This city is unlike any other. Perhaps that is why it is the subject of so many songs. Its striking landscape, inhabitants, industrial and musical miracles growing up from the ruins of history. It’s like discovering a different world.
Enjoy a day of romance and entertainment. Head out of the city centre along the Ostravice River, troll through the Silesian Ostrava Castle and pamper yourself at the beer spa in Stodolní Street or at Zábřeh Chateau.
The legendary Stodolní Street is sure to get your blood pumping. Every square inch of this street is alive with bars, pubs and clubs, of which there are more than sixty. Those who don’t want to go inside can stay outside. A mix of music genres completes the right atmosphere, while the scent of food from all corners of the globe wafts through the air. Stodolní never sleeps. The night life only ends with the sunrise.
Locals love to repeat that anybody who wants to discover the mentality of North Moravia and Silesia must come to Ostrava. If you haven’t been to Ostrava, you haven’t been to North Moravia and Silesia. And if you haven’t been to Stodolní Street, you haven’t been to Ostrava.
You couldn’t leave out the now iconic Ema slag heap either. This place is nothing short of intriguing. It is a smoking hill where pieces of coal still burn. The heat inside reaches temperatures of up to 1500°C. Unlike a smoking volcano, there is nothing to fear. This hill won’t erupt.
Are you with friends? Or colleagues?
Stodolní Street for everyone. For couples, groups of young friends or businessmen and managers who have come to Ostrava for business.
The right time? Anytime. But if you come in early summer when Ostrava hosts the multi-genre music festival, it will be perfect. Colors of Ostrava will show you the true colours of the “black city”. Among those who have performed is French singer ZAZ, Björk of Iceland and the multicultural singer Mika.
Here with the kids?
Then you have to go to the Science & Technology Centre in Dolní Ostrava. There is an area for the youngest visitors that they won’t want to leave. A fairy tale forest and field as well as a car shop or workshop. Everything looks just like it should in a child’s world. Then there is the maze. In short, one of the largest playgrounds in Europe.
Although it may not look like an ancient city at first glance, its history says the opposite. About 25,000 years ago, mammoth hunters lived in the area, as demonstrated by numerous archaeological discoveries. One of these is the 48 mm tall statute of a female figure called the Venus of Petřkovice. The local mammoth hunters have one more particularity in world history. It has been proven that they used the coal found in local seams as fuel. It is the very first proven use of black coal in the world. The first stone structured started being built in the area of present‑day Ostrava only in the 13th Century – the castle and the church.
The city suffered from fires, military campaigns and plague epidemics in the past. About half the population died during the breakout in the early 17th Century. During the Thirty Years’ War, Ostrava was the most impacted area of all the Czech lands, occupied by the Danes and Swedes.
The city only started to boom at the end of the 18th Century, when the large black coal deposits were confirmed. Foundries and steel mills were gradually added to the mining. Poles and Germans moved to the city for work and Ostrava became an important industrial centre of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. It maintained its position even through the era of Czechoslovakia.
The Colours of Ostrava music festival is popular not just in the Czech Republic; music bands and audiences around the world have started adding it to their calendars. Past performers include ZAZ, MIKA, Björk, Alanis Morissette, The Cranberries, Sinéad O'Connor and Bobby McFerrin.
The festival, which is attended by about 50,000 people every year, dates back to 2002. It moved to the reincarnated premises of the industrial compound near the city centre in 2012.
Dolní Vítkovice compound
You will find nothing of this size elsewhere in Central Europe. This compound full of technical monuments, where you can take an elevator to the top of a former furnace, is now a place of culture. In addition to the multi-genre music festival, it also hosts the philharmonic orchestra and folk artists throughout the year.
Ostrava is learning to live with its industrial past, as thousands of visitors are drawn to the charm of its technical monuments every year. You must by no mean miss a tour of the foundries and mines.
In 2008, the Dolní Vítkovice compound was added to the list of European Cultural Heritage. It is a former mine, coking and blast furnace plant and visitors can see all of it. The adrenaline tour leads up to a lookout platform at a height of almost 80 metres or into the depths of a blast furnace.
This lively street is not just a synonym of endless entertainment, but also of cuisine from virtually all corners of the globe. If you want to discover how North Moravia tastes, try some potato pancakes with plum preserves and walnuts, rabbit with black sauce or Silesian pirogies made of potato dough. As for drinks? There are several dozen small but excellent breweries in the north of Moravia. Why not try Ostravar, Radegast, or beer from the Biovar brewery.
It’s just two hours by car rom Ostrava to Krakow in southern Poland.
Krakow used to be the historical residence of Polish kings, concentrated around the Wawel Castle and cathedral. The city is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Krakow, which guidebooks claim is one of the 100 most beautiful cities in the world, is listed as a UNESCO heritage site.
The city centre – but just an imaginary one – is just a few steps from Wawel Castle and the cathedral. It is a square plaza called the Rynek Královský. In the corner stands a basilica with two towers from the mid-14th Century. Every hour on the hour, the tower plays a melody that suddenly stops – in memory of the bugler who warned the city of the Tatar invasion. Sadly, the bugler was shot while playing the alarm.
A vast number of Catholics travel to Krakow, because it is here that Pope John Paul II used to serve as archbishop.
This city is the second largest historical reservation area in the Czech Republic. Convents, churches, palaces, baroque fountains and massive military fortresses – this is Olomouc.
The symbol of the city is undoubtedly the 35-metre baroque column of the Holy Trinity which was consecrated in the 18th Century in the presence of Empress Marie Therese. It is the tallest column of its kind in the Czech Republic.
It is here in Olomouc that the Emperor Franz Joseph ascended the Austrian throne in 1848. He and his wife Sisi are now one of the symbols of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Do you have little children who want to have some fun? The zoo with a shark aquarium, aviaries, a lookout tower and children’s jungle gym is just the thing.
Transport to/from Ostrava’s Airport
The airport in Ostrava can be reached by public bus transport and train transport:
Bus stops of the lines: 910 333, 910 331, 820 150 and 880 632 are located in front of the airport arrival hall. The “Mošnov, Airport nádraží” stop of the 880 670 line is located in front of the railway terminal building.
The railway terminal is located directly in front of the airport departure hall.
Tickets are available for purchase:
Taxi and Transfers to/from Airport
Stands of taxi services at Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava are located directly in front of the arrival hall. Transfers to/from the airport can be booked at: www.oktransfer.cz or directly on our website.
Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava offers short-term (P1 and P2) and long-term (P3) parking options.
The P1 parking lot is located directly in front of the terminal building.
The P2 parking lot is located in front of the railways terminal building.
The P3 parking lot is located about 5-minute walk from the departure hall
Parking fees can be paid via parking lot payment automats or directly at the Information desk in the arrival hall in cash or using credit cards.
Reserve a car in advance to save time and more.
You can check-in for Czech Airlines-operated flights from Ostrava in one of the following ways:
Travelling with carry-on baggage only?
If you travel with carry-on baggage only, have checked-in online and have your boarding pass either printed or saved in your mobile phone, you can proceed directly to your departure gate.
Baggage to check?
If you travel with checked baggage and have checked-in online, please drop your baggage off at the “BAGGAGE DROP-OFF / ECONOMY” assigned desk.