If you want to get to know Prague and Olomouc where our Czech Language Courses are held, this section may help you.
If you decide for our Czech Course in Prague, you will probably want to stay longer not only because you will enjoy our Czech Course in Prague so much but because you may also fall in love with Prague – in case you haven’t yet. As the Czech capital is a modern, vibrant, European city where everybody finds what s/he loves. Prague is a city you simply can’t miss!
The capital of the Czech Republic is the most valuable historical city reserve. From 1992 the historical core of the city covering 866 hectares is the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"Praga caput regni" has been inscribed in the Prague´s coat of arms. And rightly so. Since its beginnings Prague has always played an important role in the history of the Czech nation and Europe. Since the Middle Ages Prague has been famous as one of the most beautiful cities of the world and has been attributed adjectives as "golden Prague", "City of a Hundred Spires", …
Throughout centuries prominent personalities paid homage to it. W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, F. M. Dostojevskij, A. Rodin, O. Kokoschka, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Benedict XVI and others professed their beguilement by its attractiveness and architectural beauty. The native town is reflected in the works of Jan Neruda, Jaroslav Hašek, Jaroslav Seifert, Franz Kafka, Max Brod or Egon Erwin Kisch.
Prague represents a unique collection of historical monuments dominated by the Prague Castle which towers high above the city. It is a specimen of all artistic styles and art movements. The historical core of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava river and consists of 6 parts - formerly independant urban units unified in the 18th century. They are as follows: Staré Město (Old Town), Nové Město (New Town), Jewish Town Josefov, Malá Strana (Lesser Town), Hradčany and Vyšehrad. Naturally, most of the historical monuments, museums and galleriess are concentrated right there.
If you choose to come to our Czech Course in Olomouc, you will definitely have more time to learn and practise Czech as it is more peaceful in Olomouc with less hussle and bussle you find in Prague. However, Olomouc offers the same kind of activities like Prague but on a smaller scale. You are sure to enjoy our Czech Course in Olomouc as well as the city itself where our Czech Courses are held!
This town is attractive in every season. Olomouc is the second biggest and most important historical reserve in the Czech Republic. At the same time it is an administrative, social, cultural as well as tourist center of a picturesque Haná region. The biggest part of the region is made up by the fruitful Haná plain. Whenever you come, Olomouc is always worth seeing because this town is full of history and tradition as well as of life and hospitality.
Olomouc yesterday and today
The history of Olomouc dates back four thousand years. It was mentioned for the first time as early as in 1055. Later in the course of the centuries significant architects, among them e.g. Christoph Dienzenhofer, left their unmistakable mark on Olomouc in helping to shape its appearance.
The most remarkable architectural monuments are the Bishop´s Palace, St. Wenceslas Church, the Archbishop´s Palace, St. Michael´s Church, the Town Hall and last but not least the Holy Trinity Column which is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site from 2000.
The town of Olomouc has always been a centre of spiritual and cultural development. Albrecht of Wallenstein and Gregor Johann Mendel studied here. And Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler stayed in Olomouc.
The cultural life in Olomouc is outstanding. The town hosts a lot of cultural events all year round. Fairs and exhibitions regularly take place at the Smetana Park, especially the well known international Flora flower exhibition. On top of that, you will find in Olomouc a great number of cosy restaurants, wine cellars, cafés, pubs as well as night clubs.
It may be also interesting to know that in 2014 Lonely Planet published an overview of their top 50 "hidden gems" in Europe called Secret Europe. Olomouc was number one, which of course brought more visitors who came and enjoyed their stay in Olomouc. However, the city has still kept its unique genius loci.
The town of Olomouc – the metropolis of Central Moravia – has become a popular destination. Every day many people come to admire and experience this unforgettable town. Will you be joining them?
Here is what Lonely Planet wrote:
Discover a New Old Historical Capital
As countless tourists embrace the overt charms of Prague and Český Krumlov, the city of Olomouc (olla-moats) is practically unknown outside of the Czech Republic, emerging as the travellers’ equivalent of a special restaurant that is your own little secret. The main square counts among the country’s most charming, surrounded by historic buildings and blessed with a Unesco-protected trinity column. The evocative central streets are dotted with beautiful churches, many of which play host to a thrilling history. Explore the foundations of ancient Olomouc Castle at the must-see Archdiocesan Museum, then head for one of the city’s many pubs or microbreweries.
For more information about Olomouc visit www.tourism.olomouc.eu