Next stop of our trip was again a city located on the border: Cieszyn in Poland and Český Těšín in Czech Republic. The natural border is the river Olza. As both countries claimed the town, it had already been separated in 1920. The division including border controls lasted until Poland and the Czech Republic became member of the European Union and the Schengen zone. Then all existing border controls have been closed. Nowadays, the inhabitants can easily cross the three bridges to get to the other part of the twin town.
Korni, owner of the hostel 3 Bros’ located in the Polish part of the town, told us that there were also some advantages as his teachers came several times to late to school due to the controls. So people of the city now can benefit of the best part of each culture such as the Czech beer.