People associate the town of Kopřivnice primarily with the factory Tatra. The automaker used to manufacture luxury limousines and still produces great trucks, overcoming difficulties, not only in construction, but also in the difficult conditions of the Dakar Rally.
The city's history dates back to prehistoric times and is associated with horou Kotouč (Kotouč Hill) at Štramberk where bones of Neanderthal humans were discovered from forty thousand years ago. At Šutyrovy studánky (Šutyrovy spring), on the slope of the Červeného kamene (Red Stone), there used to live ancient Celts, who had their stronghold here two centuries before Christ.
In Koprivnice, in 1897, the first car in the Austria-Hungary Empire, a car called Präsident was first produced.
Also interesting is the modern history of Kopřivnice. Kopřivnice citizens heard, in the crowded hall of domu Amerika (the American House), the manifestation of the future president TG Masaryk. Another president, Klement Gottwald, found his future wife Martha here. Local people say that one of the main access roads was created by this particular president in memory of how he came to meet his wife in Kopřivnice.
The Olympic champion Emil Zátopek
was born in Kopřivnice, as well as the artist Zdeněk Burian, explorer Jiri Hanzelka and Olympic champion in gymnastics in the 1948 London Games, Zdeňka Veřmiřovská.