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Feel free to check out some of the local activities around Ostrava on your own time. Make sure to bring your TBEX Europe 2018 conference badge for deals at these locations.

Ostrava museum

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Notes: TBEX delegates presenting a conference badge at museum ticket office benefit from special discounted price 20 CZK. Wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “Elektra” (tram no. 1,2,8,11) then a 5 min. walk.
Description: This museum is situated in Ostrava’s beautiful old city hall – a building dating from the 15th century. Every hour the 22 bells in the clock tower play a distinctive tune that rings out over the city streets. The museum has a range of fascinating exhibitions on Ostrava’s history, people and landscapes.

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Ostrava Planetarium (astronomy programs)

Opening Hours: July 25-29, 2018, 5:00pm
Notes: The program at the Planetarium (in Czech, with English-language versions available on headphones) lasts around 60 minutes. The tour of the Experimentarium (exhibition space) lasts 45–60 minutes. It is necessary to book a visit in advance on www.planetariumostrava.cz. TBEX delegates (with conference badge) enter free of charge. Partly wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: The easiest access to the Planetarium is by car. You can also use public transport: buses 20, 37, 40 or 61 to the stop “Studentské koleje”, and then take the green-marked footpath to the Planetarium.
Description: The Planetarium is a magical place where you can travel to whichever galaxy you choose. We have created a miniature version of the universe that surrounds us, infinitely large, constantly expanding, and encompassing everything we have yet discovered. The heart of the Planetarium is the great hall. Under the dome (diameter 13.2 meters) there is a space where we can project images of the night sky using a combination of optical-mechanical and digital projection systems. Inside the Planetarium there are interactive exhibitions for all ages – a perfect way to combine education with fun and entertainment. There is also a special gallery where science joins hands with art through photographs, drawings, graphic art, and spatial art.

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Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Notes: Entry free of charge to the Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava with your conference badge. Not wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “Elektra” (tram no. 1,2,8,11).
Description: The House of Art (1926) is among the jewels of Ostrava’s modern architecture. For many decades the Gallery of Fine Arts – which owns the building – has built up exquisite collections whose range and quality rank it among the Czech Republic’s top five galleries. The House of Art hosts both permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions.

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Silesian Ostrava Castle

Opening Hours: Daily, 9:00am-7:00pm
Notes: Entry free of charge to the Silesian Ostrava Castle with your conference badge. Partly wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “U Hradu” (tram no. 4).
Description: The castle – which has sunk by an amazing 16 meters due to the collapse of mine tunnels deep underground – is located not far from Ostrava’s central square (Masaryk Square) at the meeting-point of the Lučina and Ostravice rivers. It is a popular venue for events all year round, with a particular focus on families with children (as well as the renowned Summer Shakespeare Festival).

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New City Hall Viewing Tower

Opening Hours: Daily, 9:00am-7:00pm
Notes: Entry to the viewing terrace free of charge with your conference badge. Wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Trolleybus stop “Nová radnice” (trolleybus no 101,102,103, 104, 106, 108), or tram stop “Důl Jindřich” (tram no. 1,2,8,11) and then around 10 min. walk.
Description: Ostrava’s New City Hall was built between 1925 and 1930. It is the largest city hall in the Czech Republic, and its viewing tower is the highest in the country (total height 85.6 meters, viewing terrace at 73 meters above ground level). The viewing terrace gives stunning panoramic views of the entire city and the distant mountains – including nearby Poland to the north. On clear days you can see the highest ridges of the Jeseníky Mountains and the peaks of the Malá Fatra range in Slovakia.

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Science and Technology Center

Opening Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Notes: Entry to the Science and Technology Center free of charge with your conference badge. Wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “Dolní Vítkovice (tram no. 1,2), then a 5 min. walk.
Description: The Science and Technology Center includes hundreds of entertaining attractions in four permanent themed exhibitions that offer a fun yet educational insight into the natural and technical sciences. It includes Children’s World (for children aged 2–6), World of Nature (with an outdoor geological and botanical garden), a Science Theatre, a 3D cinema, and modern classrooms and laboratories where visitors can learn about robotics, space exploration, the solar system and much more.

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U6 Science and Technology Center

Opening Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Notes: Entry to U6 Science and Technology Center free of charge with your conference badge. Wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “Dolní Vítkovice (tram no. 1,2), then a 5 min. walk.
Description: This unique exhibition is located in a historic former power plant at the Lower Vítkovice complex in central Ostrava. From the steam engine all the way up to modern-day inventions, we tell the fascinating story of technical progress throughout the world.

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Karolina Triple Hall

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am- 10:00pm
Weekends 10:00am – 8:00pm
Notes: TBEX delegates can make use of its sports facilities (badminton, volleyball, basketball, futsal) at a discounted price : 80,- Kč per hour. You must bring your conference badge with you in order to receive the discount. For reservations, please use the following telephone number: +420 725 360 218, or e-mail: recepce@trojhali.cz. Wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “Karolina” (tram no. 1,2,4,8,11,12), then a 10 min. walk.
Description: Trojhalí Karolina is a newly designed historical area offering ample possibilities to the general public. Thanks to its modern function, the cultural monument represents a unique combination of the Ostrava industrial heritage with a new multi-functionality, beauty, energy and power. Originally home to machines and turbines, it has become a place for sport, culture and other leisure time activities.

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Saint Wenceslaus Church

Opening Hours: July 23-26 & 29, 10:00am-6:00pm
Notes: Entry free of charge. Not wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “Elektra” (tram no. 1,2,8,11), then a 10 min. walk.
Description: Located near Masaryk Square, Saint Wenceslaus Church is proof of the centuries-old history of Moravská Ostrava. First mentions of this Gothic structure—which has retained much of its original mystery—dates back to the year 1297. However, this house of God is actually even older. According to legend, it was host to missionaries Cyril and Methodius. The church underwent a number of reconstructions and today’s appearance dates back the nineteenth century, returning the church to the Neo-Gothic style. During repairs at the turn of the millennium, archeologists discovered a human skeleton that had been weighed down by a ceramic slab. It was found with three coins placed in its mouth. According to historians, the deceased were laid to rest in this manner to prevent them from becoming vampires. Today, Saint Wenceslaus Church once again serves as a place of worship, as well as a monument draw to visitors to Ostrava who are interested in the city’s ancient history that began long before the discovery of black coal.

 

Cathedral of the Divine Savior

Opening Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays: 8:15am-12:15pm, 1:15pm-5:15pm
Sundays: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Notes: Entry free of charge. Wheelchair accessible.
Getting There: Tram stop “Elektra” (tram no. 1,2,8,11), then a 3 min. walk.
Description: The greatest example the explosive development of Ostrava is this impressive and grand-scaled structure in the heart of the city. In terms of size, the Cathedral of the Divine Savior is second only to the basilica at Velehrad. Its two towers stand almost seventy meters above ground. The cathedral can hold up to 4,000 churchgoers. The municipal council decided to build a new church because the existing Saint Wenceslaus Church was no longer sufficient to accommodate the growing number of churchgoers that now populated the city, due to the area’s dynamic development. A substantial donation was granted for the construction of this Catholic Church by a group of Jewish entrepreneurs, headed by industrialist Rothschild. The cathedral is built in the Neo-Renaissance style and cavernous spaces are constructed in the interior. Two organs are located in the cathedral and relics of Saint Hedwig of Silesia have been placed at the altar. The cathedral is one of the many places in the historical city center worthy of a visit. Enthusiasts of sacred architecture can continue on foot to Saint Wenceslaus Church and the Evangelical Church of Christ, just a short distance away.