Olomouc at the top

Three years, three excellent awards by the world’s prestigious guidebook. Lonely Planet made a list of the most beautiful, yet lesser known tourist destinations. It wasn’t the hot springs of Iceland, Gibraltar Rocks, Odysseus' Ithaca or Luxemburg that ranked in first place but the historical center of Olomouc!

The mini guidebook, Secret Europe, presents tourists with fifty cities from different parts of Europe. The largest, world-renowned guidebook publisher attracts tourists to Olomouc by saying that “in terms of tourism Olomouc can be equated to an authentic restaurant which is your own, small, personal secret. The Main Square is amongst the most enchanting in the country. It is surrounded by historical buildings. It is adorned by the Holy Trinity Column listed as the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Magnificent churches, many of which host an exciting history, are scattered in the streets of the historical center. Explore the foundations of the ancient Olomouc castle in the Archdiocese Museum which is a must-see and then set out to one of the many pubs or mini-breweries”. In 2012, the publisher also awarded Olomouc by ranking it in the top ten most beautiful hidden treasures in Europe. One year later it was once again on the list of the recommended destinations in Moravia. “It’s beautiful as well as surprising for us. Lonely Planet is to tourist guidebooks what Michelin is to gastronomy. I perceive it as a win in the tourist Olympics,” responded Olomouc mayor, Martin Major, when he first heard of the award. “I am very pleased that the professional editor-in-chief of this publication truly appreciates the beauty of our city, its picturesque atmosphere and its uniqueness.

Apart from other things, Olomouc captivated them by the fact that it offers the same architectural treasures as Prague but without the crowds of tourists. It is definitely Olomouc’s advantage in comparison with our capital. However, despite repeated acclaim from the renowned guidebook, it may only be temporary”, mentioned the mayor, Major, with a smile. The deputy mayor, Jan Holpuch added, “I believe that this is an opportunity to introduce our beautiful city to many other tourists.” “I think that being awarded as a hidden treasure or undiscovered city will give Olomouc an even stronger stamp of attractiveness and will evoke more interest in potential visitors.”

Olomouc has been trying to advertise its beauty in a high-quality and systematic way. In the past years, this attempt has proved effective. Statistically as well as simply looking into the streets of the city center confirms that the number of tourists to Olomouc has truly increased. Olomouc is on the list of destinations offered by travel agencies as for example, one-day trips from Prague or as a part of the Vienna – Krakow route. “Greater advertising in cooperation with the agency CzechTourism certainly helped.

This agency gives Olomouc more space than before”, says Karin Vykydalová, head of the tourism department. “Acclaim from Lonely Planet obviously helps. Ideally, a visitor comes here based on the recommendation, is satisfied here and then recommends Olomouc to his friends back home”, adds Dušan Gavenda of the same department. Lonely Planet Secret Europe can be downloaded for free at: www.lonelyplanet.com/secret-europe.

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ヴァーツラフ3世 | ボヘミア王。1306年聖ヴァーツラフ大聖堂の前で殺害され、それによってプシェミスル家の男系が断絶した。


ヤン サルカンデル | 1995年に聖人と認められ、現在はサルカンデル礼拝堂となっている、かつての市の刑務所で告解の秘蹟を漏らさなかったため拷問で殺された「オロモウツ」聖人


フランツ ヨーゼフ1世 | 1848年に大司教宮殿で皇位に就き、その後何度かオロモウツに訪れたオーストリア皇帝及び、治世期間最長のヨーロッパ君主


ヤン ヨセフ ヴァーツラフ ラデツキー | 1829年にオロモウツ要塞隊長として指名され、1831年まで市に滞在したオーストリア軍の元帥でボヘミア貴族


ローマ教皇ヨハネ パウロ2世 | 1995年にオロモウツでヤン サルカンデルを聖人とした20世紀の最も人気のローマ教皇


聖ポーリン | 17世紀前半にオロモウツで流行した疫病から護ってくれたオロモウツの守護聖人として崇拝されるようになった。聖ポーリンの遺骨は聖ヴァーツラフ大聖堂聖モリツ教会に保存されている。


マリア テレジア | 唯一のローマ女帝、ハンガリー女王、ボヘミア国の女王、18世紀に数回オロモウツを訪問し、彼女を記念するために建てられたテレジア門やテレジア通り(現在はパヴェルチャーコヴァ通り)が残っている。


ヴォルファング アマデウス モーツァルト | オロモウツのハウエンシルド宮殿で 11歳の時、交響曲第6番を作曲したオーストリアの偉大な作曲家でピアニスト。