The City of Ostrava Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic. It is a university city with a vibrant cultural life and a rich tradition of coal-mining and steel-making. Four theatres are based permanently in Ostrava, including the highly successful National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, and the city is also home to the internationally renowned Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Ostrava hosts a wide variety of sporting and cultural events throughout the year. One of the highlights of the sporting year is the Golden Spike athletics meeting, where Usain Bolt is a regular competitor. Cultural events include the Colours of Ostrava multi-genre music festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors, as well as two prestigious classical music festivals – Janáček May and the St Wenceslas Music Festival. The summer Shakespeare Festival is a must for theatre-lovers, and NATO Days is a major military and aviation show held annually at Ostrava’s Mošnov airport.
Ostrava is a great place to visit all year round – and the autumn is no exception. Sample traditional local specialities. Discover Ostrava’s proud industrial history and marvel at the wonders of modern science and technology. Visit the city’s popular zoo, experience the authentic environment of a coal mine at a mining museum, or travel into space at the planetarium. For different perspective, walk up Ostrava’s very own ‘volcano’ – the Ema slag-heap, an artificial hill made of coal-mining waste which is still burning deep beneath the surface, producing clouds of mysterious smoke and steam… For an evening to remember, you can try out Ostrava’s unique beer spa, take in some culture at one of the city’s excellent theatres, or party all night on the legendary Stodolní Street – the street that never sleeps. And if that’s still not quite enough, just thirty minutes’ drive away from Ostrava you’ll find the beautiful Beskydy mountains, a true paradise for lovers of sports.
Ostrava’s New City Hall has the tallest tower of any city hall in the Czech Republic, giving visitors a panoramic bird’s eye view of the city from the viewing platform 73 metres above the ground.
This is one of Ostrava’s architectural gems. Thanks to the high quality and variety of its collections, it ranks among one of the Czech Republic’s top five galleries. Inside there is a stylish café where you can enjoy fresh croissants. Take a look at the current exhibition, and you might be pleasantly surprised…
Ostrava’s Science and Technology Centre is a fun and exciting interactive attraction for all the family. Forget dull textbooks – here you can try out the wonderful world of science for yourself! At the ‘Small World of Technology’ you can experience what it’s like to drive a train, fly a plane, be an astronaut or move deep under the surface of the sea in Captain Nemo’s submarine. The laws and principles of science are brought to life through playing. The ‘Large World of Technology’ offers hundreds of fun and educational attractions explaining science and technology.
Ride a glass-walled elevator to the top of Vítkovice’s historic blast furnace no. 1 – this is the same route that was used to transport raw materials to the furnace top when iron was produced here. Just a couple more steps and you’ll reach one of Ostrava’s most distinctive modern landmarks – the furnace-top café with a terrace offering panoramic views of the entire city and far beyond. Look down and you can see right into the heart of the blast furnace.
This is a unique urban space located next to the Forum Nová Karolina shopping mall. These huge historical buildings – formerly part of the Karolina coking plant – have been transformed by the architect Josef Pleskot into an exciting new venue for sports, entertainment and culture. Take a stroll and feel the inspiration of Ostrava’s proud industrial past.
The second largest zoo in the Czech Republic, this is home to over 400 different species of animals – including the much-loved elephant cub Rashmi, who was actually born right here in Ostrava!
Explore Ostrava’s fascinating history of mining at this exquisitely preserved former coal mine. The guided tour leads along the same route taken by the miners when they started their shift. Admire the unique chain-system changing room, the bathrooms, dispatch centre, and power station.
At this fascinating museum you can take a tour of the former Anselm coal mine with a guide who used to be a miner here. The tour includes a descent into a simulated mine tunnel – giving a real sense of the noise and atmosphere of a working colliery. There is also a restaurant where you can sample authentic miners’ specialities. A perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich culture of this proud profession.
With its picturesque chateau, historic arcaded square, popular beer-hall and chateau park, this spa town just outside Ostrava is a perfect place for a day trip. The spa complex is not far from the town centre.
On the right bank of the Ostravice River, this slag-heap (an artificial hill created by piling up waste material from coal mines) reaches a height of 315 metres above sea level. It enjoys its own unique subtropical climate because the waste material is still burning deep beneath the surface – you’ll see the white smoke coming out of the cracks in the ground. Snow never settles here, and flowers grow all year round. From the top of Ostrava’s very own ‘volcano’ you can enjoy some wonderful panoramic views of the city.
This unique attraction includes miniature versions of some of the world’s most famous buildings. Who could resist travelling around the whole world in just one afternoon? Pose for photos next to Ostrava’s very own Pyramids, Eiffel Tower, or Big Ben.
Venture over to the Jeseníky mountains to inhale the cleanest air in central Europe. Visit the White Pearl of Silesia, the town of Opava, and its many architectural gems. Take your children out for a walk in the magical Poodří region or treat them to some educational fun in Ostrava’s Big Science and Technology Center. For those of you looking for a place where the words “tradition” and “custom” aren’t empty advertisement clichés, we offer traditional folklore in the Těšín area or the folk architecture of Moravian Wallachia. To make this even more interesting, we top everything off with a wide selection of various regional specialties.
Experience Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic. Ostrava is a great place to visit all year round – and the winter is no exception. Sample traditional local specialities or refined international cuisine. Discover Ostrava’s proud industrial history and marvel at the wonders of modern science and technology. Visit one of Central Europe’s biggest zoos, experience the authentic environment of a coal mine at a mining museum, or travel into space at the city’s planetarium. For a winter wonderland with a difference, walk up Ostrava’s very own ‘volcano’ – the Ema slag-heap, an artificial hill made of coal-mining waste which is still burning deep beneath the surface, producing clouds of mysterious smoke and steam… For an evening to remember, you can try out Ostrava’s unique beer spa, take in some culture at one of the city’s excellent theatres, or party all night on the legendary Stodolní Street – the street that never sleeps. See here for a city map and other top tips.
The Silesian area around Opava is associated with stories of famous personalities. The genius Beethoven lived here and the Russian Tsar, Alexander I, deliberated, along with the crowned heads of other European countries. Among military ranks, General Laudon won a famous victory here when he stopped the invasion of Prussian troops into the Czech lands and in the park in Kravařích, it is said that Maria Theresa cried when she eventually lost Silesia. The stormy period of WW2 is evident here today in the placement of many border forts which were built to protect the country’s borders. Take your children on trips to the ‘Landscape of Slate’ and in the valley of the river Moravice you may experience the joy of your children’s first catch. Enjoy at least a short taste of luxury of the nobility who lived in one of Europe’s most beautiful castles in Hradec nad Moravicí. Discover Opavian Silesia!
Opava is a draw for tourists. It is perfect for history and monument enthusiasts, as well as for those who enjoy combining travel with sports activities. Opava is a city through which history literally flowed.
It may sound hard to believe, but Opava’s Silesian Museum is the oldest in the Czech Republic. Even the National Museum on the upper end of Saint Wenceslaus Square in Prague was only established four years later.
The beautiful Beskydy countryside invites you to various sport activities, pleasant relaxation as well as acquiring knowledge. Try beer and herbal baths, cryotherapy, visit wellness centres and aqua parks. Experience not only the beauties of these mountains, but also local hospitality. Nothing else is better than iced beer at mini-breweries, accompanied by regional specialties.
The labyrinth of narrow streets is the reason why Štramberk is nick-named the ‘Moravian Bethlehem’. The town attracts visitors due to its rich history, mysterious legends and wooden, folk architecture. The real treasure is the local gingerbread made in the shape of a human ear.
If you like historic towns and squares that breathe history, then you will like Nový Jičin. The local square is considered so beautiful that apparently there is none prettier north of the Alps. Walking through the arcades that line the square is a pleasant experience as well as visiting one of the local shops or sitting in one of the local cafes.
This unconventional exhibition features hat production in Nový Jičin. Visitors will learn about the history of the millinery at the world famous hat company ‘Tonak’ and see many important historical models, including hats that were worn by Jan Neruda, T. G. Masaryk and Jan Palacky.
If you want to see the very first car that drove on the roads of the former Austria-Hungarian Empire, go and take a look at the Technical Museum in Kopřivnice. It was here, in 1897, that a coach was born that was not drawn by a horse, but by an engine- the automobile Präsident. And at the museum in Kopřivnice, this motor vehicle can be seen.
The majestic peak of Praděd is the highest mountain in Moravia and Silesia, surrounded by unspoiled nature, dormant volcanoes and pure air. Kofola, absinth or the family story of a candidate for the US president are all integral parts of the history and modern times of this beautiful corner of the Czech Republic.
The highest spa above sea level in the Czech Republic boasts exceptionally clean air. This is why patients with respiratory problems come here. Karlova Studánka was named after Karl Ludwig, who defeated Napoleon in the battle by Aspern.
Few tourist regions offer such a comprehensive mosaic of interesting and attractive places as Moravské Kravařsko. History literally flowed through the gently rolling landscape along the Odra River between Fulnek on the north and Nový Jičín on the south. This was the birthplace of the founder of genetics, Gregor Johann Mendel, where the Hussites settled, and where the Teacher of the Nation, John Amos Comenius, journeyed through the towns and villages. Nature lovers appreciate the Poodří Protected Landscape Area.
Těšín Silesia is intimately connected to the River Olše, which gives rise to cities like Třinec, Karvina and Těšín. You will also find here an early settlement of the original Slavs and many chateaux which reflect the wealth of Silesian nobility.