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 y personajes destacados


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Llegó a ser la patrona de Olomouc el 23 de Octubre de 1623, después de que una romería en su honor ayudó a ahuyentar la epidemia de la peste negra. Sus restos descansan en San Mauricio. La romería en su honor se organiza anualmente durante las Fiestas de la Ciudad.

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Obispo de Olomouc (cca1083–1150) fue uno de los mayores personajes ilustres de la temprana Edad Media. Terminó la la Catedral se San Venceslao y dejó construir el el Palacio Episcopal, hoy en día el único monumento románico conservado en Olomouc.

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Patrón de Moravia, junto con Santa Zedislava de Lemberk pertenece a los santos checos „más jóvenes“. En antiguo cárcel municipal, hoy en día la Capilla de San Juan Sarcandro,fue torturado a muerte, por negarse revelar el secreto de confesión. Fue canonizado en 1995 por el Papa Juan Pablo II. los restos del santo reposan en Catedral de San Venceslao.

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El Papa Juan Pablo II fue sin dudas el Papa más popular del siglo XX. En 1995 visitó Olomouc y canonizó aquí a San Juan Sarcandro y a Santa Zedislava de Lemberk. Visitó la Catedral y la iglesia de Svaty Kopecek, proclamándola basílica minor.