No other city in Moravské Kravařsko has stronger ties to the history of the Hussite movement, and no other city is as proud of it as Odry. The city that unfolds right on the border of Moravia and Silesia—on both sides of the shores of the Oder River—was one of the important bastions of Hussite forces. Jaroslav Hašek, author of the famous novel, The Good Soldier Švejk, backpacked through Odry during his student years.
Today, the city of Odry is a centre for the discovery of the wildlife and history of the Poodří Region and the landscapes linked with the Oder River, its distributaries, and its ponds. Its interesting history and urban conservation reserve draw many tourists. First mention of the city dates back to 1234, when it was called Vyhnanov, which was a settlement of the exiled ("vyhnanec") who protected the border between Moravia and Silesia at the time.
Odry was seized by Hussite troops, and the Hussites formed one of their headquarters here, from whence they then carried out raids on surrounding towns. Relics of this time include the bastion, set into the fortifications of the ancient city. On the hill at Pohoř, a short distance the city, stands a replica of a guard tower similar to the one that the city of Odry has in its coat of arms.
One of the most important natives is Eduard Gerlich, a mountain railway architect who later lived and worked in Switzerland, where he was appointed professor at the university in Zurich. The story of writer Jaroslav Hašek in Odry is not as well known, but he did travel through the countryside here as a student. Apparently, the lively Hašek caused a bit of a stir at a local tavern and was even arrested for vagrancy and disturbing the peace. He was held at the local prison, still called the Katovna (Executioner's) to this day.
Tourists and visitors to the city can also admire Saint Bartholomew's Church with an observation deck and the second oldest bell in Moravia. We also recommend taking a walk through the city park, a newly-landscaped flower garden in place of where a chateau once stood.