for a dining room, a restaurant, a quiet lounge, comfortable bedrooms with windows looking out over
the courtyard and the treetops. for luxurious bathrooms. for relaxing in the garden.
for time to yourself and time with friends. for quiet time and for good music.
for an escape from the everyday. a space you’ll remember.
The City.City Hotel at Macharova 16, Ostrava-Přívoz, is like a Scandinavian revelation. It was designed
by the Dependelab studio and features furnishings and accessories by Vitra, Normann Copenhagen,
Magis, Foscarini, Flos and Design House Stockholm. You can stay in 14 double rooms or 3 single rooms,
4 ‘lux’ rooms with sofa-beds and kitchenette, or 2 family suites. Prices start at 1190 CZK per night.
You can order breakfast to your room, and for an evening meal we recommend the hotel’s own Loft Restaurant.
The menu includes stand-out hits such as sauerkraut and soured cream soup with lamb sausages,
pork cheeks in a dark beer sauce with parsley-root purée, and warm smoked trout fillet on a bulgur salad.
( insidecor is a website full of information about interior design giving a fascinating insight
into the thought processes of leading architects and designers. the website http://www.insidecor.cz/
shows products and materials that are available in the czech republic, plus information on where
you can buy them and how best to use them. besides being packed full of useful information, insidecor also
seeks to inspire people to take an interest in the spaces where they spend their daily lives,
helping us to project our unique personality into the most important place of all – our own home.)
vítkovice and its industrial heritage
vítkovice is a district of ostrava with a large conservation area where you can still see,
feel and touch ostrava’s rich industrial history. the district was mainly built in the 19th century by the viennese
industrialist salomon mayer rothschild, who owned the vítkovice ironworks. the red brick buildings recall English
and Dutch architecture. the red bricks are vítkovice’s distinctive signature, found on the church, the town hall,
and the cottages built for the factory workers. the lower vítkovice area – including a former coal mine and the ironworks
complex – is a wonderfully preserved example of industrial history. just a few years ago it lay derelict,
but now it has been transformed into a uniquely atmospheric venue for cultural, social, educational
and leisure events. the former ‘gong’ gas-holder was converted by architect josef pleskot into
a huge concert hall. there is a science and technology centre for all the family, and panoramic views
from the newly opened tower on the blast furnace top..
central ostrava features many grand and imposing buildings from the city’s industrial boom years.
walk along nádražní street, the centre’s main artery. stroll across the expanse of the central square (masarykovo náměstí)
into the more intimate, smaller square (jiráskovo náměstí). the main landmark is the city hall
with its viewing tower – the tallest city hall in the country. the building flanks three sides of a
grand ceremonial square whose paving stones are inlaid with brass plates commemorating
the names of ostrava’s jewish citizens killed in the second world war. the tower offers breathtaking panoramic
views of the city - stretching across the plain to the west, with the hilly silesian side to the east,
and to the south the historic ironworks of vítkovice, with the magical beskydy mountains beyond..
ps: check out house no. 20 on zámecká street – it was built in 1927 to a design by karel kotas
, a student of the renowned architect jan kotěra, as the offices of an italian insurance company,
but now it’s the perfect venue for our comedor mexicano restaurant (http://www.comedor.cz/).
across the street, at zámecká 17, is our scandinavian-inspired scansen restaurant (www.scansen.cz)
church of st wenceslas
this late gothic church is one of ostrava’s oldest and most important historic sights. a document written in 1297
states that the site was originally used for pagan worship, and saints cyril and methodius
(who brought christianity to the czech lands) preached there. the building has undergone numerous remodellings
and restorations – most recently in 2004, when the church was rescued for future generations
after years of neglect. the offices of the ostrava-opava diocese are next to the church.
the original 13th-century fortress on the banks of the odra river was later rebuilt to create a baroque chateau.
in 2004-7 it was beautifully restored to become our historic hotel with its own brewery
and restaurant www.zamek-zabreh.cz
in the late 19th century viennese architect camillo sitte was hired for a unique project – to design an entirely
new district complete with a church, a town hall, hotels and restaurants, shops and apartments.
this marked the birth of přívoz as we know it today. with its intricate façades, roof turrets,
and distinctive architectural details.. sitte wanted to build a town in accordance with artistic principles,
and his work is a huge inspiration to us..
this district of ostrava was built in the 1950s by the newly installed communist regime.
it started with the grandiose moscow-style architecture of ‘socialist realism’, and ended with
prefab concrete tower blocks. the older parts of poruba offer a plethora of pastiche styles – imitations
of ancient temples and corinthian columns, with broad boulevards and painted stucco
façades depicting scenes from an idealized communist paradise.. an amazing reflection of ostrava’s
turbulent history, and a favourite with architecture students and film-makers.