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Olomouc and Its Surroundings

Olomouc belongs to the most ancient and important historical cities in the Czech Republic, comparable only to Prague as to its development, status and the extent of its historical town reserve.

We recommend to you visiting the Olomouc town hall with astronomical clock, the second oldest in our country after the Prague one, and the nearby Holy Trinity Column, incorporated in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000. The historic centre also contains a unique set of six Baroque fountains, complemented by the new Arion Fountain in 2002, created by the sculptor Ivan Theimer, native of Olomouc, together with the Tuscany architect Angela Chiantel.

Another tourist attraction is the most important Olomouc church, St. Wenceslas Cathedral, finished only in the late 19th century. Its steeple is the highest in Moravia and the second highest in the Czech Republic. The cathedral stands near the Romanesque palace, with nearby St. Maurice Church, St. Michael Church, Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snow, and last but not least the vast Baroque complex of the Hradisko Monastery, called the Escorial of Haná. The city used to be fortified in the Middle-Ages and the remnants of the walls, dating back to the 12th century, can be found in the south part. The historic city centre is surrounded by parks, dividing the historical town reserve from the modern buildings and creating a unique urban complex.

As to the present time, Olomouc has been the seat of the regional administration since 2000. Each year, a number of events take place here, like Flora Olomouc (one of the oldest Czech horticultural shows), the autumn festival of spiritual music, the international organ festival, General Radetzky Festival, and the film festival Academia Film Olomouc. On June 1, 2006 the Archdiocesan Museum was inaugurated, presenting, for the first time, the selection of the best exhibits of ancient Fine Arts created within Moravia throughout the centuries. Besides one of the best Central-European collections of ancient paintings, the Archdiocesan Museum displays also outstanding examples of Gothic and Baroque statuary as well as other examples of diverse exhibits from tiny ivory statues to the famous coach of Bishop Troyer, liturgical objects and chasubles.

Olomouc also offers numerous possibilities of other sporting and cultural activities.

Near the pilgrimage church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary at Svatý Kopeček, 8 km from Olomouc, there is a nice zoological garden.

Further sights in the surroundings of Olomouc include Castle Bouzov, Castle Helfštýn where artistic blacksmiths gather each year during the festival Hefaiston, Chateau Náměsť na Hané displaying, among others, coaches of the Olomouc bishops and archbishops, Castle Šternberk, and also Castle and Gardens at Kroměříž, 40 km away from Olomouc, incorporated in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998.

Our hotel provides for visits of the above monuments but we are also always ready to give advice and organize your program to suit every age group. We want everyone to have the best memories of Olomouc.

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