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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Ne manquez pas les charmants parcs d’Olomouc, lieu idéal de détente et de récréation active..

Les allées principales atteignent 2, 5 kilomètres de longueur et l’ensemble des chemins adjacents permettent une promenade de plus de quatre heures de marche.

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Le centre-ville historique d’Olomouc est entouré de jardins publics. Jardin botanique, parcs, fontaines jaillissantes, basses terres adjacentes : une véritable « rhapsodie en vert ». L’exposition florale et horticole de Flora attire des milliers de visiteurs trois fois par an.

Les trois parcs, qui font parti de la ville depuis le 18e siècle, sont des îlots de verdure tranquilles parcourus par des sentiers piétons, pistes de vélo et de roller. Au printemps, des tulipes s’épanouissent dans les jardins, parfumés par les magnolias et le jasmin, dont l’ambiance romantique et les terrains de jeu et de sport font parties intégrantes. L’l’allée Rudolfova longue de 700 mètres, vaut bien une promenade.

On peut se reposer auprès du petit lac au jet d’eau, en prenant du café sur la terrasse du restaurantromantique ou en se baladant parmi des cactus, des palmes exotiques et des orchidées dans les serres. Le jardin botanique contient de nombreux plantes intéressants ; le roseraie vous étonnera par des centaines d’espèces de roses.

Le jardin zoologique est noyé dans le calme de la forêt dans les collines au-dessus de la ville. La baignade naturelle de Poděbrady se trouve aux portes du site naturel protégé de Litovel-Pomoraví, où on peut admirer des rares espèces de plantes en se promenant ou faisant du vélo au long des bords de la rivière de Morava.