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The Ice Hockey World Championship, Ostrava: Where to go? Tips for interesting places

The Silesian metropolis offers many attractions. You can save money with the city tourist card.
Zdroj: Boris Renner, tiskový servis Dolní Vítkovice

Ostrava belongs among larger cities in the Czech Republic and it is divided into several districts. Each of them offers interesting attractions, cultural monuments and delicious gastronomy. From 10th May, the Czech Republic will host The World Ice Hockey Championship, which takes place in Ostrava and in Prague as well. What to do in the city of Ostrava  before another ice hockey match will start? Just check it out below.

We have prepared some recommendation for places you should visit in Ostrava during the ice hockey championship. Families with children, groups of friends and everyone can enjoy the city and its amazing atmosphere. If you haven't booked your stay yet, then you can check out the hotels. When you accomodate in some of them you can get a local Ostravacard!!! You will get solid discounts on tickets to selected attractions and sights thanks to this tourist card. 

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Families with children will feel like at home here

Hockey fans don't have to be just adults, parents often share their passion for ice hockey with their children and relatives. There is a high probability you will enjoy more than one game with them. Thanks to this special card you can combine many attractions and prepare a perfect plan for your trip. Definitely you and your family will enjoy the city and you will get unforgettable experience.

Zoo Ostrava is a great place to spend some time with your children and adults will like this place as well. On an area of 100 hectares, you will find over 4,000 animals, making it the second largest zoo in the Czech Republic. The zoo also includes a botanical park, where you can admire various types of flowers. There are plenty of rhododendrons blooming during the spring in various colors. The tickets for adults are around 160 CZK per an adult and around 100 CZK per a child.

The Planetarium in Ostrava is a great place to visit if the weather is not good enough for walking around the city. Visitors can take part in interactive exhibitions, audiovisual shows under the artificial sky or lectures in the cinema hall. There is also a gallery, and in case the weather is good enough, night sky viewing under the guidance of an experienced astronomer could be also an option. All prices are listed on the planetarium website.

Papilonia is a butterfly house that you can find in other cities in our country too but the one placed in Ostrava has a special setting as the Robinson Island. So get ready for a tropical climate. Temperatures up to 27 degrees with a high humidity. However, smaller and larger exotic butterflies will make your visit in this " tropical sauna" more convenient. Maybe one of them will touch your nose. If you decide to buy your ticket online, you can save also some money. Adults will pay 162 CZK per person and tickets for children will cost 108 CZK per a child. With a tourist card you can also get 20% discount. The ticket is valid only for the butterfly house in the city you have chosen.

The Big world of technology (Velký svět techniky) is not only a place for curious children. Definitely we recommend booking whole day for your visit of this place. There are lots of funny activities you can do. The individual exhibitions are divided into four worlds: Children's World, World of Science and Discovery, World of Civilisation and World of Nature. In the cinema room, where 3D movies are broadcasted, you can watch documentaries produced by the BBC. What is more there are hundreds of interactive attractions, including laboratories, classrooms and workshops where adults and children will spend great time and have lots of fun. Ticket prices, which can be combined in various ways, can be found on their website.

Zdroj: Jiří Zerzoň, tiskový servis Dolní Vítkovice
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Entertainment for everyone

Staying in Ostrava and not visit at least some of the most popular mines it would be a sin!

You can visit Michal Mine (Důl Michal). In the basic tour circuit, you can try to live a role of a coal miner. You'll see what equipment he had to wear and what he had to bring with him. Then you will move to so called "chain locker room", walk through the administrative building and then you will approach the headframe. You can also see a steam engine from 1893. This tour lasts an hour and a half. Tickets cost around 160 CZK for an adult and 130 CZK for a  child. Those who like a bit of an adventure can also book a night tour. If you want to check the place without a guide you can walk around Michal mine for 60 CZK per person.

The Dolní Vítkovice area itself is a popular tourist attraction. You can visit several interesting places here. It can be e.g. the Bolt Tower (an extension of the blast furnace), where you can buy and eat some food and enjoy unique views of Ostrava, or you can walk around the area and discover places like the old coke ovens, the National Agricultural Museum, the Small World of Technology or the headrame. There’s definitely plenty of activities which you can do, and if you don’t want to spend money, it’s worth just walking around and soaking up the industrial atmosphere. 

The observation tower of the New Town Hall is part of the largest town hall complex in the Czech Republic. It looks like Ostrava has all the records, right? The local tower is accessible for tourists, 86 meters high and it belongs to the tallest town hall towers in the Czech Republic. You have the best view from the top of the tower and you can see the city of Ostrava, so called Moravian Gate area, Oder hills and Praděd (the highest peak) during the day without fog. The ticket price includes a guide who will explain the history of the place. Adults will pay 80 CZK per person, children 40 CZK per a child. You do not have to go up the stairs you can use elevator which will take you up.

The Military Museum in Ostrava might be your next to last stop in the Silesian city. If you are interested in history and the World War II period, you will like it. The museum is full of military uniforms and artifacts. And when we are talking about the history, after visiting the Military Museum, you should visit the local castle, which is just 600 metres far from the museum.

Silesian Ostrava Castle is open through the whole year. The ticket costs 80 CZK per an adult and 50 CZK per a child. Guided tours take place every hour. What is more, you can see an amazing exhibition of The Bohemian Crown Jewels until the end of May. The ticket price for the exhibition is higher, around 240 CZK per an adult and 180 CZK per a child but definitely worthy.

Where to go for a beer, coffee, or dinner?

On the Instagram page called Naše Ostrava you’ll find plenty of tips on where to go for good food and where to sit with a cake in a cafe or drink beer for a reasonable price. You can usually find reviews of less-known spots. Just choose and enjoy.

Zdroj: Jiří Zerzoň, tiskový servis Dolní Vítkovice
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