Ostrava is the third biggest city in the Czech Republic. It’s on the Northeast of Czech Republic and it’s the heart of the Moravian-Silesian Region. It’s near the borders with Slovakia and Poland. You can have a nice view of Beskids Mountains from there. It’s also a very important university and industrial city.
The symbol of the city is so called runaway horse.
History of the city
Ostrava was named after the river Ostravice, which divides the city into two parts, the Moravian and Silesian. First settlers were here in this region probably since the Stone Age. Very important discovery was made in 1953, there was found a 48mm high statue. It was a torso of the woman made from red iron ore, which is called Venus of Petřkovice.
In the second half of the 13th century the Czech king Ottokar II of Bohemia established here a stone castle. We can also mention a discovery of coal in the second half of the 18th century, which later was used for expansion of ironworks. Ostrava is not a typical industrial city anymore, mining of coal ended in 1994.
Places of interests for tourists
Miner’s museums are on the same place, where mines used to be. You can see many technical sights, but also cultural and historical places of interest in Ostrava.
Ostrava is among the most important arterial roads, because it’s easily accessible for cars and trains, and also planes. Tourists will come across the traditional Czech hospitability and also delicious Czech cuisine.
Sights near Ostrava
In Ostrava you can find 4 city sight zones.
MPZ Moravian Ostrava is the biggest sight zone, which was created in 1992. It’s also a center of the Moravian Ostrava. On the Square of Masaryk you can find a lot of interesting buildings. For example you can find the building of the Old City hall, where you can find the Museum of Ostrava.
MPZ Ostrava – Přívoz, used to be a village, since the second half of the 19th century the village was built into a more city form. Buildings were created in a short period of time on the turn of 19th and 20th century.
MPZ Ostrava – Poruba is city sight zone since 1 March 2003. Appearance of the houses and wide avenues are a legacy of socialistic construction.
MPZ Ostrava – Vítkovice, first mention of this village with the name of Witchendorf is from 1357