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Ostrava , the third largest city in the Czech Republic , is the heart of the Moravian-Silesian region. It is situated in the east of the Czech Republic , close to the Slovakian and Polish borders. The very special character of the region is given by the coal mining tradition preserved in a unique industrial heritage.
Some technical landmarks, such as Lower Vítkovice Area , the Michal Mine, and/or Landek Park , with its Mining Museum exhibition, have no match within the entire Czech Republic . In the very centre of the city you can admire the Miniuni complex featuring models of significant structures of European cities, and/or visit the Fire-fighting and Ostrava Museums , and the Museum of Zithers.
Not too far away, just beyond the river Ostravice, you will find the Silesian-Ostrava Castle , where interesting events take place throughout the year. Instead of an evening of relaxation, visit Stodolní Street , the street that “never sleeps,” and is famous for its numerous clubs and restaurants.
The city of Ostrava is Moravian-Silesian region cultural centre , too. Here you can enjoy numerous significant cultural events featuring world-class stars. To name just a few:
Ostrava also hosts regular sports events, such as:
Transportation to Ostrava is very good: just 25 kilometres from the city centre you will find the Leoš Janáček International Airport with regular connections to Prague and Vienna . On the newly finished D1 expressway you can get to Ostrava from Prague by car in less than four hours. The SC Pendolino train makes the same distance in 3 hours.