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:
“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.
Horní náměstí (Upper Square)
Town Hall's archway
779 11 Olomouc
Opening hours: daily 9:00am –7:00pm
Tel.: (+420) 585 513 385, 392
Olomouc region Card
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St. Wenceslas Cathedral with its two-tower face is an integral part of the city skyline. The third, the southern tower standing 102 meters high, is the tallest church tower in Moravia (and the second highest in the country). The three-naved hall of the church comes from the original medieval layout.
The Appanage Prince Svatopluk commenced the construction of the Cathedral in 1104-1107. His son Wenceslas continued with the construction and handed over the unfinished building to Olomouc Bishop Jindřich Zdík before his death. The unfinished building was consecrated in 1131. It was completed in 1141 and it became an episcopal Church. The original three-nave Romanesque basilica has undergone numerous modifications and reconstructions. The cathedral was completely rebuilt into a Gothic style after a fire in 1265.
Gothic pillars of the three-nave hall originate from the 13th century. A large presbytery with dimensions of 35 x 23 meters was created as part of an early Baroque building. It got - indeed, like the whole interior and exterior of the building – a Neo-Gothic appearance at the end of the19th century. Under the presbytery there is a crypt accessible by two side staircases. On the south side of the church there is an entrance to the Mannerist St. Stanislaus Chapel. Tombstones from the 16th and 17th centuries are situated on each side of this entrance. A shrine with the relics of St. Jan Sarkander canonized by Pope John Paul II. in 1995, is placed at a Neo-Gothic altar beside one of the pillars. The cathedral’s organ is one of the finest Romantic period instruments in the Czech Republic.