Planning to visit Olomouc? Do you know where you can have some fun there during wintertime? Cold mornings, unpleasant wind, but also a relaxed Christmas atmosphere and snowflakes that will put a smile on our faces. Even during winter, you can have great fun. If you’re thinking about where to go for a weekend or just in the afternoon after work, take a look at our list of interesting places that are worth your visit in the center of Olomouc and its surroundings at this time of year.
What to do in the center of the city?
- CHRISTMAS MARKET
Olomouc Christmas market is among the most beautiful ones not only in the Czech Republic. Even this year, the organizers did not want to deprive the visitors and residents of Olomouc of this experience. There is only a quarter of stalls on both squares and the market area, compared to previous years, and there also needs to be the appropriate spacing between them, people can still once again look forward to Christmas decorations, winter accessories, cheese, honey, sausage specialities, a blacksmith’s workshop, and handicrafts. Originally, there was included the popular punch in the offer of the stalls, but from December 9, people have to do without it, according to the new government regulation. Due to the coronavirus measures, there is no accompanying concert program on the market nor ice rink. However, you can still find the popular children’s carousel in front of Moravské divadlo.
From December 3 to December 22
Upper and Lower Squares and the market area at Tržnice
All information can be found here: www.vanocniolomouc.cz
- CHRISTMAS FERRIS WHEEL
Last year, a large sightseeing Ferris wheel, which towered over the Tržnice area, became very popular among visitors. They are not going to lose the opportunity to enjoy the attraction this year, either. However, in comparison to last time, the cabins of the wheel are open. The organizers of the Christmas market also assure visitors that everything that is touched by human hands (handles, grips, etc.) is treated with nano disinfection that has a long effect and is certified by the State Institute of Public Health. After all, you can see what the Ferris wheel looks like and what the view is from there on this page.
From December 3 to December 22
The market area at Tržnice
Admission fee CZK 100 (for approx. 5 minutes)
- CRUISES OLOMOUC
This year, it is the sixth season for Cruises Olomouc and they are popular not only among tourists but also among the residents of Olomouc. In winter, you can look forward to sightseeing cruises as well as to bachelor parties, corporate events, and other celebrations. Don’t worry, the boat is heated and you can also warm yourself with a hot drink on board.
Another great tip from an already mentioned operator! If you are seeking an unconventional experience in the city center, you want to introduce your friends to the historic center, celebrate birthdays, or say goodbye to freedom, Ološlap is a nice choice. From last year, you can also enjoy a cruise in Žánek. Great fun is guaranteed!
- OLOMOUC AQUAPARK
This unusual area of water attractions and relaxation offers visitors interesting adrenaline and relaxation experiences, relaxation zones, massages, and solariums within one complex area consisting of an indoor pool hall and an outdoor area. If you are a lover of fun in water that you do not want to be deprived of in winter, visit this place. Especially children will be thrilled…
Address: Kafkova 526/21
Opening hours: http://www.aqua-olomouc.cz/kontaktni-informace
- PEVNOST POZNÁNÍ
Pevnost poznání is an interactive university museum where not only children but also adults can find entertainment. Thanks to its informal approach to education, it is a very inspiring environment. There are several interesting exhibits in the museum and also the planetarium is definitely worth a visit. During Christmas time, you can also look forward to weekend creative workshops and Christmas chemical experiments. Check their website for all information about the latest events and activities.
Address: 17. listopadu 7 (the area of Korunní pevnůstka)
Opening hours: Mon closed, Tue-Fri 9:00-17:00; Sat, Sun 9:00-18:00
If you like team games, visit Šantovka to play bowling. The most modern bowling center in Moravia with 18 professional lanes is waiting for you. The entire Bowland area is air-conditioned and non-smoking. You also have a free WIFI connection.
Address: Polská 1, Galerie Šantovka
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00
Krokodýlek is the largest amusement park in the region. It offers more than 25 amazing attractions not only for children but also for adults. You can look forward to a five-storey climbing cage, rope center, swimming pool with boats, a motorbike track, a seven-meter-high climbing wall, and much more. There is also a restaurant focusing on Italian cuisine. A great tip when the weather outside is not so good.
Address: Florykova 556
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 14:00-19:00; Fri 14:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-20:00, Sun 10:00-19:00
- JUMP ACADEMY OLOMOUC
Jump Academy Olomouc is a trampoline center for children and adults. Come enjoy some jumping, trampolines are waiting for you! Experience great fun and training. The Jump arena offers several types of attractions, made of quality materials, and, thanks to high safety standards, they meet the highest safety requirements. The jump park is also characterized by the fact that the participants are supervised by animators and coaches. In addition, you can also organize a birthday party here.
Address: Olomoucká 1715/90, Olympia Olomouc
Opening hours: daily 9:00-21:00 (entry only at whole hours)
- JUMP FAMILY OLOMOUC
Jump into the jump arena in Olomouc and experience an endless amount of fun. A dream playground full of trampolines and other attractions for the whole family, including the little ones, awaits you. It doesn’t matter how skilful you are. Qualified coaches will be happy to help you with your first jumps and more difficult tricks. Come here to jump out of everyday worries, improve your physique, or sufficiently exhaust your children.
Address: Pražská 255/41, Olomouc City
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00; Sat, Sun, and holidays 9:00-20:00
- HAUNTED HOUSE
An adrenaline fun in a haunted house with a horror story is waiting for you here. If you’ve been here before, you know it’s worth visiting it again. A completely new story is on offer from December. And you will be scared…
Address: Komenského 863
Opening hours: http://strasidelnydum.cz/
- ESCAPE ARTIST
Will you be able to escape a locked room? Sixty minutes full of puzzles, tasks, and logical procedures await you. Sixty minutes during which 2 to 5 players can try out how they can communicate and cooperate with each other. The ideal entertainment for families, groups of friends, or as a team-building activity.
Address: Schweitzerova 44
Opening hours: By arrangement
Where to go for a trip in the surroundings of Olomouc?
The zoo on Svatý Kopeček is a popular destination for trips, especially for families with children. The local zoo is one of the most beautiful ones in our country. It is located in a pleasant, wooded environment, and currently, 1 800 animals of a total of 380 species are bred there. You have the possibility of seeing rare species of animals in six pavilions and many other enclosures and exhibitions, a sightseeing train ride or a unique 32-meter-high observation tower (nothing for weak natures). In the winter, you can have a snack at the tower and a lot of different baby animals are looking forward to your visit. The zoo is simply a paradise for children and adults.
Address: Darwinova 29, Svatý Kopeček
Opening hours: December-February 9:00-16:00
- SKI CENTRE HLUBOČKY
The Hlubočky ski centre is located near Olomouc and it is a popular destination not only for skiers but also for bobsled lovers. If there is no snow yet, you can also at least go for a walk in the beautiful surroundings.
Address: Školní 126, Hlubočky
- HRUBÁ VODA RESORT
About 22 kilometres from Olomouc, in the valley of the river Bystřice under the steep hills of the Oderské vrchy and Nízký Jeseník, you will find a complex where there is perhaps everything you need for perfect relaxation. There is a ski slope, bobsled track, a special Kamzík trail under the trees, a sauna world, private wellness, and accommodation. You can also organize interesting trips to the surrounding area from here. The whole complex is easily accessible both by car and by train. An ideal place for relaxation…
Address: Hrubá Voda
I hope you would find this list of places interesting for you and will use it as an opportunity to explore Olomouc and have some fun at the same time. Visit this outstanding city, which is now even magical because it is surrounded by Christmas spirit.
Source of photos: Olomouc.cz, Jan Procházka