5 Interesting Facts About Ostrava

  • Ostrava has an industrial site on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ostrava is a defeated candidate of 2015 European Capital of Culture
  • Ostrava has a famous nightlife street with more than 60 bars & clubs
  • Ostrava lies both in Moravia a in Silesia¬†
  • Ostrava has a castle that used to be situated 16 m higher than today
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Although Ostrava is the third largest city of the Czech Republic, it doesn't really rank among the most popular places. Ostrava is a peculiar city, unique in many ways. It's different from most other parts of the country. The looks is different, people are different, the standard of living is different and the whole region has a very strong, easily recognizable dialect - ostravŇ°tina. Not only due to the mining activities that have given the city the main shape and spirit, the city has earned the label "Black Ostrava". No doubt Ostrava is a special place, you can only find here two kinds of people with different relations to it. Those who hate it, and those who love it. There is nobody between, that's for sure. Even though the patriotic locals will always try to enforce their opinion on you, in my opinion I don't think this is a place you want to live in. Nevertheless, if you are around, you should definitely pass by to find out by yourself what makes Ostrava so special!¬† It will surely be an interesting experience for you.

Jirka's TOP 5 See&Do in Ostrava

Lower Vítkovice Area (Dolní oblast Vítkovice)

The most famous industrial site of Czechia ‚Äď the complex of former blast furnaces of Lower V√≠tkovice that has been turned into an industrial museum, having been on the list of tentative UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2001

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Landek Park - Mining Museum

Mining Museum ‚Äď the largest mining exposition in Czechia where you can put yourself in miners‚Äė shoes in an authentic pit.

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Nov√° radnice (New City)

The New Town Hall of Ostrava is actually the highest town building in Czechia, the most interesting part of it is, however, that you can get to its top to be given a nice view of the city.

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The Ema Slag Heap (Halda Ema)

Even in Ostrava you can find hills, basically none of them are natural though. Halda Ema is basically a (still active) waste rock, which inner temperature reaches 1,000 ¬įC, and on it its top you can see and smell smoke of methane and sulphur dioxide.

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Michal Coal Mine

If you still don't get enough of mines and would like to know more, visit also the Michal Coaline (DŇĮl Michal) - museum of mining located in a former coal mine.

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Good to know before traveling to Amman

1. Very surprisingly, Amman is cheaper than the rest of the country

If there is one thing this city should be liked for, it is the sporting and cultural opportunities Ostrava offers. In 2015, Ostrava was nominated for the European Capital of Culture, it didn't eventually win the award, though. I'm not a fan of these awards and would-be contests, everyone knows it's always about - who has more money and better lobbing - wins, but this city would have definitely deserved it.

Traditional Ostrava's Lower Vítkovice area is a place where the famous Colours of Ostrava festival takes place, the festival which since its first vintage in 2002 has become the biggest open-air, multi-genre festival in the Czech Republic. Its dance, electronic brother - the festival Beats for Love has gained a big popularity over the past years, too, becoming the biggest of its kind in Central Europe. In 2018, Ostrava was also honored to host the world's biggest blogger conference T-Bex.

There is no doubt that the Ostrava people ("Ostraváci") love sports and culture. If this city happens to be on your list, I recommend you to plan your visit when there is something going on, it may have quite a different spirit. Ideally, visit Colours of Ostrava to see more than 300 performances and enjoy the special industrial athmosphere with almost 50,000 other attendees.

1. You may also get surprirsed how cold it is there if you arrive from the Dead Sea




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