Camping in the Silesian Beskids

Dzięgielów

This is possibly wild camping at its best - the van is parked next to a cemetery in a village allowing me to get out on the bicycle to explore the Silesian Beskids mountain range which straddles the border between Poland and Czechia.  The name of the village where I am parked is Dzięgielów.  

A location next to the cemetery suited my purposes - and allowed me to get a fill up of water - essential in the heat of the summer.

Two local places I visited were the 'Bee Town' (Pszczele Miasto) which is located near the former border point.  The Bee Town offers a large selection of local raw honey which is reputed to help fight hay fever.  At the border point, there also seemed to be a suitable area for wild camping.

There is a large Evangelical-Augsburg Church here due to the large Protestant population.  There is also a palace which dates to the fifeenth century although it has changed considerably since it was first built and is now a hotel.

The village was first mentioned in a Latin document of Diocese of Wrocław called Liber fundationis episcopatus Vratislaviensis from around 1305. According to the censuses conducted in 1880, 1890, 1900 and 1910 the population of the municipality grew from 501 in 1880 to 506 in 1910 with a majority being native Polish-speakers. The village was also traditionally inhabited by Cieszyn Vlachs, speaking Cieszyn Silesian dialect. It is Polish but Polish speakers can hear that it is different.

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