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Personalities

Bruno of Schauenburg (1205? – 1st/17th February 1281)

A Bishop of Olomouc in the years 1241-1283. As the right-hand man of Přemysl Otakar II., he was significantly involved in the colonization of Moravia, during which Ostrava was established. It was first mentioned in his testament from 29th November, 1267.

Archduke Rudolf Jan (9th January 1788 – 23rd July 1831)

The youngest son of the Emperor Leopold II. was in 1819 appointed Archbishop of Olomouc and later Cardinal. In 1828 he established the Rudolph smelter near Ostrava – known as Vítkovice ironworks nowadays.

Paul Kupelwieser (1st February 1843 – 20th March 1919)

An Austrian industrialist and son of the Viennese painter Leopold Kupel. In 1876 he became the director of declining Vítkovice ironworks. In 15 years he managed not only to rebuild the factory and to get it back onto its feet but also to build a modern city – New Vítkovice.

Hugo Vavrečka (22nd February 1880 – 9th August 1952)

A native of Hranečník in Silesian Ostrava was a significant journalist, diplomat, minister of government and also the grandfather of Václav Havel.

Vlastimil Brodský (15th December 1920 – 20th Apríl 2002)

This popular actor and long-time member of the acting group of Vinohrady Theatre was born and grew up in Ostrava Hrušov.

(Prof. Msc.) Věra Chytilová (2nd February 1929 – 12th March 2014)

This Director, who was born in Ostrava, is one of the most prominent faces of the so-called “Czech new wave” and a teacher at FAMU – Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts of Prague. She was the author of a number of the key movies. For example Pearls of the Deep, The Apple Game, Calamity or a favourite comedy “Dědictví … “; meaning the inheritance.

(PhDr. JUDr.) Jaromír Šavrda (25th May 1933 – 2nd May 1988)

Writer, who was born in Ostrava and who was one of the few local dissidents and signatories of Charter 77, for what he was persecuted by the Communist authorities until his untimely death. You can read about how his memory was honoured by Vaclav Havel shortly after his election here.

Vilém Závada (22nd May 1905 – 30th November 1982)

A native of Ostrava-Hrabová entered into consciousness not only as the author of relatively pessimistic poems but also as a translator of many languages.

Ilja Hurník (25th November 1922 – 7th September 2013)

The Czech composer, dramatist and pianist was born in Ostrava Poruba, which he had to leave with his family after the annexation of the Sudetenland. In his works he often quoted motives of Silesian folk music. He was an uncle of Eben’s brothers.

Beno Blachut (14th June 1913 – 10th January 1985)

One of the best Czech opera singers was first in his birthplace – Vítkovice – trained as a boilermaker. He was released from the ironworks during the world economic crisis so he started to study singing. From 1941 until his death, he worked at the Opera group of the National Theatre.

Zdeněk Jirotka (7th January 1911 – 12th April 2003)

Writer and columnist, who was born in the Silesian Ostrava, was at the beginning of 1940s well known for a humoristic novel Saturnin, which won a poll of Czech television "The Book of My Heart" in 2009.

Felix Neumann (10th September 1860 – 5th June 1942)

He was the son of Emanuel Neumann, a brewer from Radvanice. He studied architecture in Vienna and Berlin. After his return to Ostrava he founded his own construction company, which built several dozens of public or private buildings.

Karel Reisz (21st July, 1926 – 25th November, 2002)

This British director was born into a prominent Jewish family in Ostrava. Thanks to Sir Nicholas Winton he has escaped the fate of his parents, who died in Auschwitz, when he was allowed to leave to Britain just before the Second World War, where he began his directing career in 1950s. It was mostly the movies that he filmed in Hollywood that made him famous – The French Lieutenant’s woman with Maryl Streep and Jeremy Ironsem in the lead roles or Dog Soldiers with Nick Nolte.

Leo Sotorník (11th April, 1926 – 14th March, 1998)

A gymnast from Ostrava won the bronze medal for vault at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. He also participated in the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952.

Šlomo Rozen (21st June, 1905 – 7th December, 1985)

Ostrava City native, who emigrated to Palestine in 1926. After the establishment of the State of Israel he began his politic career, he was elected as deputy in Knesset in the 1960s and He was appointed minister in the government of Golda Meir in the 1970s.

Jan Prokeš (28th May, 1873 – 11th December, 1935)

He was born in Černotín u Hranic in the family of a shoemaker. Due to the difficult financial situation, he was trained as a shoemaker and in 1894 went to The Moravian Ostrava, where he began work as a journalist and politician. In 1907 he became a Social Democrats deputy of the Imperial Congress in Vienna. After the creation of Czechoslovakia, he was at first appointed Commissioner and later elected Mayor of Ostrava. Whilst he was at this position, he created the so-called “Great Ostrava” and built many public buildings, including The New City Hall (1930), in front of which there is a square, which bears his name.

Evžen Hadamczik (28th October, 1939 – 19th September, 1984)

This football coach was born in Dolní Benešov and he led Ostrava Baník to victory of two league cups at the turn of 1970s and 1980s and other historic achievements. His brother Alois Hadamczik is as an ice hockey coach.

Leoš Janáček (3rd July, 1854 – 12th August, 1928)

This world-renowned composer of classical music was born in Hukvaldy and died in Ostrava. In his work, he drew inspiration from the folk music of Moravian Slovakia and Lach. His opera Her Stepdaughter or the Makropulos Affair still reaps success at leading opera houses.

Ostravski Ostravski – the most famous unknown blogger

At Christmas 2004, an unknown blogger posted, under the name Ostravak Ostravski, on his Web site www.denik.ostravaka.cz his first text. During the following months the popularity of this unknown writer incredibly increased. Readers visited the site in thousands and the literary forms, which the unknown blogger calls “dřysty”; meaning “rubbish“ - became popular. When his essays started to be published in book forms in 2005, Ostravak Ostravski beated in sales even Michal Vieweg. The main character of the blogger’s journals is a middle-aged man from Ostrava, who lives somewhere in the panel housing estate and is the owner of elderly Felicia. The blogger still successfully hides his identity. On the motives of his mini stories there is already a very successful performance in the theatre of puppets in Ostrava created, in the year 2016, the filmmakers began shooting a film about the Ostravak Ostravski. Because of the shooting, he had to create a Facebook profile as well. “Zrobil sem se taku tu stranku na gzychtobichli“ he told his fans on his web site in his typical language.

Guided Tours of Ostrava

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Pobočka Elektra

Pobočka Elektra

Jurečkova 1935/12

702 00 Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz

Pobočka Věž

Pobočka Věž

Prokešovo náměstí 1803/8

Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz

Pobočka Přívoz

Pobočka Přívoz

Nádražní 164/215

702 00 Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz

Pobočka Svinov

Pobočka Svinov

Peterkova 1152/14

721 00 Ostrava Svinov

Pobočka letiště

Pobočka Letiště

Příletová hala Letiště Leoše Janáčka

Mošnov 401, Mošnov, 742 51

Pobočka Karolina

Pobočka Karolina

Jantarová 3344/4

702 00 Moravská Ostrava