Ascend to the top of the robust medieval tower of the majestic Church of St. Moritz
and you will be able to take a good look at your entire route. While visiting the church, do not miss the local organ as it is the largest in Central Europe. From there you can walk to the Church of St. Michael
, one of the city’s Baroque treasures. In the near Chapel of St. John Sarkander
there is a preserved torture rack which commemorates the martyrdom of this priest, who was canonized in 1995 in Olomouc by Pope John Paul II. Your footsteps will then lead you to the Jesuit convent with the Chapel of Corpus Christi
, decorated with gorgeous paintings and sculptures which make it one of the most valuable sacral Baroque interiors in Moravia. Continue past the Baroque Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snow
, inspired by the Church of St. Nicolas in Prague’s Malá Strana (Lesser Town), towards the Archbishop’s Palace
where you can take a peek into the residence of the incumbent archbishop. You are already drawing near the St. Wenceslas Cathedral
with the highest church tower in Moravia. In its vicinity you can see the almost thousand-year-old Bishop’s Palace
and the unique premises of the Archdiocesan Museum
, harbouring the treasures of the Church and art from the collections of Olomouc’s bishops and archbishops. Your journey of the spiritual continues in the Hradisko Monastery
where you can have a look at the former monastery building
, which is currently home to a military hospital. From Hradisko you can set out to the nearby Holy Hill
where you will receive a monumental welcome from the Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
. If you feel like exploring, you can take the pilgrimage route
halfway down the Holy Hill and discover the six Baroque columns that line the route to the temple.
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.
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.
You can get to the Hradisko Monastery, about 4 km distant from the city centre, by public bus transportation. The journey takes 10 minutes.
The Svatý kopeček (Holy Hill) is 11 km away from the city centre and a car trip takes 20 minutes. There are also bus lines going to the Holy Hill. The road distance between the Hradisko Monastery and the Holy Hill is approximately 10 km.