The Czech Republic’s industrial capital and one-time “Steel City” has undergone a creative reinvention. Monuments to Ostrava’s past abound, but no longer define the country’s third-largest city. The former ironworks have been thoughtfully preserved in the district of Dolní Vítkovice, while Michal Mine on the outskirts has become a museum and National Cultural Landmark. Visitors can take in the views of its changing skyline from the observation tower at the City Hall. Contemporary Ostrava is best explored through its restaurants and bars or at one of the summer music festivals; Colours of Ostrava and the Beats for Love festival bring thousands of partiers into the city each year.