City of Opava and Karviná

City of Karviná

The town of Karviná, with a population of more than 62 thousand residents, is situated 18 km east of Ostrava at the northern periphery of the foothills of the Beskydy Mountains in the Olše river valley. A part of the northern border of Karviná is at the same time border with Poland.

The town has a rich history predetermined by its strategically advantageous location on the trade routes from Hungary to the Baltic countries. This location caused that Karviná became a commercial, economic and cultural center of the whole area. The town experienced huge development mainly after the discovery of black coal in the 2nd half of the 18th century.

For decades the town of Karviná and its surroundings was an area with high concentration of coal mining and related industries. More recently, this town has become a commercial and tourist center. The Karviná Darkov Spa has a worldwide reputation for treatment of locomotive organs. By establishing the School of Business Administration of the Silesian University, Karviná has become a university town. New era has brought new development in construction activities, also in commercial activities and Karviná is becoming a town with dynamic development offering good choice for comfortable life.


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