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    Wisła city ​​and surroundings

    Wisła – a town situated in the Beskid Slaski in the Slask Cieszynski area, in the wide-spread valley of the river Wisla. The native inhabitants of the region are slask mountaineers. The town area includes the origin place of the river Wisla. From the springs on Barania Gora, two streams, the Blach and White Wiselka flow downhill where they join with waters from the Malinka Lake to form the river Wisla. 

    The city center is located at about 430 meters above see level. The surrounding hogbacks excel it by 300 to 600 meters. Highest landmarks: Barania Gora, Stozek

    City surface – 100km^2, 75% of the area is covered by woods. The most beautiful specimens of old trees can be found in the Karol Buzek (Baraniogoski) National Park founded in 1953. The streams Black and White Wiselka as well as Malinka Lake are considered a reservation of the stream trout. The forests underlying the forest inspectorate of Wisla are part of the Promotional Forest Complex.

    Wisla has a population of about 12 thousand people.  A large part of the buildings, housing as well as summer resort, are located beyond the city center in the neighboring valleys like Malinka, Gościejów, Partecznik, Głębce Łabajów, Dziechcinka, Jawornik, Gahura and on the slopes of the nearby mountains - Wierch Skolnitego, Kamiennego, Kobylej, Kozińców, Bukowej.

    An interesting aspect is that the people of Wisla are of different confession. Evangelical (50%), Catholic(30%) and a few other less known confessions. Overall there are 5 Catholic and Evangelic churches and 4 of other religions.

    In Wisla there are 5 elementary schools (in the main valleys), a gymnasium, a high school, a catering business/hotel school and a music academy.

    Wisla has an overall of 170km of road-surface. The bus routs allow quick navigation among the valleys and offer a direct link to Katowice, Krakow, Opole and Bielsko. When it comes to the railroad there are 2 railway stations and 3 train stopps in the city. On the Wisla – Glebce rout the trains move over two beautiful viaducts built in the 1930thies through the Dziechcinki and Labajowa valleys. Tourist who come to Wisla have over a 100km of hiking paths. In the summer there are a lot of paths for hikers and mountain bike tourists of different difficulty level. In the winter – wonderful ski-wondering routes, 13 ski-lifts with 4 illuminated slopes and 3 ski-jump ramps. And in the summer a swimming pool, tennis courts, football fields ect.




    1615- firstly noted in the books of the Cieszynska  Chamber

    1915- designated as summer resort by the Country’s Government

    At the end of the 19th century - the founding of schools in the valleys. First signs of interest in Wisla as a springing area of the Wisla river(Pol, Zejszner) and as a holiday resort (Bogumił i Bogdan Hoffowie, Julian Ochorowicz, Maria Wysłouchowa, bishop Juliusz Bursche, Henryk Dynowski, Helena Wiśniewska), large-scale building of villas, some designed as pensions.

    The II Republic – (Michal Grazynski was the provincial-sheriff/governor) quick growth of Wisla as a stylish holiday resort. Roads and a railway to Glebiec have been built, river adjustment have been carried out,  the city center (now featuring a swimming pool, tennis courts, a park,

    a spa with restaurant and  a library), the Chapel House, the postal building, the Presidential Palace on Zadni Gron, the sanitarium on Kubalonka were developed and extended. Some pensions began working within the Pension Union, a Collective Bank, a Beekeepers Union and folk-band are founded.

    After the 2nd World War – Zietek was provincial-governor/sheriff) the rebuilding of Wisla as a holiday resort. Many boarding-houses are built, the the Workers Holiday Fund(?) is created. The city has been electrified and gasified, the railway has been electrified, a highway to Katowice, a large health center with nursery and veterinary station have been built.

    1962 – Wisla was granted Civic-rights