About the City
Bedzin is located in the north eastern part of the Silesia Province, at the Czarna Przemsza river, on the Silesia Uplands. It is headquarters for the District Authorities and has very rich history. Bedzin belongs to the oldest towns of Lesser Poland and the Silesia Province. It functions as a trade, economic (industry, power industry) and administration centre of Zaglebie Dabrowskie. Nowadays, about 60 000 inhabitants live in Bedzin in the area of 37 km. The most important monuments attracting tourists to Bedzin are a Piast castle from the Middle Ages, the baroque and classical Mieroszewski Palace, Holy Trinity Church and St. Dorothy's Church from the 17 century placed at the most important hill in the area – St. Dorothy's Mountain (382 m). The castle, located on a hill at the Czarna Przemsza on the Trail of the Eagles' Nest, is a symbol of Bedzin. All people visiting the town direct their first steps there to admire a superb panorama of Zaglebie from a round tower. At the courtyard there is an inn, and inside the courtyard lies the Museum of Zagłębie with its rich collection of cultural assets and materials documenting regional history. The list of Będzin’s tourist attractions also includes the unique, newly renovated city walls. These were reconstructed in line with their medieval location, using stone similar to the original building material. Their length is more than 170 m. As part of the revitalisation of Castle Hill, the surroundings of Będzin castle were given a new look. The Będzin vaults are also being transformed, and the exhibition zones this creates will soon be available for visitors. However, Bedzin is not only a town with extraordinary historical values but also an interesting place of rest for active people loving sports and hiking. St. Dorothy's Mountain, a historic park at the Mieroszewski Palace or picturesque nooks on the Via Regia trail are perfect places for spending free time with family and friends. Jewish historical buildings form important landmarks on the city map. Well-preserved wall paintings can be seen at the Prayer House in Cukerman’s Gate and at Mizrachi Prayer House, which has a hall accessible only to men. On the western slope of Castle Hill lies a Jewish cemetery whose history dates back to 1831. The royal town presents proudly also its cultural output. The Zaglebie Children's Theatre or other artistic events such as the International Festival of Christmas Carols, the Celtic Music Festival „Zamek” or the Bedzin Feast of Flavours attract art enthusiasts throughout the year. Bedzin is worth visiting. Thanks to its diversity, the town satisfies even the most picky tastes. Tourists can discover rich history, nature enthusiasts can spend some time in the open and sportsmen can realize their passions. The landscape of Będzin has also been enriched by new venues for recreational activities, such as the Family Activity Zone with its open air gym, traffic town, volleyball courts and ice rink. Fans of extreme sports can enjoy the modern, secure skatepark.
Będzin has hosted events such as the Tour de Pologne, the Fan Zone during EURO 2012 and the Polish Strongman Cup. Each year its inhabitants have the chance to take part in the city’s open air events, for example Children’s Day, Days of Będzin, the open air disco, Będzin Santa Claus Day and New Year’s Eve. The promotional slogan “Będzin górą!” (Będzin, the winner!) is reflected in all the undertaken activities and implemented projects. Therefore, Będzin is really worth visiting.