Moravian-Silesian Region

  • Official nameMoravskoslezský kraj (Moravian-Silesian Region)
  • Population: 1,255,910
  • Area: 5,445 km2
  • Number of municipalities: 299, of which 39 are towns
  • NUTS II: Moravia-Silesia

This is the region where the first motor car in Central Europe – the Präsident – was manufactured at the end of the 19th century, and which later became famous for the production of Tatra cars. The Moravian-Silesian Region is typified by its industry, but nature or history lovers will also find plenty to see and do here.

HukvaldyThe Moravian-Silesian Region is located in the North-East of the Czech Republic. It is a varied and diverse region, offering visitors many points of interest. The region is divided into six main tourist areas, each with its own specific character. The region’s borders are defined by two mountain ranges: the Beskydy, with their picturesque nature and folk architecture, and the Jeseníky, with Moravia’s highest peak Praděd (1491 m above sea level) and almost untouched nature. In the Poodří – Moravské Kravařsko sub-region with its charming Odra river flood plain, tourists can find a number of chateaux, castle ruins and urban conservation zones.

First motor car

The area around Ostrava, and a part of the Těšínské Slezsko (Těšín Silesia) sub-region have a unique character due to the tradition of black coal mining and metallurgy. Unique technical monuments that are located here reflect these traditions. The Opavské Slezsko (Opava Silesia) sub-region is famous for its chateaux, historic towns and well-preserved military forts and fortification lines dating back to the nineteen thirties.

Michal's mineOstrava is the largest city in the region, the third largest in the Czech Republic. In the 19th century, Ostrava was the most significant industrial centre of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire; coal was discovered here as early as in 1763. The town of Kopřivnice is located about thirty kilometres from Ostrava. In 1897 the Kopřivnice coach factory produced a motorised coach called the Präsident, the first vehicle of its kind in the monarchy. In later years, Kopřivnice became famous primarily due to the production of Tatra cars.

Thanks to its location and diverse and beautiful countryside, the Moravian-Silesian Region can also offer a number of opportunities for sport, tourism and recreation. The area boasts a large number of stadiums, playgrounds, tennis courts and swimming pools. The region is ideal for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, cycling, paragliding, horseback riding, golf, recreational flying, as well as water sports and spa tourism.

Regional projects

In addition to its natural and cultural heritage, the region boasts a variety of successful projects. The most interesting among them have been selected by the region itself:

3-D Model of a Orthophotomap of the Region

The website of the Moravian-Silesian Region newly features a 3-D visualisation of the Region, which will help to promote tourism in the area. This 3-D presentation serves to highlight selected areas and attractive tourist locations (castles, chateaux, churches, museums, bike trails, mountain ranges and lakes), which are not only marked on the map, but one can also take a virtual flight over them, or view them as 3-D models. The features are available at the region’s web portal as well as in information centres throughout the region. The project will be regularly updated with new tourism-related information. The project was co-financed by the European Union and the Moravian-Silesian Region.

Land-use planning documentation through web technologies 

The project consists in publishing existing land-use planning documentation procured by municipal and regional authorities. Among other things, it will provide a tool for complying with the requirements of the new Building Act, namely the publication of land-use planning documentation during the course of decision-making procedures. As part of the project, raster images, i.e. scanned copies, will be created of a total of 612 land-use planning document sets from the entire Moravian-Silesian Region, including 259 graphic portions of land-use plans of individual municipalities and 343 amendments to land-use plans and four land-use plans for large territorial areas, copies of three land-use plans for large territorial areas after amendment and three amendments to land-use plans of large territorial areas. The project will save time and money needed to procure documentation for decision-making at municipal and regional level and will enable effective preparation of development strategies and investment intentions, thus creating favourable conditions for investment and attracting both local and foreign investors to the Moravian-Silesian Region.

Reference links:

  • Official tourism portal:
  • Representation in Brussels: the office of the Moravian-Silesian Region in the Czech House in Brussels does not have permanent staff. The relevant agenda and contacts with other Regions fall within the remit of the International Relations Section of the Office of the Region President. Contact: Petr Krupa:

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