Pszczyna's elongated, leafy market square is lined with old burghers’ houses dating mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. On its northern side is the Protestant church and, next to it at No 2, the town hall, both remodelled last century. Behind the town hall is the 14th-century parish church, extensively rebuilt over the years, with a typically lavish interior featuring a ceiling painting of the Ascension. To the west of the square sits Pszczyna Castle, now a museum.

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1. Castle Museum

0.09 MILES

This grandiose ducal residence dates back to the 12th century, when the Opole dukes built a hunting lodge here. Rebuilt as a Renaissance palace in the…

2. Pszczyna Farm Village

0.34 MILES

A five-minute walk east of Pszczyna's central square is this small but interesting open-air museum, with half a dozen historical timber structures dating…

3. Bison Show Farm

0.54 MILES

The European bison, the continent's largest mammal, grazes contentedly on this 10-hectare 'farm' on the western edge of Pszczyna's great belt of parkland…

4. Birkenau (Auschwitz II)

11.12 MILES

Though much of Birkenau was destroyed by the retreating Germans, the size of the place, fenced off with long lines of barbed wire and watchtowers…

5. Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum

12.05 MILES

Auschwitz-Birkenau is synonymous with the Holocaust. More than a million Jews, and many Poles and Roma, were murdered here by German Nazis during WWII…

6. Auschwitz I

12.14 MILES

Auschwitz I was only partially destroyed by the fleeing Germans, and many of the original brick buildings stand to this day as a bleak testament to the…

7. Auschwitz Jewish Center

13.11 MILES

In the centre of Oświęcim, this museum commemorates the Jewish community that flourished here from the 16th century until WWII. On one side is the…

8. Archdiocesan Museum

19.17 MILES

Spread over two floors, this museum showcases sacral art from the late 14th century to the present day, including some beautiful Gothic altarpieces. Entry…