Havířov is a coal-mining city in the north of the Czech Republic. It’s not the prettiest place in the world, but it has a certain rough charm. The city centre is a lively mix of old and new, with a large shopping district and a lively nightlife. The surrounding countryside is hilly and forested, and there are plenty of lakes and rivers for swimming and fishing. The people are friendly and down-to-earth, and the beer is cheap.