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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Opening hours: daily 9:00am –7:00pm
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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