Olomouc Travel Guide

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Olomouc Things to Do

  • BOTANICAL & BEZRUC GARDENS

    The Botanical Gardens were established so floral exhibitions could be held. The park joins with Bezruc Gardens making it a really large area to cover. The gardens are just on the edge of the old city. There is no shortage of trees with most of them being deciduous ash, maple, beech and horse chestnut trees. Plenty of walking / cycling paths!There...

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  • LOOK UP, LOOK DOWN, LOOK AROUND!

    That is what you must do in any historic city centre, but especially in Olomouc. The city is so old, that I found all sorts of interesting statues, frescoes, portraits, stucco work and decorations, funny faces and more!Seek, and you shall find!

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  • THE TOWN WALLS

    The former Royal city of Olomouc was once was surrounded by a series of defensive fortifications and moats, completely enclosing Olomouc. There were also sixteen outlying forts, some of which still exist today, most of them can't be visited. The exception is the 'Exit discotheque’, and another is within the grounds of the botanic gardens. Not much...

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  • WALK AND VIEW THE TYPES OF ARCHITECTURE

    Even though I love the architecture of these old cities, I really don't know all the styles, I just notice certain buildings look different.Olomouc had plenty of interesting buildings, most were painted and looked wonderful. Since visiting the city, I have read it has an enormous amount of architectural styles represented, beginning from Romanesque...

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  • # 2 INSIDE ST. MICHAELS CHURCH

    St Michaels has 4 side altars and the main altar, a beautiful Baroque pulpit and an Organ from 1706 . Behind the altar is a painting of the Archangel Michael himself. On the high arched ceiling is the Hebrew inscription for the name of God and a copy of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. A walk around the church found twelve life-size statues representing the...

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  • INSIDE ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH

    This Church was another one that you really wonder if you want to go inside, mainly because of the exterior!It definitely is worth going into, for the inside will have you with eyes wide and a gaping mouth!Where to begin!The Domes - three of them - all are beautiful! All have frescoes underneath them.The three domes of the church represent the Holy...

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Olomouc Hotels

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  • NH Olomouc Congress Hotel

    Legionarska 21, Olomouc, 779 00, Czech Republic

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Sigma Olomouc

    Friends of my mum stayed overnight in this hotel so we had a chance to visit them and see the...

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  • Hotel Gemo

    I stayed at the Hotel Gemo for two nights in September 2011. I chose a double room and specifically...

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Olomouc Restaurants

  • BIG MEALS - GREAT FOOD!

    We came across this Restaurant at the back of the Andruv football stadium. We looked at the menu, the amount of people there [lots] and took a outdoor seat under the verandah.It wasn't long before a waiter had come and taken our order for drinks and meal - good service.While sitting there, we noticed people were coming and going all the time, it...

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  • Brewpub

    Lunchtime visit to this popular brewpub, a great place to find. Very tasty food with some house brewed beers with friendly and helpful staff.Enjoyed ourselves here.

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  • Plan B

    An underground cave, really tasty food for me and a specially prepared veggie dish for Mrs B along with some good Bernard beers. Lovely place to visit - enjoyed

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Olomouc Nightlife

  • Havana

    As typical for the region and for old towns, there are plenty of places to hang around and catch some more beers, drinks and maybe some party time too. Havana was another one of those.

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  • Hanácká pivnice

    Hanácká pivnice is a local restaurant and bar where you can enjoy some of the best local beers and taste some local food.

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  • Dodgiest, Quirkiest, Weirdest bar in...

    The aeroplane bar is probably the dodgiest bar in the centre of Olomouc. It’s open from 9pm to 7am six days a week. The decor is 70's mafia chic and the canned beer is expensive and warm. The novelty of it being in a plane is the only reason to visit. The aeroplane was brought here in 1975 as the ‘in’ restaurant for the communist elite and quite...

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Olomouc Transportation

  • TAKE A TRAM!

    Trams seemed to be everwhere in Olomouc! There were old and new ones, quite a lot with people standing. Trams will take you to most of the sights and are quite cheap to use. Single tickets or 24 hours tickets can be purchased in stores marked with a sticker of City Public Transport (MHD) These are usually information centres, tobacconists and news...

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  • Trains from Olomouc

    Olomouc is a major train hub. Train from Prague will take about 3 hours. You can get the faster, more luxurious Pendolino train, that takes a half hour less and costs more. I wouldn't bother unless you are in a big hurry. Price difference is about 100 Czk depending on level of serviceIf you are traveling with someone there are discounts available...

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  • At the train station

    You get off the train and Olomouc's lovely train station and walk out front on a beautiful sunny day ready to discover the city. You look and see that there are plenty of trams, but you suddenly realize you haven't a clue as to where any of them is going. There is no real map showing the routes. a. Ask a local- the younger people usually speak at...

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Olomouc Shopping

  • Souveniers in Olomouc

    In general there is not much in the way of souvenirs available.Postcards- at the small general stores around the main square. Not a huge selectionT-shirts- The only place I saw any was the Tourist office on the main square.Calendar of Olomouc- they smiled when i asked and said it would be a good idea.Books- there are some very nice books about...

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  • Team clothing

    You will not be able to find a hockey jersey of the local team (HC Olomouc) or the football team (Sigma Olomouc) in any of the clothing or sports stores downtown. If you want those you will have to go out to the stadium and you can buy them there.

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  • Pottery figures for the Christmas tree

    This charming family group of glazed pottery figures were my contribution to our family Christmas tree from Olomouc.Are they typical of Olomouc? Are they meant to be hung on the Christmas tree? Who knows? Who cares? In our house, EVERYTHING we acquire on our travels ends up on the Christmas tree sooner or later, so it's immaterial!

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Olomouc Local Customs

  • FLORA OLOMOUC FESTIVAL

    We happened to be in Olomouc when this festival was on in 2013. It was the first day, so we arrived early and were able to find a carpark easily. I didn't have a lot of time so I missed quite a few of the exhibits and mainly enjoyed the huge market, I liked browsing the many stalls. The stalls I looked at were like at any market. Other markets at...

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  • BRAMBURKY

    I was at a Market at Olomouc when I came across this stall. The aroma coming from it was quite nice, so I ventured forward for a closer look. It was hot potato chips, only different to what I have at home, these were thin pieces of potato, still with the skin on, that were curled and then cooked or perhaps the other way. The stall holder asked if I...

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  • Memorial to the hockey players

    On September 7, 2011 the plane carrying Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team members crashed in Russia. Aboard was the captain of the Slovak national team Pavol Dimitra. Olomouc had an impromptu memorial set up to remember Jan Marek, Karel Rachůnek, Josef Vašíček, the Czech players aboard that plane. Gone too young in their early 30's. RIP

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Olomouc Warnings and Dangers

  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the culture which has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority...

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  • The police

    This town looks very safe and peaceful to me. While hanging around the old town I notice police & security presence in few main locations as the town hall and cathedral, here the police car next to the fountain. (and not like it might look like that someone is pissing on the police here :)

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  • Watch Out for Pickpockets

    Whilst visiting Olomouc my wife and I had our passports stolen. Thanks to an unknown person and the local police we eventually got them back, but not until we had experienced a fair amount of disruption to our travel plans.

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Olomouc Tourist Traps

  • Olomouc Tourism

    Tourism is a major industry in this town, you will see some tourists hanging around and taking photos but mostly you will enjoy hanging around on your own and there is nothing to compare to another famous and popular city in this country that is very crowded full of tourists all year around.

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  • Always choose the most crowded...

    Always choose the most crowded beerhouses - the locals know best where the best beer is served. If you choose the empty one you may give the beer on drauht from the barrel opened the day before - rather not too fresh.

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  • Sarkander chapel. Named for...

    Sarkander chapel. Named for Jan Sarkander, allegedly tortured to death by local protestants in 1620. Sarkander was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1995

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Olomouc Off The Beaten Path

  • Where Gustav Mahler Stayed

    The house where Gustav Mahler lived is located just round the corner from the main square on the corner if Ztracena and Michalska streets. The plain memorial plaque is easily overlooked. Mahler moved in when he got an engangement at the theatre in Olomouc in 1883.The town is proud to have had this famous composer among its inhabitants. They...

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  • Front Door of a Wombat Burrow

    ... or is it? LOLSeen in ul. Panska, close to the church of St Michael. There are two of these and I have not seen them anywhere else.

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  • The Boy with the Soap Bubbles

    I spotted this cute stucco relief on a house in the western part of ul. 8. kvetna. The building hosts a b&b, Pension U Jakuba. It is an art nouveau house, the whole facade covered in ornaments. The little boy appears sitting on a row of pinnacles between the windows of the first floor.

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Olomouc Sports & Outdoors

  • ANDRUV STADIUM

    Andrùv Stadium was near our Hotel, so we went for a wander to have a look at it. It was named after Josef Ander (1888-1976), a local interwar businessman and philanthropist who also sponsored football in Olomouc. To me, it didn't look like a stadium built in 1940. It was originally built so International football matches could be played here, which...

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  • Swimming pool

    Swimming pool (with the open air summer pool) is located in the centre. Both pools 20x50 m.Opened:July - Aug: 10:00 - 20:00Other months: 06:00 - 21:00, during weekends 09:00 - 21:00Summer pool May - Aug: 09:00 - 20:00 Spring boards, water roller coaster, whirpool, sauna

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Olomouc Favorites

  • CAR PARKS

    We were getting around Olumouc with a car, so we had to find a car-park. What we used were the parks where we purchased a parking voucher from a parking ticket machine. We liked these as we could choose how long we wanted to park for.Parking is allowed in designated lots with a parking voucher for a maximum of 2 hours. Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 6.00pm...

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  • FINDING THE HISTORIC SITES.

    The first place I visit in a new town is the Tourist Information centre, especially to see if they have a walking map, whether for free or for a euro.If you haven't a map in Olomouc, then there is no need to worry. Just walk around the old city centre, get lost, enjoy, but most of all, look beside entrance doors for signage like in my...

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  • DREAM BUBBLE LAUNDROMAT

    Finding a Laundromat in the Czech Republic is little like finding a needle in a haystack!Well, in Olomouc, I managed to find the Dream Bubble Laundromat located in the old town. I must admit it was hard to find and there wasn't anywhere to park the car, so we had to double park, I got out with the washing and my husband came back and picked me...

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