Olomouc is metropolis of the fertile Haná region and the sixth largest city in the Czech Republic. It lies right at the heart of Moravia, of which it was formerly the capital. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Central Europe.
For centuries Olomouc ranked amongst the most significant seats of the Czech kingdom, and as the natural centre of Moravia attracted leading artists, scholars and merchants. Its distinguished and diverse past has left the city with a superb collection of historical treasures, making Olomouc the second largest monument reservation in the country after Prague.
Today Olomouc is the seat of a medieval Palacký University, the second oldest university in the Czech Republic, established in 1573, the Archdiocese, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, several interesting museums, theaters and clubs.
For relaxation the city offers expansive parks. A trip to the monumental pilgrimage church at Svatý Kopeček offers a superb view of the town and walks in a large Zoo containing hundreds of species of animals. We can visits a modern aqua park with indoor and outdoor attractions, or a swimming arena is available close to the town centre. Entertainment includes bowling, mini-golf, badminton and other popular team activities. For a full dose of adrenalin visit the local rope centre.
The most famous sights include the Holy Trinity Column – a UNESCO monument, the astronomical clock on the front of the Olomouc town hall, the group of six baroque fountains and the modern Arion´s fountain.
The cathedral and palaces on the Wenceslas mound impress visitors with one thousand years of history. It was at this historical site, known as the Olomouc castle, that the last ruler of the Přemyslid dynasty died at the sword, and the young W. A. Mozart composed his sixth symphony here.
Part of the former fortification from the era of Empress Marie Theresa, previously used as a barracks, is now a busy entertainment centre containing dozens of pubs and clubs. We can visit cafés, bars and wine cellars, as well as a range of Czech and international cuisine in stylish pubs and restaurants, whilst in the clubs you can dance till the morning.
The most celebrated product of local cuisine is Olomouc „tvarůžky“ cheese. This delicious, low-fat cheese with its powerful aroma is on offer in various dishes in local restaurants. You can enjoy excellent beer in the local brewery pubs, which have been praised by experts from the British newspaper The Times.
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