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Basic information

  • Area: 214 km² (83 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: + 420 69
  • Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
  • Population (EST): 310 464
  • Language: Czech
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Ostrava – Overview

Nestled close to the Polish border, on the banks of the Ostravice River is Ostrava, the Czech Republic’s third largest city. Situated in the country’s North East, the city is most renowned for its long history as a thriving industrial centre that once earned it the evocative nickname of “the steel heart of the Republic”. No longer home to heavy industries, the city has embraced its heritage and moved on to adopt a lighter and more modern image with magical museums and monuments taking the place of coal mines.

Fantastic for families, Ostrava is packed with child friendly attractions, including the allure of the zoo, an underground fairy tale theme park or a trip around the “Miniuni” where many of Europe’s most well known landmarks (such as Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower) can all be seen in miniature. Alternatively for culture, visitors can take their pick from captivating castles, puppet theatres and galleries that showcase an eye catching selection of contemporary art.

When weary, visitors can relax and refuel at one of the city’s many restaurants. From fast food to fusion, Ostrava can cater to all tastes – but the tastiest of treats are definitely found when sampling traditional Czech cuisine. Be sure to warm bellies with servings of delicious dumplings or hearty stews and soups – all washed down with pints of “Ostarvar” the locally brewed beer.

After dark, the city’s buzzing bar scene springs to life, as party people take to Stodlini Street, which packed with countless pubs and clubs, provides high spirited all night adventure.