Otrokovice

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Otrokovice
Town
Socha Bata.jpg
Flag
Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Region Zlín
District Zlín
Commune Otrokovice
Rivers Morava, Dřevnice
Elevation 190 m (623 ft)
Coordinates 49°12′N 17°32′E / 49.200°N 17.533°E / 49.200; 17.533Coordinates: 49°12′N 17°32′E / 49.200°N 17.533°E / 49.200; 17.533
Area 19.61 km2 (7.57 sq mi)
Population 18,748
Density 956/km2 (2,476/sq mi)
First mentioned 1141
Mayor Radoslava Matuszková
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 765 02
Location in the Czech Republic
Location in the Czech Republic
Wikimedia Commons: Otrokovice
Statistics: statnisprava.cz
Website: www.otrokovice.cz

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

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[edit]

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

Rail[edit]

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[edit]

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 mins

Bus[edit]

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

Paths[edit]

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


Shopping[edit]

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 Zlin, contains a much greater range of stores including a Tesco Superstore

Industry[edit]

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.


See also[edit]

  • 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 12th 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