Plan enough time for a visit to Olomouc. This city has heaps to offer. It cannot be covered in a few hours. It is still on few tourists' itinerary yet, for reasons unknown to me - ignorance and lack of research? Olomouc's inner city is said to have the second largest amount of cultural heritage monuments in the Czech Republic, after Prague. The old town is widespread. Walking all its length over to the cathedral will consume quite some time.
I visited on a tour and all we had were about three and a half to four hours. That involved lunch break (grabbing a coffee and a quick bite and then running off to explore the closer surroundings of the main square) and a guided tour of the old town including visits to a couple of churches. This was far too short. The tour did not take us further than the churches of Mary of the Snow and St Clara - we did not even get close to the cathedral and bishop's palace. Nothing against our guide - the tour was good and well-filled - but the visit just served to give me an idea of the place (which was the purpose of me joining that tour). I hope to return some day with more time at hand to explore the city more thoroughly at a relaxed pace. It is worth it.
Favorite thing: ... which is always a wise idea, and look for furniture trucks, LOL. I spotted one with this cute picture in the main square, and later saw a second one in town, so I assume that this is a local company.
Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
Favorite thing: Olomouc is a nice and beautiful place - as soon you don't need a wheelchair or have any difficulties with walking hilly and steep, cobbled streets which is the prevailing kind in the old town area.
Fondest memory: My favorite memory here came the last night when I was walking back to my hotel. I went past a church and heard a concert from a symphony and chorale. I decided to check it out and walked right in to the last hour of a beautiful concert in a large, nearly full church. It was like great music was just everywhere I went in the Czech Republic, even when I wasn't looking for it.
There are two information centres in the city centre.
One is one Horni Namesti, right in front of The Holy Trinity Column, where you can buy tourist books about Olomouc
The other information is next to Astronomical Clock. They offer free maps and handy leaflets about different destination of Olomouc.
I recomend to visit Wencesla's Square where there are the St.Wencesla's Cathedral and the Romanesque Premyslide Palace.
Fondest memory: The central square (Horni namesti)is a place where there all the architectal styles meet.
Favorite thing: If you are from the UK , for your laptop, phone, shaver etc, you need an adaptor that changes from 3 pin to continetental 2 pin. Buy in UK for small amount..
Olomouc is beautiful old town in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. It has few big squares, beautiful buildings and monuments and some impressive
churches and cathedrals.
Favorite thing: Neptune's fountain in the Lower Square by M.Mandik from 1683 and in the right side the Marian Plague Column from 1716-1723
Favorite thing: Entrance to the Romanesque palace-national cultural memorial in Wenceslas Square,next to the entrance to St.Anne's chapel.
Favorite thing: Do the turtles live in Olomouc? No, there is only one (exept animal's stores): in Horni Namesti (Upper Square) called Zolw.
Favorite thing: The astronomic clock is situated on the norhern side of the Town Hall buiding. The clock was built (like the one in Prague) after World War II.
Look at courageous Julius Casear sitting on the horse spouting water. Julius Casear is the mythical founder of Olomouc.
Favorite thing: The Holy Trinity Column (1716-1754) is located in the northwest corner of the Upper Square. There is small chapel inside.