Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Olomouc
Olomouc View slideshowOlomouc is one of the larger cities in the Czech Republic and one of the most important in Northern Moravia. The town dates to the 10th Century and has some beautiful old architecture and is home to the second oldest university in the Czech Replubic. Olomouc also promotes it's active arts and cultural scene and is home to the Moravian Theatre, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous museums and galleries. The old town is centered around two main squares, Horni namesti and Colni namesti. This is where visitors will find some of the town's most interesting buildings and sights.Today the town of Olomouc is an industrial city but retains much of its historic character. Wide open boulevards and squares, along with parks and green spaces, make this a very enjoyable city to spend a few days exploring.
Cathedral of St Wenceslas
The Dolni namesti square, known as the lower square, in Olomouc is just south of the upper square, Horni namesti. Here visitors will find the Neptune fountain, designed by Michael Mandik and Vaclav Schuller. This is the oldest of six baroque fountains built in Olomouc. Also of note on Dolni namesti is the Renaissance Hauenschild Palace and the Gothic Church of St Moritz. The Church of St Moritz (St Maurice) dates to the early 15th Century, although a church stood on this spot prior to that time. It is a national cultural monument, and is noteworthy not only for the structure but also for the 1745 organ it contains.
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Bouzov Castle, Czech Republic
Do not let the town's Nazi past deter you from visiting the Bouzov Castle. Just 3.5km / 2mi from the small town that bears its name, this castle will impress even the most castle weary tourist. Before beginning your tour, be sure to climb the 61m / 200 ft tower to get a great overview of the layout of the castle.Bouzov Castle was first begun in and around the 12th Century and completed approximately 17 years later. The castle fell into disrepair throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries until late in the 19th Century when Archduke Eugenius ordered its renovation. Over a five year span the castle was completely renovated into late German Gothic style. Well endowed with multiple towers, balconies, and even a drawbridge, the castle has a fairytale appearance. Inside, the castle is lavishly appointed with beautiful antique furniture, chandeliers, and interesting decorations on the walls. It was this high level of comfort which attracted the Nazis to Bouznov during World War Two. During the war, the occupiers took over the castle and lived in luxury while the people suffered.
Church at Holy Hill, Svaty Kopecek, Czech Republic
Church or chateau? Visitors may find themselves asking that very question when they visit the Church at Holy Hill in Svaty Kopecek. This large baroque church has much to offer visitors including a feature not often found at churches - a large zoo! The zoo has a wide variety of animals from koalas right up to large cats. There is also a bat cave and a butterfly house.In 1995 Svaty Kopecek was deemed to be a basilica minor and is now considered to be a pilgrimage place of European significance. The church set on a hill, hence the name Church at Holy Hill, is painted yellow and white and has almost a baroque look to it.The interior of the church is even more ornate than the exterior. Here visitors will find ornate frescoes, musical cherubs, and ornate wall carvings. Whether you are on a pilgrimage or not, there is an array of restaurants and souvenir sellers just outside the church.
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