Olomouc Travel Guide

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  • Haunschild palace on Dolni Namesti
    Haunschild palace on Dolni Namesti
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Olomouc Things to Do

  • Town Hall

    Occupies the centre of the main square. it dominates the upper square and has done for 600 years, started in 1378. The astronomical clock is in a recess at the front of the Town Hall. Olomouc.

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  • Largest in Europe.

    Holy Trinity column is the largest column in Europe. and is in the main square. Olomouc.Czech Repulic. It is a Baroque monument built between 1716 and 1754. It is on the UNESCO world heriitage list.

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  • St Wenceslas cathedral

    St Wenceslas cathedral is over thousand years old. Pope john Paul 11 and Mother Tereza have both visited.the cathedral in Olomouc.

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  • Astromical clock

    Constructed in 15th century. present look from 1950 s . The clock is in a recess in part of town hall. Work done in the months of the year are shown in mosaics around the clock.

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  • A word about religion

    Despite the looming Catholic presence of the Cathedral, there is an interesting Church near the train station that gives Olomouc an Eastern Orthodox flavor.

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  • 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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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

  • Good food.

    Good tasty food at a fair price. Soup, main coarse, cake, and large beer 296 kc ( £9,90 ) Good tasty food and drink at a fair price. I went twice Once inside and once under sun shades outside in square.

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  • Refreshing

    This place was a welcome find after wandering the incredibly hot streets of the town center.There is even jazz music on certain nights. It's not old and fusty but refreshingly modern instead. Cafe menu.

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  • 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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Olomouc Nightlife

  • 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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  • What's nightlife???

    Probably it was because I was there in august on Sunday, but almost all the pubs, wine-bars and most restaurants too were closed! It seems that tourists really haven't discovered this wonderful town yet... that's good, but if you want to go out ad Sunday you want have many choices!

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  • go dancing in Olomouc

    If you like dancing in Olomouc you can go to this disco which is the most popular and central; Varna is open all the days, during the day as a pub where you can eat or drink and in hte evening as a Disco. Music is pop, dance and techno; on thursday there is a special night dedicated to Czech and Slovachian music. no restrictions

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Olomouc Transportation

  • Tram

    The tram is the main form of transport., in Olomouc, has it rattles along from rail station to town centre. rather a long way to walk.

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  • Czech trains

    My Olomouc jaunt was the first trip I have ever taken with Czech railways (CD).Wasn't expecting much but was surprised at how punctual and professional the staff is on board. Only negative is the lack of air conditioning! You'll see many people standing outside the seating compartments, hoping for a passing breeze.Round-trip fare was 200...

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  • How to get to Olomouc & explore the town

    You can get easyly by train or with your own car to Olomouc, but unfortunately the highway ends in a distance of about 70 km west of Olomouc, in Vyschov.It is certainly the best to search for a parking in the outskirts - I found mine next to the orthodox church and from there you can reach all places of interest easyly walking or by tram. I made it...

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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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  • 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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  • You maybe even arrested for...

    You maybe even arrested for DUI (driving under influence of alcohol). Although it's said that jails in Czech are getting better and better I do not recommend you to visit any of them :-). So proceed your blood alcohol experiments in peace and quite and do not drive looooooong after them - it's allowed to drive with less then 0.2 promile of C2H5OH...

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Olomouc Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Olomouc General

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  • Once again, USE-ITor lose it!

    Readers on my travel pages know my admiration for USE-IT maps. The Oloucouc version is as useful and entertaining as any other. I picked up one in the Prague Tourist information office at The Old Town Square.Downloading is also a handy option:http://www.use-it.travel/cities/detail/olomouc/ Wandering through the main streets and squares of this...

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  • A brief historical background.

    The first mentions of Olomouc date back to the year 1017 when Moravia was joined to the Czech Premyslide state under leadership of the duke Bretislav. In the middle of the 13th century, the town was surrounded with city walls and declared officially founded. The 13th and 14th centuries were great building centuries, among others were the Town Hall...

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  • Maps.

    For very good and useful maps I recommend Mapy.cz. They have restaurants, hotels, tram and bus lines with stops and much more useful information on their maps.I post a link to their homepage here, it is in Chech only but it doesn't matter very much since you will understand the signs they use.

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