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.
Horní náměstí (Upper Square)
Town Hall's archway
779 11 Olomouc
Opening hours: daily 9:00am –7:00pm
Tel.: (+420) 585 513 385, 392
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Suitable also for families with children, the start and the end of the route: Information Centre at Horní náměstí (Upper Square);
Route description: Horní náměstí – Town Hall with Astronomical Clock – Hercules’ Fountain – Holy Trinity Column– Arion’s Fountain – Moravian Theatre – Pavelčákova St. – Mlýnská St. – Water Barracks – Tržnice (Marketplace) – Kateřinská St.– Michalské stromořadí – Bezruč Park (Crown Fortress, Minigolf, Botanical Garden and Rosarium, Civil Defence Shelter) – Nábřeží Přemyslovců – tř. 1. máje – Dómská St. – Václavské náměstí (St Wenceslas’ Cathedral, Archdiocesan Museum) – Dómská St. – tř. 1. máje – Komenského St. – Dobrovského St. – Václava III. St. – Na Letné St. (view of the Hradisko Monastery) – U Sportovní haly St. – Legionářská St. (Sports Centre Omega, football stadium, Semafor Centre, Swimming pool) – Hynaisova St. – Palackého St. – Čech Park (children playground) – Smetana Park (Flora Exhibition Grounds, Botanical Garden, greenhouse plant collections, playground, Fontána restaurant) – Polská St. – tř. 17. listopadu – Kateřinská St. – Mlýnská St. – Pavelčákova St. – Horní náměstí
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At the town hall there are free exhibitions on the history of the city, town hall and astronomical clock. Glockenspiel plays daily at 12:00. Olomouc in a Nutshell – an hour-long guided tour of monuments of the Upper Square andtown hall incl. a tower ascent; provided by Information Centre.
Horní náměstí, GPS 49°35‘38.14“N, 17°15‘5.902“E
15. 6.–16. 9. daily 9:30 am; 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm
A unique Baroque sculptural group from the mid 18th century, 32 m high, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Its lower part houses a seasonally accessible chapel.
Horní náměstí, GPS 49°35‘38.19“N; 17°15‘1.529“E
Six masterfully crafted Baroque fountains with mythological themes from the turn of 17th and 18th centuries.
A work by Olomouc native Ivan Theimer from 2002, a popular children‘s wading pool in the summer.
Horní náměstí, GPS 49°35‘36.24“N; 17°15‘3.96“E
In reconstructed fortifications from the time of Empress Maria Theresa, you will find comfy pubs, restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs.
Bezruč, Čech and Smetana parks embrace the historic centre and harbour a colonnade with a period restaurant and a café, a music pavilion, a pond, biking and in-line skating paths, playgrounds, botanical garden with a rosarium, greenhouse plant collections and a university botanical garden.
Greenhouse plant collections: XI.–II. Sat – Sun 9:30 am – 4 pm; III. Tue – Sun 9:30 am – 4 pm; IV.–X. Tue – Sun 9:30 am – 6 pm
University botanical garden (GPS 49°35‘13.322“N; 17°14‘58.939“E): IV.–X. Tue – Sun 9:30 am – 6 pm
Botanical garden with a rosarium (GPS 49°35‘13.200“N; 17°14‘59.359“E): IV.–X. Tue – Sun 9:30 am – 6 pm
A preserved part of the former bastion fortress, open at the time of cultural events.
Bezručovy sady, GPS 49°35‘34“N; 17°15‘30“E
A minigolf course located on the premises of TJ Locomotive Olomouc, with a fast food bar.
MGC Olomouc, tř. 17. listopadu 3,
tel.: +420 585 413 898, www.minigolfolomouc.cz
GPS 49°35‘30.093“N; 17°15‘30.797“E
A unique museum located on Wenceslas’ square was founded at the initiative of Pope John Paul II. A permanent exhibition introduces visitors to the spiritual culture of the Archdiocese of Olomouc.
Václavské náměstí 3, www.olmuart.cz
GPS 49°35‘52.07“N; 17°15‘44.639“E
Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm every Wed and Sun admission free
A guided tour of a shelter built in the 50’s as a command post of Civil Defence Headquarters. Tickets can be purchased at the Information Centre in the town hall arcade.
Bezručovy sady, GPS 49°35‘36“N; 17°15‘20“E
15. 6.–16. 9. Thurs and Sat 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm
A Neo-Gothic church with the 2nd highest tower in the country (100,6 meters) with an accessible crypt.
Václavské nám., GPS 49°35‘51.999“N; 17°15‘45“E
cathedral + crypt Mon – Sun 7 am – 6 pm,
guiding service Tue – Sat 9 am – 5 pm
The monastery was founded in the 11th century. The extensive Baroque complex, re-built after a fire in the 18th century by G. P. Tencalla, houses the oldest military hospital in the country.
Sušilovo nám., www.vnol.cz
GPS 49°36‘18.36“N; 17°15‘54.36“E
Na Střelnici 48, GPS 49°36‘5.481“N; 17°14‘58.004“E
daily 1 pm – 7 pm
Legionářská 11, tel: 800 172 357, www.olterm.cz
GPS 49°35‘55.863“N; 17°14‘39.571“E
outdoor swimming pool: VI.–VIII. 9 am – 8 pm
indoor swimming pool: 6 am – 9 pm (Sat, Sun from 9 am)
Children‘s traffic playground, bike and cycling equipment rental.
Legionářská 15, www.olomouc.eu/semafor
GPS 49°35‘56.152“N; 17°14‘46.411“E