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North Moravia and Silesia

Are you under the impression that North Moravia and Silesia is only an industrial region? A visit to this part of the Czech Republic may prove you wrong.

Indeed, North Moravia and Silesia is home to numerous industrial sites, but also offers unexpected natural beauty. Undoubtedly, the most visited part of the region is the local mountains. The Beskydy Mountains are known for Mount Lysá hora and the Mionší virgin forest, while the Jeseníky Mountains attract tourists with Mount Praděd, the Bílá Opava waterfalls and the Rešovské waterfalls. However, the bottomland landscape along the Odra River is also worth seeing. The center of the region is the industrial, yet remarkable city of Ostrava. You should definitely discover its charm, albeit one of fire and metal. When in Ostrava, be sure to take a tour of the Michal Mine and the former industrial compound of Dolní Vítkovice, i.e. former coking plants and blast furnaces of the Vítkovice Iron Works, as well as the shaft frame of the Hlubina Mine, often referred to as Ostrava Castle; it has been proposed to be included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can also visit Landek Hill with its underground Mining Museum in the former Anselm Mine. If you prefer traditional sites, the most visited ones are the chateau in Hradec nad Moravicí, Hukvaldy Castle, the Wallachian Open-Air Musuem in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, and the pilgrimage place of Maria Pomocná nad Zlatými horami. Other towns in the region also place their focus on restoring and emphasizing its exceptional and historical tradition. You can admire the historic centers of Nový Jičín, Bruntál, Frýdek-Místek, Karviná, Rýmařov and Opava.

An overview of facilities that offer accommodation and other rural tourism services in the region is available.

A detailed overview of tourist destinations in North Moravia and Silesia is available at our partner portal “Tips for Trips” or at the region’s official tourist website.
 

Beskydy – Valašsko

The Beskydy Mountains and Wallachia are equated with picturesque towns, architectonic gems and unique historic sites of which other countries are often jealous.

The unique Wallachian Open-Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm will explain how our ancestors used to live. A true touch of history can be felt during a visit to the famous town of Štramberk, nicknamed Moravian Bethlehem. A walk through its streets lined with wooden houses with an indispensable climb to the Trúba watchtower, which can be seen from afar, are unforgettable experiences. Both Beskydy and Wallachia are associated with many famous people. General Laudon spent some time in Nový Jičín, where you will find the Museum of Hat Making. The town of Frýdek-Místek boasts the pilgrimage Baroque Basilica of Visitation, also known as Silesian Lourdes. The most famous person from the Beskydy and Wallachia area is Leoš Janáček, inseparably associated with the village of Hukvaldy and its castle. Wallachia is known for its log houses on hillsides, unique dialect and regional specialties. Did you know that the popular Marlenka honey cakes are made in Frýdek – Místek, a town otherwise associated with heavy industry? This region truly offers a bit of everything and will also entertain and please you with its uniqueness.

Východní Jeseníky

The eastern part of the Jeseníky Mountains, an area protected by the just mountain spirit of Praděd, and a region of castles and chateaux, will fascinate not only cyclists, hikers and skiers, but virtually anybody who likes to breathe forest-scented air and discover beautiful niches.

The harsh nature of the Jeseníky Mountains meets submountain areas and several towns. Here you can find the highest peak of the Jeseníky, Praděd, the Petrovy kameny Rocks, surrounded with mystery, the Skřítek saddleback, the Bílá Opava and Rešovské waterfalls and many beautiful secluded places, including the highly protected Velké kotliny Valley. If you are looking for relaxation, be sure to visit the spa town of Karlova Studánka. Its air is reported to be the cleanest in the Czech Republic. If you admire historic sites, then you should visit the towns of Bruntál and Krnov, and Sovinec Castle with its well-preserved fortification that dates back to the Thirty Years’ War. If you travel through the Eastern Jeseníky in summer, then go to Slezská Harta Reservoir. You should not also miss the remarkable structure above the village of Úvalno in Strážiště – the Hans Kudlich lookout tower, whose basement hides, among other things, an urn with the ashes of the doctor, politician and advocate of the abolition of servitude, Hans Kudlich.

Opavské Slezsko

The flat lands around the former Silesian capital, Opava, will satisfy everybody who likes beautiful chateaux, military history, technical sights, folk traditions and curiosities.

Opava, the city of sights and greenery, invites you to visit the Silesian Museum – the oldest museum in the Czech Republic – and one of the largest Gothic brick churches, the Concathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Do not miss the town hall and the view of the Hláska tower. Right in front of the town hall you will find the center of the solar system, or its model to be precise. Opava became famous abroad mainly because of two natives – writer Joy Adamson and architect Josef Maria Olbrich. The ingenious fortification that was supposed to protect the border between Czechoslovakia and Germany can be admired in places like Opava-Milostovice and Hlučín-Darkovičky. The exposition of the Hrabyně Memorial explains the history of the WWII Ostrava operation that took place there.

 You can visit the majestic chateaux of Hradec nad Moravicí, Raduň, Kravaře and Šilhéřovice. Chateaux parks in Kravaře and Šilhéřovice are popular with both garden architecture lovers and golfers.
The region between Opava and the Polish border is referred to as Prajzská. Its center, Kravaře, holds the largest annual event – St Bartholomew Fair. If you prefer to spend your time in a more relaxed way, visit nearby Hněvošice and its beautiful wooden church.
Traditional structures and insight into countryside life from our grandparents’ time can be seen in the Lipina conservation area. Your visit can be combined with a nature walk along the Weisshuhn Canal or a hike to the Šance observation tower near Jakubčovice.

Ostrava Area

The Ostrava area is no longer viewed as the black “steel heart" of the Czech Republic. Dust-covered industrial machinery has been turned into widely visited sights and both young and grown-up tourists come to Ostrava to see many of its attractions.

You can admire giant machinery and even go down a real shaft at the Michal Mine or in the Mining Museum. However, if you prefer to spend your time on the surface, climb one of the tallest hills in the area – the Ema slag heap, which resembles a small volcano in some places because of its higher temperatures inside. It has become a habitat of rare thermophilic plants. From here, you have a beautiful view of the region, just like from the New Ostrava Town Hall tower and Landek Hill that boasts two rarities. It was here that the only prehistoric “slim” Venus statue was discovered. We also know that the sculptor was most likely using coal to keep himself warm. Landek is the first documented location in the world where black coal was used. The Silesian Ostrava Castle (Slezskoostravský hrad) is the venue of many music festivals and thematic events held during the season. The nearby exhibition grounds of Černá louka attract children to the Haunted Cellar and Miniuni, the world of miniatures where they can see famous structures from all over the world. There is also a garden train and an Indian playground where children can have fun. Stodolní Street is famous for its music clubs and bars. If you come while the Colours of Ostrava festival is held, you can meet the elite of the world music scene. For a more relaxed atmosphere, visit the Museum of Ostrava dedicated to water mills, fire-fighters and cithers. The wooden church in Ostrava-Hrabová, the Ostrava ZOO and the nearby Klimkovice spa prove that countryside and nature are within easy reach from Ostrava.

Poodří – the Moravské Kravaře Area

Poodří and the Moravské Kravaře area comprise the rich region stretching between the towns of Odry, Fulnek, Nový Jičín and Bílovec, intersected by the Odra River. The unusual name of Kravaře is derived either from highly valued cows (in Czech kráva) or from the mighty aristocratic Lords of Kravaře.

The picturesque Odra valley, with its mosaic of meadows, fields and ponds is full of rare bird species year round. The Poodří protected landscape area attracts nature lovers to hike or ride their bikes. The region’s rich history can be explored while walking through the historic town centers of Odry and Nový Jičín. You will learn a lot about outstanding personalities related to this region. Visit the farmstead in Hynčice where Johan Gregor Mendel was born, the Comenius Memorial in Fulnek and find out who the Moravian Brethren were in Suchdol nad Odrou. Those who prefer technology should not miss the unique wagon museum in Studénka, a wind mill in Bravinné, a water mill in Loučka or the observation tower in Bílov. Record hunters will appreciate the largest chess board in the Czech Republic found in Bílovec’s square. Regional specialties include Odra carp, cakes from Hladké Životice and sausages from Sedlnice.

Těšínské Slezsko

This peculiar region full of hospitable people who speak po naszymu (in their own dialect) is found in the eastern-most part of the Czech Republic and is called Těšínské Slezsko. What does it have to offer? It boasts several superlatives such as the most precious Czech virgin forest, the most slanted church, referred to as Czech Pisa, and the eastern-most point of the Czech Republic.

Těšínské Slezsko is a region of hundreds-year old traditions. Be sure not to miss the beauty of local folk clothing at the Silesian Days festival annually held in Dolní Lomná in mid-September, such as the clothes from the mountainous area and Jablunkov decorated with many silver ornaments. Local folk architecture is also unique. One place where you can admire it is Bystřice. Traditions are also reflected in local specialties, such as the gingerbread from Bystřice and original honey liquors.

The town of Karviná tends to be associated mainly with coal mining, but is also notable because of the local Fryštát chateau, the above-mentioned slanted church in Karviná-Doly and the iodic-bromine spa in Darkov. Both children and adults can explore prehistory in the Dinopark and Archeopark in Chotěbuz. Be sure to visit the Fish House with giant fish tanks and its restaurant with a 250-meter long model railway. The beauties of the Beskydy Mountains can be best enjoyed while hiking one of the nature trails, such as the one around the Mionší virgin forest and the Knight Trail that goes up to the observation tower on Velká Čantoryje. The region of Těšínské Slezsko is also affected by its close proximity to Poland and Slovakia, which you can see from up on top of the observation tower.
For a detailed description of tourist attractions, visit www.msregion.cz.
The project is financed by the EU ́s Integrated Operational Programme - National Support for Tourism. The objective is to create a tourism product that will help entrepreneurs in rural areas and people who spend their holidays in the countryside.
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