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.
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
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.
The bike tour of Olomouc will let you know about all the interesting places in the city in one single day. At every stop our knowledgeable guide will provide you with the most interesting information. Often you will get to know intriguing stories and insider knowledge of the history and destinies of people. There are 20 such stops in the tour. You will see both famous monuments (churches, fountains, columns, city walls) and all the parks in Olomouc.
The bike tour has two versions (long A and short B) and runs along the most beautiful places in the city of Olomouc. The long route includes a stop at a typical local pub (consumption not included in price), where you can taste specialties and delicious beer. The routes consist mainly of cycling paths and less frequented streets.
The longer route A takes about 4 hours and is 18 km long. You will see, among others, a moor and will come under one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Czech Republic – The Holy Hill (Svatý Kopeček).
The shorter route B is 2 hours and 9 km long. For time reasons, it is not possible to enter any of the attractions along the way.
The tours are held in all weather conditions. In the office a reflective vest can be borrowed for free. For a fee of CZK 25 you can rent a helmet, for the price of CZK 30 it is possible to buy a raincoat. Children under 15 years old must wear helmets – they are available for them free of charge.
Czech is the standard language. Printed texts in English, German and Polish are available. On request, an English-speaking guide (or other standard European language) is available with a surcharge of CZK 300 per group. Get more info at the travel agency.
We start and finish at the PEŘEJ tours travel agency office at Třída Svobody 39, at the corner of Laffayetova Street and Třída Svobody. Opposite the office there is a large parking lot across the street. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour start.
The travel agency PEREJ tours offers trips at various times outside of their regularly scheduled times. Participation of at least 4 people is required. The tour is suitable for small groups, schools, companies, various get-togethers, etc. Tours for less than 4 persons are possible for a fixed price of CZK 790 / long tour and CZK 590 / short tour. Details must be arranged in advance at the office.
Yes, you can and in this case there is no need to leave any deposit. However, it is necessary to book the tour in advance.
The routes are not difficult and there are no hills. They are also suitable for the occasional biker. Children as young as 8-12 years can join in as long as they can ride a bike and are accompanied by an adult.
From May to September on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Route A at 10:30am, route B at 4:30pm
Times are subject to change. Visit www.olomoucbiketour.cz to get up-to-date information. Rides take place in any weather. Reflective vests can be borrowed for free from the office. For a fee of CZK 25 you can rent a helmet, and for CZK 30 it is possible to buy a raincoat. Children under 15 years old must wear helmets which are available free of charge.
Rides must be booked in advance:
Bike rentals are available at the travel agency office. Opening hours Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am -12pm. Price: Adults CZK 80/1 h, CZK 160/2 h, CZK 200/half day, CZK 300/full day, refundable deposit CZK 2000 / bike. Additional equipment for rent: children bikes, child seats, helmets, reflective vests, etc. It is also possible to drive you and the rented bikes by minibus to points of interest such as castles, caves and other attractions of the region - price by agreement. Please contact the PEREJ tours travel agency to ensure the bike’s availability.
|Route A||Route B|
|Children 8-12 years||CZK 130||CZK 90|
|Students||CZK 150||CZK 110|
|Adults||CZK 190||CZK 140|
|Adults with own bike||CZK 130||CZK 90|
|Children 8-12 years with own bike||CZK 90||CZK 50|
The price includes bike rental, guide, reflective vest and a helmet for children under 15 years of age.