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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Les personnalités d’Olomouc


Personnages d‘Etat

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Venceslas III, fils unique de Venceslas II et Guta Habsbourg fut couronné roi de Hongrie pendant la vie de son père. Pour commencer sa campagne contre la Pologne il a choisi Olomouc , une erreur fatale. Le 4 août 1306 il a été assassiné sur le site du château d’Olomouc.

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Le roi de Hongrie Matthias, un des monarques les plus populaires en Hongrie, était très ambitieux. Il est lié à Olomouc par deux événements importants – en 1469 il s’est fait élire roi tchèque par les Etats catholiques et 10 ans plus tard il a conclu le contrat appelé d’Olomouc. Une plaque commémorative sur le bâtiment du Théâtre morave sur la place Horní náměstí d’Olomouc rappelle cet événement.

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Marie Thérèse a été la première et en même temps la seule femme d’une longue lignée de souverains Habsbourg sur le trône tchèque. Elle a visité Olomouc deux fois. En 1748 elle est venue avec son mari François de Lorraine visiter le monastère de Hradisko et en 1754 elle a assisté à la cérémonie de consécration de la Colonne de la Sainte Trinité. La porte Marie -Thérèse conservée jusqu’à aujourd’hui porte son nom.

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François-Joseph était le fils premier-né du frère de l’empereur François Ier ( archiduc d’autriche et vice-roi). En 1848, année des révolutions, il est monté sur le trône impérial au palais archiépiscopal d’Olomouc. Plus tard il a visité la ville à plusieurs reprises, principalement dans le cadre de la tenue de manœuvres militaires.