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Cieszyn is a medieval town in Silesian Voivodeship, Poland. It is one of the principal border crossing points between Poland and Czech Republic. The town on the other side of the river Olza (which forms the border between the two countries) is called Český Těšín. Both towns were Cieszyn until they were divided by a Versailles Treaty change in borders in 1920.

Cieszyn in 1640

Get in

Bus services depart Kraków and Katowice regularly from the main bus stations in those cities. There is also a train station in the town. If arriving from Czech Republic, it is best to get a train to Český Těšín and walk across the bridge.

Get around


Romanesque St Nicholas rotunda church from the 11th century
  • Old Town Square (Rynek) with bourgeoisie houses and Town Hall (Ratusz)
  • Cieszyn Castle. Remnants: Piast Castle Tower, Gothic St. Mary Magdalene Church, Romanesque St. Nicholas' Chapel (11th century rotunda)
  • Castle Brewery opened in 19th century and still brewing using classic methods despite being part of huge Heineken/Żywiec group.
  • Jewish cemeteries
  • Museum of Cieszyn Silesia, Ul. T.Regera 6. In the former Larisch palace (Pałac Laryszów, Muzeum Śląska Cieszyńskiego). The oldest continuously working museum in Poland, opened in 1802.
  • Museum of Typography.


Polish Theatre, Czech Theatre and International Theatre No Border Festival

Cinema On The Border Film Festival



  • Strudel
  • Easter Murzin - brown bread pastry with ham and bacon inside.


  • Brackie and other beers brewed locally in the Castle Brewery.


Two campings: IOT Styl and OLZA, several hotels and private rooms.

Go next

  • Bielsko-Biala - 40 km. to the north is the center for accessing nearby ski-sport towns
  • Ski-sport towns, such as Szczyrk, Wisła, Ustroń and Żywiec
  • Ostrava, Czech Republic - The third largest city in the Czech Republic and the centre of the second largest urban agglomeration after Prague.

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