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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10. –19. 12. 2016 Flora Christmas

Christmas market at the Flora Fairground.

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20. 11. 2016–23. 12. 2016 Olomouc Christmas

Traditional Christmas market in the historical city centre.

www.vanocnitrhy.eu

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14. 11. 2016–31. 12. 2016 Public skating

Free skating rink at Dolní Square. Ice skate rental.

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1. 1. 2017 New Year´s eve fireworks

Traditional welcome of the New Year with programme for families and children.

www.olomouc.eu

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14. 1. 2017 19:00–23:55

http://mestskybal.olomouc.eu

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10. –11. 2. 2017 Tourism Expo

Tourism and leisure services exhibition.

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6. –15. 3. 2017

www.jedensvet.cz

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10. –17. 4. 2017 Olomouc Easter

3rd festival of Easter holidays, Easter-fair

http://www.velikonoceolomouc.cz/

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20. –23. 4. 2017 Flora Olomouc

Spring edition of international horticultural exhibition and fair.

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22. 4. 2017 Tourist season opening

2017 tourist season opening in Olomouc

http://tourism.olomouc.eu

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25. –30. 4. 2017 Academia Film Olomouc

52nd international festival of popular-science films.

http://www.afo.cz

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28. –29. 4. 2017 „OLOMOUCKÉ TVARŮŽKY“ CHEESE FESTIVAL

2nd food festival of „Olomoucké tvarůžky" cheese and local beers. Food festival with tasting a local cheese „Olomoucké tvarůžky“, folklore programme and presentation of local mini-breweries

http://tvaruzkovyfestival.olomouc.eu

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29. 5. 2017–4. 6. 2017 Festival of songs

45th international choral festival.

www.festamusicale.com

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2. –3. 6. 2017 City Festival

Historical city celebrations.

http://svatkymesta.olomouc.eu

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10. 6. 2017 Bounty Rock Café Open Air

7th festival of blues and rock music.

www.brcopenair.cz

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23. –24. 6. 2017 Moravia Sport Expo

Sport facilities and equipment fair.

www.runczech.cz

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24. 6. 2017 Olomouc Half Marathon

Olomouc running festival.

www.runczech.cz

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6. –30. 7. 2017 Olomouc Baroque Festival

Excerpts from a Baroque opera, rich costumes and an impressive stage daily from 6.30pm at the Jesuit Convent.

http://baroko.olomouc.eu

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17. –20. 8. 2017 Flora Olomouc

Summer edition of international horticultural exhibition and fair.

www.flora-ol.cz

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1. –2. 9. 2017 Marshall Radetzky Commemoration

Favourite celebration in honor of Field Marshal Radetzky associated with a parade of brass army bands. Majorette teams, fireworks.

www.radecky.eu

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4. –10. 9. 2017 European Heritage Days

National launch of EHD, open doors to sights.

http://ded.olomouc.eu

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5. –8. 10. 2017 Flora Olomouc

Fall edition of international horticultural exhibition and fair.

www.flora-ol.cz