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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Olomouc and personalities


Modern personalities

Since 1998, the Olomouc City Council awards City prizes in recognition of outstanding personalities and entities whose activities go distinctly beyond the present and have close relationship to the city of Olomouc. In recent years, especially artists and personalities from the field of natural sciences were awarded.

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Since 2010, prizes have been awarded also for the Accomplishment of the Year as a token of appreciation of a distinguished conduct, of a particular project or an extraordinary success of the previous year. The awards are presented in a ceremony on the eve of the Olomouc City Fest.

Citizens themselves can co-decide about the winners by sending in nominations of personalities, from which the Olomouc City Council selects the prizewinners. More on www.cenamesta.cz

The city of Olomouc, with more than a thousand year long tradition, has played an important role in the lives of many famous people, whose fate is now inseparably linked with the city. Look at other personalities connected with Olomouc - artists, statesmen, army-leaders and church representatives.




Wenceslas III. | King of Bohemia, murdered close to the St.Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc in 1306. The powerful Premyslid dynasty died out with him.


John Sarkander | "Olomouc" Saint, canonized in 1995. Tortured to death in the former town‘s prison, today the Chapel of St. John Sarkander, for refusing to divulge the secrets of the confessional.


Franz Joseph I. | Emperor of Austria and the longest-serving European monarch. He ascended the throne in the Archbishop's Palace in 1848 and visited Olomouc several times later.


Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky | Austrian Field Marshal and Czech nobleman. In 1829 he was appointed commander of the Olomouc fortress and stayed in the city until 1831 (in Edelmann‘s Palace).


John Paul II. | The most popular pope of the 20th century. During his numerous trips abroad, he also visited Olomouc. He canonized Jan Sarkander and Zdislava of Lemberk in Olomouc in May 1995.


Saint Paula | helped the city to ward off plague in the mid-17th century. Since then she has been worshiped as the patron Saint of the city. Her remains are kept in shrines in the St.Wenceslas Cathedral and in the Church of St. Maurice.


Marie Theresa | , Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, she was the only female ruler on the Bohemian throne. She visited Olomouc several times in the 18th century. The Theresian gate or the Theresa Street (Pavelčákova today) were named after her.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | the brilliant Austrian composer and pianist stayed in the Hauenschild’s Palace in Olomouc. The eleven year-old Mozart composed his Symphony No. 6 in F major here.