Fun and Science in The North
If you travel several dozen kilometres to Ostrava, you can admire not only the inimitable atmosphere of the old mining town, but also the Dolní Vítkovice industrial site. Visitors are especially interested in the tour of Blast Furnace No.1 with the spiral structure of the Bolt Tower where you can find a café and a viewing platform. Another local attraction is the Big World of Technology which presents news in technology to children and adults. In the neighbourhood of Petříkovice, you can find the Museum of Mining which presents the mining tradition of Ostrava.
History of Cars
Kopřivnice, a rather small town in the foothills of the Beskydy, has attracted visitors for decades – to the museum of local car production. The Tatra Technology Museum maps the development of passenger vehicles, and the Tatra Truck Museum shows fright vehicles, including the type with which Karel Loprais won six Dakar Trophies!
🍻🍫 Wellness, Beer and Chocolate
The town of Kroměříž is worth a visit as well. The Archbishop’s Palace and its lovely gardens are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The enormous number of monuments gave the town the nickname “Athens of Haná”. But tourists also appreciate the local beer spa in the vaulted historical cellars under the brewery and wellness hotel Černý Orel. You can arrange for a tour of the brewery with commented beer tasting. There is also a chocolate shop which makes its own pralines, and also lets you see the production facility.
If it was not for the resourceful shoemaker Tomáš Baťa, Zlín would probably look very different today. You can learn about the life and work of the “King of Shoes” at the exhibition Principle Baťa: Today Imagination – Tomorrow Reality. It maps the history of the company from the beginning to the collectivisation after WWII. There is the Museum of Shoe-Making with over collections of Baťa shoes; a section dedicated to the film industry in Zlín; and a section covering the journeys of the famous explorers Jiří Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund.
Text: Kateřina M. Košutová and -red-
Photos: Muzeum Novojičínska, Dolní Vítkovice, Pevnost poznání, Muzeum jihovýchodní Moravy ve Zlíně, Pivovar Černý orel Kroměříž, Karlovarský kraj, Destinační společnost Východní Čechy, Shutterstock.com
The whole article can be found in the winter issue of the Leo Express magazine.