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Żywiec is located in Poland
Coordinates: 49°41′21″N 19°12′21″E / 49.68917°N 19.20583°E / 49.68917; 19.20583
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
County Żywiec County
Gmina Żywiec (urban gmina)
 - Mayor Antoni Paweł Szlagor
 - Total 50.57 km2 (19.5 sq mi)
Highest elevation 400 m (1,312 ft)
Lowest elevation 344 m (1,129 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 32,078
 - Density 634.3/km2 (1,642.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 34-300 to 34-330
Car plates SZY

Żywiec [ˈʐɨvjɛt​͡s] (German: Saybusch, former Saubusch) is a town in south-central Poland with 32,242 inhabitants (Nov. 2007). After being part of Bielsko-Biała Voivodeship from 1975 to 1998, it has been part of the Silesian Voivodeship since 1999 and includes one of the eight protected areas in Silesian Voivodeship, called Żywiec Landscape Park.



During the Second World War, Germans forcibly deported about 18,000 inhabitants of the town and surrounding villages in "Action Saybusch" in 1940. The action was carried out by surprise, and the deported Poles were allowed to take only basic clothes and food for not more than 3 days.


The city is famous for its Żywiec Brewery.


  • Beskidzka Wyższa Szkoła Umiejętności (Beskidzka Wyższa Szkoła Turystyki)

Famous people

Twin town

Żywiec cathedral belltower

Coordinates: 49°41′N 19°12′E / 49.683°N 19.2°E / 49.683; 19.2


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Slaskie : Zywiec

Zywiec is a winter sport city in southern Poland, situated southwest of Kraków and very near to Bielsko-Biała. The most famous Polish beer Zywiec is made there. The city is in the Beskids and this part of the mountain range is named after the city Zywiec Beskid (1725m). There is also a big lake in the town.

Get in

If travelling by car from Katowice take the motorway to Bielsko-Biala and then follow signs south to Zywiec. The road from Bielsko-Biala to Zywiec however is single-carriageway and good views can be had of the surrounding countryside.

The town is also accessible by coach and train from Katowice, the nearest major city. The train fare from Katowice should be about 13/14zl and the journey should take about two hours. The town is also served by the Warsaw-Budapest line, with one train a day going in each direction.

Get around

The town is not particularly big and the historic centre itself is certainly walkable, but a ticket for the town bus service, covering all parts of the town can be bought for 2zl.


The brewery of the famous Zywiec beer is worth a visit, and in summer boats can be hired to swim on the lake.

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