Attractively situated at the source of the Wisla River, and surrounded by beautiful forests on nearby mountain slopes, Wisla is the perfect holiday destination for those either seeking relaxation or seasonal sports. Known as the Pearl of the Beskid Mountains, it has several landmarks, numerous comfortable pension houses, and many places to eat. During recent years the city has gained fame as the hometown of Adam Malysz, Poland’s most successful ski-jumper, whose sporting achievements has eclipsed the fame of other Wisla-born luminaries.
This scenic town and its environs create a number of opportunities for active relaxation. The close proximity of other interesting locations like Ustron, Szczyrk and the triple village of Istebna-Koniakow-Jaworzynka makes Wisla an ideal base for walking excursions (lots of marked paths run through the city and around it). One walking trip really worth taking goes through a deep gorge to Kaskady Rodla, the famous waterfalls on the Biala Wisla River.
Wisla is a town in southern Poland, close to the border with the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is situated 431 meters above sea level in a picturesque, 15 km long valley of the Vistula (Wisla in Polish) River, that queen of Polish rivers from which the town took its name. Surrounded by mountains with elevations of between 640 and 1221 m, to the west Wisla is hemmed in by the Czantoria mountain range. Geographically it belongs to Beskid Slaski region.
The town of Wisla was firstly mentioned in writing in 1615 in the books of the Cieszynska Chamber. The first signs of interest in the town as being close to the source of the Vistula River began towards the end of the 19th century. Around the same time the town’s advantages as a holiday location were noticed and in 1915 Wisla was designated as a summer resort by the national government. Numerous villas were built in Wisla, some intended to be pensions.