Count Sucha

County Executive Departament

ul. Mickiewicza 19
34-200 Sucha Beskidzka
tel. 33 875-79-00

Podbabiogórze is a region of finest natural, landscape and cultural value. Forests occupy nearly a half of the county’s area and mountain ranges are covered with a dense network of hiking, mountain bike and horse-riding trails. The biggest attraction of the county is Babia Góra (1,725 m above sea level), the highest peak of the Western Beskids mountains. The massif is located within the Babia Góra National Park (established in 1954), an extremely attractive area in terms of ecology and natural landscape. Since 1977 the park belongs to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Numerous hiking trails and educational paths pass through the national park, allowing for its in-depth exploration.
Babia Góra is a special place, since the panorama from its peak is commonly regarded as the most beautiful in the whole of the Beskids Mountains. Also other picturesque parts of the county attract tourists, like the Leskowiec mountain (Small Beskids Landscape Park), the beloved hiking destination of Karol Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II, as well as the deep forests of the Polica mountains range (two nature reserves) or scenic hills of the Jałowiec mountain range. Climbing up the Koskowa Góra mountain peak will reward the hiker with a magnificent view of the Beskids Mountains and Wieliczka Highlands.
Bicycle freaks will certainly enjoy numerous mountain bike trails in the region of Podbabiogórze. Horseback riding centres located in the beautiful parts of the county offer great value of accommodation and easy access to the local network of horse-riding trails. From spring to late autumn tourists can hike along well-marked mountain trails and forest paths, whereas in the heat of summer they can relax by the chilly mountain rivers and creeks.
It is worthwhile to visit the County of Sucha also in winter to admire the breathtaking views of snowy mountain peaks and enjoy winter sports in well-developed skiing resorts, like the popular “Mosorny Groń” in Zawoja.
However, Podbabiogórze is not only known for its wild nature, beautiful landscapes and sports opportunities, but also for its numerous interesting monuments, like the magnificent Renaissance castle in Sucha Beskidzka. The castle is commonly referred to as “Little Wawel” due to its similarity to the impressive courtyard arcades of the Royal Castle in Cracow. Also Małopolska (Lesser Poland) Wooden Architecture Trail passes through the county, marking beautiful churches in Lachowice, Łętownia and Zawoja, as well as fascinating small open-air museums in Zawoja Markowa and Sidzina, and the legendary Inn “Rzym” (“The Rome”) in Sucha Beskidzka. St. Mary’s Trail with Madonna shrines in Maków Podhalański and Jordanów is also worth visiting.
Podbabiogórze is diverse ethnographically as the region is inhabited by three groups: Babia Góra Highlanders, Żywiec Highlanders and Kliszczacy. This, today mostly conventional, division finds its reflection in local folklore. The differences are most vivid in traditional garment of the three ethnographic groups. Customs and rituals of these communities are still cultivated nowadays in folklore ensembles functioning in particular communes.
Festivals and other events pertaining to local folklore organised in the County of Sucha enrich its cultural offer. The most recommended traditional recurring events include annual “Babiogórska Jesień” (“Babia Góra Autumn”) Festival in Zawoja, “The Week of Beskids Culture” in Maków Podhalański, “Encounters with Folklore” in Sucha Beskidzka and “Folk Toy Festival” in Stryszawa.
The County of Sucha is inhabited by numerous folk artists. The most popular and recognisable products of local handicrafts include: Maków embroidery, folk wooden toys of Stryszawa (esp. colourful little birds and horses; Stryszawa is the oldest centre for wooden toy handicraft in Poland with its famous Beskids Centre for Wooden Folk Toy), wickerwork and crepe paper products.
Podbabiogórze offers tourists lavish accommodation opportunities of varied standards and prices, ranging from luxurious hotels, through relatively inexpensive pensions, holiday apartments, agrotourism to budget youth and mountain hostels. The County of Sucha is also famous for its cuisine. Numerous restaurants, regional inns and taverns serve finest local dishes, which will satisfy even the most demanding gourmets.