Olomouc

Enjoy Olomouc Like We Do

Olomouc

Our city was once the largest in Moravia, and in its heyday many magnificent buildings were constructed. Olomouc retains its spiritual significance and charm to this day, but many tend to associate the city with the legendary [syrečky], the unmistakable odour of which divides the nation into two irreconcilable halves.
Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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There are only two archdioceses in our country, one in Prague and the second here in Olomouc – in the richly ornate archbishop's palace dating from the early 16th century, which we recommend that you visit. The key historical role of the church is evident in the high concentration of sacred [památky] in the city centre, which is the second most important conservation area in the Czech Republic.
Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Whether devout or a non-believer, you will surely be impressed by the size of the art collection Arcidiocese Museum, which is part of the Olomouc Museum of Art. We are also humbled by the Gothic Cathedral of St. Wenceslas and its church tower over one hundred meters high that is the tallest in Moravia. Looking down from the tower one starts to feel vertigo, until snapped out of it by the mighty sound of the second largest [zvon] in the Czech Republic.
Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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Olomouc
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We also have a landmark on the UNESCO register – the ornate Baroque column of the Holy Trinity located on the [Horní náměstí], the bottom part of which is also a small chapel. Within sight of this landmark is the [orloj], which was restored after the war in the style of Socialist Realism. Its [zvonkohra] was originally intended to play the communist Internationale hymn. It's good that we have so many fountains in Olomouc (over 25!), because just the thought of the astronomical clock playing that hymn makes us break out in a sweat.
Olomouc's cheese - tvarůžky
Some people love them, some can't stand them. What we're talking about is Olomouc's (in)famous stinky cheese - [syrečky], which we can thank for putting us on the world's gastronomical map. It is made in nearby Loštice, where there is even an original [cukrárna] that offers excellent sweets made with this “distinctive” cheese. Anyone who falls under the spell of this pungent delicacy will certainly also enjoy the Museum of Olomouc Cheese.
 
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Svatý Kopeček, Olomouc © Libor Sváček
Olomouc
Svatý Kopeček, Olomouc © Libor Sváček
Not far from Olomouc is [Svatý kopeček], our favourite pilgrimage site, which radiates its Baroque beauty into the countryside. At the summit is the Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary from the 17th century, which in 1995 was visited by none other than Pope John Paul II. Not far from here is a [rozhledna] and a zoo that our kids simply love.
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Velké Losiny thermal baths © Ladislav Renner
In the foothills of the Moravian Jeseníky Mountains we have been bathing in the healing waters of the sulfurous hot [prameny] for more than 450 years. Here, our tired muscles, joints, skin and above all nerves finally drink in their long-awaited reward. In addition to complete and total relaxation, we can also draw longevity from the centuries-old [stromy] in the park by giving them a heartfelt hug.
Renaissance Chateau Velké Losiny
The Renaissance Chateau in Velké Losiny enchants us with its three-story arcades and exceptional collection of goblets but is also haunted by the witch-hunts that took place here at the end of the 17th century. Nevertheless, we believe that the rare [stromy] and shrubs in chateau park have only been witness to more romantic moments. Such moments are now only occasionally interrupted by the wild [kachny] that use the peaceful lake as their personal airport.
Olomouc
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Olomouc
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The next time someone boasts about their university diploma printed on handmade [papír] made from cotton and linen, then you can bet it came from the local paper mill founded here at the end of the 16th century, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. And if you're looking for a truly uplifting experience, we recommend taking the [lanovka] to the Dlouhé stráně pumped-storage hydroelectric plant with its unbelievable views of the countryside.
 
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