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A prime destination for a city break, Olomouc is a beautiful historical city with lots to tempt urban travelers. There’s impressive architecture, communist-era relics, fascinating museums and a student-driven nightlife.
At its center is Horní Náměstí, the oldest square in the city. It is home to the 115-foot (35-meter) Holy Trinity Column, one of the largest free-standing Baroque sculptures in central Europe. From the column make your way over to the Town Hall, the most dominant building in the square and recognizable also because of the Soviet-era Astronomical Clock on the façade. Be at the Town Hall at noon to watch as mechanical figures representing the working classes emerge from the clock. These little workers aren't the only reminders of the city’s communist past. In nearby Bezruč Park, visit the Civil Defense Shelter, built to protect the city’s leaders in case of a nuclear attack by the West.
Several noteworthy religious buildings are spread throughout Olomouc. Stop by St. Moritz Church, a colossal 15th-century church. Head to the neo-Gothic St. Wenceslas Cathedral, a magnificent building with three towers. King Wenceslas III was stabbed to death in a nearby house in 1306. Other religious landmarks, such as the Chapel of St. John Sarkander and St. Michael's Church, which has a lovely Baroque interior, are also worth seeking out.
If all that touring of Olomouc’s old buildings and monuments has kindled your interest in the city’s past, go to the Archdiocesan Museum at Olomouc Castle. The museum's exhibits trace thousands of years of the area’s history and include archeological relics from 3,500 B.C. Among the city’s other museums is the Museum of Modern Art, which focuses on art from the 20th century.
One of the Czech Republic’s oldest educational institutions, Palacký University is based in Olomouc. Wander the campus to see historic Baroque buildings, such as the Art Center, and mingle with students in cafés and bars.
Olomouc is less than a 3-hour train journey from Prague, so regular daytrips from the capital are feasible. However, this city’s riveting past and lively atmosphere warrant more time, so consider staying for longer.
Located in the heart of Olomouc, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Upper Square, Holy Trinity Column, and Olomouc Town Hall. Neptune Fountain and Marian Plague Column are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Olomouc, this hotel is steps from Přemysl Palace, St. Wenceslas Cathedral, and Olomouc Castle. Archbishop's Palace and Olomouc Museum of Art are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Olomouc, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Wenceslas Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, and Olomouc Castle. Bezrucovy Sady and Botanical Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Bezrucovy Sady, Botanical Gardens, and Archbishop's Palace. Also nearby are Přemysl Palace and St. Wenceslas Cathedral.
Located in the heart of Olomouc, this hotel is steps from Upper Square and Holy Trinity Column. Lower Square and Astronomical Clock are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Hranice, this hotel is steps from Masaryk Square and Synagogue Exhibition Hall. Hranice Aquapark is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
Located in the heart of Olomouc, this hostel is steps from Regional History Museum and Olomouc Museum of Art.
This family-friendly Olomouc hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Moritz Church, Regional History Museum, and Museum of Modern Art. Olomouc Museum of Art and Holy Trinity Column are also within 15 minutes.