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Our ancestors played a central role in building European civilization! World-renowned figures such as the composer Leoš Janáček, the psychologist Sigmund Freud and the founder of genetics Gregor Mendel all left their mark on our culture and heritage.

Film-makers love Ostrava’s unique urban scenery, full of atmosphere and contrasts. Modern buildings, industrial locations, Soviet-style 1950s architecture, stunning red-brick buildings, imposing castles and romantic chateaux. The Region’s architecture has been shaped by world-renowned figures such as Hans-Georg Erhardt (Ropice Golf Resort) and Camillo Sitte (responsible for the entire central part of Ostrava’s Přívoz district).

Ostrava’s industrial revolution began in the 19th century when coal was discovered and Archbishop Rudolf established an ironworks in Vítkovice. The ironworks later came under the control of the Rothschilds, and these world-renowned financiers helped the company to flourish and grow into one of Central Europe’s leading industrial powerhouses. Today the blast furnaces stand empty, and the coal mines are no longer active – but Ostrava’s rich industrial heritage has been beautifully preserved in a plethora of historic buildings, which now offer ideal venues for your events. An amazing and unforgettable atmosphere is guaranteed!

Ostrava has a unique and vibrant cultural scene, renowned far beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. So why not plan your event to coincide with one of our many cultural festivals – all year around, there’s always something happening here.

Ostrava is one of Central Europe’s greenest and most spacious cities. It is also renowned for its vibrant festivals, theatres, galleries, cafés, and the legendary entertainment quarter around Stodolní Street, with over 60 bars, pubs and clubs to suit all tastes. For weekend trips, the beautiful Beskydy and Jeseníky mountains are just a short hop away – an ideal leisure destination all year round.

The Ostrava Region has four universities with almost 35 000 students specializing in a huge range of fields. Ostrava is renowned for its rich and vibrant student life.

Here in Ostrava we’re known for being honest and direct – we always say what we think. And once you get to know us, we’ll be friends for life.

We host many festivals celebrating cultures from all around the world – Folklore Without Borders, Korean Days, Polish Days, French Autumn, and much more. We are multicultural to our core.

Ostrava is so easy to get to. The city is just a few kilometers from Poland and Slovakia, and Ostrava’s international airport is the gateway to the entire world.

People just love us. What do they say about our city?
“It’s a perfect location for the technical museum, and it’s fascinating how a former gas-holder has been converted into a concert hall.” Daniel from Britain, visiting Lower Vítkovice
“An amazing industrial atmosphere, a great music scene, and wonderful people. The festival was fantastic – I’m glad it’s so near to us.” Martyna from Poland, at Colours of Ostrava
“When I visited Karlova Studánka it was such a surprise to see how beautifully the spa has preserved its historical character. The spa buildings are truly like stepping back in time, and the architecture perfectly captures the atmosphere of this wonderful area.” Jiří from Prague, after his trip to the Jeseníky Mountains
“Perfect courses, a pleasure to play here.” Eric from the Netherlands, after playing golf in the Region
“Be good, come to Ostrava.” Martin from Ireland, after a tour of the Region