Ostrava

Ostrava is a city in the borderland of Moravia and Silesia in the Czech Republic. With a population of nearly 300,000, it is the third largest city in the Czech Republic and the centre of the second largest urban agglomeration after Prague.

Ostrava is a predominantly industrial city and has been so since the 18th century, when the discovery of extensive coal deposits in the area led to an industrial boom and Ostrava quickly grew from a small provincial town of around one thousand inhabitants to one of the largest cities in the region. As a major steel manufacturing centre, Ostrava suffered heavy destruction during the Second World War, and holds the sad distinction of being one of the most polluted cities of the European Union.

Ostrava Town Hall

Understand

Ostrava is more of a state of mind; it is truly difficult to understand unless you've experienced it.

Get in

Ostrava-Svinov, trackside

By train

Moreover there are direct connections from Vienna, Bratislava, Žilina, Budapest, Kiev and Moscow. There's no direct connection from Kraków (except some night trains arriving at Ostrava in the middle of the night); the trip with change at Jaworzno Szczakowa and Katowice lasts over 5 hours.

Ostrava has two main train stations, Ostrava hl.n. in the north and Ostrava-Svinov in the west of the city. Fast and international trains stop at both of them.

Ostrava ÚAN

By bus

The main bus station in Ostrava is Ostrava ÚAN. Student Agency offers 5 buses a day from Brno, the journey time is 2¾ hours.

Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava

By air

Ostrava has an international airport called Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport with regular services to Prague (Czech Airlines, 3-4 times daily) and Paris (SmartWings, 2 flights per week - operating on Thursday and Sunday). Hourly buses from the airport to Ostrava city center through main bus station, a 40-minute ride, depart between 7:15AM and 10:15PM, tickets can be bought from drivers.

Many passengers instead choose Katowice Pyrzowice Airport (KTW). This airport situated 120 kilometres northeast of Ostrava, and can be reached by A1/D1 motorway in about an hour. The airport has direct connections with over 30 destinations across Europe and Asia.

Tiger Express operates a shuttle bus service from Katowice Airport operates six times a day with a timetable harmonized with the airport's air traffic. Tickets prices begin from 9€ one way. The journey takes 90 minutes and free Wi-Fi and luggage transport is included in this price.

Get around

By tram and bus

Tram and bus travel in Ostrava is inexpensive. A 15-minute ticket costs just CZK 15, a 60-minute ticket CZK 24 and a 24-hour ticket is CZK 75 (Mar 2012) . Transport is available 24 hours a day, however there is a reduced service between midnight and 4AM. See a city line map and online timetable .


Townhouse in the Přívoz neighborhood

See

Inside the mining museum in Landek Park
Antonín Dvořák Theatre in Ostrava

Do

Ostrava Archive

Buy

Ostrava is the shopping centre of the region. You can find small specialised shops, as well as hypermarkets and shopping galleries. You can buy souvenirs for yourselves or for your family and friends in branch offices of the Ostrava City Information Centre.

Stodolní, the main street of Ostrava

Eat

In such a big city the number of restaurants is naturally enormous, ranging from the very famous restaurants to the less expensive trattorie or pizzerie. Whether you are looking to enjoy classical Czech food, regional specialities or international cuisine, Ostrava probably has what you are looking for. A visit to the region would not be complete without a pint of the local beer, “Ostravar”, which has been brewed in the city since 1897. The main street for wining, dining and having a great time is Stodolní Street, in the heart of the city. It boasts over 60 bars and restaurants in an area covering just a few blocks.

The secret sweet treats of Ostrava are the katowicke rurki, named after the nearby city of Katowice in Poland - although they are arguably a version of a similar treat popular in the entirety Poland, and not peculiar to Katowice at all. The katowicke rurki consist of a sweet wafer rolled into a tube, and then filled with pařížská šlehačka, both using a specially-designed machine. Pařížská šlehačka, in turn, is a filling vaguely resembling chocolate-flavoured whipped cream, although quite often having nothing to do with either cream or chocolate when it comes to its ingredients, and obviously having no obvious connection to the city of Paris after which it is ostensibly named.

Katowicke rurki are usually made by specialized confissers in possession of one of the unique machines, who often have been operating their specialized businesses for decades. One of those is hidden in the Hornicka street.

Ostrava by night

Drink

Ostrava is home to the famous Stodolní street, the biggest strip of bars and pubs in the country.

Sleep

The city offers a wide variety of accommodation covering all kinds of travel budget and level of service.

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