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Olomouc Region

 
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The Olomouc Region is located in the central and northern part of Moravia. The region’s capital is the city of Olomouc. The region is well-known for its rich history, monuments and folk traditions connected with the area of Haná.

 
The border between the Olomouc Region and Poland in the north is 104 km long. The other neighbours are the Moravskoslezský Region in the east, the Zlín Region and the Jihomoravský Region in the south and the Pardubický Region in the west. The geographical layout of the region is rather unusual. There are lowlands at the Polish borders, followed by the Jeseníky mountain range with Praděd (map) the highest mountain (1,492 m above sea level), while the southern part (again) comprises lowlands – the flat and fertile land of Haná. This region is one of the most fertile areas of the Czech Republic.

The Olomouc Region is proud of its beautiful picturesque landscape offering many sports and recreational facilities as well as cultural events. One of the must-see places is the Hranice Abyss (Hranická propast). Its depth was measured to 289.5 m including the parts above water (205 m below sea level) and is thus the deepest abyss in the Czech Republic and central Europe. Its bottom has not yet been precisely determined but geologists have estimated that the abyss could be more than 700 m deep. Other natural places of interest include the Litovelské Pomoraví (map) protected landscape area with bottomland forests, the Sovinec micro-region (map) nature park and the Velký Kosíř (map) nature park. There are many caves in the Olomouc Region including the Javoříčské Caves, the Mladečské Caves and the Zbrašovské Aragonite Caves.

Apart from natural beauties, there are many historical monuments that attract crowds of tourists every year. The most significant of them are the Bouzov (map), Helfštýn (map), Šternberk (map) castles, the Úsov (map) , Tovačov (map), Velké Losiny (map), Jánský vrch (map), Náměšť na Hané (map) chateaus and tens of museums and galleries. The most visited city is the regional capital Olomouc (map). Its centre, which was proclaimed urban monument preservation, is a complex of architectonically and artistically significant historical objects built on a preserved medieval ground plan. The most important monument in Olomouc is the baroque Holy Trinity Column (map) on the central square, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. There are many other religious buildings in Olomouc. The Flora Olomouc plant and flowers exhibition takes place in the large parks of the city.

The unique Haná Region is famous for the warmth and hospitality of its people and their distinctive dialect that you can hear especially during regional celebrations. You can see various folk traditions, songs, dances and colourful costumes at these feasts.

One of the symbols of the Olomouc Region is the typical aroma of the olomoucké tvarůžky (ripened cheese produced in Loštice for over 600 years). You can find more information about the region here.
 


 
Author: Ivana Jenerálová
 
Added: 14.08.2011
 
 
 

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