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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Olomouc region Card

Olomouc Region Card

Olomouc Region Card is a tourist discount card that allows you to visit Olomouc significant savings. Its purchase to make sure you completely discounted or free admission.

 

Promotional materials

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Image brochures

Image publication

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Tourist booklet of Olomouc full of pictures showing the best of the Moravian metropolis.

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A brief summary of the most important information and an inspiration for visitors who have not yet had the opportunity to visit and learn about Olomouc.

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Tourist Guide

Olomouc in a nutshell

Olomouc in a nutshell

Olomouc in a nutshell takes you to the major sites of the historic city centre. It offers guided sightseeing tours to monuments of the Upper Square and Lower Square. The last tour takes you on to Wenceslas hill, dominated by the St. Wenceslas Cathedral.

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Pocket Guide

Pocket Guide

The latest Olomouc guide provides information about the most significant monuments, Olomouc personalities, hotels and restaurants, cultural and sports activities, and tips for trips.

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In the footsteps of St. Sarkander

In the footsteps of St. Sarkander

The brochure contains a guided tour of Olomouc religious monuments related to the life of St. Sarkander.

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Cultural Olomouc

Cultural Olomouc

List of museums, theatres, galleries and music clubs, including tips for major cultural events in Olomouc.

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Family Friendly

Family Friendly

A brief overview of all cultural, sporting and leisure activities and events suitable for families with children.

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Spiritual capital

Spiritual capital

All important religious monuments of Olomouc denoted on a map along with attractive material containing brief information about them.

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Welcome to the Olomouc Information Centre

Welcome to the Olomouc Information Centre

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Monuments

Holy Trinity Column

Holy Trinity Column

Detailed information on the Holy Trinity Column containing a historical account of its construction as well as a description of the sculptural decoration.

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Town hall

Town hall

Informative material on the Olomouc Town Hall building which dominates the Upper Square and has been a symbol of economic and political importance of the former royal capital of Moravia for the last six centuries.

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Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock

A detailed leaflet on the famous Olomouc astronomical clock and all its historical forms until the contemporary, socialist-realist one.

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Churches and chapels

Churches and chapels

The leaflet charts a brief history of Olomouc followed by an overview of all noted temples, churches and chapels in Olomouc.

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The Holy Hill / ZOO

The Holy Hill / ZOO

A leaflet about the Holy Hill and its surroundings, with detailed information on the Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, the Zoo, and hiking trails.

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Fountains

Fountains

Information about the rare set of six Olomouc Baroque fountains as well as the modern Arion fountain.

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Maps and plans

Cycling map

Cycling map

A simple map for cyclists offers three bicycle paths around the city and its surroundings as well as plenty of tips for stops.

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Cycling map - relaxation route through Litovelské Pomoraví

Cycling map - relaxation route through Litovelské Pomoraví

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Cycling map - experience tour to Svatý Kopeček

Cycling map - experience tour to Svatý Kopeček

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Historical Olomouc

Historical Olomouc

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City map

City map

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Newsletter

Tourist news | spring-summer 2013

Tourist news | spring-summer 2013

In this special issue of the Tourist news for the summer season 2013, there is an overview of all the new tourist attractions in Olomouc and its environs. Furthermore, there is an events calendar, a competition for a weekend stay in Olomouc, and a discount coupon for an audioguide rental.

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Tourist news | autumn-winter 2012

Tourist news | autumn-winter 2012

A summary of tourist news for autumn and winter 2012 in the proven format of a tourist newspaper. Tips for stays in Olomouc during advent complement an overview of major cultural events. Moreover, you get a cycling map of Olomouc and its surroundings as a bonus.

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