Situated at a varying altitude ranging from 200 to 335 meters above the sea level, the city of Ostrava forms a part of the Amber route stretching from Mediterranean coast to the Baltic coast. Human settlements in the city of Ostrava began from the 13th century, though it was not until the 18th century that the city began to advance and develop fast.
Ostrava boasts of a high proportion of open spaces though the city has a rich industrial past. The Polanka forests and the lush green Polanka meadows, covering an area of 122.3 hectares, lies within the city limits. This area forms part of the Odra River National Park.
The Ostrava city is always pulsating with life. The city plays host to numerous cultural events, sports events and festivals that attract international tourists. A visit to the city might focus on Ostravar brewery, Ostrava City Museum, The Clubland with 70 different clubs, Spectaculo Interesse Puppet Festival, Rezavka reserve, Janacek May Music Festival, Ostrava music festival.