We encourage Guests to take advantage of their time at “Kocierz” Hotel & SPA for exploring the surrounding areas. Below we present attractive places located in the area.
The museum was opened on the 150th anniversary of Żywiec brewery and was established in the old cellars, where the laagering cellar once existed. In 18 halls with a total area ofmore than 1.6 thousand square metres, hundreds of exhibits have been collected, which illustrate the history of the brewery in Żywiec over the one-and-a half century of its existence. Among others, the brewery cellars present the raw materials needed to manufacture beer and equipment reflecting the atmosphere of the old times, mainly from the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Visitors can get to know the history of the manufacturer of Żywiec beer, go through a replica of a 19th-century street, take a look into a Galician inn, or the Warsaw Żywiec Respiration famous before the Second World War. The momentum with which Żywiec Brewery Museum was created places the object among the largest and most modern facilities of its kind not only in Poland, but also in Europe.
Wystawa w Domu Rodzinnym Papieża Jana Pawła II ilustruje i upamiętnia życie i działalność Karola Wojtyły w Polsce, aż do momentu, w którym opuścił kraj i został wybrany biskupem Rzymu. W pokojach w których Karol Wojtyła urodził się i mieszkał do roku 1938 oraz w przylegającej do niego kuchni zgromadzono to, co zachowało się z dawnego umeblowania przewiezionego do Krakowa po opuszczeniu Wadowic. W gablotach znajdują się dokumenty (oryginały bądź kopie ), przedmioty, które stanowiły osobistą własność Karola Wojtyły, oraz Jego rękopisy i dzieła wydane przed 16.X.1978 r. Wizyta w muzeum – domu rodzinnym Karola Wojtyły to wyprawa śladami Papieża Polaka.
The grounds and most of the buildings at the sites of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau sites are open to visitors. Some buildings are not accessible to visitors (including the blocks reserved for the Museum administration and its departments).
The castle is the oldest and largest historic building in Bielsko-Biała, located in the eastern part of the Old Town. Its name comes from its last owners – the Sułkowski knights. Currently, the castle is the seat of the Museum in Bielsko-Biała established at the beginning of the 20th century.
The oldest parts of the castle date back to the 14th century, for the next centuries it was gradually expanded and transformed. Is a type of city castle, from the beginning integrated into the fortifications of Bielsko, at the same time creating the strongest element of its fortifications. For centuries it served as a border fortress, first guarding the borders of the principalities of Cieszyn’s and Auschwitz districts, from the middle of the 15th century the Czech-Polish state border, and from 1526 the Austro-Polish border. Since the end of the 16th century, the defence role of the castle declined and it was transformed into more of a residence for nobility. The contemporary look of the building dates back to the times of the last great reconstruction in the second half of the 19th century, which completely obliterated its former stylish features.
A beautiful body of water near Żywiec, located in Żywiec Valley on the border of Little Beskids and Beskid Żywiecki, with an area of 1,000 ha (length 8 km, width 2 km, depth 20 m, altitude 337 m a.s.l.), which was created in 1966.
The lake is a haven not only for fishermen, but also water sports enthusiasts – there are many yachting and sailing marinas here and water sport centres.
The Miniatures Park is a place to see the models of the most famous buildings from all over the world. Among others, when visiting the park you can admire: The temple Acropolis, the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Triumphal Arch, the Sphinx, the White House. All miniatures have been built in the scale 1:25.
Dinolandia Amusement Park in Inwałd. More than 50 different sizes of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, ichthyosaurs and other prehistoric creatures live here. It is the only collection of these animals in Europe, which comes from the United States. At Dinolandia there are also two mini-golf paths, pétanque courses and a climbing wall. Children can also enter the Cave of Mysteries. A hidden T-Rex skeleton waits hidden on our beach for young explorers.
Porąbka-Żar Power Plant is the second largest pumped-storage power plant in Poland, started in 1979.
The power plant uses the dam Międzybrodzkie Lake as the bottom reservoir, which dam is located in Porąbka. The upper reservoir (totally artificial) is built on top of Żar mountain. The power plant itself (water tunnels, transportation, auxiliary, engine compartment) is located in the hollowed interior of this mountain. The sheet of Międzybrodzkie Lake is located at an altitude of about 318 m a.s.l., and the upper reservoir at an altitude of about 750 m a.s.l. The power plant is open to visitors.