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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Informační centrum

i Horní náměstí (Upper Square)
Town Hall's archway
779 11 Olomouc

Opening hours: daily 9:00am –7:00pm
Tel.: (+420) 585 513 385, 392



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Guesthouses   ****

Facility Name Address Phone ORC
Křivá Křivá 8, Olomouc (+420) 585 209 204 
Na Hradě Michalská 4, Olomouc (+420) 585 203 231 
Pension Royal Wurmova 1, Olomouc (+420) 734 200 602 
Penzion Arigone Univerzitní 20, Olomouc (+420) 585 232 351 

Guesthouses   ***

Facility Name Address Phone ORC
Garnet Lazecká 88, Olomouc (+420) 585 233 251 
Penzion Caruso Střední novosadská 30, Olomouc (+420) 585 435 721 
Penzion Gloria Chválkovická 26, Olomouc +420 585 310 481 
Penzion U Jakuba 8. května 9, Olomouc (+420) 585 209 995Olomouc Region Card 10%
Penzion v Jízdárně Lazecká 81/576, Olomouc (+420) 588 881 007 
Archa Darwinova 39, Svatý Kopeček (+420) 736 613 569Olomouc Region Card 20%
Fojtství E.F. Buriana 91, Svatý Kopeček (+420) 585 385 005 
Penzion Křelov Lipové náměstí 27, Křelov (+420) 585 381 562 

Guesthouses   **

Facility Name Address Phone ORC
Lovecká chata Vodní 6, Horka nad Moravou (+420) 585 378 077 
Minihotel Uno Řepčínská 11, Olomouc (+420) 585 425 676 
Na Hradbách Hrnčířská 3, Olomouc (+420) 585 233 243 
Penzion No.1 Svatoplukova 1, Olomouc (+420) 777 765 505 


Facility Name Address Phone ORC
Pension Moravia Dvořákova 37, Olomouc (+420) 603 784 188 
Penzion Bellis Šemberova 2, Olomouc ( +420) 777 986 689 
Penzion Pupek Řepčínská 40a/322, Olomouc (+420) 705 009 711 
Penzion U Kapličky Břetislavova 3, Olomouc (+420) 731 464 887 
Restaurace a penzion U Klásků Slavonínská 59, Olomouc (+420) 585 751 908 
U Anděla Hrnčířská 10, Olomouc (+420) 585 228 755 
Ubytování Květinová Květinová 21A, Křelov (+420) 608 883 844 
MiniPenzion Hněvotín 429, Hněvotín (+420) 731 621 996 
Penzion Ajka Šlikova 3, Olomouc (+420) 585 385 083 
Penzion Janza U Cukrovaru 120/5, Olomouc (+420) 585 312 689 
Penzion Olomouc U hřiště 13, Olomouc (+420) 723 083 622 
Sluňákov Skrbeňská 669/70, Horka nad Moravou (+420) 585 378 345 
Šmeralova vila Radíkovská 31, Olomouc-Svatý Kopeček +420 727 979 031