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The Silesian Ostrava Castle

The castle is one of the city's most historic cultural monuments. The castle was built in the eighties and nineties of the 13th century. In 1534 the gothic castle was rebuilt into a renaissance chateau. Today, the castle is one of the most important tourist attractions of the city. It hosts the Colours of Ostrava Music Festival, Shakespeare Festival and many events throughout the year.

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Spas

There are two well-known spas near Ostrava: Klimkovice Spa and Darkov Spa. Klimkovice Spa offers iodine-bromine baths which help to treat organs of motion, neurological and gynaecological disorders. Darkov Spa is one of the oldest iodine-bromine spas in the Czech Republic, the area consists of 22 ha, where individual spa buildings are situated. The spa focuses on disorders of organs of motion and convalesce.

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The Art Gallery of Ostrava

It owns some of the most important pieces of Czech art of the 19th and 20th century, which include works by Kupka, Mucha, Hynais, Toyen, Zrzavy etc. There are various exhibitions throughout the year.

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Shopping

There are three major shopping malls in Ostrava: Nova Karolina, Avion Shopping Park Ostrava and Futurum Ostrava. All of them offer excellent shopping choices, many restaurants, cafes, cinemas and other facilities.

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Lower End of Vítkovice

It is the biggest technical sight in the Czech Republic. It has been on the European Cultural Heritage list since 2008. The sightseeing path goes through the area of the Hlubina Shaft and the Lower End with coking battery No. 5, engine room, control room and the energetic centre with piston air blowers. The sky-line of the whole area is also impressive – it has been nicknamed “Ostrava’s Prague Castle”. The walk through this “City-of-Steel” has a magic charm; going under dozens of meters of piping among metal pillars, brings out nostalgia about the industrial past.

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Stodolní Street

Another attraction, which is becoming more and more popular is Stodolní Street (Stodolní ulice), actually a collection of streets just next to the center, full of bars, pubs and clubs, bringing night-life to the city and thousands of visitors all year long. There are currently around 60 places to have a drink or dance on this street, each with its own style and atmosphere. There are a few bigger events at this area throughout the year, the largest of which is the Colours of Ostrava a summer music festival hosting many musicians and groups from all over the Word.

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The Beskydy mountains

The Beskydy mountains with the peak of Lysa Hora (1324m) are nearby (25km from Ostrava).The Beskydy slopes with conserved, typically mountainous architecture and little wooden churches, spring meadows full of flowers and virgin forests of Mionší and Radhošť and open- air museum of traditional folk architecture in Rožnov pod Radhošťem belong to natural heritage places in the Czech Republic.

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Golf

There are two golf resorts near Ostrava: Prosper Golf Resort Celadna and Silherovice golf course.

Prosper Golf Resort Celadna is located in the heart of the Beskydy mountains and it offers top class sports and leisure activities. There are two eighteen-hole golf courses .The courses offer many water hazards, sand traps, Scottish bunkers and spacious, beautifully shaped greens. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 the Resort hosted the PGA European Tour , the Moravia Silesia Open 2009 and the Czech Open 2010 and 2011. The Resort offers a wide range of services including an indoor hall with two full swing simulators, both side driving range, spacious putting green, short game area including chipping green with both sand and grass practice bunkers. You can also visit a stylish restaurant Golf with a water view terrace from where you can see both courses.

The Silherovice course is situated in the manor park with many rare trees and other valuable sceneries. There are practising, boarding and lodging facilities available in the nearest surroundings. The club and the 18-hole course were founded in 1968. Since that time the course has been the venue not only of tens local tournaments per year but also of many championships and professional tournaments. Nowadays, the club itself has some 700 members and belongs to the "Big Five" in Czech golf.

Tips for trips outside Ostrava

Prague

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Founded during the Gothic and flourishing by the Renaissance eras, Prague was the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main attractions include the following: Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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Vienna

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. It is Austria‘s cultural, economic, and political centre. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Major tourist attractions include the imperial palaces of the Hofburg and Schönbrunn (also home to the world's oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn) and the Riesenrad in the Prater. Cultural highlights include the Burgtheater, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Lipizzaner horses at the spanische Hofreitschule and the Vienna Boys' Choir. There are more than 100 art museums, which together attract over eight million visitors per year. The most popular ones are Albertina, Belvedere, Leopold Museum in the Museumsquartier, KunstHausWien, BA-CA Kunstforum, the twin Kunsthistorisches Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum and the Technisches Museum Wien.

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