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Silesian Beskids

Silesian Beskids

About the Region

Mountain biking and road racing lovers will fall in love with this area.

Skilangläufer werden die relativ flachen Bergkämme und die Waldhangwege die man in jede Richtung durchwandern kann, zu schätzen wissen. Diejenigen, die sich nach Skifahren sehnen, werden sich in der nahe gelegenen Stadt Szczyrk mit ihren fast 50 km Pisten vergnügen. Fans des Skispringens werden sich freuen, die Schanze im benachbarten Ort Wisła zu besuchen, wo Adam Małysz seine ersten Schritte machte – der Hauptgrund für den unglaublichen Boom der Popularität dieses Sports in Polen.

Was kann man hier unternehmen?

Istebna is the southernmost village in the historic region of Upper Silesia.

An unusual borderland where Polish, German and Czech cultures met.

A trip to the town of Cieszyn, separated in half by the Polish-Czech border on the Olza River, will be a very pleasant experience for you.

Further north from Cieszyn, the landscape changes dramatically as we approach the industrial part of Upper Silesia. The region was built on massive coal deposits, and its landscape is still marked by distinctive mine shafts.

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Magda and Neil recommendations

Magda and Neil’s first visit to Istebna was because of an MTB bicycle marathon, in which Neil participated. He – a native Scot from Edinburgh, she – a girl from a small village in eastern Poland.

His passion for cycling and her love of nature met in a small mountain village at the junction of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


See the story of Magda and Neil

How to get there?

  • From Vienna – by car in about 3.5 hours through Bratislava or Brno
  • From Zurich – by plane to Katowice (4 hours, with a change in Warsaw) and by rental car (2 hours).



Where to stay?


Willa Zwolakówka – a mountain guesthouse in the heart of the forests of the Silesian Beskids, directly created for cycling enthusiasts. The hosts, Magda and Neil are the heroes of our story

Slow Chatka Istebna – a cabin in a mountain glade for exclusive rental

Szuflandia – a modernist hotel in the form of superimposed “drawers” on the outskirts of Adam Malysz’s hometown

Nasz Dębowiec – an old Silesian house for exclusive rental, located in a quiet village full of breeding ponds, herons and swans