Presentation of the destination
The Polish city of Tychy can be found in the region of Silesia in Poland. Tychy is around 20 kilometres south of the city of Katowice. The city of Mikolów lies to the west of Tychy, while the the cities of Bieruń and Kobiór to the east and south respectively.The river that runs through the city of Tychy is known as the Gostynia river and is a tributary of the Vistula river. While water flows through the city of Tychy, beer flows fairly heavily too as the city is famed for its brewing heritage, history and industry. Beer has been brewed in Tychy for over four centuries and is a popular beverage in both the city and the region. The Książęcy Brewery was first recorded as being part of the area’s economic activity as far back as 1629 and was considered the first major economic activity of the city.
Points of interests / things to see
As Tychy is famed for its beers and tradition of brewing, the Tyskie Brovarium is a perfect destination for those fond of the odd tipple. Even during the 19th and 20th centuries the building was being visited by guests.In 2004, the Tyskie Browary Książęce celebrated its 375th anniversary and the first brewing museum in Poland was opened. Prior to the opening of the brewing museum and following Tychy Brewery’s merger with Kompania Piwowarska SA, guides provided tours to visitors before the official launch of the brewery tours in 2003. While the Tyskie Brovarium was officially opened on 22 November 2004, it was not until December 1 that the first visitors to the museum were allowed entry.The Tyskie Brovarium can be found in the former Evangelic Chapel that was first built over a century ago in 1902. Inside the attraction visitors can enjoy a good number of collections that all pertain to the artistry of brewing beer, including how to serve it and how to drink it. While the origins of the brewing date back nearly four centuries, the museum is a wonderful blend of both old and new, as can be seen in the way it presents its exhibitions. Just be sure to enjoy it responsibly!
One of the most interesting attractions in Tychy is undoubtedly the “water playground”. While not quite a traditional park and not quite a waterpark, the Tychy Water Playground is a pretty unique attraction that is the perfect place to go on a hot summer day. The playground is located by the Gostynia river and was designed by a local architectural firm. This attraction is great fun for the children in all of us as well as actual children as it injects whole new life into traditional water games and water fights.The whole water playground was designed to match the nuances and contours of the surrounding landscape and enabled the designers to construct the park without having to unroot any of the nearby trees. You will see now that the playground is bordered by trees that provide a perfect shade from the sun.The whole playground has been designed with meticulous detail and the designers ensured that the entirety of the attraction was carefully thought out to optimise its utility and minimise its detrimental effect on nature. The fence of the playground has been constructed from exotic hardwoods in order to reflect the natural landscape that surrounds the park as well as its shape representing the undulating flow of the river.
As Katowice is the nearest large settlement and host to a great deal of attractions for visitors to Tychy, it comes highly recommended as a trip for those staying in Tychy. In comparison to Tychy, the city of Katowice is a sprawling metropolis and urban zone that includes nearly three million inhabitants. As the drive to Katowice takes only quarter of an hour it means that those staying in Tychy can travel to and from Katowice as they please. Those without a car can reach Katowice without much trouble as trains and buses run half-hourly and hourly respectively to and from the city.The city of Katowice is considered to be the centre of all things happening in the region, including being home to the region’s business, culture, industry, science, and transportation, making it a veritable hub of activity in Upper Silesia. For those who wish to get involved with the day-to-day life of those in the region, Katowice is an exciting place to just walk around and enjoy many of the city’s amenities and attractions. Visitors to Tychy may even consider venturing to Katowice more than once during their trip and the number of activities there seem almost limitless.
The Silesian Museum is a great destination for tourists visiting the Polish city of Tychy. The Silesian Museum has nearly a century of history itself in the area, dating back to 1924 when the Towarzystwo Muzeum Ziemii Śląskiej (the Museum Society of Silesian Land) was established. The establishment of this society led to the procurement and collection of a number of objects that were created in Silesia and considered to be of cultural and spiritual value and significance.The whole endeavour was formalised in 1929 when the Silesian Parliament passed the resolution on 23 January that year. The first exhibition of the society was opened to the public in the May of that year and the pieces could be seen on the fifth floor of the Provincial Office and in the Silesian Sejm building. The first exhibition housed a number of pieces including folk costumes, handicraft, paintings, and some pieces of sacred art.The new building for the museum was started in 1936 and was designed to be an example of modern architecture and one of the best examples of its kind in Europe. The main architect on the project was Karol Schayer and its construction was finished in 1939. However, the building was never opened as World War II broke out across Europe. The building was then torn down by the Nazis as it was considered a symbol of Polish identity. A great deal of the pieces were either destroyed or plundered and those that remained were moved to the Landesmuseum in Bytom, which is now known as the Upper-Silesian Museum.
The nearby town of Pszczyna is a great place for tourists to Tychy to visit. One great reason to visit Pszczyna is for the palace. The building is from the 12th century and was once inhabited by the Opole dukes originally constructed it as a hunting lodge. Since its original construction, the castle was redeveloped, expanded, and redesigned. The latest such construction to the castle was completed in 1870.The castle was owned by the Hochberg family, one of the richest families in Europe, until 1945. The Hochbergs ruled over large parts of the region from the castle at Książ. As a result of the Hochbergs' vast wealth, the furnishings in Pszczyna castle were purchased by the family and they ensured that all the pieces would reflect their status.The palace is home to the Castle Museum, where visitors can enjoy viewing a good number of rooms across three floors of the palace. If you are not particularly good at speaking the Polish language, there is an English-language guidebook available. Sadly, entry to the palace and museum is not free and tickets must either be bought from the ticket office or the tourist office. Despite its entry fee, a visit to the palace and museum comes highly recommended for anyone visiting the region.
The Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park can be found in the city of Chorzów, which is about half an hour from Tychy. While dubbed as a “park”, the Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park is in fact an open-air museum and covers a whopping 25 hectares. The museum has a collection of buildings including cottages, farmsteads, and even a wooden 18th century church. The other buildings originate from the length and breadth of Silesia including from the Beskids and the Pszczyna region.The museum is situated within the Provincial Park of Culture and Recreation, which means once you have visited the museum itself, you can enjoy the zoo or planetarium, or even the stadium!
In the Katowice suburb of Nikiszowiec is the Museum of Katowice History. The suburb is around 5 kilometres southeast of downtown Katowice and historically was a mining suburb for the mines that were operating between 1908 and 1924. This area of Katowice was specially designed to be a self-reliant area of town and includes the hospital, a number of shops and restaurants, the swimming pool, school and detention centre. The area is architecturally impressive and most of the buildings are beautiful brick constructions. Visitors can learn more about this unique suburb and complex at the museum which can be easily accessed from both Katowice and Tychy.
One of the most amazing sights of Katowice is the Cathedral of Christ the King. The cathedral is Poland’s largest and was built between 1927 and 1955. If you are religious, or even if you are not, the Cathedral of Christ the King is an impressive building and you can easily enjoy the fantastic architecture of the building. The foundation of the building itself measures 89 by 53 metres and the dome that tops the cathedral towers 59 metres above the floor. There are beautiful stained glass windows and an impressively obscure crucifix, making the cathedral a must-see for any visitor to Tychy or Katowice.
The Archidiocese Museum plays host to a great number of Silesian Gothic sacral art. The museum is home to two galleries, one per floor. Visitors to the museum can enjoy the modern exhibits on the ground floor, which are rotated, meaning that if you have already visited the museum during a different time of year, you can easily visit again to see something new. Guests can enjoy the permanent exhibition in the main upstairs gallery. On the first floor there are examples of wonderful religious pieces. As the museum is just near the cathedral, it is often suggested that visitors do both in the same day.
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How to get there ?
If you are hoping to reach Tychy from outside of Poland, the John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice runs flights to a great deal of countries in Europe and across the world including connecting flights from North America, Asia, and Australia. It only takes around an hour to reach Tychy if driving from the airport.If you are already in Poland, Katowice, the nearest major settlement to Tychy is the best-connected destination to reach Tychy. The Katowice central train station runs trains to Tychy every thirty minutes and takes just under half an hour. The train ride is fairly cheap and there are two train stations you will want to alight at, either the “Tychy” train station or the “Tychy Lodowisko” train station, depending on where you are staying in Tychy. Be sure to check which of the two stations is the nearest before getting on the train.You can also take the bus from Katowice, which is slightly cheaper than the train if you are running on a budget. You can catch a bus to Tychy, which run hourly, from the Katowice Brynów Pętla bus stop and driving from Katowice takes around twenty minutes driving southwards on the E75.
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