Zlín is a city in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic. Bata shoe company started and developed here before the World War II. The city is most well known for its interesting functionalistic architecture.
Zlín was first mentioned in 1302 and soon became a local center for crafts and mining. But it was not until the industrial revolution that the rise to fame began. After the foundation of the Baťa shoe factory in 1896, the town rapidly grew into a major city, and the modernist industrial architecture, together with housing and social facilities, remains a representative of early 20th-century social and industrial architecture.
The communists took over management of Zlín and Baťa factories after the end of the WWII in May 1945, and in October the Bata company in Czechoslovakia was nationalized. Zlín was renamed Gottwaldov in 1949 after the first communist president of Czechoslovakia Klement Gottwald. After the Velvet revolution, Zlín regained its original name in 1990.
In addition to the internationally well known shoe factory Baťa, Zlín is also famous for the animation film studios, whose works from the 1960s also became popular in Western Europe.
The nearest mainline railway station to Zlín is Otrokovice station, which can be reached by direct Czech Railways trains from Prague (3 hours), Brno (1.5 hours), Olomouc (35mins) and Ostrava (1 hour). From Otrokovice, you can either connect to a local train to the central Zlín střed station or take the trolleybus (number 1, 2 or 6) into the centre of Zlín.
The main bus station in Zlin is Zlín AN, located next to the railway station. Student Agency offers up to 3 buses a day from Prague, via Brno. The total journey time is 4 hours and 30 minutes.
- Shoe making museum
- Museum of South-east Moravia
- one of best Czech ZOOs - Zlín Lešná
- marvellous functionalistic architecture of whole city
- view from city's "skyscraper"
- 1 Church of St. Wenceslas in Sazovice. A modern church, rewarded as one of the worlds best buildings of 2017.
- Cycling trips
- River Moravia - boat trips
- Beautiful nature around the city
- Local specialities
- Fine Moravian wines
- Wide range of brews
- Hotel Moskva
- Hotel Garni
- Hotel Ondráš