Planning a Football Trip to Olomouc? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Olomouc, due to its location right in the middle of Moravia, is easily accessible by road and train. Arriving from Prague you can take the fast motorway via Brno, from Vienna there is also a speedy and comfortable connection on roads and partly motorways via Bratislava and Brno. Olomouc is also conveniently accessible by car from Poland and Slovakia.
Football Trip to Olomouc – How to get to Olomouc & How to get around
Football Trip to Olomouc – Fly to Olomouc
Brno is the nearest airport (70km) although most likely you are best flying into Prague and getting the train form there. Ostrava is also a similar distance as Brno around 80km away.
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Directions from the Airport
You can get the bus or the train from Brno Airport to Olumouc. The train takes 90 minutes, run hourly and cost around £5.
Football Trip to Olomouc – Travel By Train
Olomouc is also an important railway junction. Passengers have access to many high-speed trains, like the Intercity and Eurocity trains and passenger trains for regional transport, or the modern Pendolino train which provides a fast and convenient connection to Prague and Ostrava. It takes you from Olomouc to Prague in just two and a half hours. The “yellow” RegioJet trains also offer comfortable travel.
Current information on train connections can be found on www.cd.cz/spojeni. Tickets for the main train routes can be purchased online at www.cd.cz/eshop. Information on passenger trains in the Czech Republic are available for free on the phone number 840 112 113. Contact information on the main train station in Olomouc is to be found on the website of the Czech Railways www.cd.cz
The average journey time between London Victoria and Olomouc hl.n. is 22 hours and 27 minutes and the fastest journey time is 18 hours and 12 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 22 trains per day travelling from London Victoria to Olomouc hl.n.. Expect to change trains at least 4 times and travel via either Prague, Vienna or Bratislava. Tickets start at around £50 via Voyages SNCF.
Football Trip to Olomouc – Travel By Coach
Eurolines provide coaches to Brno from London. They offer an overnight service leaving London around 12.30 and arriving in Brno around 15:30 the next day. You will then need to get another bus to Olomouc from Brno
Football Trip to Olomouc – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 12 and 13 hours to drive to Olomouc from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.
Football Trip to Olomouc – Travel Around Olomouc
Olomouc is a small place so you should be able to travel around the centre on foot.
Football Trip to Olomouc – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Olomouc – The Stadium
Andrův stadion is a football stadium in Olomouc, Czech Republic. It is the home ground of SK Sigma Olomouc and occasionally hosts matches of the Czech Republic national team. The stadium holds 12,566 people. It was built in 1940 and is named after Josef Ander (1888-1976), local interwar businessman and philanthropist who also sponsored football in Olomouc. In the past, historical clubs SK Olomouc ASO and Křídla vlasti Olomouc played there.
Football Trip to Olomouc – Getting to the Stadium
If you come to Olomouc by train , get in front of the station on tram number 4,6 or 7 and get off at the Heroes’ Square . An alternative could be a tram number 2 , when off at Palacky . The journey from Central Station takes about ten minutes. The Heroes’ Square (or stop Palacky) must continue on foot. If you go down the street Legionářskástraight ahead, pass the Bill, the plane and after a few minutes you get to the main grandstand Andrův Stadium.
If you are traveling by bus and arrive at the main bus station, go through the underpass to the tram station where you board the tram number 4
Football Trip to Olomouc – Getting Tickets
In Advance – Tickets for the football match Sigma Olomouc begins ten days before the match. Tickets can be purchased in the fan shop, located at the Western grandstand Andrův Stadium. Opening hours Fanshop : Monday – Friday >>> 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat >>> 9:00 to 12:00 on the day of the match >>> 90 minutes before and 30 minutes after the match
On Day of Game – On the day of the match you can purchase tickets at the box office, which opens two hours before the game. Entry to the stadium is maybe an hour and a half before kick-off (subject to change).
Football Trip to Olomouc – Fixtures
Plan your Football Trip to Olomouc with our full list of fixtures.
The schedule for kick-off times in the Czech Republic can be found our Planning a Football Trip to the Czech Republic page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Olomouc – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Olomouc – Where to stay
I stayed in Prague and came to Olmouc as a day trip but if you want to stay for the night the city centre is the best bet
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Football Trip to Olomouc – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Olomouc it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Olomouc is a beautiful historic city of 100,000 people on the banks of the Morava River, halfway between Prague and Krakow, and just 3 hours north of Bratislava and Vienna.
Olomouc’s 1000-year old centre is the 2nd-largest urban preservation zone in the country (after Prague) and it’s the country’s biggest university town. There are plenty of good, cheap cafes and bars, and at the hostel we keep an updated guide to concerts, festivals, films and other cultural events.
Moravia is a fascinating historic land that most travellers have never heard of, let alone explored. Castles, caves, lakes, mountains and historic towns are all within an hour of Olomouc and some are close enough to reach by bicycle. The region immediately south of Olomouc has 7 of the country’s 12 world heritage sites and is the most historic and best preserved part of the Czech Republic.
The Czech UNESCO site has detailed a walking tour which includes all the main sites in the City Centre; http://en.czech-unesco.org/olomouc/tour-of-town/
The tour of the city begins on Václavské náměstí with a tour of the Archdiocese museum, the 12th century Přemyslovský palace and the Cathedral of St. Václav. From here we walk to Biskupské náměstí with its palatial 17th century buildings and the Tereziánská zbrojnice (Maria Theresa Armoury). We cross over to náměstí Republiky with itsTriton fountain and the Natural History Museum and the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snow (Kostel Panny Marie Sněžné). We leave the square and pass the Jesuit ‘Konvikt’ boarding school, the chapel of Jan Sarkander and the Corpus Christi Chapel (Kaplička Božího těla) and arrive at Žerotínovo náměstí, with its Church of St. Michal. From here we continue to Dolní náměstí, where we find the fountains of Jupiter and Neptune and the original Marian plague column. Our tour ends on Horní náměstí with the town hall, the astronomical clock, the Holy Trinity Column, the fountains of Hercules, Caesar andJupiter and the Church of St. Mořic.
You might also want to do a tour of the Nuclear Bomb Shelter – http://www.outsideprague.com/olomouc/nuclear_bomb_fallout_shelter.html
Football Trip to Olomouc – Eating & Drinking
Drapal, (Havlickova 1) – Drapal has a long history in Olomouc. During communism it was one of the nicest restaurants in Olomouc. It suffered a few years as a dingy, old fashioned staple after the 1989 revolution but has recently been turned into a Pilsner Urquell themed restaurant. Consequently, although you could find the same offerings in any Pilsner Urquell restaurant, the menu is very good and the beer good quality and the prices standardised.
St Wenceslas Microbrewery’ (Svatováclavský pivovar) was never trademarked so now there are two very different businesses bearing the same name. The one in the new location at (Mariánská 4) that brews its own beer and is run by the founders of the first Microbrewery in Olomouc is distinguished by the suffix ‘Original’. Here is and overview of what they offer; All the old beers are back. The 10º Vašek (25Kč) is the understudy to the stronger and more flavourful 12º St Wenceslas, ‘Mr Brun’s 13º dark beer’, the wheat beer, cherry beer and flavoured beer (all 31-32Kč a pot) and ‘Mr Jošt’s half and half’ (řezané) which goes for 28Kč. Beneath the brewery is an old cold war nuclear fallout shelter which has been converted into a ‘beer spa’. Spa-goers bathe in a large oak tub filled with dark beer and a special mix of herbs, and complimentary light beer is served. The two hour 990Kč spa package also includes a massage and a classic sauna.
Moritz (Nesverova 2) – At one end of the L-shaped space, plate glass windows offer a peek into the brewing room where Moritz’s three beers slowly ferment in their open-topped vats. There are no organised tours of the microbrewery but if you’re there during the daytime and the brewmaster overhears you speaking English and showing a genuine interest, you might be lucky. Moritz attracts patrons of all ages, which is a refreshing change from some of Olomouc’s student venues where a thirty-year-old can be the oldest person in the pub by about eight years. The main beers are the 10° Moritz, the 11° Maisel half-dark and the stronger Moritz 12°. Start with the 10° and work your way up. The CAMRA ‘Good Beer Guide to the Czech Republic’ rates them all either 4.5 or 5 stars.
Měšťanský pivovar (Lafayettova 41) – All our beers are 100% natural ingredients, cooked for us in the Czech brewery malt, which we buy in Prostejov malt, Saaz hops and high quality brewer’s yeast. And as one of the last in the Czech Republic are used in the hop cone hops. http://www.mestanskypivovar.cz/
The BLACK STUFF Irish Pub, (1. máje 807/19) Olomouc was opened in June 2003. The interior is inspired by Irish pubs, which are renowned for their cozy, almost homely atmosphere. Order a ‘pint of the Black Stuff’ * and sit with friends at the brick bar, relax by the fireplace, or you can read in the comfortable leather seat. The whole concept of the bar is designed in the old fashion style , combining old wooden beams (the original ceiling in the front), brick and natural stone. http://blackstuff.cz
Belmondo is upstairs from the Irish bar, The Crack, in the historic water barracks building. Entry is from the Třída Svobody side, upstairs to a large hall with a generous dance floor in its centre. The rest of the space is taken up by long bar and low seating booths, some with wooden benches and tables and some with sofas and armchairs, but all designed for a clear view of the action on the dance floor. It’s an excellent layout for a nightspot let down only by the tacky decorations. http://club.belmondo.cz/, (Mlýnská 938/4)
Hanacka Hospoada – Offering a lower-key, cheaper dining alternative to the Moravská, this popular local pub serves staples like pork, chicken, and duck, but nicely turned out. A quieter no-smoking room is available at the back. According to an inscription on the outside of the house, Mozart stayed here as a young boy on a trip with his parents. (Dolní nám. 38)
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