Although the earliest reports of a settlement where Havirov extends today date back to the 14th century, the city was founded here after the Second World War. This artificially created town, which was supposed to be a modern centre of the future serving as the home to miners of the Ostrava-Karvina mines, is the youngest city in the Czech Republic.
Due to the fact that the city was founded at one time, it was built in a uniform style which fully reflects its era - the period of socialist construction. Nowhere else in the Czech Republic will you find a better example of the architectural style known as "Sorel" ie socialist realism. In a similar vein, the suburb of Ostrava-Poruba was developed, however Haviřov was built wholly in the style of the magnificent stately architecture. That is why it is declared a conservation zone that protects this architecture today.
Haviřov today is a great place to live because it is associated with the industrial city of Ostrava and yet takes full advantage of its position in the countryside of the Těšín Mountains. Directly in the city is the natural monument consisting of the "Meandering Lučina River," which is the original river still inhabited by waterfowl and wildlife.
Haviřov is interesting for visitors who are surprised to find even some ancient history in this place, for example the chateau of Šumbark. Quite unique is 'Kotulova dřevěnka' (wooden cottage) that is hidden among the prefabricated houses and recalls the ancient settlement of this once rural area.