Olomouc (Olmütz in German) has the second largest and second oldest historic preservation zone in the Czech Republic (after Prague).
As the home to Palacky University, Olomouc is the country’s largest student city by percentage of population. Palacky University is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country and only Charles’ University in Prague has a longer history. During the academic year, the population of the city is increased by roughly 20,000 students, giving the city a vibrant feeling of life and energy. This is important to remember if you want to enjoy the thriving nightlife of the city - many bars and clubs depend on the student population and close for the summer vacations.
The famous Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler stayed in Olomouc in 1883. He worked at the German public theater (now the Moravian Theatre) at the beginning of 1883. There is his bust reminiscent of this period placed in the theater lobby. Mahler stayed in a house near the theater called „The Golden Pike“ (now Café Destiny) on the Upper Square (Horní náměstí) in Olomouc. Link: House Gustav Mahler Olomouc
2½h, hourly IC/EC trains; 2h, SC Pendolino every two hours.
Fast trains (category R) are useless at this route, they're slower and cost the same as IC/EC.
Regular fare is € 12, second person in a group (of 2 or more) pays € 8, extra people pay € 7, SporoTiket is € 8.
There are several airportes around Olomouc: in Prague, Vienna, Brno and Ostrava.
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