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
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
The Church of Saint James the Apostle is the oldest shrine in Szczyrk. It was built between 1797 and 1800, on the main road to Bielsko. It is a wooden log cabin construction, covered with shingles. The tower is crowned with a distinctive tent-roof over the upper chamber. The interior is baroque and comes primarily from the liquidated Norbertine abbey church in Nowy Sącz.
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.
The village of Cięcina, which lies at the bottom of the Silesian and Żywiec Beskids, boasts having a very interesting sacral monument. It is a sixteenth-century Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It is one of the monuments on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province and the local Papal Trail. The one-nave church with a tower has been rebuilt several times. It is one of the most precious monuments of the southern part of the Silesian voivodeship.