Třinec is a statutory city in Frýdek-Místek District in the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 35,000 inhabitants and is the least populated statutory city in the Czech Republic.
The city is an important cultural centre of the Polish minority in Zaolzie, which makes up 13.9% of the population (as of 2011).
Třinec is notable for its steel plant, the Třinec Iron and Steel Works, the largest in the Czech Republic, which still has a major impact on the city, on its character, demographics, and air quality.
Třinec is located in the Moravian-Silesian Region in the north-east of the Czech Republic, in the historical region of Cieszyn Silesia. It lies on the Polish border and also near the Slovak border. It is situated approximately 45 km (28 mi) away from the city of Ostrava and about 320 km (199 mi) from the country’s capital, Prague.
The city is surrounded by the picturesque Beskydy mountain range, a popular place for cycling, skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and paragliding.
The highest peak in the municipal area is Ostrý (1,044 m).
Music and culture
There are a number of musical concerts that take place in the city throughout the year. They are usually held at the local football stadium or the Třinecký Zimní Stadion sports arena, or alternatively at the Třinec-Borek football grounds.
The year’s biggest events are the ‘Hutnický den’, which takes place in May, and ‘Noc Plná Hvězd’ (Star-Studded Night) in the summer, both festivals which feature numerous live performances from bands and artists from all over the country and abroad.
Ice hockey and football are by far the city’s most popular sports. The ice hockey team, HC Oceláři Třinec, which currently plays in the Czech Extraliga, the top tier of Czech ice hockey, has a massive following and fan base in Třinec. The team holds a regional rivalry with Ostrava-based HC Vítkovice.
The city’s football team, FK Fotbal Třinec, has seen a rise in popularity after its promotion to the Czech National Football League several years ago. Average attendance for league matches is now more than 1,000. A rivalry with neighbouring sides FC Vítkovice and MFK Karviná has also been established.
Třinec also has a popular athletics team.