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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Food & Drink


Facility Name Address Phone
Bistrá kráva Wurmova 5, Olomouc +420 775 115 779NekuřáckáPro rodiny s dětmi
Bohéma Tř. Svobody 27, Olomouc +420 585 223 148NekuřáckáPro rodiny s dětmi
Café Mahler Horní náměstí 11, Olomouc +420 605 279 012  
Café Restaurant Caesar Horní náměstí 1, Olomouc +420 585 229 287Nekuřácká 
Espresso bar illy Mlýnská 2, Olomouc +420 776 007 533  
Opera Horní náměstí 21, Olomouc +420 724 486 192 Pro rodiny s dětmi
Coffee Library Zbrojnice Biskupské náměstí 1, Olomouc +420 773 115 485  
Kavárna Madlen Dolní náměstí 6, Olomouc +420 602 715 490NekuřáckáPro rodiny s dětmi
Dobrotárna Kateřinská 3, Olomouc +420 605 589 886Nekuřácká 
Café Na zábradlí 28. října 9, Olomouc +420 739 946 111  
Fontána cafe restaurant Smetanovy sady 603, Olomouc +420 774 317 317  
Café La Fée Ostružnická 13, Olomouc +420 737 147 006 Pro rodiny s dětmi
CrossCafe Riegrova 24, Olomouc +420 605 484 796  
Kavárna ODE Hrnčířská 12, Olomouc (+420) 731 604 331  
Love Coffee Masarykova 56, Olomouc +420 728 508 878  
Kavárna Metropol Sokolská 25, Olomouc (+420) 739 377 798  
Cukrárna Ollies Horní Lán 6, Olomouc +420 603 424 268NekuřáckáPro rodiny s dětmi
Kavárna V lese Žerotínovo náměstí 152/3, Olomouc +420 725 505 795  
Caffe Opera - Galerie Šantovka Polská 1, Olomouc +420 724 486 192  
Jazz Fresh Café Sokolská 48, Olomouc (+420) 606 780 161  
Henri Café Ostružnická 5, Olomouc +420 731 158 424  
Naše Café Dolní náměstí 15, Olomouc (+420) 731 380 822  
Sladký Méďa Mošnerova 14a, Olomouc (+420) 734 650 680  
Sun Café Horní lán 7, Olomouc (+420) 733 271 086  
Beauty Cafe Masarykova třída 3, Olomouc (+420) 721 744 339  
Long Story Short Hostel & Café Koželužská 31, Olomouc (+420) 606 090 469  
Levandulové bistro Horní náměstí 7, Olomouc +420 608 547 390  
And The Story Begins Denisova 47, Olomouc +420 727 800 600  
Caffé Dolce Vita 1. máje 38, Olomouc +420 731 092 007  
Café 87 1. máje 39, Olomouc +420 724 211 009  
Kafe Na rohu Legionářská 1, Olomouc +420 725 778 008  
Kafe Jak lusk Třída svobody 4, Olomouc +420 720 137 775  
Cafe Jan Havlíčkova 11, Olomouc +420 720 070 369  
Cà Phê District Uhelná 11, Olomouc (+420) 776 186 876