Wide Offer of Sports
The Moravian-Silesian capital is full of sports traditions and sporting events. Just think of the European Cup, Davis Cup or Fed cup. Or the Golden Spike – the track-and-field fete attended nine times by the most famous sprinter of the world Usain Bolt! There are ample opportunities in Ostrava for various kinds of physical exercise – walking, cycling, roller skating, yoga or parkour.
Sports Activities in Ostrava
Under the Trees
Few people would look for an urban forest in Ostrava, but it is there. Ostravians appreciate Bělský Les as a place of peaceful refuge for recreation and sports. The eastern part of the park is interwoven with paths. There are many relaxation areas and shelters providing protection from bad weather. You can learn about the local ecosystem in the Forest School or let your children try the low ropes course. Walking in the woods, you should not miss the magical place of pilgrimage at Starobělské Lurdy with a picturesque tiny chapel and a spring. Who knows, you might witness another miracle there!
The Lungs of Ostrava
Just like the famous Central Park in New York City, Ostrava can boast a green oasis right in the middle of the metropolis. One of the largest parks in the country, Komenského Sady, runs along the banks of the Ostravice river. Visitors love to enjoy the sun there. It is a perfect place for endless walks, roller skating or picnicking. In snowy winters, such as this year, the place is a paradise for cross-country skiers, while in the warmer season, you can ride your bike all the way to the Silesian Ostrava Castle or the Landek Mining Museum.
To the Beskydy on a Bike
Bikesharing has become quite a trend in the city. The number of registered users grew from 35,329 in 2019 to 55,862 last year. If you opt for a full day of cycling, try the 51.5-km route from Ostrava to the Beskydy mountains. Mostly paved with asphalt, the path off ers an exceptional cycling experience, as well as a number of picnic areas. The Ostravice Rapids at the end of the route are a unique natural sight. The wild river rushes down the gorge over exposed rocks. Enjoy the mountain views, a cone of excellent ice cream and a playground for children. If you still have not had enough, the nearby Šance dam lake will allow you to choose from another range of activities.
The whole article can be found in the spring issue of the magazine Leo Express
Text: Lenka Zelnitiusová