|Gmina||Ustroń (urban gmina)|
|• Mayor||Ireneusz Adam Szarzec|
|• Total||58.92 km2 (22.75 sq mi)|
|• Density||260/km2 ( 680/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Ustroń [ˈustrɔɲ] ( listen) (German: Ustron) is a health resort town in Cieszyn Silesia, southern Poland. It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship (since 1999), having previously been in Bielsko-Biała Voivodeship (1975–1998). It lies in the Silesian Beskids mountain range.
The town has a futuristic outlook because of a cluster of pyramid-shaped hotels. It is also the home of the Jan Jarocki Museum. It was founded in April 1986 as Museum of Metallurgy. It is housed in an old building of the former Klemens Steel Works, which was in use between 1772 and 1897. The museum collects technical tools, as well as historical and ethnographic artifacts.
The village of Ustroń was first mentioned in a Latin document of Diocese of Wrocław called Liber fundationis episcopatus Vratislaviensis from around 1305 as Ustrona. It belonged then to the Duchy of Teschen, formed in 1290, since 1327 a fee of Kingdom of Bohemia.
In 1772 the Klemens Steel Works was opened, and the village was gradually industrialised. In 1856 it gained market town rights. When the steel work was closed in 1897 the type of the market town switched to be more health and spa resort.
According to the Austrian census of 1910 the town had 4,275 inhabitants, 4,265 of whom had permanent residence there. The census asked people for their native language; 3,917 (91.8%) were Polish-speaking and 333 (7.8%) were German-speaking. Jews were not allowed to declare Yiddish; most of them thus declared the German language as their native. The most populous religious groups were Protestants with 2,439 (57%) followed by Roman Catholics with 1,728 (40.4%) and the Jews with 107 (2.5%).
It gained city rights in 1956. Since 1960s it saw a large development of new hotels and health centers. It was also expanded by merger of the surrounding villages: Nierodzim in 1974, Hermanice and Lipowiec in 1975.
- Kuźnia Ustroń - football club founded in 1922, without particular success
- TRS Siła Ustroń - volleyball club
- The Alfred Meissner Graduated School of Dental Engineering and the Humanities
Twin towns — Sister cities
Ustroń is twinned with:
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