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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Events calendar

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24. –27. 4. 2014 Flora Olomouc

Spring edition of international horticultural exhibition and fair.

www.flora-ol.cz

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18. 4. 2014–1. 5. 2014 Ecology days Olomouc

The largest environmental festival for the public in the Czech Republic. 24th Annual joint meeting of our world.

www.slunakov.cz

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5. 4. 2014–25. 10. 2014 Haná farmers' markets

In 2014, markets will be held on every Saturday, the last market will be held on 25.10.

www.olomouckytrh.cz

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30. 4. 2014 15:00–23:55 Burning the witches

Reviving traditions to Crown fort in Olomouc.

www.olomouc.eu/carodejnice

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6. 2. 2014–18. 5. 2014 Kája Saudek

Museum of Modern Art | Trojlodí A retrospection of the king of Czech comics.

www.olmuart.cz

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1. –20. 5. 2014 Dvořák´s Olomouc

Festival of classical music.

www.mfo.cz

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1. 5. 2014 Olomouc in May

Erection of a maypole with cultural program (folk traditions), distribution of city maps showing trees in bloom.

www.olomouc.eu

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15. –25. 5. 2014 Flora theatre festival

International theatre festival.

www.divadelniflora.cz

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16. 5. 2014 18:00–23:55 Night of Museums in Olomouc

1st year of a joint event of more than 25 major museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.

www.olomouckamuzejninoc.cz

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29. –31. 5. 2014 14:00–23:00 Beerfest Olomouc

13th Czech beer festival.

www.pivnifestival.cz

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1. 6. 2014–28. 9. 2014 Promenade concerts

Traditional cycle of promenade concerts in a park.

www.olomouc.eu/promenadni-koncerty

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4. –8. 6. 2014 Festival of songs

International choral festival.

www.festamusicale.com

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12. –14. 6. 2014 Mezi námi – In Our Midst

Fair of providers of social services, healthy lifestyle, active seniors, relaxation, sport and movement.

www.flora-ol.cz

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12. 6. 2014–5. 10. 2014 Internal circuit in contemporary photography

A rerun of the so far most representative exhibition of current trends.

www.olmuart.cz

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13. –14. 6. 2014 City festival

Historical city celebrations.

www.olomouc.eu/svatky-mesta

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14. 6. 2014 13:00–22:00 Bounty Rock Cafe Open air

4th festival of blues and rock music.

www.brcopenair.cz

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21. 6. 2014 17:00–22:00 Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon

Olomouc running festival.

www.runczech.com

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26. 6. 2014 20:30–23:00 Concert of Elina Garanča

A big concert of the Latvian mezzo-soprano on the Upper Square (Horní náměstí).

www.tkplus.cz/akce-garanca.php

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27. 6. 2014–20. 7. 2014 Olomouc Baroque Festival

Excerpts from a Baroque opera, rich costumes and an impressive stage daily from 7.30pm at the Jesuit Convent.

baroko.olomouc.eu

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1. 7. 2014–31. 8. 2014 Olomouc Cultural Holidays

A multi-genre festival holiday revitalizing the town center mainly concerts, theater performances.

www.olomouckekulturniprazdniny.cz

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24. –27. 7. 2014 Colores flamencos

6th international festival of flamenco and Spanish culture.

www.flamencool.cz

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14. –17. 8. 2014 Flora Olomouc

Summer edition of international horticultural exhibition and fair.

www.flora-ol.cz

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29. –30. 8. 2014 Marshal Radetzky Commemoration

Favourite celebration in honor of Field Marshal Radetzky associated with a parade of military brass bands.

www.radecky.eu

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4. –18. 9. 2014 International Organ Festival

Festival of organ music.

www.mfo.cz

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5. –7. 9. 2014 European Heritage Days

National launch of EHD, open doors to sights.

www.olomouc.eu/ded

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13. 9. 2014 00:00–23:59 Airshow

Air show at Neředín airport.

www.olomouc.eu/letiste-neredin

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23. –27. 9. 2014 Septembeam

4th year of videomapping festival in the historical city centre.

www.vzari.cz

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2. –5. 10. 2014 Flora Olomouc

Fall edition of international horticultural exhibition and fair.

www.flora-ol.cz

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28. 10. 2014 00:00–23:59 Torchlight procession

Celebration of the Independent Czechoslovak State Day.

www.olomouc.eu

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14. 11. 2013–14. 11. 2014 A Century of Relativity I.

Fine Arts 1949-2000

http://www.olmuart.cz

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14. 11. 2013–14. 11. 2014 A Century of Relativity II.

Fine Arts 1949-2000

http://www.olmuart.cz

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1. 11. 2014–31. 12. 2014 Baroque

Festival of Baroque music.

www.ensembledamian.com

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24. 11. 2014–24. 12. 2014 Olomouc Christmas

Traditional Christmas market in the historical city centre.

www.vanocnitrhy.eu

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3. –7. 12. 2014 Natale festa corale

3rd Christmas edition of the International Festival of Choirs.

www.festamusicale.com

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4. –7. 12. 2014 Festival of Animated Film

XIII. year of festival devoted to film animation and contemporary art.

www.pifpaf.cz

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13. –22. 12. 2014 Christmas Flora

Christmas markets on Flora Olomouc Exhibition.

www.flora-ol.cz

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31. 12. 2014 00:00–23:59 New Year´s Eve and Welcome of the New Year 2015

Cultural program for kids as well as adults with fireworks.

www.vanocnitrhy.eu