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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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.

 
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Promotional materials

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Image brochures

Image publication

Image publication

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

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Image brochure

Image brochure

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

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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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Information brochures

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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Barrier-free map

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Newsletter

Tourist news | spring-summer 2014

Tourist news | spring-summer 2014

In this special issue of the Tourist news for summer/autumn 2014 you can find an overview of all the new tourist attraction in Olomouc and its environs and you can get information about the most important cultural and sports events. Moreover there are interesting interviews, an events calendar and a peek into the world of spas of Olomouc Region.

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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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