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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Information Centre

Informační centrum

i Horní náměstí (Upper Square)
Town Hall's archway
779 11 Olomouc

Opening hours: daily 9:00am –7:00pm
Tel.: (+420) 585 513 385, 392
E-mail:

 

Map

Mapa města
 

Olomouc region Card

Olomouc Region Card

Olomouc Region Card is a tourist discount card that allows you to visit Olomouc significant savings. Its purchase to make sure you completely discounted or free admission.

 
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Olomouc by bike

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Experience tour

Experience tour to Svatý Kopeček (approx. 27.8 km)

Suitable for more experienced cyclists, the start and the end of the route: Information Centre at Horní náměstí;

Route description: Horní náměstí (Upper Square) – Pavelčákova St. – Mlýnská St. – Kateřinská St. – tř. 17. listopadu – Kosmonautů St. – main railway station – Jeremenkova St. – U Ambulatoria St. – Hodolanská St. – Libušina St. – Bendlova St. – Jana Koziny St. – Na Zákopě St. – Selské náměstí – Švabinského St. – Samotišky – Sv. Kopeček (Minor Basilica, ZOO, children‘s ropes course Lanáček, Archa restaurant) Radíkov (Radíkov fort) – Kartouzka ruins – Dolany – Bělkovice - Lašťany – Bohuňovice (Health Centre) – Černovír – Hlušovická St. – Černovírská St. – Petřkova St. – U Stavu St. – Stratilova St. – Na Letné St. – U Sportovní haly St. – Legionářská St. – Hynaisova St. – Palackého St. – Čech Park – Smetana Park – Polská St. – tř. 17. listopadu – Kateřinská St. – Mlýnská St. – Pavelčákova St. – Horní náměstí

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Tips for stopovers

PILGRIMAGE PLACE – Svatý Kopeček (Holy Hill)

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A popular pilgrimage place with a monumental Baroque church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, promoted to Minor Basilica in 1995 by Pope John Paul II.

Sadové náměstí, Olomouc-Svatý Kopeček
GPS 49°37‘44.82“N; 17°20‘16.599“E


 

ZOO SVATÝ KOPEČEK

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The Zoo breeds over three hundred species and participates in the rescue of many of others. Part of the Zoo is the children’s ropes course Lanáček, a lookout tower and a restaurant.

www.zoo-olomouc.cz
GPS 49°38‘0.226“N; 17°20‘35.458“E
daily X.–II. 9 am – 4 pm; III., IX. 9 am – 5 pm; IV.–VIII. 9 am – 6 pm


 

Fort Radíkov

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One of the forts of the Imperial Royal Olomouc Fortress from 1876 embedded in the hills behind the Radíkov tower.

Na Pevnůstce, Vrchní 75, Olomouc-Radíkov, tel.: 777 135 001
www.pevnost-radikov.cz, GPS 49°38‘31.999“N; 17°22‘6.999“E
VII.–X. Sat – Sun 11 am – 5 pm, last tour at 4 pm


 

KARTOUZKA RUINS

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A former Carthusian monastery and a Hussite fortress.

Dolany, GPS 49°39´4.29“N; 17°20´30.83“E


 

GOLF CLUB DOLANY-VÉSKA

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An eighteen hole championship golf course and a ninehole public golf course.

Dolany–Véska, tel.: +420 585 397 278, www.golf-olomouc.cz
GPS 49°39´33.523“N; 17°21´8.528“E


 

BOHUŇOVICE HEALTH CENTER

bohunovice

An indoor swimming complex with a wide range of entertainment and attractions.

6. května 616, Bohuňovice, tel.: +420 585 151 731, www.bohunovice.cz
GPS 49°39‘40.241“N; 17°17‘1.100“E
Tue – Sun 10 am – 9 pm