With 100,000 inhabitants, Olomouc is the 6th most populous city in the Czech Republic. The city has always been one of the most important royal cities in the Czech lands. Thanks to its central location, renowned university, cultural, craft and spiritual traditions, it has been called the centre of Moravia for many centuries.
Hotel Theresian is located in an attractive location connecting the city centre with its rich history.
As the second largest conservation area in the Czech Republic, the city offers countless opportunities for things to do in and around Olomouc. You can visit Svatý Kopeček and combine your visit with a visit to the zoo, take a peek under the hood of history at the Museum of History or, if you are a lover of vintage cars, you can admire the exhibits at the Veteran Arena. For families with children, the modern aquapark is very popular, there is a swimming stadium in the centre or you can choose to ride along one of Olomouc’s many cycle routes and cycle paths.
Let’s start right at the hotel, where the last surviving Terezská brána (Theresa Gate) is located – a European unique. The Baroque gate was built in 1752 during the construction of the city’s fortifications and was named in honour of Empress Maria Theresa in 1754 on the occasion of her visit to Olomouc. The gate is the work of the designer of the Olomouc Theresian fortress, Pierre Bechade de Rochepine, and was systematically built in the middle between 2 older gates, which as a whole were intended to create a defensive system of the city against the enemy.
Other important monuments include the Holy Trinity Column, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
A place that should not be missed on your history tour is Olomouc Castle, one of the most important castle complexes. Part of the castle is St. Wenceslas Cathedral, which is named after the last Premyslid, Wenceslas III, who was murdered near the cathedral. Of course, the Archdiocesan Museum is also worth mentioning, as its exhibits will leave a deep impression on you. The Archdiocesan Museum was the first in the Czech Republic to receive the prestigious European Heritage Label, making it one of the nine European sites celebrating history. You can also visit the town hall with the astronomical clock, fountains and columns, the Olomouc fortress, houses with palaces and last but not least the Jewish monuments, which you can find right opposite our hotel on Palach Square, where the Jewish synagogue used to be.
Surroundings of Olomouc
The heart of Haná is very rich in sights. Less than 35 km from Olomouc is Bouzov Castle, Sovinec Castle and Helfštýn, famous for its annual meeting of artistic blacksmiths, Hefaiston.
Not far from Olomouc is the castle of Náměšt’ na Hané, where the carriages of the archbishops and bishops of Olomouc are on display. Historical carriages can also be admired in the nearby museum located at the chateau in Bohemia pod Kosířem. More adventurous natures should not miss the Mladeč and Javořič caves. If you want to get a feel for history, go to the Haná open-air museum in Příkaze, which will give you an insight into the life and crafts of a Haná village.