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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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



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Relax, wellness, fitness

Facility Name Address Phone
Wellness Flora Krapkova 439/34, Olomouc (+420) 702 003 963
Club koruna Pekařská 1, Olomouc (+420) 720 130 003
Fitcentrum Gambare Herrmannova 1, Olomouc (+420) 585 229 709
Fitness Timpo Olomouc Třída Svornosti 57, Olomouc (+420) 585 414 250
Fitness Tribuna Na Střelnici 39, Olomouc (+420) 585 203 930
HELP fitness club Dolní Hejčínská 36, Olomouc (+420) 585 234 312
HELP CZ Jeremenkova 40b, Olomouc (+420) 587 337 777
Myofit U botanické zahrady 6, Olomouc (+420) 777 125 200
Orange Club Schweitzerova 64a, Olomouc (+420) 585 436 144
Fitness a wellness studio Pasteurova 10, Olomouc (+420) 602 573 977
Slender club Zámenhofova 32, Olomouc (+420) 732 822 380
Solná jeskyně Solana 8. května 519/11, Olomouc (+420) 585 204 290
Spinning centrum Kořínek Jeremenkova 40b, Olomouc (+420) 587 337 777
Profi studio Jablonický Jánského 8, Olomouc (+420) 420 776 882 004
Wellness Centrum Jurop U Sportovní haly 2, Olomouc (+420) 585 631 311
OMEGA centrum sportu Legionářská 19, Olomouc (+420) 585 205 700
Vital life centrum zdraví Purkyňova 21, Olomouc (+420) 608 400 134
Svatováclavské pivní lázně Mariánská 4, Olomouc (+420) 585 242 219
Eurogym Fitness Stupkova 18, Olomouc (+420) 731 084 408
GYM Ladies Studio Dolní Hejčínská 26, Olomouc (+420) 776 644 010
Fitness Factory Stupkova 10, Olomouc
Aquapark Olomouc Kafkova ulice, Olomouc (+420) 588 517 770-1
Solná jeskyně Janského Janského 463/24, Olomouc (+420) 733 517 800