Mini Travel Guide - Ostrava & Surrounding Areas, Czech Republic


Back In July I traveled to the Czech Republic initially to Prague, which has become a very popular city break destination. Then as I mentioned there is More to Czech Republic than Prague! Here is what not to miss when visiting Ostrava & surrounding areas.

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What To See In Ostrava and it's Surrounding Areas, Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic's history dates back to the 5th century AD when it is said that Slavic tribes from the Vistula basin settled in what is known as today's three regions of Silesia, Moravia and Bohemia. Bohemia known for it's magnificent romantic castles, natural beauty with winding rivers and forests. While Moravia and Silesia is like walking back in time to experience living folklore with handicraft traditions. While each region has it's unique heritage, history and more. There is too much to mention this time around. Here is just a small selection of what not to miss when you visit.

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Ostrava

Once known as the black heart of the Czech Republic, with it's industrial history - Ostrava today it couldn't be any further from that. There are great places to visit including the Vitkovice complex, science and art centre's. It's a great place to base yourself and your family to see some of the stunning surrounding areas.

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Tesin

Tesin is located in the beautiful Moravian-Silesian region, known for it's industry, history and areas of natural beauty.

The private bus tour from Ostrava was a really interesting one visiting the Leaning church of St Peter of Alcantara. Once a hiving area of industry, over time and with over mining the town began to sink. The residents moved away and with mining ceased the surrounding lands are now lush green and the holes filled with water, creating natural habits for wildlife.

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Before experiencing the local handicrafts (wood churning, roofing and knitting) hearing about the folklore of Mosty u Jablunkova a beautiful town located in the foothills of the picturesque Beskydy Mountains.

Beautiful Turned and Handcrafted Wooden Gifts ©MDHarding

Later Cieszynska also known as Tesin (Cieszyn) the small border town in Poland was famous for outdoor cinema on the Olza River banks. Today you can also visit the castle, with it's incredible views, St Nicholas Church, brewery & gardens.

The Romanesque St Nicholas rotunda church from the 11th century ©MDHarding

After exploring and gaining a hearty appetite we sat down to enjoy an incredible, filling lunch at Restauracja Tesinska - Cieszynska. There was lots on the menu to choose from including local dishes.