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The Moravian-Silesian Region

 
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The Moravian-Silesian Region is located in the easternmost part of the Czech Republic. It is an important industrial region as the majority of mining industry sectors are based there.

 
Even though the region is best known for the industrial locality of Ostrava, it can also boast a variety of natural beauties. The most significant protected landscape areas in the region are the Jeseníky Mountains (map), Beskydy Mountains (map) and the locality of Poodří (map). The PLA Beskydy offers exceptional natural heritage, especially the remains of original primeval forests, which are home to rare Carpathian animals and plants. The Beskydy landscape has kept its extraordinary aesthetic value. It attracts tourists all year round – in summer by the numerous tourist and cycling trails, and in winter by the many downhill and cross-country routes. The highest peak of the Beskydy is called Lysá Hora (map). Tourists are especially drawn to the mountainous region of Pustevny (map), from where you can climb to the top of the mountain called Radhošť.

The PLA Jeseníky (map) includes the region of Hrubý Jeseník and adjacent parts of the Hanušovická and Zlatohorská Uplands. The most valuable parts of the protected landscape area are divided into 4 national nature reserves (Praděd, Šerák – Keprník, Rejvíz, Skřítek peatbog), 19 nature reserves and 6 nature monuments. The PLA Poodří (map) is a well-preserved fluvial plain area of the Odra River. The most significant of which are the meanders and blind channels of the river, along with the various grass vegetation, the bottomland forests and the system of ponds.

The capital of the region is Ostrava (map), the country’s third largest city by area and population. It has a strategic location situated 10 kilometres south of the state border with Poland and 50 kilometres west of the border with Slovakia. It is 360 km from the capital Prague. The city has been affected by many architectonic styles. Buildings from the Functionalism and Classicism era are built among objects in the Art Nouveau style. Industrial architecture also has an important role in the city as a result of the strong influence of the mining industry. One of the best preserved coal mines in Ostrava is the mine named Michal, built in 1843. In recent years, the city of Ostrava has become the centre of university education in the region as well as an attractive destination for foreign investors. The fact that the Czech Republic is one of the world’s leading beer powers is also evident in the region as 13 breweries are based there.

The Moravian-Silesian Region will not disappoint even the most demanding visitors who have decided to spend their vacation or a longer holiday there. For detailed information about the region and tourist information, click here.
 


 
Author: Ivana Jenerálová
 
Added: 07.02.2011
 
 
 

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