Flights to Ostrava
Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, located in the north east of the country close to the border with Poland. While Prague is undoubtedly the main tourist attraction of the Czech Republic, Ostrava does offer some interesting attractions.
Flights to Ostrava come to the Leos Janacek Airport Ostrava (airport code: OSR), 20 kilometres outside of the city. It’s the largest airport in the region, and is open 24 hours a day. Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa both offer the same 2-stop flight to Ostrava from South Africa that goes via Frankfurt and then Vienna. Swiss Air offers a different route, with connections in Zurich and Prague. You can also get a similar flight to Ostrava, via Amsterdam and Prague, with KLM.
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The Tourist Attractions of Ostrava:
Museum of Mining
Ostrava was an important mining town for many years so the Museum of Mining reflects this part of the city’s history. The coal mining machinery and equipment may not be of huge interest to all visitors but the trip down a mining shaft and into the 250 metre long underground corridors is fun! The museum also features a reconstruction of a hunters’ settlement, where they used to hunt mammoths.
Silesian Ostrava Castle
A major cultural and historical monument of Ostrava is the Silesian Castle. It’s one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, having been restored in recent years. The castle you see here today dates from the 1800s though the original castle was constructed in the late 1300s. That one was rebuilt into a renaissance chateau in 1534 but it burnt down.
Ostrava New City Hall
Built between 1925 and 1930 Ostrava’s New City Hall isn’t exactly new any more! However, it’s a major landmark of the city and stands as the largest town hall in the Czech Republic. The main focal point of the building is the central tower that’s 72 metres high and has a public viewing platform. A visit here is highly recommended as this is the best place from which to enjoy views over Ostrava.
Called Stodolni Street though actually a collection of streets, this is Ostrava’s main drag for bars, pubs and more, and is in fact said to be the largest collection of strip bars and pubs in the country. There are bars to suit all tastes with different music playing, and during the summer a music festival, called the Colours of Ostrava, takes place here. This is definitely the place to head for in Ostrava if you want to experience the nightlife.
When Should You Visit?:
Warm summers and relatively mild winters are the main feature of the weather in Ostrava. From May to September there are average high temperatures of between 19 and 25C so perfectly warm enough for walking around and sightseeing. Spring and autumn are very short seasons, and while winter is longer the average highs stay above freezing in January, the coldest month. In terms of rainfall Ostrava has fairly low levels of rainfall and its quite evenly spread across the year.