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.
Horní náměstí (Upper Square)
Town Hall's archway
779 11 Olomouc
Opening hours: daily 9:00am –7:00pm
Tel.: (+420) 585 513 385, 392
E-mail: [email protected]
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|Cabaret Café Bar||Riegrova 383/26, Olomouc||(+420) 585 410 256|
|Black Stuff Irish Pub||1. máje 19, Olomouc||(+420) 774 697 909|
|Coctail Bar Osa||Mahlerova 15, Olomouc||(+420) 773 337 343|
|Blues Bar Garch||Mozartova 1, Olomouc||(+420) 774 143 112|
|Rasputin Bar||Mlýnská 2, Olomouc||(+420) 732 880 614|
|Koktejly a sny||Uhelná 8, Olomouc||(+420) 585 242 899|
|Bar Corleone||Uhelná 17, Olomouc||(+420) 777 247 545|
|Menhir bar||Blažejské náměstí 13, Olomouc||(+420) 605 776 616|
|Rockstar Cafe & Bar||Lafayettova 10, Olomouc||(+420) 773 001 986|
|Air Bar||Neředín 954, Olomouc - Neředín||(+420) 774 040 402|
|Bottles Bar & Bistro||Dolní náměstí 40, Olomouc||(+420) 607 350 665|
|Beer Bar Na Stojáka||Horní náměstí 15, Olomouc||(+420) 736 748 561|
|DiamonD Cafe Bar||Uhelná 6, Olomouc||(+420) 778 070 808|
|Giraldilla La Bodega Cubana||Mlýnská 2, Olomouc||(+420) 585 001 366|
|Temple Irish Pub||Ostružnická 27, Olomouc||(+420) 721 808 404|
|Mi Casa,Su Casa||Mlýnská 2, Olomouc||(+420) 732 880 614|
|OpenWine Latino Bar||Uhelná 24/17, Olomouc||(+420) 734 571 595|
|47 Opic - Gin&Tonic bar||Uhelná 8, Olomouc||(+420) 770 664 747|
|Blaylock - Steampunk Bar||Dolní náměstí 40, Olomouc||(+420) 606 725 029|
|Escobar Olomouc||Dolní náměstí 40, Olomouc||(+420) 605 556 356|
|Fish Market||Dolní náměstí 40, Olomouc|
|Nevinný Bar||Dolní náměstí 40, Olomouc||(+420) 607 350 665|
|Filiálka||Dolní náměstí 40, Olomouc||(+420) 607 350 665|
|The Rum House & Cigars||Dolní náměstí 40, Olomouc||(+420) 608 731 007|
|V Podpalubí - Pub & Bar & Music Club||Zámečnická 1, Olomouc||(+420) 604 984 435|
|Rytmus Bar||Denisova 35, Olomouc||(+420) 722 242 952|