It consists of millions of tons of dredge spoil from the mines of Ostrava (area of 82 hectares, volume: over 4 million cubic meters). As you can see in the pics, the heap is still working, because it springs from snow-white clouds of gas containing mainly carbon dioxide . Its surface is always heated by internal processes - inside the burning heap reaches a temperature of 1500 ° C. At this temperature, including rare minerals occur - porcellanites and jasper. Due to these factors is the entrance to it at your own risk.
Thanks to the heat that rises from the mountain, you can also meet growning thermophilic flora there. While the northern slope is grown by trees, the souther part is without snow even in winter.
Emma is the third higest point in Ostrava. The entrence is forbidden.
After spending day by sightseeings in the city of Ostrava you can take some time off in Komenského sady (the Park of Komensky).
What you will find there, are paths and places for relaxing. People, who live in the city, go for walk there, they have picnic in the grass there , also on the bank of the Ostravice river, as I saw. There leads a cyclopath, between the left bank of the Ostravice river and the Komensky park. The lenght of the Park of Komensky is about 2 km.
Activities, what you can take there:
Picnicing, sitting on many benches, walking, strolling, jogging, take a ride on roller skates, bicycling.
The church was built in the end of 13th century in late gothic style. First records are dated to 1297 year, but own construction stands on Romanic foundation.
The presbytery of the church was build around 1310 year, aisle around 1340.
The church was expanded in the 16th century. The original roof was placed by the brick net arche. In 1583, the building was newly roofed-over. The interier was furnished by renessance suplement in the same year, for example, by two columns with Corinthian heads.
In 19th century, the church was rebuild in classicism way, which removed some gothic parts.
Due to long-term underflooding, undermining and others distorting effects the statics of the building had to be repaired between 1997-2004.
Sightseeing tour is possible between April 07 and November 17 every Thursday 3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Emil Zátopek (September 19, 1922 – November 22, 2000) was a Czech long-distance runner best known for winning three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life.
He is widely considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century and was also known for his brutally tough training methods.
The world of miniatures does not involves only the subjects listed in the UNESCO Heritage site, but also, for example, buildings like the part of the airport in Prague Ruzyne, the model of cable car to Jested Mt. above the town of Liberec or all 7 old wonders of the world. In 1,5 ha area are about 34 buildings in total.
Jonathan and I came there 40 minutes before closing time, so we didn't have much time to spend in MiniUni. I say we bought "flight ticket" and flown all Europe in a half hour. When you don't want to be in hurry as we did, you should rather count with 2 hours is good.
When you want to visit the MiniUni in November and December, you should check the opening hours by a call, because the area is placed mostly outside and the opening hours these month mostly depends on the weather conditions.
January and February - closed
March - May --- Tuesday-Sunday - 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
June - August --- Monday-Sunday - 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
September, October - Tuesday-Sunday - 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
November, December - Tuesday-Sunday - according to the weaher condition 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Adults - 70.00 KCZ
Childrens, students, pensioners - 40.00 KCZ
Family (2 adults + 2 childrens) - 170.00 KCZ
Groups 15 people minimum - 35.00 / person
Photography fee - 20.00 KCZ
MiniUni areal in the map.
This complex was built in 1930. The hight of lookout tower is 86.5 meters. On the sixth floor, you can find the info centre branch for Ostrava, where you can get various brosures and any info materials, tickets for many events like sports, concerts and so on.
If you decide to see the town by bird's eye at the top of the lookout tower, you would pay:
adults 49,- Kc, pensioners 40,-, children 6-15 yrs 40,- Kc,children 3-6 yrs 20,-Kc
family ticket (2+2) costs 149,- Kc.
Waiting for the lift I learned that there were tree info tables in Czech, English and Polish languages.
Open hours for the lookout tower are:
summer time: 9.00 AM - 6.00PM Last netrance at 5.30 PM
winter time: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM. Last entrance at 4.30 PM
It is not opened at all in case of bad weather like the rain, the frost, snowing or strong wind.
The monumental modern City Hall is the largest City Hall complex in the country. The building was constructed in the late 1920s with two wings, a main block and the remarkable 86 meters high tower.
Inside you find the tourist information at the sixth level. Don't miss to get up to the topmost vantage point. Admission is 10 Ks and you will have an excellent view over the city.
Visit the famous local brewery, the Ostravar. Such a tour including a beer museum and some beer history. A tour can be arranged when planned in advance, in summer some days not need to call but for the best, please contact the brewery beforehand.
Visit the new town hall and take the list to the top of the tower to view the landscape of this city. One thing for sure, for a steel town this city look much more green and shiny then anyone can imagine before visiting here.
Ostrava is not much of a city of architecture, it is a steel and mining town. There are not any very old churches or building but when hanging around the city I saw this big Church right there in the city centre.
Most famous buildings from EU member states at one place + seven world´s wonders!
There is also permanent exhiibition of train and sailboat models.
Opened daily 10-17:00 hrs
Adults 70 CZK, children and students 35 CZK.
"Hrad" means "castle" in English.
Castle was built near the confluence of the Ostravice and the Lucina rivers in the second half of the 13th century by princes of Opole or Tesin of Piastovec kin. It was built as border garrison against the Bohemian government. The castle was rebuilt into renaissance chateau in forty’s of 16 century, and entrance gate and tower was built in the same time but in 1872 the castle burned up. Then the chateau was renovated. By next negative was coil what was exploited under that place. Slump of 16 meters is by its result.
Opened whole year, 9-16:00, during summer longer. For adults 70 CZK, children and students 50 CZK.
There are many attractions for tourists, i.e. feeding of animals or various competitions for children.
It is the largest mining museum in Czech Republic and definitely worth seeing.
Opened daily, 9-18:00 hrs, there are three types of excursions (and of course prices - the most expensive is around 150 CZK for adults, children and students have discounts), each lasts one hour. All of them are with the guide, the english one is also available, but you have to book the guide in advance by mail or phone.
The most interesting is without any doubt the undeground exhibition - just don't forget warm clothes :)
The Landek area is also famous for finding many evidences of prehistoric settlement.
In Ostrava Poruba there are houses from 50's with specific architecture, many of them are protected as historical monuments. The famous "Arch" was ment as an imposing gate-way into the city.
The "Main street", Hlavni trida, is popular place for strolls or roller-skating.