Ostrava is one of the oldest cities in the country, first mentions of which appeared in 1267. Ostrava was located on the crossroads of important trade routes, so until the 18th century it was known as a major trading city. Later deposits of coal were discovered on its territory. This fact has greatly fastened the industrial development of the region.
Today several metallurgical plants operate in this city; one of the mines has been turned into a museum dedicated to the mining business. Start your acquaintance with the city from its central square. Here you can see several old buildings, including the University Rector and magnificent mansions in the Art Nouveau style. Here strict Gothic buildings neighbor to modern buildings. In 1998 was founded the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius. This church is built in accordance with best traditions of the modern architecture.
The Town Hall Square is quite an interesting place recommended for visiting. As it’s clear from the square’s name, the city’s Town Hall should be located here. Even though this beautiful monument was built in the 16th century, it is in great condition nowadays. The Town Hall stores the exhibition of the main museum, which tells the story of Ostrava. St. Wenceslas Church is a wonderful example of the Gothic style. The church was rebuilt and restored several times, but it managed to maintain its original style and elegance.
Travellers should also visit the New City Hall as one of the towers has been rebuilt into the city's largest observation area. The height of the tower estimates 86 meters, so it features a beautiful view of the city and all of its picturesque streets. Travellers with children will enjoy a tour to the new aquarium. You can also visit the city’s zoo, near which you will find an amusement park. Fans of Czech beer will surely enjoy visiting Ostravar factory – the oldest one in the Czech Republic. Of course, the excursion will be accompanied by degustation of delicious beer.