Cieszyn – the city at the border

Since November we’ve been constantly travelling south-western directions. At first we (I and my friend Dorota – check her blog out here) visited Prague in Czech Republic, then Wrocław (Breslau) and now (I’m talking about the end of April and the beginning of May) we landed somewhere between these places, at the Polish-Czech border, in Cieszyn.

What’s so interesting about this town? There is a great film festival ‘Kino na granicy/Kino na hranici‘, where new and old Polish and Czech films are presented. You can also find some films from Ukraine (Plemya – 2014) or Hungary (A nagy füzet – 2013). I recommend you both! What’s more, there are meetings with directors, actors, exhibitions and concerts (e.g. Mister D.). Six days passed unbelieveably quickly and our impressions were much more intense than everyone else’s, because we experienced the festival as volunteers. Thanks to that we were allowed to watch a few films every day!

The town itself is very nice. Olza river splits it into two parts: Czech and Polish Cieszyn. After a few first days you almost know all the places and venues by heart. We didn’t visit much recommended placed as we were focused mainly on watching films :-) But if you’d happen to be there, don’t forget to try local sandwiches and beer. The area is peace and quiet though there’s nothing to do in the evening as everything’s closed.

Polish Cieszyn:

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Czech Cieszyn:

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Festival meetings:

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