Ostrava, industrial Vitkovice
Lower End of Vítkovice
National cultural heritage (since 2002). The site represents a uniquely preserved flow of materials from coal mining to coke-plant to iron production. In 1998 the operations were closed, but the site has survived. Its importance for the future of Ostrava is now fully understood. The Lower End of the Vítkovice Iron Mills with the Hlubina Mine, Landek Mining Museum and the Vrbice Shaft are on the waiting list for registration as a UNESCO cultural heritage site. The application will be decided in 2010. The sightseeing path goes through this cultural heritage, through the area of the Hlubina Shaft and the Lower End with coking battery No. 5, engine room, control room and the energetic centre with piston air blowers. The sky-line of the whole area is also impressive – it has been nicknamed “Ostrava’s Prague Castle”. The walk through this “City-of-Steel” has a magic charm; going under dozens of meters of piping, among metal pillars, brings out nostalgia about the industrial past. The history of the Iron Mill has many interesting points and many are still waiting to be discovered. In August 2007 the Lower End of Vítkovice was opened to the public.