Olomouc - The Spiritual heart of Moravia

Discover the spiritual dimension of Olomouc, which has been the spiritual centre of Moravia and the seat of powerful bishops and archbishops for centuries. Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims of yore, Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Czech Republic.
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The spiritual tradition has made an indelible imprint on the face of the city and its close surroundings.
Dominant against the flatlands around the city is the Svatý kopeček (Holy Hill) – a pilgrimage site visited for centuries – that still to this day attracts the religious as well as those who are simply looking for a calm place to stop and take a rest from the everyday flood of superficial trivialities. Legend has it that a wealthy wine merchant from Olomouc once promised to build a chapel on the hill overlooking Olomouc.


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Looking for a suitable place, he came to a hillock that resembled the place where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him in a dream. It is a mystery how the Marian picture got into the chapel, too. According to legend, the hermit who was asked to take care of the chapel was once awakened by the sweet singing of pilgrims. They laid the picture of Mary on the altar and then disappeared. Over the centuries, the place has been visited by throngs of ordinary people but also by rulers and even the Pope himself. In 1748 the Habsburg empress Maria Theresa paid a visit to the site, and about 150 years later the Holy Hill was honoured by the presence of Pope John Paul II who came here to meet the young. He has left another long-lived trace in Olomouc – the Archdiocesan Museum, which was established on his initiative.

Interesting thing

In 1920s Mother Teresa came to Olomouc, invited by archbishop František Vaňák. To this day he remembers, among other things, her arrival by helicopter at the Olomouc airport: “We had to hold her so that the airstream from the helicopter wouldn’t knock her down – that’s how fragile she was. Despite that there was great strength emanating from her.”

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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.

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.
 
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.

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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

Church of St. Michael in Olomouc

The Baroque Church of St. Michael came into existence after the reconstruction of the original Gothic church. It took its early Baroque form in the late 17th century according to a design by architect G. P. Tencalla. 

Address

Žerotínovo náměstí 1, 779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.593594, 17.253922

Opening Hours

Chapel of St. John Sarkander in Olomouc

The two-storey building of the Neo-Baroque Chapel of St. John Sarkander is topped with a dome and a lantern opening. Daylight enters through the lantern spire to the oratory and from there to the basement, achieving an impressive lighting effect.

Address

Mahlerova 19, 779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.594723, 17.254181

Opening Hours

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

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

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

Hradisko Monastery in Olomouc

The site of the former Hradisko Monastery is permeated by the spirit of a dramatic past. It has kept its unmistakable appeal to this day, even with the strictly Baroque monastery building now in place, which is currently one of the most important works of Central European Baroque architecture.

Address

Sušilovo náměstí 5, 771 11 Olomouc
GPS: 49.60561, 17.265125

Entry fees

Standard fee: 80 Kč

Children fee: 40 Kč

Senior fee: 40 Kč

Student fee: 40 Kč

The convent garden in the Hradisko Monastery

The unique Baroque garden is part of the extensive Baroque premises of the Hradisko Monastery. In the garden there are two fountains with motifs related to the magical number four, common in Baroque symbolism, which permeates the garden.

Address

Sušilovo náměstí, 775 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.605384, 17.266149

Svatý Kopeček near Olomouc

Around 5km to the northeast of Olomouc a large pilgrimage complex occupies a hill called Svatý Kopeček, a place which has been part of the landscape for hundreds of years. Today Svatý Kopeček is a magnet for pilgrims and admirers of Baroque beauty. You can visit the graceful Basilica of the Visitation or spend a pleasant day at the local zoo where the viewing tower provides views of the animals, the basilica and the city of Olomouc.

Address

Sadové náměstí 1, Olomouc - Svatý Kopeček, 772 00
GPS: 49.629854, 17.338249

Opening Hours

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

Café 87

It serves good coffee and tasty lunches but is most famous for its specialty; chocolate pie. It’s the richest dessert you’re likely to find on your travels and unless you love chocolate you probably should stay away from it.

Address

Denisova 47,
779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.5961000, 17.2563000

Svatováclavský pivovar

Svatováclavský microbrewery offers seven kinds of manufactured yeast beer without pasteurisation and filtration, home cooking, lunch menu, Tvarůžková and beer specialties, juicy steaks, illy espresso, wines from wineries Hare.

Address

Mariánská 845/4,
779 00 Olomouc
GPS: 49.5958553, 17.2586639

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

Clarion Congress Hotel Olomouc

It features a restaurant, a lobby bar and a spa area with beer spa procedures, a hot tub, saunas and massages. Free WiFi is provided in the entire building. Guests staying 2 and more nights receive 1 free entrance to the wellness centre. 

Address

Jeremenkova 1082/36,
779 00 Olomouc, Hodolany
GPS: 49.5925356, 17.2757564

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