This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ostrava. To help you make friends with Ostrava before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Ostrava, Czech Republic, is an industrial city in the eastern part of the country. Even though it does not have as much to offer and as much architectural beauty as cities like Prague and Olomouc, there are a few places worth visiting in Ostrava.
Ostrava is the third-largest city in Czech Republic, but the city feels very small and most places are easily navigable on foot. Ostrava’s central square is quite nice and so are the few streets leading to the central square, which is called Masary Square. However, you won’t need a lot of time to discover this area. Ostrava does have a nice pub and bar scene. Many nice bars can be found in Stodolni Street, in Ostrava’s centre. Stodolni Street is even the largest strip of bars in the Czech Republic. The area near Stodolni Street is the best place to book your Ostrava, Czech Republic hostel, because it is central, close to most places, and you don’t need to walk far or take a cab after a night out.
A not so obvious place to visit in Ostrava is the bus station. The best time to visit the bus station is after sunset. The underpass is beautifully lightened with changing decoration. A popular place to visit out of town is the industrial area. Although visiting an industrial area may not sound attempting at first, it is quite an unique experience as the entire space is open to public. It is only a fifteen-minute tram ride from the city centre. Another nice day trip is the Landek Park Mine, which is a coal mine about eight kilometres from Ostrava’s centre. Here you can go more than six hundred metres underground into the coalmine.
There are not many hostels in Ostrava, Czech Republic, but it isn't a very touristic city. Walking around the city you may see only a handful of other tourists. However, Ostrava gets very busy with visitors from all over Czech Republic and surrounding countries during the annual Colours Of Ostrava festival. It is strongly recommended to book your Ostrava, Czech Republic hostel far in advance if you are planning to visit Ostrava in this time of the year.
Written by local enthusiast for Ostrava hostelsMartin Straatman