Olomouc in Lonely Planet – For the Second Time!

Olomouc is known as small Prague. For the second time, the professional tourists from the publisher Lonely Planet have ranked Olomouc among the 10 hottest places in Europe definitely worth visiting.

Olomouc is beautiful, interesting, attractive, but contrary to the capital city, calm and with a magical atmosphere. All this along with a rich night life is what makes Olomouc one of the most interesting destinations on the old continent.”Size is not everything. Obviously Europe offers numerous interesting destinations like London or Amsterdam, but if you expect more from travelling, we offer a list of places definitely worth visiting. Places, which may be overlooked by people nowadays, yet unjustly overlooked” stated Andy Murdoch in his article, professional traveler and author of the Lonely Planet. He introduces Olomouc as an exceptional destination in Moravia, which is a must-see for yourself. According to the travelers, the authentic atmosphere of Moravia captures life in the Czech Republic far better than cosmopolitan Prague.

Olomouc appeared on Lonely Planet’s list for the first time last year with a significant characteristic – Europe’s hidden treasure. However, this year, the glow of our treasure is no longer hidden and the authors have revealed more than one reason to definitely visit Olomouc. For example, the night life is one luring factor along with the unique atmosphere of the abundance of darkened crooked narrow streets which can be found in the center of baroque Olomouc. “To be a part of the Top Ten is obviously a great success. Not only we were able to defend last year’s ranking on the list of recommended destinations, but also prove that Olomouc is presented as one of the deciding reasons why to visit specifically our region among the competition of other European destinations”, says deputy mayor Jan Holpuch who is proud of the fact that Olomouc made the list. Among other matters, Jan Holpuch is also responsible for culture and the development of travel and tourism.

This time, all of Moravia and Olomouc appeared in the company of another nine European locations worth visiting when expecting “something more” from travelling. According to Lonely Planet, the Top 10 European Destinations for 2013 are as follows:

  • Porto and the surrounding Douro Valley top
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Northern Iceland
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Moravia, Czech Republic
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Marseille, France
  • Croatia
  • Northern Ireland
  • Copenhagen, Denmark

“In terms of the visitor’s rate, we can hardly compete with mass metropolitan cities like Paris or Rome. To even think that would be naïve. However, in my opinion, it is more of an Olomouc advantage rather than a handicap. Therefore, we appreciate other mentions of Olomouc and we will certainly use them for our advertising. After all, Olomouc is beautiful and no one can dispute this”, concluded deputy mayor Jan Holpuch with a smile.

For the complete article about the most interesting European destinations of this year, visit our website at www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/77757.

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City History

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City of Olomouc, Palacky University in Olomouc

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2x600 pages, hardcover with jacket
Released: March 2010

Price: CZK 550


A detailed history of the city was recently compiled in 2 volumes commissioned by the City of Olomouc and created by Univerzita Palackého.

The book is an academic treatment of Olomouc history from its inception to the present. The two-volume edition, which is offered as a whole, is available at well-established booksellers or in the Information Centre.

Olomouc, today a city of more than one hundred thousand citizens, is located in the heart of the Haná region. It has been one of the most important Czech cities from of old. Its history started many centuries ago...

Olomouc history in a nutshell

  • already in the early Middle Ages, Olomouc was one of the main centres of Moravia and a princely seat
  • in the 11th century, a Diocese was established and in 1306 the last Czech king of the powerful Přemyslid dynasty (King Wenceslas III.) was murdered here
  • in 1576, the University was founded (the second oldest in the Czech Republic)
  • during the Renaissance, Olomouc was a rich town with magnificent palaces and 30 thousand inhabitants, the capital of Moravia (the second largest city in the Czech lands after Prague)
  • during the Thirty Years War, a devastating occupation by Swedish troops took place (1642-1650) , the city was completely destroyed during the siege, the vast majority of people either died or moved away from the wreckage of Olomouc
  • in the Baroque period many unique monuments, buildings and churches (Holy Trinity Column, a set of six Baroque fountains, the St. Michael’s Church...) were built
  • in 1767, the eleven year-old W. A. Mozart composed Symphony No. 6 in F major in Olomouc
  • in 1848, Franz Joseph I. Europe's longest-serving monarch, ascended the throne in Olomouc
  • in the 18th and 19th centuries, the city turned into an important military centre of the Austrian monarchy, the city changed into a fortress, construction of new fortifications and forts took place
  • during the Second World War, around 2000 of Jewish inhabitants died in concentration camps, after the war (1945), the vast majority of citizens of German nationality was deported (before the war the Germans constituted one third of the city population)
  • after the Communist coup (1948), a decline of Olomouc importance, the historic heritage neglected
  • after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, gradual reconstruction of the historical centre and monuments, construction of new sports facilities, places of recreation, hotels, transport and tourism infrastructure
  • now the fifth largest city in the Czech Republic, the centre of the Olomouc Region, the seat of the arcibiskupství, 20 thousand young people studying at the Palacky University
  • since 2000 the grandiose Holy Trinity Column has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

For those who do not get discouraged by a few dates, we have prepared a brief overview of basic historical dates.