Ostrava : A city with a heart of steel
For sure, information about the city near the border of the Czech Republic where four rivers meet can be found in most tour guides. But I would still like to share with you how we discovered the hidden vibes of Ostrava during the training week for the PRACE Summer of HPC program. We were accommodated in Garni Hotel, which is situated in the University campus in Ostrava-Poruba. Finding the hotel and gathering together during the first days right before the training week felt like a treasure hunt game, but the sunset view and the fun we had there really paid off.
Ostrava is a quite city in general that is well suited for long walks not only in the parks but also in the heart of its industrial part. We arranged a tour in the Lower Vítkovice area in order to discover the unique collection of historic industrial architecture that is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In addition to that, you can visit the Bolt tower that lies on top of an actual blast furnace if you feel brave enough to climb up. There is coffee and delicious cakes up there, in case you need motivation 🙂 . Make sure not to miss the world music festival “Colours of Ostrava” that takes place at the metallurgical center. The contrast between the immense metal structures of the coal-mining infrastructure and the lively colors of the music stages conveys the concept of the city’s steel heart. The architecture is definitely something to be noticed, so do not hesitate to walk around – even round the industrial part of the city.
The local pubs proved to be an actual meeting point for us 🙂 that ensured that a long day of seminars in High Performance Computing, held in IT4Innovations, ends in best way possible!!!
Stodolni Street is a must both for locals and travelers, because it hosts unique pubs. We started from one point of the famous street and danced our way through the other corner. It was so much fun 🙂 . I also really enjoyed a local pizzeria near the University campus and a small bistro café that had awesome coffee, lunch, lemonades and cupcakes. I am sure almost everyone agrees with me on that. 😉
Final tips: If you have nice company, visit Ostrava and discover for yourself the hidden treasures of an industrial city near the borders with Poland. The weather is unpredictable and it matches for sure your adventures there. 🙂