Moravian – Silesian Region is situated in the north – eastern tip of the Czech Republic bordering on Poland in the north, Slovakia in the east, the Olomouc Region in the west and the Zlín Region in the south. It is made up of the Bruntál, Frýdek-Místek, Karviná, Nový Jičín, Opava and Ostrava-město districts.
The region’s economy has traditionally been tied to mining, which gave rise to steel, chemical and mechanical engineering industries, i.e. industries demanding a large amount of energy resources. Production of transport vehicles is putting through in the region in recent years.
From the west the region is bound by the massif of the Hrubý Jeseník Mountain Range with the highest peak of the Region and the entire Moravia, the Praděd (1 491 m). The mountains gradually pass to the Nízký Jeseník rolling foothills and the Odra Hills (Oderské vrchy). Central part of the Region is characteristic by densely populated lowland territory of the Opava lowlands (Opavská nížina), the Ostrava basin (Ostravská pánev) and the Moravian gateway (Moravská brána). Towards the southeast, the landscape again gains a mountainous character and culminates by the Beskydy Mountains – that are called the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy Mountains (Moravskoslezské Beskydy) at the border with Slovakia, and the Silesian Beskydy Mountains (Slezské Beskydy). Visitors can find skiing slopes, bike trails, as well as cross – country skiing tracks there. Ostrava, Opava, Frýdek - Místek and Český Těšín are traditional cultural centres of the region, which has many theatres, museums, galleries and cinemas. In Ostrava there is also the Janáček Philharmonic and a ZOO.