Lower Area of Vitkovice

The Vitkovice Ironworks was built in Ostrava from 1828, following a suggestion made some 18 years earlier by the Scots engineer John Baildon. Much of its finance was provided by Salomen Mayer Rothchild. The first iron was produced from its blast furnaces in 1832. A rolling mill for rails was completed in 1847, a Bessemer steel plant in 1866, and a tube mill in 1883. There were extensive engineering shops and by-product plants. In 1938 the plant employed 18,860 people, a total that rose to 33,477 by 1944. The blast furnaces were blown out in 1998, and the remaining parts of the business, concerned chiefly with mechanical and constructional engineering, were privatised 2003. Much of the disused plant, the Hlubina Colliery, the coke ovens and blast furnaces along Mistecka Street and the steel plant and rolling mill on Ruska Street, including many 19th century buildings, have been declared a National Cultural Monument, and are in process of conservation. This is one of the most substantial projects of its kind in Europe, comparable with Volklingen or Duisburg-Meiderich.

Lower Area of Vitkovice
Dolní oblast Vítkovice
Ruská 2887/101
706 02 Ostrava
Czech Republic
+420 (0) 724 - 955121


Recommended duration of visit: 12 Hours
Duration of a guided Tour: 100 Minutes
Admission: Charge
Access for persons with disabilities: Available
Infrastructure for Children:
Visitor centre on site: yes
Gift and book shop on Site: yes

Area is open to visitors for free. The various attractions are open:

Science and Technology Centrer (STC)
Monday - Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday - Sunday 10am-8pm

Bolt Tower
Monday - Sunday 10am-10pm

For other attractions see website

  • Guided tours optional
  • Tours in other languages
  • Guided tours for children