Our favourite off-the-beaten-track places in southern Poland
We know everyone visits Krakow. We love it too but there’s much more to southern Poland than most foreign visitors usually have a chance to see. Here’s a list and a map of our favourite places:
Cieszyn – a lovely small town on the border of Poland and the Czech Republic. If you travel between Krakow and Prague, make a pit stop in Cieszyn to grab the famous herring sandwiches.
Krynica-Zdroj – a gorgeous mountain town perfect for a romantic weekend break in southern Poland.
Pszczyna – we have been regular weekend visitors to Pszczyna over the past 3 years and the thing we love about it most is the park. It’s huge so we see something new every time we go. Plus, it’s always beautiful, whatever the season. There’s also this place called Zagroda Zubrow (an enclosure for bison) where you can see bison, moose, deer and mouflon. Pszczyna has a nice little square with restaurants and cafes. We recommend a dessert called Szpajza in Pijalnia Sokow.
Ustron – another beautiful mountain town in the Beskids (half way between Cieszyn and Wisla). The best attractions in Ustron are Lesny Park Niespodzianek (a place where you can see some forest animals), Rownica (we love this mountain for wonderful views, especially on summer nights) and Slodki Zakatek (a little bakery with excellent cakes and first-rate service).
Zywiec – this is where the popular Zywiec beer is made (the town’s beer history goes back to the 19th century). Zywiec has a beer museum, a nice big park and a cute little square (Rynek). We recommend Rynek 19 for lunch or dinner. They serve very good salads and burgers.
Wisla – the most popular town in the Silesian Beskids. It’s a popular ski resort but we love it in summer because of its beautiful panoramic hiking trails.