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.
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.
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.
View fom the Bolt Tower ©MDHarding
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.
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.
Last stop of the day was Tripoint where the borders of Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia joins together. While relaxing and enjoying the locally brewed beer (Hrcavske Pivo) we discovered that under each point, a time capsule was buried! How awesome is that.
Today was incredible, meeting lots of wonderful people, hearing stories about their passions and traditions, as well as some of the sad stories of when borders were created during the war and the only way of seeing your family was to stand at either side of the river and shout to one another.
Enjoying a Local Brewed Beer at Tripoint ©MDHarding
The Kravařsko region nestles in the picturesque Odra valley.
On this day we visited the fairytale Kunin Chateau built in a baroque style located in Kunin. which was built by a local aristocratic family as a school. The house holds an interesting collection of original works of art, furniture and ornate interiors.
Kunin Chateau ©MDHarding
It was incredible to see the Wesselsky Flour Mill, hear about it's history and how the millers' family lived. See the water wheel in action and explore the many outdoor buildings including a barn connected with the mill and courtyard with sheds. It was like stepping back in time seeing the children's toys, mill equipment and it looks like everything had never been touched.
Did you know you can even stay in this beautiful location within one of the on site buildings?
The area has lots to see and do for the whole family including Hei Park in Tosovice, only a short drive from the Wesselsky Flour Mill. The park has both high adrenaline activities like riding a mechanical bull, and rides including both within a log and on a tire.
Hei Park (sorry screen capture from film clip) ©MDHarding
Did you know that nearby Pribor was the birthplace of Sigmund Freud?
Reaching the Czech Republic couldn't be easier, with frequent flights or trains within Europe. once you have arrived into the Czech Republic, it is really easy to get around by public transportation. Have you heard of II REGIOJET? No, I hadn't either. They offer inexpensive bus and train services both in the Czech Republic and beyond! With comfortable leather chairs, free coffee and tea service at your seat and free Wi-Fi. The service throughout was really good. Only downside is not much room to store large pieces of luggage. Relax in comfort and enjoy the great scenery through the large windows.
Why not extend your stay and travel throughout the country. Did you know there are 12 UNESCO world Heritage Site's to visit?
Boarding II REGIOJET in Prague ©MDHarding
I stayed at the Kampus Palace a modern hotel with gym, restaurant and 24 hour reception located in central Ostrava. There are a couple of different room options available, I chose a two bed room complex share. Which was ideal for the week, with a comfortable bed, en-suite shower room, small kitchen, next door to cafes and a large shopping mall on the other side of the building. It is easy accessed by train, with only a few minutes walk from Stodolní train station and a stone throw away for the tram stop to both the town hall and to reach the Vitkovice complex with Bolt Tower. Although I walked to the Town Hall, as it's not that far. I felt very secure (locked entrance and lockable room entrance) while thoroughly enjoying my stay, everyone was very friendly and helpful too.
A little piece of history - Kampus Palace ©MDHarding
I Hope you have enjoyed reading and inspired to visit beyond Prague. Happy Travels:) x