Otrokovice

Otrokovice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈotrokovɪtsɛ]; German: Otrokowitz) is the second largest town in the Zlín Region of the Czech Republic. It is located in a hilly part of the historical region of Moravia, 10 km west of the city of Zlín, at the confluence of the rivers Morava, Dřevnice and the Mojena Brook.

Otrokovice
Town

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Otrokovice
Location in the Czech Republic
Coordinates: 49°12′36″N 17°31′51″E
CountryCzech Republic
RegionZlín
DistrictZlín
First mentioned1141
Government
  MayorHana Večerková
Area
  Total19.61 km2 (7.57 sq mi)
Elevation
190 m (620 ft)
Population
 (2019-01-01[1])
  Total17,876
  Density910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
765 02
Websitewww.otrokovice.cz

The town was a significantly connected with the Bata company which owned multiple local industries including the large shoe factory that created its initial wealth.

Transport

In addition to the conventional modes of transport, Otrokovice is also equipped with private domestic airport and a wharf at Baťa navigable canal.

Rail

Otrokovice is the primary stop on the main train line from Prague, with fast trains taking around 3 hours. It is also a hub station with trains going East through Zlin and South, through Staré Město.

Road

Highway 55 now links the town into the main Czech highway network. Driving time to Prague is around 2:40 and to Brno is 50 minutes.

Bus

The town has a regular bus service, linking main areas of the town. Trolleybus line connects Otrokovice with Zlín.

Paths

A new path (suitable for Inline Skating) was built in 2014, following the course of Dřevnice river to Zlín.

Shopping

The town lacks a clear center, instead having a scattering of shops and other businesses across several areas. In 2014, a large Kaufland store opened towards the South of the town. This area has turned into a commercial center including a pet shop, toy shop and a large electrical retailer. A larger commercial, half way to Zlín, contains a much greater range of stores including a Tesco Superstore.

Industry

Barum (Continental AG) has a manufacturing facility in Otrokovice which is a major employer for the town. Another important manufacturing site is Toma where various companies of various industries are located, and Zlin Aviation that operates from the airfield next to the Barum factory.

Twin towns — sister cities

Otrokovice is twinned with:[2]

See also

  • Church of St. Michael the Archangel - Built in 1769, expanded in 1849.
  • Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Built in Gothic Revival style of the late 19th century.
  • Hotel Společenský dům - Designed by Vladimír Karfík in the form of trifoliated propeller in commemorance of the tragic air crash of Mr. Tomáš Baťa and his pilot in the foggy morning July 12, 1932, shortly after their departure from Otrokovice airport. Společenský dům was built in 1936 and its opening was attended by the President Edvard Beneš.
  • St. Adalbert's Church - Designed by M. Korvas and built in 1995.
  • Statue of Mr. Tomáš Baťa - Cast from the original located in the English East Tilbury.
  • Na letišti - Nature sanctuary

References

  1. "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  2. "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Město Otrokovice. Retrieved 2019-08-22.


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