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.
Tomáš Baťa Statue
Coat of arms
Location in the Czech Republic
|Coordinates: 49°12′36″N 17°31′51″E|
|• Mayor||Hana Večerková|
|• Total||19.61 km2 (7.57 sq mi)|
|Elevation||190 m (620 ft)|
|• Density||910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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.
In addition to the conventional modes of transport, Otrokovice is also equipped with private domestic airport and a wharf at Baťa navigable canal.
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.
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.
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:
- 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
- "Population of municipalities of the Czech republic". Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
- "Partnerská města" (in Czech). Město Otrokovice. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
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