“Dolní Vítkovice” is a huge former ironworks complex, a unique industrial world in the very heart of the modern city. Visit the historic blast furnace and ride the glass elevator to the newly built extension at the top. Known as the “Bolt Tower”, this 77.7 metre-tall structure was ceremonially opened by athlete Usain Bolt in May 2015. The viewing terrace offers stunning panoramic views of Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava and the surrounding area. The tower has its own café, where you can enjoy a delicious coffee with a bird’s eye view. There is also a guided tour route leading through the cavernous interior of the former blast furnace. Another fascinating attraction that’s a real “must” for visitors to Dolní Vítkovice is the Ostrava Science and Technology Centre – with two fun interactive exhibitions known as the Large World of Technology and the Small World of Technology. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the “Gong” – a huge former gas-holder that’s now been converted into a concert hall and congress centre – and a new club called “Heligonka”, hosting regular concerts by Ostrava’s very own bard, the singer-songwriter Jarek Nohavica. The nearby Hlubina Colliery has now been transformed into a creative “culture factory”, with studios available for use by independent film-makers and artists. Dolní Vítkovice is great place for festivals like Colours of Ostrava etc.
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At this fascinating museum you can take a tour of the former Anselm coal mine with a guide who used to be a miner there. The tour includes a descent into a simulated mine tunnel – giving a real sense of the noise and atmosphere of a working colliery. There is also a restaurant where you can sample authentic miners’ specialties. A perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich culture of this proud profession.
A fascinating museum showcases Ostrava’s mining history at this exquisitely preserved former coal mine. The guided tour leads along the same route taken by the miners when they started their shift. Admire the unique chain-system changing room, the bathrooms, dispatch center, and power station.