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

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Bus services depart Kraków and Katowice regularly from the main bus stations in those cities. The 49.75056118.6386011 Cieszyn bus station is located a bit north of the old town. Right next to it is the 49.75098818.6378631 Cieszyn railway station. If arriving from Czech Republic or Slovakia, it is best to get a train to Český Těšín and walk across the bridge.

The centre is close to transportation hubs and small enough to be covered on foot.

Map of Cieszyn

Romanesque St Nicholas rotunda church from the 11th century
  • Old Town Square (Rynek) with bourgeoisie houses and Town Hall (Ratusz)
  • 49.75049918.6272911 Cieszyn Castle, Zamkowa 3. Su-F: 9:00—17:00. Closed on Sa. Remnants: Piast Castle Tower, Gothic St. Mary Magdalene Church, Romanesque St. Nicholas’ Chapel (11th century rotunda) 
  • Jewish cemeteries
  • 49.7479218.633941 Museum of Cieszyn Silesia, ul. Tadeusza Regera 6. In the former Larisch palace (Pałac Laryszów, Muzeum Śląska Cieszyńskiego). The oldest continuously working museum in Poland, opened in 1802. 16 PLN. (updated Mar 2017)
  • 49.7518.628751 Museum of Typography (Muzeum Drukarstwa), ul. Głęboka 50, +48 338511630, e-mail: Tue-Fri 10-17, from may-september also on Sat-Sun 14-18. 10 PLN incl. tour. (updated Mar 2017)
  • 49.75115318.6257111 Rotunda of Saint Nicholas, Zamkowa. A Romanesque rotunda built in the 12th century. It used to be a castle chapel and a stronghold church. This rotunda is also the one that can be seen on the 20 zł banknotes.  

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