The Technical Trail has been expanded and now offers 30 attractions

The Technical Trail presents the industrial heritage of the Moravian-Silesian Region in a novel manner and as a fun experience. When the main summer season starts, visitors to the region can experience an expanded programme linked by over 30 technical points of interest.

“Our region has a unique technical heritage that you cannot find anywhere else in the Czech Republic in such scope and quality. This is a competitive advantage we want to build on and reinforce, which is why we consider the Technical Trail our key tourism product,” said Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region for Regional Development and Tourism Jan Krkoška

The Technical Trail project originally consisted of twelve technical monuments and commenced in 2012. Two years ago, its management was entrusted to the regional destination company, Moravian-Silesian Tourism, which expanded the trail’s activities and developed them into their current form. “The Technical Trail is still mainly about an authentic experience of unique places. Visitors play the starring role and are drawn into the events and experiences of real situations with all their senses. They hear stories about major industrial families and the companies that made the region famous beyond its borders. During tours, visitors are accompanied by the most qualified people, such as millers, military technicians or former miners, or visitors can discover what a miner’s snack or coffee in a quarry tastes like,” explained Director of Moravian-Silesian Tourism David Karčmář. “New partners are joining the project from all corners of the region. Over 30 partners are currently part of the Technical Trail.”

As well as traditional tourist attractions such as Michal Mine in Ostrava and Dolní Vítkovice and Landek Park, less familiar locations have also been added to the Technical Trail. “I am very pleased that tourists will be able to visit less well-known but interesting places. For instance ,the Wesselský Water Mill and the Mill in Bartošovice will show visitors the miller’s trade in practice, visitors to the Krnov Synagogue can hear the story about Krnov industrialists, and the Na Trati infantry hut in Bohumín will welcome military history buffs,” said Deputy Governor Jan Krkoška, acknowledging that trip-goers can visit some places for the first time ever. “This is true of the Kotouč Lime Quarry in Štramberk, which visitors can see while it is fully operational. The new interactive exhibit at the textile factory in Rýmařov called Hedva Czech Brocade will also be interesting to visitors,”  added the Deputy Governor.

Fajne léto – family events

Selected sites on the Technical Trail will once again host traditional summer events this year as a part of Fajne léto (A Great Summer). People can enjoy seven different attractive programmes with demonstrations of traditional crafts, competitions for children, music and regional food. “We invite everyone to the first Fajne léto event at the Narrow-gauge railway in Osoblaha on 13 July. You can ride the historical steam train from Osoblaha to Slezské Rudoltice and enjoy a pleasant and fun Saturday. I definitely recommend you take part in the motivational programme. People can find interesting souvenirs, such as t-shirts, tin cups or bags, if they collect stamps from individual places on the Technical Trail,” said Deputy Governor Jan Krkoška, adding that Fajne léto will also take place at Kosárna in Karlovice, the Wagon Museum in Studénka, the Moravian-Silesian Railway Museum in Ostrava, the former Michal Mine complex in Ostrava, and at this year’s new attraction on the Technical Trail, the Wesselský Water Mill in Loučky u Oder. Fajne léto will close this year on 28 September on Saint Wenceslas Day at Dolní Vítkovice in Ostrava.

“The Technical Trail encourages visitors to technical monuments in the Moravian-Silesian Region. Its other aim is to connect operators of technical attractions and support their mutual cooperation as well as provide accommodation and restaurant facilities. Tourism in the region is therefore more conceptual and targeted. Our region is becoming increasingly attractive to tourists. This is evident in the considerable rise in the visitor rate, which neared one million accommodated guests last year,” added Director of Moravian-Silesian Tourism David Karčmář.

You can find a complete list of technical attractions offered by the Technical Trail on the recently launched website in Czech language. Bookings for guided tours can also be made on this website. Maps showing the Technical Trail programme and its individual monuments are also available.