Category: Cultural Heritage
Old Factory

The museum was opened in the former cloth factory of Karol Büttner. Machines and equipment were collected on two floors of a historic factory building. In the spinning mill, preliminary treatment mill, weaving mill and finishing shop rooms visitors learn about the production cycle of wool fabrics. Machines for the hat production form a separate unit. Displays on the history of local fire-brigade and waterworks, a little printing house and a place where household appliances are collected supplement the exhibition.

Route chronicle

For centuries the sister towns - Silesian Bielsko and Biała from Lesser Poland, united 59 years ago - belonged to the most important textile hubs in our part of Europe. Bringing of mechanical spinning frames, application of a steam machine and opening of the first comprehensive cloth factories marked further stages of the industrialization process. In the interwar period, the twin city was referred to as Silesian Manchester, and the brand “wool of Bielsko” was known all around the world. Some buildings of the former cloth factory of the Büttner family form today the Old Factory - department of the Historical Museum in Bielsko - Biała.

square Plac Żwirki i Wigury 8
43-300 Bielsko-Biała
Beskid Śląski, Beskids & Cieszyn Silesia
in the city/town
Contact data
: +48 33 8122367
General Information
: museums, postindustrial, technology monuments, history sources
Prices & amenities
: children, families, students, pupils, pensioners, handicapped
: whole year
  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 15:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 16:00
  • Thursdat 9:00 - 16:00
  • Friaday 9:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday 9:00 - 15:00
  • Sunday 9:00 - 15:00

City audio tours

We invite you to an audio tour of Bielsko-Biała!
Zveme Vás na prohlídku s audioprůvodcem po Bílsku-Bělé!
Wir laden Sie zu einer Audiotour durch Bielsko- Biała ein!
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The Main Post Office is one of the most emblematic buildings of Bielsko-Biala. It is one of the main landmarks of the city. The building with its characteristic dome and the statues of Jupiter and Mercury was erected at a record pace in the period of twelve months from 1897 to 1898. It is one of the buildings designed by Karol Korn, a famous architect from Bielsko. The post office still operates in this historic building nowadays.
The Saint Nicholas' Cathedral with its distinctive belltower resembling Italian campanile dominates over Bielsko-Biała. Despite the fact that its origins date back to the 15th century, it is difficult to find any Gothic traces in its architecture. It is due to the renovation from the beginning of the last century. It gave the neo-Romanesque appearance to the building. Inside the church we can encounter many styles. The church has an interesting history. It was several times burnt down by fires and looted by soldiers. In  1992, the church became the cathedral of the newly created diocese of Bielsko and Żywiec.
The Old Town of Bielsko is the oldest part of the downtown. It is located on Town Hill. It has preserved a medieval urban layout. Beside old arcaded town houses there are the castle of the Sułkowski Dukes and the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas within the Old Town. This part of the city, which was originally surrounded with defence walls, is currently limited by Chrobry Square (Plac Chrobrego) and Orkana, Waryńskiego, Zamkowa, Św. Trójcy Streets.
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.
The Private Wladyslaw Reymont Museum of Literature in Bielsko-Biala is one of the most unusual places in the city as well as in Poland. It possesses a unique atmosphere. The museum was founded and has been managed for years by Tadeusz Modrzejewski, a man of great passion, who is an editor, graphic artist and a lover of literature, especially the works by Władysław Reymont. In 1989, he created the museum at 1 Pankiewicz Street in the Old Town.
The building of the Municipal Savings Bank in Bielsko-Biała, also known as “ Patria” was for many years the seat of the restaurant of the same name. It is yet another building designed by Karol Korn, an outstanding and of merit for the city. The landmark splendid building with a clock and city’s coat of arms was erected in 1889. The edifice combines the NeoRenaissance and Baroque styles, and the interior represents the Neo-Rococo and Secession styles.
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Silesian Tastes Culinary Trail

The restaurant is located in a historic building, which dates back in 1896.
The restaurant is located on Pszczyna market in a historic house, whose traditions date back to the eighteenth century.
Restauracja Kameralna przy Hotelu Piaskowy *** w Pszczynie to nastrojowe miejsce, które sprzyja zarówno kameralnym, jak ... More>>


Aparthotel Ventus Rosa to klimatyczny butiqowy hotel mieszczący się w zabytkowej kamienicy usytuowanej w pobliżu XVII Rynku w centrum Bielska -Białej. Naszym gościom oferujemy stylowe i przytulne apartamenty, w których znajdują się w pełni wyposażone aneksy kuchenne, nowoczesny sprzęt RTV, bezpłatny dostęp do internetu oraz przestronne luksusowe łazienki wyposażone w wanny lub kabiny prysznicowe.
The President Hotel (just like Town Hall tower) is without any doubts the most recognizable building in the city and it is a rendezvous point for many generations. XIX century boutique hotel with mansard roof and beautifully decorated facade constitutes a showcase of neo-renaissance architecture. To our Guests we offer a unique atmosphere, timeless climate and indescribable delights to the palate that deserve the credit of the most demanding gourmets.
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