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  • Cultural Heritage
    Żywiec
    The church of the Holy Cross in Żywiec, also called the church of the Three Crosses is located in the part of town called Rudze. It dates from the late fourteenth century. It was originally built in the Gothic style, but then over the centuries it changed its appearance. According to tradition, the church was built by the settlers, who had been brought to the region by the Thurzon family to search for iron ore on the hills around the city.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Żywiec
    The Żywiec railway station was built in 1878. Within a few years, the city became an important hub along the Carpathian Transversal Railway, connecting Čadca (now Slovakia) with Stanisławów and Husiatyń (now Ukraine). The line, with a length of 800 km, ran through Zwardoń, Żywiec, and then through Sucha Beskidzka, Nowy Sącz, Krosno, Sambor, Drohobycz, and Stryj. It was once of great economic importance. Currently, trains run along a part of the line.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Żywiec
    The palace of the Habsburgs in Żywiec, also called the New Castle, now houses the Forestry and Lumber Technology School Complex. The neo-Classicist palace was built at the initiative of Archduke Albrecht Friedrich Rudolf von Habsburg in the years 1885 to 1895. His son, Karol Stefan, who decided to settle here permanently, initiated the Żywiec line of the Habsburgs. The Żywiec Habsburgs went down very positively in Polish history - also fighting the white and red flag.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Żywiec
    The Żywiec Archducal Brewery is one of the most famous and successful producers of beer in Poland. The history of the plant began in the mid-nineteenth century, when the decision was taken by Archduke Albrecht Friedrich Habsburg, the then owner of Żywiec to build a brewery. Many of the original brewery buildings have been preserved to this day. They were designed by Karol Pietschka. The Żywiec Brewery Museum astounds with modern solutions, where we will learn the history of the plant and the process of beer production.
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    Tresna
    Żywiec Lake was created by the damming of the Soła river in the 60s of the last century whose valley was divided by a dam. The southern end of the lake, located within the Żywiecka Valley, almost reaches the area of downtown Żywiec. The northern part of the lake (in the vicinity of the dam) occupies a narrow valley, cutting into the slopes of the Little Beskids. The Żywiec reservoir is used for producing energy, flood control and tourism and recreation.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Radziechowy
    The village of Radziechowy near Żywiec pride itself on one of the oldest parishes in this part of the Poland. Its inception dates back to 1390. The brick church of Saint Martin served the faithful here as early as the fifteenth century. The building combines the Gothic and Baroque features. The early sixteenth-century statue of the Madonna and Child and the altars of the eighteenth century can be found inside the church. Mount of Matyska, towering over Radziechowy is known for the Golgotha of the Beskids.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Radziechowy
    Mount Matyska is a distinctive, treeless hill with a height of 612 m. Geographically; it belongs to the Silesian Beskids, towering above the villages of Radziechowy and Przybędza, which are located near Żywiec. On the top we can find the Millennium Cross, erected to commemorate the Jubilee Year. Next to it, a mound was built, on which the earth from Katyń and the grave of Stanisław Pyjas were placed. Mount Matyska is also known by the Way of the Cross with intriguing sculptures.
  • Cultural Heritage
    Juszczyna
    Juszczyna is a beautifully situated village near Żywiec, in the commune of Radziechowy-Wieprz. It lies at the northern foot of the lofty massif of Romanki. The first mention of the village comes from the seventeenth century. Later, it was also known for the highwaymen marauding in the vicinity. The local Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the 20s of the twentieth century.
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