A Historical Capital With Modern Importance
Located near the foot of the Jeseníky mountains at the confluence of the Moravice and Opava rivers, the City of Opava was established on trade routes and today retains importance as a business and cultural centre in the Silesian region.
The Silesian region, which straddles the Czech-Polish border, changed hands many times through history. Opava held the position of capital of Bohemian Silesia from the early 14th century and subsequently Austrian Silesia from 1742 until 1919. While it is no longer a capital, it still has remained in a position of administrative importance up to the present day as a regional centre.
A Feel for the City
My visit to Opava reminded me very much of České Budějovice in the southwest of the country. Both are university towns, both are important commercial and cultural centres to their respective regions and both are in close enough proximity to areas attractive to tourism that they themselves don’t need to be touristy at all.
I found Opava to be a welcoming city with a pretty and very walkable centre with many well maintained historical buildings to admire. As the city is not touristy, walking through the centre can be very pleasant and not at all stressful.
Opavian Silesia, together with the adjoining Jeseníky mountains, is a lush green area with much to offer outdoors enthusiasts. Trekking and cycling opportunities abound and large areas are protected natural land.
Opava, as the main city in the region, is well connected to many such attractions. Indeed, you may actually need to use Opava as a way point to get to some of them; the city is worth making some time to see if you are able.
For more information on visiting Opava and Opavian Silesia, the following links should be helpful to you: