My region is called the Moravian-Silesian region, it is one of the 14 administrative regions of the Czech Republic. It lies in the north-eastern part of our country.

The Moravian-Silesian region was established on 1st January 2001. The largest city is Ostrava, other major cities are Havířov, Karviná, Frýdek-Místek, Opava or Třinec.

It ishighly industrialized region, it was called the “Steel Heart of the Country” in the communist era. There are, in addition, several mountainous areas where the landscape is relatively preserved. Nowadays, the economy of the region benefits from its location in the Czech/Polish/Slovak borderlands.


The Moravian-Silesian region is bordered with mountains ranges. The highest mountain is Praděd (1 492 m) in the Hrubý Jeseník. Then there are the Beskydy mountains (the Beskids) with Lysa mountain (1 323 m) and Radhošť (1 129 m).

There are three large Landscape Protected Areas: Jeseníky, Poodří and Beskydy. These areas receive protection because of their natural and ecological values.


Places of interest:

Příbor – the birthplace of Sigmund Freud, the  founder of psychoanalysis

Štramberk – with its Trúba Spire on a hill above the town

Hukvaldy – the birthplace of Leoš Janáček, a famous composer. You can also visit the Hukvaldy Castle.

Kopřivnice – the Technical Museum exhibits the history Tatra

Fulnek – Jan Amos Komenský worked there, it is the birthplace of Petra Kvitová, the Wimbledon champion

Studénka – small town near Ostrava – Reinaisannce chateau

Havířov – The youngest town in Cz. Havířov v květech festival

Opava – second biggest city in morav. siles. region. University and holy spirit church

Hrabyně – monument of WW II + museum

Třinec – Industrial city with its own steel mill. They also have a quite great hockey team. There also live a big polish minority.

Ostrava – viz. otázka 7


  1. Do you like your town/region? Why (not)?
  2. Which places would you show a friend visiting your town?
  3. Which places in Ostrava (the region) do you often go to? 
  4. If you could choose, would you like to stay here or live somewhere else?

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