What is this? Upper Silesia, next to Lower Silesia, is a part of a historic land currently situated in southern Poland and northern Czech Republic. Silesia can boast in turbulent and interesting history. As a result of political changes after 1945, Upper Silesia has been divided with a border between the Republic of Poland and the Czech Republic. Today it is often confused with Silesian Voivodship, which consists of western Lesser Poland (with Dąbrowa Basin, Cracow Basin, Żywiec area and Częstochowa) – ethnically connected with Polish culture. Silesia on the contrary includes the colors of three nations: Czech, German and Polish. But we’ll leave that aside.
When determining the borders of Upper Silesia on today’s geopolitical map, we have used historical maps from the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Looking beyond the borders, we try to designate the most coherent area, based on the Prussian Opole Regency (Regierungsbezirk Oppeln), the later Upper Silesian Province (Provinz Oberschlesien), but also the areas lying within the borders of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, i.e. the so-called Austrian Silesia (Österreichisch-Schlesien).
We are interested in today’s Upper Silesia, which is a magical region, full of historical towns, beautiful landscapes and awesome people. Our goal is to show the most interesting places worth going to. That’s why we invite you to keep visiting our website. In the GUIDES tab you will find all the important information on Upper Silesian cities.
Our vision of today’s Upper Silesia borders: