Wisła

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Wisła
Presidential Castle in Wisła
Presidential Castle in Wisła
Coat of arms of Wisła
Coat of arms
Wisła is located in Poland
Wisła
Wisła
Coordinates: 49°39′17.69″N 18°51′34.23″E / 49.6549139°N 18.8595083°E / 49.6549139; 18.8595083
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
County Cieszyn
Gmina Wisła (urban gmina)
First mentioned 1615
City rights 1962
Government
 • Mayor Andrzej Molin
Area
 • 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
Website http://www.wisla.pl

Wisła [ˈviswa] ( ) (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 in the historical region of Cieszyn Silesia. It is situated in the Silesian Beskids mountain range. Wisła is the Polish name for the Vistula River, which has its source in the mountains near the town.

Located near the national tourist center Ondraszek, 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.

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.

Tourism Wisła[edit]

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.

Famous Citizens[edit]

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

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Coordinates: 49°39′17.69″N 18°51′34.23″E / 49.6549139°N 18.8595083°E / 49.6549139; 18.8595083