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]
Olomouc region Card
Olomouc Region Card is a tourist discount card that allows you to visit Olomouc significant savings. Its purchase to make sure you completely discounted or free admission.
Winter run for the public in Olomouc. You can choose from 4 km or 8 km runs. Expected number of starters over 1000. Children's 400m and 800m races
START 4 km at 11:00 a.m.
START 4 km at 11:00 a.m.
Romantický smyčce Tour, concert of a popular bandhttps://www.facebook.com/events/498495282240432/
The summer semester will start at Palacký University traditionally with Academic Week, the imaginary highlight of which will be the UP Representative Ball on Friday 17 February, which returns to the programme of university events after two years. Visitors to the ball can look forward to the popular Moondance Orchestra of Martin Kumžák, a dance workshop, a light show, rich refreshments, a raffle and, above all, good fun.
The ball at the NH Collection Congress Olomouc hotel starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets are available online at smsticket.cz.https://ples.upol.cz
Concert of the Angel winners.www.s-klub.cz
11th annual, exhibitions, theatre, concerts, reading from the bible, entombing of remains, illuminated cathedral.www.paschaliaolomucensia.cz
This event, perfect for families with children, will bring dozens of exhibitors and collectors of all kinds. You can look forward to aircraft models of all categories, sailboats, submarines and combat vessels.
The popular exhibition will also have plastic and paper models of cars and vintage cars, slot cars or models of construction machines and trucks in Pavilion A.https://www.flora-ol.cz/akce/for-model-2023
24th international human rights documentary film festival.www.jedensvet.cz
Easter celebrations, Haná folklore, Easter farmer's market and a craft fair.https://tourism.olomouc.eu
Festival of children's amateur theatre ensembles.www.sdruzenid.cz
Festival where you can taste "Tvarůžky" cheese specialties, accompanying folklore programme, presentation of microbreweries.https://tvaruzkovyfestival.olomouc.eu
Guided tours, accompanying programme within the International Day For Monuments and Sites.https://branypamatekdokoran.olomouc.eu
Spring stage of the international gardening and flower exhibition and trade fair.https://www.flora-ol.cz/akce/flora-olomouc
58th international festival of science documentary films.www.afo.cz
Graffiti festival and graffiti art exhibition in the city centre with international participation of graffiti and street artists.www.streetart-festival.cz
International sculpture festival in Olomouc.www.sculptureline.cz
26th international theatre festival.www.divadelniflora.cz
Music, film, theatre, art, non-profit sector, sports and outdoor activities, literary reading.www.olomouckymajales.cz
21st international music festival.www.mfo.cz
Joint event of Olomouc museums, galleries and other cultural institutions, night tours of expositions with accompanying programme.www.olomouckamuzejninoc.cz
Spring stage of wine festivities.http://olomoucka-vinna.cz/
Summer theatre festival.www.divadlotramtarie.cz
27th annual recognition of important personalities of the city, 15th annual presentation of the Feat of the Year Award.www.cenamesta.cz
Traditional historical city festival, procession to honour St Paula, concerts & theatre, craft fair.https://svatkymesta.olomouc.eu
Access to Olomouc churches and prayer houses.www.nockostelu.cz
Traditional cycle of promenade concerts in the park.https://promenadnikoncerty.olomouc.eu
Festival of theatre and new circus.www.divadlonacucky.cz
Exhibition and festival in the Olomouc Rosarium.https://www.flora-ol.cz/akce/vyznani-ruzim-3
Open-air of the Moravian Theatre.www.moravskedivadlo.cz
The biggest sports event in Olomouc, sports fair.www.runczech.com
3rd buskers festival in the city centre.https://www.olomouczije.cz
Summer multi-genre music festival. Every Friday.https://letni.olomouc.eu
Summer stage of wine festivities.www.olomoucka-vinna.cz
International festival of flamenco and Spanish culture.www.flamencool.cz
Tramtarie Theatre’s summer festival.www.shakespearovskeleto.cz
Army brass bands show.www.olomouc.eu
Open door days, concerts & theatre, guided tours and walks.https://ded.olomouc.eu
Organ music festival.www.mfo.cz
Theater festival of Jan Sulovský's plays about Olomouc personalities.https://ded.olomouc.eu
Music, film, theatre, art, sports, outdoor activities.https://meetup.upol.cz
30th annual of spiritual music festival.www.podzimni-festival.cz
Autumn stage of wine festivities.www.olomoucka-vinna.cz
Autumn stage of the international gardening and flower exhibition and trade fair & Olima.https://www.flora-ol.cz/akce/flora-olomouc-hortikomplex-2023
International exhibition of exotic and ornamental birds.www.flora-ol.cz
39th international festival of radio production.www.prixbohemia.rozhlas.cz
Celebration of St Martin's Day, tasting and sale of young wines.www.olomouc.eu
Traditional Christmas markets, St Nicholas Day, cultural and accompanying programme.www.vanocnitrhy.eu
Original sales show of author's fashion work, jewellery, toys and other products.www.dizajntrh.cz
Festival of film animation and contemporary art.www.pifpaf.cz
New Year celebration with programme for families with children.www.olomouc.eu