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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19. července 2018 (čt)


Unternehmen Sie mit uns eine Bootsfahrt auf dem Fluss March.


4. dubna 2016 (po)


Musiker aus der Region Hanna, regionale Brauereien, aber vor allem Quargel. Klassische Quargel, Quargel in der kalten Küche, Quargel gebacken, gebraten, süß, einfach vielerlei Arten der Olmützer Käsespezialität … Die Stadt erlebt am 16. April den ersten Jahrgang des Olmützer Quargel-Festivals.


16. června 2014 (po)


The city of Olomouc, as well as tens of other entities cooperating on the final outcome of the city offer, are entering into another tourist season. All age categories will certainly be pleased.


9. července 2013 (út)


From Thursday, 11th July 2013, Olomouc’s citizens and visitors can take part of the first of a series of night tours of the Town Hall Tower. The Tower climb can be undertaken from 11. 7. to 6. 9. 2013 every Thursday and Friday from 9 pm. The meeting point for participants is the main entrance to the Town Hall.


24. června 2013 (po)


Olomouc ist ein kleines Prag. Die Stadt wurde von den professionellen Reisenden des prestigeträchtigen Verlages Lonely Planet schon zum zweiten Mal zu den zehn heißen Tipps in Europa, die sicherlich einen Besuch wert sind, aufgenommen.


25. února 2013 (po)


The Czech national team will match strength with Denmark in Olomouc on the 22nd of March. Originally, the World Cup qualifying match was to be held in Prague's Eden, but the FAČR executive committee decided to change the venue of the match to Andrův stadium in Olomouc.


28. března 2012 (st)


Jeder Tscheche weiß, dass Olomouc eine der schönsten Städte in Tschechien ist. Den ausländischen Touristen ist diese Metropole der Region Haná weniger bekannt. Nun wird sich dies aber ändern, denn Olomouc kann sich dank der hochgeschätzten Ansicht der Weltreisenden stolz mit anderen verborgenen Schätzen Europas messen.


12. března 2012 (po)


Olomouc was awarded first prize in the competition for the Golden Coat of Arms. This competition awards web pages and electronic services of cities and communities. Olomouc obtained this award for the service it offers on its tourism portal. Here, people can find out about Olomouc’s monuments in a three-dimensional model.


15. června 2009 (po)


Das Informationszentrum Olmütz hat für Sie in diesem Jahr einen interessanten Dienst vorbereitet!


25. května 2009 (po)

Es gibt keine Führungen während Trauungen, Begräbnissen, Orgelführungen, Konzerten und Prüfungen. Begleitungsdienst ist garantiert nur auf tschechisch.

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