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Presidential Castle in Wisła
Presidential Castle in Wisła
Coat of arms of Wisła
Coat of arms
Wisła is located in Poland
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
County Cieszyn
Gmina Wisła (urban gmina)
First mentioned 1615
City rights 1962
 • Mayor Andrzej Molin
 • Total 110.26 km2 (42.57 sq mi)
Elevation 513 m (1,683 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 11,453
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 43-460
Car plates SCI

Wisła (German: Weichsel) is a town in Cieszyn County, Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland, with a population of about 11,810 (2006), near the border with Czech Republic. It is situated in the Silesian Beskids mountain range in the historical region of Cieszyn Silesia. Wisła is the Polish name for the Vistula River, which has its source in the mountains near the town.

Wisła is a popular year-round tourist destination, with the nearby mountains favored by ski jumpers (Malinka (ski jumping hill)). It is known for being the home town of ski jumper Adam Małysz, and for the fact that it is the only town in Poland with a majority Protestant population.

Wisła is also the home of the Beskid Museum, on B. Hoff square. It has on display agricultural tools, folk costumes and goatskin bagpipes from the surrounding region.


  • History 1
  • Tourism in Wisła 2
  • Famous Citizens 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


First people settled here in the late 16th or early 17th century, coming from two directions: from Ustroń up the river Vistula and Gorals searching for new pastures in the mountains (see also: Vlachs). It was first mentioned in 1615. Politically the village belonged then to the Duchy of Teschen, a fee of the Kingdom of Bohemia, which after 1526 became part of the Habsburg Monarchy. Since 1653 it belonged to Teschener Kammer.

The majority of its inhabitants were

  • Wisła Town Website
  • Jewish Community in Wisła on Virtual Shtetl
  • Skocznia Malinka Website

External links

  1. ^ Michejda, Karol (1992). "Dzieje Kościoła ewangelickiego w Księstwie Cieszyńskim (od Reformacji do roku 1909)". Z historii Kościoła ewangelickiego na Śląsku Cieszyńskim (in Polish). Katowice: Dom Wydawniczy i Księgarski „Didache“. p. 144.  
  2. ^ Piątkowski, Kazimierz (1918). Stosunki narodowościowe w Księstwie Cieszyńskiem (in Polish). Cieszyn: Macierz Szkolna Księstwa Cieszyńskiego. p. 261, 279. 



  • Adam Małysz - World Class Ski Jumper. Winning 39 World Cup competitions include 4 overall World Cups, World champion and Olympic medalist.

Famous Citizens

In Wisła a trail starts that leads to the Stożek Wielki, a mountain on the border with the Czech Republic that reaches a height of 978 meters.

In the winter Wisła is known for its skiing: a world class ski jump "Skocznia Malinka" has been built to host international competitions. In the summer, hiking through its many mountain trails is popular. To support its recent growth in tourism, many hotels have been built, the largest of which is Hotel Gołębiewski.

Tourism in Wisła

It gained town rights in 1962.

After World War I, fall of Austria-Hungary, Polish–Czechoslovak War and the division of Cieszyn Silesia in 1920, it became a part of Poland. It was then annexed by Nazi Germany at the beginning of World War II. After the war it was restored to Poland.

According to the censuses conducted in 1880, 1890, 1900 and 1910 the population of the municipality grew from 4261 in 1880 to 4685 in 1910 with a majority being native Polish-speakers (98.5%-99%) and a small minority German-speaking (at most 64 or 1.5% in 1880) and at most 4 people Czech-speaking (in 1910), in terms of religion majority were Protestants (94.9% in 1910), followed by Roman Catholics (232 or 5% in 1910) and 6 Jews.[2] The village was also traditionally inhabited by a specific subgroup of Silesian Gorals, speaking Cieszyn Silesian dialect.

After Revolutions of 1848 in the Austrian Empire a modern municipal division was introduced in the re-established Austrian Silesia. The village as a municipality was subscribed to the political district of Bielsko and the legal district of Skoczów. In the second half of the 19th century it became increasingly popular tourist destination.


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