International Summer School
VSB – Technical University of Ostrava
17. listopadu 15/2172, 708 33 Ostrava - Poruba


Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic, is situated in the northeast of the country and forms the heart of the Moravian-Silesian region. It is located close to the Slovak and Polish borders on the banks of Ostravice River and offers beautiful views of the Beskydy Mountains.

The first written documentation about the founding of a village under the ownership of the Bishop Bruno originates from 1267. The city was established along the so-called Amber Trail, used by traders as the main route connecting the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea since time immemorial. In the 2nd half of the 14th century, city walls were built, and the city castle probably formed part of the fortification as well. Today, all that remains of the rampart is the name of the street, Na hradbách, and fragment near the Church of St. Wenceslas.

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Foto: archiv MSK.

The discovery of coal in the 2nd half of the 18th century was to be a turning point in the history of the area, which would become an important European centre for the production of steel. Ostrava lost its heavy industrial appearance long ago. Coal mining in the city came to an end in 1994. Museums have been established where mines once stood. This industrial heritage presents the city with outstanding architectural jewels. In addition to technological sites of interest, the city also offers visitors a number of other cultural and historically attractive places, which allow people to enjoy pleasant days full of unforgettable experiences. The city is an important thoroughfare and is very easily accessible by car, rail and air. Accommodation and dining are tailored to meet the expectations of even the most demanding guests. You can expect a level of comfort and care to remember long after your return home. The traditional Czech hospitality is well known, as is the excellent local cuisine. You will be attracted by the taste and aroma of meals known to you, as well as those unknown – specialities typical just for this region.

It has the third largest population in the Czech Republic, and a very advantageous strategic position close to the borders with Poland and Slovakia. Ostrava is surrounded by the Beskydy and the Jeseniky Mountains, which offer good opportunities for free time activities. Ostrava was a region of heavy industry including the coal mining, metallurgical and chemical industries, although over the last 20 years this industrial face is changing. Today, Ostrava is an important economical, cultural, administrative and educational centre of the region.

Dolní Vítkovice

A unique, globally renowned area in the centre of Ostrava where coal used to be mined and pig iron produced between 1828 and 1998. Now the industrial complex has transformed into a unique educational, social and cultural centre of a significance reaching beyond the region.

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Colours of Ostrava 2019

Legendary music festival – an annual international multi-genre music festival which has over 16 stages, with more than 300 concerts, theatres, movies, workshops and discussions. 17 — 20 July 2019.

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