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:

  • the Janáček May International Music Festival (23 May – 16 June 2011)
  • the Colours of Ostrava international multi-genre music festival (14 – 17 July 2011)
  • the Spectaculo Interesse international marionette festival biennale (19 – 25 September 2011).

Ostrava also hosts regular sports events, such as:

  • the Zlatá Tretra Ostrava Grand Prix (Golden Spike Ostrava) international track and field meeting on 31 May 2011
  • Davis Cup tennis matches
  • the Track and Field World Championship at the Municipal Stadium in Ostrava – Vítkovice from 14 to 17 July 2011

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.