Olomouc - A Pearl of the Baroque

Olomouc is a city with more than a thousand years of history, yet it seems that it is still waiting to be discovered. Its beauty is a worthy rival for that of Prague – it flaunts the second largest urban heritage site in the Czech Republic, which is surrounded by splendid parks and an incredible concentration of sacral buildings, a monumental UNESCO-protected column and a series of Baroque fountains.
 
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Discover the magnificent gems of Baroque sculpture, grand palaces and monumental churches and temples, silent witnesses to the glory and power of this city. Immerse yourself in the elaborate decoration of the Baroque that conjures up images of unbound waves on a remote sea or perhaps ringlets on a magnificent wig. Imagine the sculptors of times past as they patiently shape the stone into the fine wrinkles of their models’ fluttering robes. The very highlight of Baroque sculpture as well as the symbol of the city is the Baroque Holy Trinity Column.



Can you count how many statues it consists of? You don’t have to occupy yourself with the precise number – suffice it to say that it is enough to be the highest number of Baroque statues contained in one structure within entire Central Europe. The exceptional prowess of Baroque artists will attack all your senses. Take a stroll in the streets of Olomouc, listen to the calming sound of water in the beautifully crafted fountains and watch the legends of antiquity, depicted in their decorations, come alive in front of your eyes. Wherever you go, Olomouc will offer you a piece of its rich history, which, thanks to its many monuments, is literally at a hand’s reach.

Interesting thing

Olomouc as a small Prague
 
Professional travellers from the prestigious Lonely Planet have twice listed Olomouc among ten hottest places definitely worth visiting in Europe. Beautiful, interesting, attractive,  but – in contrast with the capital city – calm and with a magical atmosphere. All this, and with a rich night life into the bargain, is what makes Olomouc one of the most interesting destinations on the old continent.

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The journey in search of the beauties of Olomouc begins in the Church of St. Moritz as its tower provides a wonderful panoramic view on the historic city centre. In the vicinity of the church you will find the first Baroque fountain – the Mercury Fountain. It only takes a few steps to get to the Upper Square where you can admire the monumental Holy Trinity Column. The next stop is the city hall with its astronomical clock right next to the tower. From its top you can have a closer look at the decoration of the unique column. In the square there are also the Hercules and Cesar Fountains. Before you leave the square, you should not miss the palaces: the Petráš Palace, Edelmann’s Palace and Salm Palace. From the Upper Square you can walk over to the Lower Square where you should definitely see the Neptune and Jupiter Fountains and the Marian Plague Column. After lunch you can start towards the site of the former Olomouc Castle. On the way you will notice the Triton Fountain which heralds the presence of the Archbishop’s Palace. Enchanted by the magic of the Baroque residence, you will then proceed to discover the mystical St. Wenceslas Cathedral and the collections of the Archdiocesan Museum including a visit of the Zdík’s Bishop’s Palace.

Common Tips

Borrow an audio guide

In the tourist information centre located in the arcade of the Town Hall, you can borrow for a small fee an audio guide with headphones. It contains 90-minutes of spoken information about the city’s most important monuments in Czech, English, German, French, Italian, Russian or Polish. Using simple controls, you can set up your own tour through the historic centre and be on your way in a minute. Also available is an audio guide through the City Hall building.

Transportation

Olomouc is 280 km away from Prague. A journey by train will take you about 2.5 hours and from the train station you will get to the centre in 5 minutes by the city’s public transport. A direct train between Prague and Olomouc goes approximately every half hour. If you choose to go to Olomouc from Prague by car, the trip will take somewhat less than three hours.

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Church of St. Moritz in Olomouc

The Church of St. Moritz can be seen as an impressive textbook of architectural styles from the Gothic to the Renaissance and Baroque to the Neo-Gothic. Also deserving of your attention is the church organ which is one of the largest in Europe.

Address

Opletalova 10
779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.5951519, 17.2513519

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 20 Kč

Children fee: 10 Kč

Senior fee: 10 Kč

Student fee: 10 Kč

Olomouc fountains

Get to know the Moravian city of Olomouc, a “city of soldiers and priests”, which experienced its heyday during the Baroque period. The spirit of that time is also reflected on the surfaces of the set of six unique Baroque fountains. The names of the Neptune, Hercules, Jupiter, Triton, Caesar and Mercury fountains show that the artists of the time drew inspiration from the mythology of antiquity. And this was not by chance. According to one legend, Olomouc was founded by the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar, and so he proudly sits astride a prancing horse on the square in Olomouc today. In 2002 the modern Arion fountain including a non-traditional turtle was added to these six. You can even swim in it when the weather is hot.

Upper Square palaces in Olomouc

The Horní náměstí (Upper Square) is considered the core of the city’s centre. It is the oldest and most important of Olomouc’s squares and the buildings that have been growing on its rim for centuries bear witness to its history. Among the most important palaces are the Edelmann’s Palace, Petráš Palace and Salm Palace.
 

Address

Horní náměstí, 779 00
GPS: 49.593776, 17.251472

Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc

To create a monument of unrivalled size, wealth and beauty. That was what the citizens of Olomouc had in mind when creating the Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc. This column, which was included in the UNESCO monument list due to its historical and artistic value, is the largest free-standing Baroque sculpture in Central Europe.

Olomouc City Hall

The secular counterpart of the monumental Holy Trinity Column is the originally gothic building of the city hall dating from the 14th century. Its tall tower is the perfect place for watching the swarming streets as well as the elegant curves of statues on the unique column from above. An integral part of the city hall building is the five-hundred-year old astronomical clock, one of the few heliocentric specimens of its kind in the world.
 

Address

Horní náměstí 583, 77911 Olomouc
GPS: 49.594047, 17.251481

The Lower Square in Olomouc

The Marian Plague Column, towering in the middle of the square like a petrified finger of time, and two beautiful Baroque fountains that look like ever-opened eyes of the old square – all of this framed by numerous historic houses and palaces that were built by rich townsfolk and noblemen.

Address

Dolní náměstí, 779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.592266, 17.252789

Archbishop's Palace in Olomouc

On a walking tour of Olomouc’s historic core, be sure to include one of the largest buildings in the city on your itinerary. The Archbishop’s Palace, which still serves as the residence of today’s Olomouc bishops, has hosted a large number of well-known people in its time, many of whom left their mark on European history.

Address

Wurmova 9 ,77101 Olomouc
GPS: 49.595702, 17.260776

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 60 Kč

Children fee: 30 Kč

Family fee: 120 Kč

Senior fee: 30 Kč

Student fee: 30 Kč

St. Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc

You will see for yourself when you visit the originally Gothic St. Wenceslas Cathedral, which is one of the oldest and most striking monuments in the city.

Address

Mlčochova 814/5, 779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.597754, 17.260449

Opening Hours

Museum of Art in Olomouc

Explore the important Romanesque monument of Přemysl Castle, including the Romanesque Bishop’s Palace of Henry Zdík as well as the mysteries of modern art. The Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum showcases the art of the 12th to 18th centuries. The second part of the museum, the Museum of Modern Art, has among other things prepared the Art Lover’s House exhibition for you, in which you pass through an interior from the turn of the century. After this spiritual advancement, enjoy a coffee on the museum terrace with a view of one of the dominant features in Olomouc, the Church of Our Lady of the Snows.

Address

Denisova 47, 771 11 Olomouc
GPS: 49.59603878474177, 17.25624940812679

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 70 Kč

Children fee: 35 Kč

Family fee: 140 Kč

Senior fee: 35 Kč

Student fee: 35 Kč

Zdík’s Palace in Olomouc

Take a trip back in time and visit a place where a sturdy castle used to stand, belonging to the Přemyslid dukes. Discover the unique Zdík’s Palace, the seat of the bishops of Olomouc, clinging tightly to the magnificent St. Wenceslas Cathedral. Zdík’s Palace is the only preserved Romanesque palace in Central Europe.
 

Address

Václavské nám. 4, 771 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.597960, 17.26254

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 70 Kč

Children fee: 35 Kč

Family fee: 140 Kč

Senior fee: 35 Kč

Student fee: 35 Kč

Archa Restaurant

Take a trip to Svatý Kopeček near Olomouc. People don’t only come here for the beautiful Baroque Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary and for the famous Zoo, but also for good food and drink. The non-smoking Archa Restaurant is known for its wide selection of Czech and international dishes. 

Address

Darwinova 252/39, 772 00 Olomouc - Svatý Kopeček
GPS: 49.6294694444, 17.3618194444

Švejk Restaurant, Olomouc

After reconstruction, Hostinec U Mačáků was transformed into a Švejk Restaurant, which is dominated by a large grill with open fire. You can look forward to a unique atmosphere infused with the aroma of grilled meat and charcoal. 

Address

Elišky Krásnohorské 24, 772 11 Olomouc
GPS: 49.5914618249, 17.2866017605

Green bar

Our vegetarian eatery GREEN BAR offers you wide variety of hot meals, salads, desserts, plus hot and cold drinks. Light vegetarian food is friendly to your health, purse and time.

Address

Ztracená 321/3,
779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.5943289, 17.2526981

Ibis Olomouc Centre

Featuring free Wi-Fi and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, it offers rooms with satellite TV and modern and elegant furnishings. The Old Town offers numerous sights. Some of them are the Saint Wenceslas Cathedral, with the second highest spire in the country, and the Six Baroque Fountains depicting Roman gods. 

Address

Ibis Olomouc Centre ***
Wolkerova 29,
779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.5864100, 17.2443061

Hotel Golf Resort Olomouc

Offering stylish rooms near a major Moravian city in the beautiful foothills of Oderské Vrchy, the Hotel Golf Resort Olomouc prides itself on its luxury facilities as well as the high quality of the hotel service. As the hotel stands on the actual golf course, you can look forward to truly unusual experiences.

Address

Hotel golf resort Olomouc****
Dolany-Véska 89,
783 16 okres Olomouc
GPS: 49.6619172, 17.3544894

Hotel Akademie Hrubá Voda

The hotel is situated 12 km from the D1 motorway, exit 281 Přáslavice. The services offered are focused on enterprises, family, sports, relax stays and also professional wedding service. 

Address

Hotel Akademie Hrubá Voda***
Hrubá Voda 59,
783 61 Hlubočky, Hrubá Voda
GPS: 49.6691214, 17.4253461