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.


Information Centre

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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Hotels   ****

Facility Name Address Phone ORC
NH Hotel Olomouc Congress **** Legionářská 21, Olomouc +420 585 575 111 
Theresian Hotel & Spa **** Javořičská 4, Olomouc +420 581 113 113 
Herbarium Boutique Hotel **** Dobrovského 16b, Olomouc +420 771 173 820 
Clarion Congress Hotel Olomouc **** Jeremenkova 36, Olomouc +420 581 117 117 
Hotel Lafayette **** Alšova 8, Olomouc +420 585 436 600Olomouc Region Card 10%
Miss Sophie´s **** Denisova 33, Olomouc +420 585 203 509 
Smarthotel Nezvalova Archa **** Nezvalova 3, Olomouc +420 736 532 211 
Theatre Hotel **** Ostravská 1, Olomouc +420 585 312 441 
Hotel Trinity **** Pavelčákova 22, Olomouc +420 585 222 065Olomouc Region Card 20%
Nutrend World **** Chválkovická 604, Olomouc +420 583 842 501 

Hotels   ***

Facility Name Address Phone ORC
Central Park Flora ****/*** Krapkova 34, Olomouc +420 585 422 200Olomouc Region Card 10%
Orea Hotel Arigone **** Univerzitní 20, Olomouc +420 585 232 351Olomouc Region Card 10%
Comfort Hotel Olomouc Centre *** Wolkerova 29, Olomouc +420 585 722 122 
Hotel Conti *** Bořivojova 144/17, Olomouc +420 702 183 323 
Hotel Gól *** Legionářská 12, Olomouc +420 585 229 813 
Hotel Palác *** 1. máje 27, Olomouc +420 585 242 175 
Prachárna Park Hotel Olomouc *** Křelovská 91, Olomouc +420 585 411 271 
Hotel Senimo *** Pasteurova 905/10, Olomouc +420 587 209 800Olomouc Region Card 25%
Hotel U Dómu *** Dómská 857/4, Olomouc +420 724 335 609 
4 Smart Hotel *** Lipenská 11/7, Olomouc (+420) 585 312 441 
Hotelový dům ** Velkomoravská 8, Olomouc +420 585 423 594 
Hotel Hanácký dvůr *** Selské náměstí 40/56, Olomouc +420 702 185 120 
Hotel Milotel *** Hamerská 46, Olomouc +420 602 752 521Olomouc Region Card 10%

Hotels   **

Facility Name Address Phone ORC
Best Hotel Garni ** Na Střelnici 343/48, Olomouc +420 604 123 661 


Facility Name Address Phone ORC
Hotel Alfréd a Hermína *** Sokolská 580/13, Olomouc +420 602 553 313