Located right on the Poland border, and near Slovakia is Třinec- the town where Margaret resided while living in the Czech Republic. The majority of people visiting Europe, or even the Czech Republic will probably not have Třinec as one of their top sites, but there are definitely a few sites in and around the town of Třinec, Czech Republic.
Třinec has been on the map since the late 1400’s, but it wasn’t until the late 1880’s when the steel industry began to develop, and then again in the 1940’s when the communist party took hold of the city, that Třinec became a more urban area. Around 14% of the city’s population works at the steel factory that expands for miles. If you arrive by train you will be riding alongside the steel factory for several miles, helping to demonstrate just how large the factory really is. Due to the expansive factory the air is often filled with the soot, and the entire sky seems to have a shade of gray on most days.
Although the town is still fairly small the combination of both the massive steel factory providing numerous jobs and the development of the city by the communist party brought in an increase in jobs and buildings. Unlike many European cities, Třinec the town has only been built up recently in comparison and the majority of the buildings were reflective of the age of communism, with plain block structures providing housing to the majority of the city’s dwellers. The entire city looks and feels communist, again making it unlike the typical depiction of European cities. Although communism has been absent for some time, the deep rooted history in communism continues to feel prevalent. Prior to the communists, the Hapsburgs controlled the area that is Třinec, bringing the German language to the area that still remains today. Due to its location on the border of Poland and the prevalence of the Hapsburg empire, another unique component to Třinec is the dialect which is a blend of all three. Třinec has both a unique history and blend of cultures making it unlike the more traveled parts of Europe.
Even though Třinec is smaller there are several attractions in the area, other than the steel factory, including a hockey team and rink, a small cultural museum, traditional Czech restaurants, two beautiful old churches (one being Lutheran and the other Catholic), several cafes, the train station, nearby mountains to hike, and a rather large forest/park with walking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds, and a mini golf course. Outside the town there are several small villages and great places to go hiking. While there, one can experience a more low key, country lifestyle and see a part of Europe unlike the typical depictions.