The small town of Ostrava in the Czech Republic wasn’t on my radar until I was staying in Krakow, Poland. I was surprised to see it was only a short train ride over, so I decided to spend 24 hours exploring the town.
Getting to Ostrava
If you’re coming from Krakow, you can take a train from the central train station to Ostrava in about three hours. Coming from Prague will take you roughly the same amount of time. It’s about a 10-minute walk from there to the main part of town. There is a small airport you can also fly into, but it’s about quadruple the price of a train ticket.
Where to Stay in Ostrava
Hotel Maria – If you’re on a budget, stay at Hotel Maria. It’s more than affordable and has just the basics, which is all you need if you plan on sightseeing most of the time anyway.
Park Inn by Radisson Ostrava Hotel – For a mid-range hotel and a more luxurious stay, Park Inn by Radisson Ostrava Hotel is a good option. Paying extra to stay here was worth it, as they were very helpful with directions and a few things I needed to do. I had to print a few items off last minute and was able to use their computer and printer at no charge. It’s about a 10-minute walk to the main part of Ostrava.
Where to Eat in Ostrava
Food and drink are cheap in Ostrava, so take advantage! A pint of beer cost about 1 USD, which was insanely cheap.
Potrefená Husa – A good place to try Czech food in a low-key atmosphere. I enjoyed sitting at the bar since I was traveling alone.
HogoFogo Bistro – If you’re craving a burger, this is the place to go. Note that they’re not open on the weekends.
Moravska Chalupa – When you’re looking for a cheap lunch during the day, stop here. They have daily lunch specials with both vegetarian and meat dishes available.
Café Au Pere Tranquille – This may not be Czech food, but this Parisian cafe is a good place to get breakfast in the morning. Crepes are the perfect way to start the day!
Sherlock Holmes Pub – This is a fun place to come if you’re a fan of the famous detective. They have many theme nights as well, which I always love in pubs.
Ostravar Brewery – The town makes their own beer, Ostravar, which I very much enjoyed. The brewery is in town and huge, so check it out if you have time.
What to Do in Ostrava
Go swimming – The largest swimming pool in the Czech Republic is in Ostrava, so check it out if you’re here during the summer.
People watch in Masaryk Square – This is the main part of town where people start to congregate as the day goes on, so it makes for a good people-watching spot. There are also some beautiful buildings here to take pictures of.
Watch a hockey game – This was one thing I wasn’t expecting at all in this town, but they have a huge ice arena! Check out the schedule when you’re there to see if the team is playing.
Take a walk along the river – The Ostravice River is a beautiful place to walk along during the sunset. Many locals were here exercising and talking about their days to their friends.
Visit the Science and Technology Center – I always find it fascinating to visit museums in other countries to see how they’ve contributed to the world. This is perfect for a rainy day in Ostrava.
Relax in a cafe – I loved the laidback vibe of Ostrava, so take some time to grab a cup of coffee in a cafe and watch people walk by.
Party on Stodolní Street – When I walked by this street at night, I was surprised there were so many people milling about and how much music was coming from the area. There are over 60 bars and clubs here, so you’ll want to head here for a night on the town!
Have a picnic – There are parks all over the city, so grab your lunch to go and have your own picnic in one of them.
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