wanderings along the olza valley route
Although the Olza River is not the longest of all rivers and has only 87 km, the river and the valley form enormous historical and natural legacy in today's Polish-Czech border. The river flows along the border, crossing many gmina districts and important borderland towns, e.g. Istebna, Trzyniec, Cieszyn, Český Těšín, Hażlach (Pogwizdów), Chotěbuz in the Karvina District and Bohumín, and has a kind of magical importance to it. It is no longer perceived only as an element dividing the two nations (both geographically and as a state border), but also as having a unique natural and cultural potential.
The investment works necessary to achieve the planned result that were already completed as part of the project include:
- revitalisation of a part of the replica of the Slavic town in Chotěbuz Podobora;
- adaptation of historical granary in Hażlach to house the Naturalist House with interactive exhibition showing the natural heritage of the Olza Valley (on both sides of the border), together with the infrastructure for catering for the tourist traffic (construction of a new car park directly at the facility and creation of the base for catering for the tourist traffic);
- marking of cross-border routes (two routes: one loop of about 80 km and an easier short loop) for hiking, cycling, driving (based on the existing signs of facilities) that would lead through the Archeopark and the Naturalist House. The route will be included in the Greenway route: Kraków – Moravia – Vienna;
- creation of the information system for tourists from Poland in the Archeopark and tourists from the Czech Republic in Hażlach, and comprehensive preparation of information materials (application, guide, maps, publications etc.);
- creation of common bike rental system in Hażlach and Archeopark included in admission tickets to those facilities.
The “Wanderings along the Olza Valley/ Toulky údolím Olše” project is to increase the tourist attractiveness of the area on both banks of the Olza River by providing the missing infrastructure and linking it with a common route.
A common tourist product is dedicated mostly to families with children as part of the so-called weekend tourism, the elderly, active tourism, etc. Thanks to the offered packages and diversification in accordance to the needs and physical abilities of various target groups, the goal of the project was achieved more effectively.
The project offers another attraction. If you buy a joint ticket to the Naturalist House and the Archeopark in Chotěbuz Podobora (Czech Republic), you can rent bikes and follow the route of Wanderings along the Olza Valley to visit the beautiful Polish-Czech borderland. The route offers two loops: a shorter one leading from the Naturalist House, through Zamarski, Cieszyn, Český Těšín to the Archeopark in Chotěbuz Podobora, or a longer one leading through Hażlach – Kończyce Wielkie – Dębowiec – Ochaby Wielkie – Kończyce Małe – Zebrzydowice – Petrovice U Karviné – Karviná – Chotěbuz – Český Těšín – Cieszyn – Puńców – Dzięgielów – Zamarski – Hażlach. You can rent the bikes at the Naturalist House and return them at the Archeopark, or go back and return them at the Naturalist House.