Lower Vitkovice, Ostrava, Czech Republic
A city built on the principle of connecting nationalities and cultures, a Central European “Klondike,” Ostrava drew thousands of workers from Eastern and Southern Europe during the 19th-century coal rush. Now a modern metropolis, Ostrava, respects its past and uses it to shape a meaningful present.
Ostrava has three large universities and a series of well-renowned cultural institutions – four major theatre scenes, regional headquarters of the Czech National Broadcasting Company, Czech philharmonic – and many more.
Traditional architecture meets modern designs through the buildings of Camillo Sitte, Erich Mendelsohn, and the Slapeta brothers.