Quaint, full of history, and having a rainbow of colorful building sprawling throughout the city, it was easily love at first sight with Olomouc, Czech Republic. I left a week after my study abroad program in Germany completely devoid of plans, hoping that I was going to meet some awesome people to travel around with. Or, I was hoping to learn about a new place for a solo visit. Either way, I was approaching the end of my program and feeling fancy free.
I ended up making plans with Michael (name changed) from my program and found myself back in Prague with him for 5 days. Wanting to get out of the city, I contacted my dear friend Nikki for her suggestion of a day trip. Come to find out, one of her most favorite towns in Eastern Europe just happened to be a 2-hour train ride away: Olomouc. I excitedly invited Michael to accompany me for a spontaneous day trip, only to find myself setting off on my own: he still had some places in Prague he wanted to check (Czech?) out. No big deal. I wanted to go and wasn’t about to change my plans for him!
With my scant list of places to see, things to eat, and pictures to take, I set off from Praha hlavní nádraží with a $19USD round trip ticket to a new destination in Olomouc. When I arrived at the Olomouc station, it hit me that I probably should have looked at a map or something before I arrived. Or taken the time to learn a few key words in Czech, like “north” or “train” or “bathroom.” Oops. Not letting a language barrier stand in my way, I looked around and found a city map like I did when visiting Auschwitz, took a picture, and then headed off in search of adventure. What I found transported me back to a simpler time, where Baroque was king and cobblestones were en vogue. See for yourself and ask if you need to book at trip to Olomouc…
Have you ever been to Olomouc before? Would you like to?