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What to see and do in postcard-perfect Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc’s historic main square, featuring the Holy Trinity Column. Photo / Getty Images

Olomouc (pronounced “Olla-Moats”), is a relaxed Moravian alternative to Bohemia’s busy destinations of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, writes Brett Atkinson.

Founded by Julius Caesar, successful in repulsing a Mongol invasion in the 13th century, and mentioned in an obscure 2001 album track by US indie band R.E.M., Olomouc may be the Czech Republic’s best-kept secret.

What to see:

Olomouc sees a fraction of the tourist numbers visiting Prague and Cesky Krumlov, which means travellers are guaranteed a more authentic experience while exploring the city’s Old Town.

Ornate fountains and pastel-coloured heritage buildings are features of Olomouc. Photo / Getty Images
Ornate fountains and pastel-coloured heritage buildings are features of Olomouc. Photo / Getty Images

Highlights of Horni namesti, Olomouc’s glorious main square that’s equal to anywhere else in Central Europe, include the exuberant Baroque overkill of the Unesco World Heritage-listed Holy Trinity column,…

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