With its dazzling mixture of baroque, artwork nouveau and trendy structure, UNESCO World Heritage listed decorative fountains and a booming arts scene, the ‘Little Prague’ of Czech Republic, Olomouc, is among the extra attention-grabbing cities to go to within the nation. In case you are trying to spend a day in Olomouc or perhaps a quick break, this itinerary shall be good if you wish to discover the artwork and architectural highlights of town or simply get an thought of what to do in Olomouc.
1. Benefit from the Road Artwork
Olomouc has a full of life road artwork scene because of the annual Road Artwork Competition which launched in 2007. Due to the competition, Olomouc has attracted worldwide road artwork stars like Mr. Dheo, ZZRock, Wild_Drawing, ParizOne and Chemise, whose works might be seen throughout town.
There are lots of examples of road artwork proper within the coronary heart of town centre just like the small passage ‘Lomená Gallery’, proper throughout from the Museum of Trendy Art which presently options masked faces (‘Candy vandalism’ art work by native Dosy Doss), which will get redecorated each few years.
Proper subsequent to the Museum of Trendy Artwork, is among the most well-known road artwork items within the metropolis by Mr Dheo, a big mural of King Edward VII of Nice Britain, posing with a selfie stick. Proper subsequent to the mural there’s Marie Curie holding a container stuffed with uranium. Different distinguished massive murals in Olomouc embrace the the Energy of Silence by an Indonesian artist Wild_Drawing, proper on the crossing of Pavelčákova Road and Třída Svobody.
2. See the Museum of Trendy Artwork Olomouc
Address: Denisova 824/47, 779 00 Olomouc, Czechia
With a give attention to showcasing artwork from the twentieth and twenty first centuries, the Museum of Trendy Artwork hosts a set of 85000 artwork gadgets that embrace work, sculptures, drawings, graphic artwork, images, utilized artwork, and architectural designs. The gallery focuses on presenting each long-term and short-term exhibitions primarily showcasing artwork from the twentieth and twenty first centuries, with an enormous give attention to Czech Trendy artwork. Don’t overlook to climb to the highest of the wee tower on high, from the place you’ll be able to get pleasure from a chicken’s eye view of Olomouc skyline.
Tip: Entry is free on Sundays.
Don’t miss: The Robber by David Cerny
Alongside the facade of the Olomouc Museum of Artwork you’ll observe one among David Cerny’s iconic sculptures, a robber who’s attempting to flee the museum with a beneficial piece of artwork (a sculpture piece) in his backpack. The sculpture is outwardly that of Karel Nepraš, a tribute to the late Czech sculptor. The statue is powered by an engine that strikes alongside the ledge each hour and options the voice of Czech singer, David Koller.
3. Have a espresso at Konvikt Bistro & Bar
Address: Univerzitní 3, 779 00 Olomouc, Czechia
If the climate is good, hop to the terrace of the atmospheric Konvikt Bistro&Bar, positioned in a former seventeenth century baroque Corpus Christi Chapel. It’s a great spot to calm down for a espresso, desserts and so they additionally serve a pleasant choice of meals with vegan and vegetarian choices.
Simply across the nook from Konvikt is Site visitors, one among Olomouc’s greatest espresso retailers, tucked right into a former newspaper store. The brainchild of an area architect, the espresso is implausible plus positively attempt Honza’s desserts, which include a plum or candy cream filling. Positively maintain a watch out for the quirky chairs, designed alongside the strains of the seats of the legendary Czechoslovak T9 tram.
4. Go to the Olomouc Astronomical Clock
Horní náměstí sq. is among the nicest within the Czech Republic, surrounded by historic buildings . One in all my favorite buildings on the sq. is the sumptuous fifteenth century baroque City Corridor with a tapering tower that contains a extremely uncommon astronomical clock on one facet, relationship again to the early fifteenth century, making it one of many oldest astronomical clocks on the planet. It was created by the clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň, virtually a decade after he constructed the well-known Prague Astronomical Clock. The Olomouc Astronomical Clock was virtually fully destroyed by the Nazis and remodelled throughout Communist years to show scenes of proletarians at work to mark the passing hours, relatively than saints. A procession of twelve apostles emerges from small home windows above the primary dial, accompanied by a brief musical tune on a regular basis at midday.
5. Have lunch at Cà Phê District
Cà Phê District is indubitably among the greatest Vietnamese delicacies I’ve discovered anyplace within the Czech Republic. Strive the banh mi sandwiches, pho or my favorite, the pink curry with tofu or rooster. Portion sizes are beneficiant, costs are affordable, workers are pleasant and converse English. End off with a robust Vietnamese espresso to stave off the meals coma.
6. Go to among the architectural gems of Olomouc
I really like the juxtaposition of architectural types, from the bombastic Baroque and moody Gothic to the ugly fairly socialist structure in Olomouc. Olomouc positively has a really attention-grabbing architectural scene, with an intriguing mixture of previous and new. Dedicate your afternoon to visiting among the metropolis’s vary of architectural gems. Listed below are my favourites.
Purple Church of Olomouc
A church doesn’t sound like the obvious place for locating revolutionary design however the Purple Church of Olomouc has undergone a dramatic renovation. Reflecting the church’s Neo-Gothic fashion, Czech examine Atelier-r has added an extension to the prevailing church which was in-built 1902. The star characteristic of the renovation is a minimalist glass encased trendy cafe and reception space which has been constructed from the identical pastel pink concrete of the ground. One of many highlights is the tall again wall of the reception, crammed with previous books which can be backlit within the night. The reception and church intends to be a hub for cultural occasions and stay music live shows. I’m not a design or structure geek however it’s positively one thing you need to see if you’re visiting Olomouc.
The Artwork Nouveau Villa of Otto and Mede Primavesi is among the lesser identified sights of Olomouc, tucked away within the winding streets of the historic metropolis centre. This architectural marvel has stood for a century and is a outstanding instance of the fashion of the Vienna Secession, constructed by Viennese architects Josef Tolk and Franz von Krauss . Right now, the villa is acknowledged as a nationwide cultural monument, a time capsule of the class and allure of the period. The non-public spotlight for me is the beautiful Artwork Nouveau entrance of Villa Primavesi, adorned with the work of a sure Gustav Klimt, who was a frequent customer again within the day.
Holy Trinity Column
Simply throughout from the city corridor you’ll additionally spot that UNESCO-listed Holy Trinity Column, which I noticed all these years in the past in a Lonely Planet guidebook. The magnificent 18th century monument, ornately adorned with sculptures of varied saints was constructed as an expression of gratitude for town’s deliverance from the plague and to honour the Holy Trinity. Supposedly the largest single Baroque construction in Central Europe, it was constructed by the distinguished Moravian sculptor, Ondřej Zahner and stands at roughly 35 meters (115 ft) tall, made primarily of sandstone.
One in all my favorite buildings is the artwork deco Kino Metropol, which showcases the most recent in unbiased cinema with a couple of English language cinema screenings each week. They’ve a retrokino screening each week. On my final journey I used to be privileged to see the eightieth anniversary screening of Casablanca for the cut price worth of 90CZK (€3.80).
Mausoleum of Yugoslav Troopers
Within the coronary heart of Smetana Park, standing on a synthetic mound, is among the extra uncommon points of interest of Olomouc, the Mausoleum of Yugoslav Troopers, a Neoclassical fashion chapel with an ossuary that was constructed as a resting place for the stays of 1100 Czech and Serbian troopers who fought one another within the First World Battle. For a century, the mausoleum had been mendacity uncared for, attracting addicts and vandals earlier than being boarded up and was lately renovated. You will notice an epigraph etched within the form : VĚRNOST ZA VĚRNOST – LJUBAV ZA LJUBA. The primary half which is Czech, means ‘loyalty for loyalty’ and the second half which is in Serbo-Croatian, means ‘love for love’
7. Take a ship journey on the river
You might be most likely going to want a relaxation after exploring all of the websites so why not sluggish it down and see town from a special perspective? I extremely advocate taking one of many river boat cruises. Lasting 45 minutes, this service features a stay commentary from the captain in regards to the the Morava river and the encompassing nature. The journey leads you thru the unique river mattress from their dock ‘Olomoucká náplavka’
To guide a river cruise checkout the website for crusing occasions. Indvidual bookings might be made however it’s value noting that and not using a minimal of 6 bookings, sailings won’t happen. Any questions, drop a line to [email protected] ; value 220 CZK for adults and 170 CZK for youngsters/seniors.
8. The place to drink beer in Olomouc
Spherical off the day in fashion at a 1920’s fashion Czech pub and brewery, named after the well-known native architect Moritz Fischer. Moritz affords hearty Czech delicacies and in addition a choice of 3 unfiltered beers, 10°, 11° and 12° beers, that are brewed on the premises. It’s also possible to guide a tour of the microbrewery or a crash course in beer brewing.
Mariánská 845/4, Olomouc
One other Olomouc basic, Svatováclavský Pivovar is inside strolling distance of the previous metropolis centre. With a bizarre location and entry (floor flooring of an condo constructing, by means of the condo entry corridor), as soon as inside it’s very spacious but cosy. Anticipate hearty Czech delicacies, pleasant service and a variety of beers, from basic unpasteurised beers to extra uncommon flavours like banana and cherry. The out of doors patio, with tables coated by plaid chequered material are the place to be in the summertime. Additionally they have a beer spa if that’s your factor.
9. The place to search out Tvarůžky” Cheese, the well-known Olomouc cheese
There’s a Czech saying, the more serious the cheese smells, the higher it tastes, so naturally I used to be cautious of attempting ‘Tvarůžky’ Cheese. With regards to cheese, I don’t have essentially the most adventurous palate, particularly robust, pungent cheese however Olomoucké tvarůžky is a should eat when visiting Olomouc or exploring Czech delicacies so I needed to attempt…
Olomoucké tvarůžky, enjoys a typical and unmistakable style and scent, attributable to the (proteolytic) degradation of cheese proteins in the course of the maturing course of. Locals typically get pleasure from it with bread, accompanied by onions, pickles, and generally topped with butter. I’m happy to tell you that it tasted a lot better than I believed, good savoury style, creamy texture and goes very effectively with bread or crackers, washed down with a dry white wine. Possibly there may be fact in that previous Czech saying…
Go to the particular “tvarůžky”store: Prodejna Olomouckých tvarůžků ( Address: 7, Horní nám. 365, 779 00 Olomouc, Czechia ) on Horní náměstí sq., reverse the astronomical clock to pattern it when in Olomouc.
10. Olomouc Nightlife suggestions
25% of Olomouc’s inhabitants are college students so it could come as no shock that the bar scene right here positively packs a punch for a metropolis of its dimension. My favorite bar is the Vertigo pupil sky membership, a basement membership with rooms designed with scenes from Hitchcock’s basic thriller Vertigo. A budget beers and eclectic vary of cocktails right here (attempt the Offended Canine) will depart you for positive with a vertigo inducing hangover the next day.
In case you love your Guinness and whisky, additionally pop into the fashionable Black Stuff, Irish Pub and Whisky Bar – fab service and nice ambiance. In case you are a jazz, blues aficionado, pop into the Jazz Tibet Membership which performs host to native and worldwide bands from the jazz, blues and world music scene.
11. The place to remain in Olomouc: Lengthy Story Quick Olomouc
Location: Olomouc, Czech Republic
Long Story Short make you are feeling such as you’re in a cloud. Mix that with climbing up smooth massive stairs to the lofted beds within the dorm rooms (this hostel “doesn’t consider in bunks” – you’ll solely discover them within the 10-person dorms) and also you’re positive to really feel such as you’re in a dream.
The historic constructing additionally options an in home café that serves scrumptious Moravian meals and baked items, native wine, beer and low. Moreover, downstairs is residence to Vault 42, an equally lovely co-working area.
This publish was produced in partnership with Czech Tourism and Traverse Occasions to assist commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the unbiased Czech Republic #Czech30
As at all times the opinions expressed right here, good and unhealthy, are solely my very own.