{"center":{"lat":"49.8185","lng":"18.279202"},"id":20281,"visited":false,"current_place":{"icon":"https:\/\/theplacesihavebeen.com\/wordpress\/wp-content\/themes\/tpihb\/markers\/marker.site_ao.2.off.png","name":"A Science and Technology Park at Czechia’s Historic Industrial Site"}}

Atlas Obscura A Science and Technology Park at Czechia’s Historic Industrial Site

Ostrava was once known as the “Czech Republic’s Iron Heart,” largely because of this huge industrial plant that opened in 1830. The plant housed an ironworks, a coal colliery, and six coke furnaces. It was the only one in Europe that processed iron from start to finish in one location, and it was able to do so simply because the site was so massive. The plant operated until 1998, when it shut down production for good.

The plant was preserved as a site of industrial heritage and today visitors can walk amongst the hulking structures that once produced most of Czechia’s iron. Historical tours explain how the iron was produced, and what it was like to work here in the innards of furnaces that reached 2,700˚F. They can take an elevator to the very top of Furnace No. 6 to see the whole complex from above.

Keep track of the places you have been, log in.
Atlas Obscura 2020
Mausoleum of Yugoslav Soldiers

Discover Mausoleum of Yugoslav Soldiers in Olomouc, Czechia: This almost a century old piece of architecture had been overlooked by most, except for the drunk and the homeless.

World Heritage Site 1998
Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž

Kroměříž stands on the site of an earlier ford across the River Morava, at the foot of the Chriby mountain range which dominates the central part of Moravia. The gardens and castle of Kroměříž are an exceptionally complete and well-preserved e…

Atlas Obscura 2020
‘The Thief’

Discover 'The Thief' in Olomouc, Czechia: A cheeky reminder about the value of art dangles above one of Olomouc's busiest streets.

Atlas Obscura 2016
Painted Village of Čičmany

Discover Painted Village of Čičmany in Čičmany, Slovakia: A perfectly preserved hill village where the buildings are painted like white lace.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Poland’s Iconic ‘Saucer’

Discover Spodek in Katowice, Poland: While the U.S. and Soviet Union were engaged in a space race, Poland built a UFO on the ground.

Audio Guide
Audio Guide
2016 JV Fall Conference Field Trip
World Heritage Site 2000
Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

This memorial column, erected in the early years of the 18th century, is the most outstanding example of a type of monument specific to central Europe. In the characteristic regional style known as Olomouc Baroque and rising to a height of 35 m, it is d…

Former Silesian Science Institute
World Heritage Site 1979
Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

The fortified walls, barbed wire, platforms, barracks, gallows, gas chambers and cremation ovens show the conditions within which the Nazi genocide took place in the former concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest in the T…

World Heritage Site 2017
Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System

Located in Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, one of the main mining areas of central Europe, the property includes the entire underground mine with adits, shafts, galleries and other features of the water management system. Most of the property is situ…

Atlas Obscura 2018
Stará Bystrica Astronomical Clock

Discover Stará Bystrica Astronomical Clock in Stará Bystrica, Slovakia: The world's newest astronomical clock is also its most accurate.

Atlas Obscura 2020
The Zwinger Gardens

Discover The Zwinger Gardens in Olomouc, Czechia: Once home to artillery, this garden offers more peace today than it did during its war-torn past.