Olomouc is a place where you'll find the beauty and the monuments, but without the tourists. The historical centre is compact and easily walkable, with reminders of the former fortifications in a green belt around the centre. You won't need to rush or to stand in big queues to see photogenic spots like the baroque column or our socialist realist astronomical clock - the famous one that you may have heard about.

But the city is more than history! One fifth of the whole population are students during the school term, giving a totally different pulse. Join them in cosy cafés or in a pub drinking one of our local beers. During Christmas time, we enjoy a hot wine and the business at the square. The look of the city definitely changes during the year but all its faces are worth the trip!

Published in December 2017