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    St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Bielsko-Biala

    by Ben-UK Updated May 22, 2006

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    The Cathedral was built in the Gothic style between 1443 and 1447. At the beginning of the 20th century it was substantially rebuilt to a design by the Viennese architect Leopold Bauer. The bell tower is 61 metres high.

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    Bielsko-Biala street

    by Ben-UK Written May 26, 2005

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    If you wander around the old market square area, you'll come across some beautiful little streets like the one in my photo -- sorry I don't know the street name but you'll find your own favourite I'm sure.

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    Bielsko-Biala Castle

    by Ben-UK Updated May 26, 2005

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    Originally built in the 14th century, the castle has undergone many changes -- destroyed by the Swedes in 1645 and damaged by fires in 1753,1808 and 1836, what you see today is a mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The current version was designed between 1855 and 1864 by the Viennese architect Jan Pötzelmeyer.

    The castle belonged to the Piasts from Cieszyn, the Hungarian Sunneghs and finally the Sulkowski princes (until 1945). Today, it houses the museum and is used for permanent and temporary exhibitions and chamber music concerts.

    Unfortunately when we visited the museum it was closed. Its opening hours are a bit confusing -- I think it's open Wednesdays and Fridays 09-00 to 14-00, Thursdays
    10-00 to 18-00, Saturdays 10-00 to 15-00 and Sundays 09-00 to 15-00

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    by rdywenur Written Mar 23, 2008

    This was a restaurant we stopped for a bite to eat and a piwo for our thirst. It was nice to just rest and watch the people walking by.

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Bielsko-Biala Off The Beaten Path

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    Szyndzielnia

    by Ben-UK Updated May 26, 2005

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    The beautiful mountain Szyndzielnia (1026 metres high) is not too far from Bielsko-Biala.
    I was fortunate to go by car with a Polish friend, but I'm sure you could take a bus there.

    It's a beautiful walk to the top along a good, tree-lined path -- or you can take the cable car -- we did that on the way down, from where I took the attached photo.

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