Remember how I met up with Kamila in Warsaw? Do you follow her blog at all? If you do then you know what her top suggestion for me for Poland was: Cieszyn.
No, I didn’t just misspell Krakow, it turns out that if you go to two places in Poland, one of them needs to be Cieszyn (the other is Warsaw, duh).
Where to Stay in Cieszyn
Okay, so I usually talk about accommodation at the end of a post, after my poetic words and artistic photos have convinced you you need to visit the place. Um, or they’ve failed and you know you can skip it. But staying at 3 Bros Hostel is actually part of the point of going to Cieszyn.
It’s that good.
We stayed in a bright double ensuite room, though I had a peak at the dorms and they also look great (as a personal preference, I’d request being in the dorm room with wooden bunks).
3 Bros is run by Adam, Kornel, and Mario. I didn’t get to know Mario, but Adam and Kornel are wonderful, and so, so enthusiastic about Cieszyn. I hope that someday I can love where I’m living as much as they love their town.
And their enthusiasm was contagious – even though we had pretty awful weather in Cieszyn I couldn’t help but fall for the pretty town with its narrow cobblestone alleys and cozy pubs around every corner. Something about it just felt so cool.
Cieszyn is a medieval town in Silesia lying on the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. And I mean literally on the border – the town was divided in 1920 into Cieszyn on the Polish side and Český Těšín on the Czech side, but they still basically function as one town.
In the olden days (as in, like, a couple of decades ago) immigration made travel between the two sides of the town a little more complicated – Kornel told me that as a kid his teachers from Český Těšín would sometimes get delayed going through the border, much to the joy of the students.
But now that the EU has gotten rid of the border check between the two countries you can easily breakfast in Poland, pop over to the Czech Republic for an afternoon beer, and flit back to Poland – or wait, are you actually in the Poland now? It can be hard to keep track of what country you’re in when you’re visiting Cieszyn.
It’s also hard to keep track of how many meals and cups of coffee you’re having in a day while there because with all the cozy restaurants and cafés, you really do have to indulge.
My favorite meal was at U Huberta on the Czech side.
Fun fact: Iceland’s favorite chocolate bar, Prince Polo, is made in Cieszyn!
Cieszyn also happens to be the perfect stop for anyone traveling between Prague and Krakow. Not only is it a convenient place to break up the trip, but as international trains are always absurdly more expensive than domestic ones, instead of paying 70 euros for the journey you can pay under 20 euros simply by taking the border crossing yourself.
Many thanks to 3 Bros Hostel for hosting Dan and me in Cieszyn. As always, all opinions are my very own!