlement of the Vistulans here. The Polish troops under the command of king John III Sobieski passed through Bestwina on their way to Vienna. From the nineteenth century to the Second World War, the village belonged to the Habsburg Żywiec, who in the 20s of the XIX century built a palace here.
  • Cultural Heritage
    The palace in Jaworze lies in a beautiful spa park, which now bears the name of Marshal Józef Piłsudski. The Classicist buildings were erected in the late eighteenth century, when the owners of the whole village were members of the Laszowski family. Soon, the local estate passed into the hands of the family of de Saint Genois d'Anneaucourt, who became famous for the establishment of a fashionable spa in Jaworze. Today, the palace houses the youth care centre.
  • Cultural Heritage
    The palace of the Kotuliński family in Czechowice is located in the district of Bażaniec, bordering Bielsko-Biała. The Baroque and Rococo building was erected by the counts of Kotuliński, the then owners of the Czechowice lands, at the end of the first half of the eighteenth century. Later, it belonged, among others, to the Renard and Zipser families. In the twenty-first century, it regained its former glory after a major renovation. The palace was converted into a hotel. The building is surrounded with a well-groomed park, with monumental trees.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Stara Wieś
    In the village of Stara Wieś, located in the commune of Wilamowice, in the district of Bielsko, it is worthwhile to see several monuments, including a manor house. The manor house, dating from the second half of the eighteenth century, was erected on the site of an earlier, sixteenth-century building. At the present time, the manor house is unfortunately much neglected, which was due to the years of the communist regime, during which the mansion was the seat of the cooperative, called "Postęp". Near the mansion, a monumental oak tree has survived.
  • Cultural Heritage
    There are only a few remains of the castle of Wołek today. The fortress was built in the fourteenth century, and once stood on the hill of the small range of Bujakowski Groń (also called Mount Bujakowska), over the valley of the Soła river, in Kobiernice, in the Little Beskids. Its history was not long, but turbulent. The ruins are rarely visited by touriSt The hikers who reach the top usually wander along the local paths from the Soła valley towards Hrobacza Łąka.
  • Cultural Heritage
    The palace in Łodygowice, sometimes also called a castle, is a nicely located monument, which is dated from the seventeenth century. The residence owes its present appearance to a nineteenth-century rebuilding. It deprived the palace of defensive qualities. There are, however, a number of the traces which remind us of its earlier function. In the palace park, on the small river Żylica, we will see remains of the earthen ramparts and a moat. Currently, the building houses several Institutions and associations.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Among the monuments found in the village of Czaniec, at the foot of the Little Beskids, it is worth seeing a fortified manor. This noble residence, dating from the seventeenth century, underwent several reconstructions, made both at the time of its construction and in later periods. The property, which has been deteriorating in recent years, is privately owned, and has been recently renovated and partially rebuilt.
  • Cultural Heritage
    The origins of Grodziec, a village lying near Skoczów, go back to at least the twelfth century. The name comes from the wooden Grodek, which in Polish means “an old small settlement”. Grodek, situated in the Duchy of Cieszyn, guarded the trade route from the Polish capital of Kraków, through Cieszyn towards Moravia and Bohemia. For the first time, the village was mentioned as "Świesza" at the beginning of the fourteenth century. At the end of that century, a brick building was erected on the site of the wooden watchtower.