Wisła is located in the centre of the Silesian Beskid mountain range, in the valley of the Vistula River in Poland.
It’s surrounded by beautiful mountains. The highest peak is Barania Góra (1,220 meters above sea level).
Historically, Wisła was mentioned for the first time in the taxation lists, dating from 1615, by the authorities of the province and in the Duke’s Chancellery land property register. On the 12th December 1643, the Duchess Elżbieta Lukrecja approved of the legal establishment of the village of Wisła. Until 1918, the village was closely connected with this Chamber of Cieszyn, which was under the rule of the Habsburg Dynasty. By means of the Decision of the Council of Ambassadors of 28th July 1920, Cieszyński Silesia region was partitioned between Poland and Czechoslovakia. Wisła remained on the Polish side. The origin of the first inhabitants of Wisła are ethnically mixed: a significant percentage descended from Wallachian shepherds.
The animal-breeding economy adopted by the Highlanders living in Wisła was derived from these cabin-dwelling shepherds and people. The animal and farming character of the village changed at the end of the 19th century, thanks to the arrival of Bogumił Hoff, who in 1882 noticed and propagated health and summer resort qualities of Wisła. A consequence of this event was the arrival of Doctor Julian Ochorowicz, a philosopher, inventor and a builder of wooden villas for holidaymakers. The time of the greatest development of Wisła was the interwar period. During that time a railway line and a new road to Kubalonka was built, the flow of Vistula River was regulated, also the mail and telecommunication building was erected along with the town hall. Also, a large swimming pool was built in the centre of Wisła.
In 1962, Wisła was granted municipal rights, which was a turning point in the local history. Significant progress took place in the development of tourism and they started to build lots of holiday homes. 1964 was a very important date as, following the example of the pre-war Mountain Festival, a week of Beskid Culture was organized – the oldest and the largest folklore event in Poland and Europe. Now it is visited by the groups from all over the world and admired by both national and foreign visitors.
The town of Wisła is a place frequently visited both in summer and in winter by skiers and holidaymakers. They are hosted in the hotels, guestrooms, and recently more and more popular – tourism lodges. The gastronomic and recreational offers are in abundance. In winter, numerous ski rental shops and ski lifts on the slopes of Wisła valleys are open as well as cross-country skiing routes. In summer recreation areas, walking and bike routes, and swimming pools are available for the public.
The attractions worth seeing in Wisła are: Kaskady Rodła – waterfalls on the gaps of the Biała Wisełka, many viewing areas at the top on mountains peaks with unusual Beskid’s panorama, the President’s castle built in years 1928-1930, donated to the President Ignacy Mościcki in 1931, and since 2002 served as the holiday place for the President of the Republic of Poland, The Beskid Museum with the enclave of old buildings, Habsburg Hunting Lodge and Ski Jump Hill, which was named after Adam Małysz.
Such an attractive offer makes our town both a popular centre of relaxation and an interesting place for active recreation for whole families. We invite you to Wisła, hoping that a stay here will meet all your expectations and encourage you to return to the Beskid mountains.
This article was written in partnership with City of Wisła