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Ustron

With its specific microclimate, its mineral and curative water springs and its first class therapeutic facilities, Ustron has developed into a popular health resort. Moreover, what really attracts people is the town’s picturesque location at the foot of the Silesian Beskid. The mountainous region offers ideal conditions for different forms of vacation activities, such as climbing, skiing, biking and mountain running. Then again, if you are not the sports type and just want to rest and relax, there is no shortage of opportunities for that in Ustron.

Ustron TOURISM

Ustron is one of the few spas which have maintained the laid-back atmosphere of an old spa town. At present it has 16 sanatoriums offering excellent conditions for treating patients suffering from difficulties in movement, breathing, nerves and the digestive system.

That said, it must be noted that while it is primarily a health resort, the town nevertheless can offer its visitors a wide range of recreational activities. The numerous well-marked walks in the immediate vicinity take the rambler to the nearby summits of Lipowski Gron (745 m), Rownica (884 m), Mala Czantoria (866 m) and Wielka Czantoria (995 m). You can ride the scenic chair lift to the top of Czantoria for unmatched views of the town and its surrounding slopes and peaks. Another attraction of Czantoria is the 710 m long Summer Toboggan-Run.

There are not many remnants of the town’s past left. The three historic churches remaining today are the wooden St Anna’s Church constructed in 1769, the Roman Catholic Church of St Clement from 1788 and the Protestant Church from 1835. Also worthy of a visit is the Ironworks and Smithy Museum. However, the most unusual draw is Sobieski’s Oak Tree from 1683, and which is believed to have been planted to commemorate King Sobieski’s triumph at Vienna.

GEOGRAPHY

Ustron is located at an altitude of 340-995 m in the Podbeskidzie region, approximately 12 km from the border with Czech Republic. It lies between the two mountains of Rownica and Czantoria, each densely covered with gorgeous beech and spruce woods. The springs of the Vistula River are 25 km away, and the river in this area has very clean water, offering good swimming conditions in summer.

As a health resort it is known for its mild and warm climate, and it receives one of the highest average rainfalls in the country (1200 mm).

HISTORY
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Ustron was mentioned for the first time in written records in 1305, but received its town charter only in 1956. The town was marked on a map drawn in 1558 for King Sigismund II Augustus.

From the second half of the 16th century, Ustron and its environs were manorial land. A part of the town, however, belonged to the Piast dynasty. In the mid-17th century these lands passed into the hands of the Habsburgs.

The favourable climate and wonderful scenery contributed to the ... ( more >>)

GENERAL INFORMATION
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Population: 15580 #141
Province: Silesian
Telephone: +48 33
Museums: 1
Districts: 8
Theatres: 0
Mayor: Ireneusz Adam Szarzec
Higher Education: 0