Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

the first stage of hiking

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Basic information about the trail

Svatý Kopeček near Olomouc is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Czech Republic. The local basilica is a gem of Baroque architecture. On the way to Olomouc, you will not only enjoy breathtaking views of the countryside – on one side of the Haná River, on the other side of the Jeseníky Mountains, but also several places that are definitely worth a longer stop. It is Velká Bystřice, a village known for its adherence to Haná traditions, or of course the city of Olomouc itself – the historical centre with the unique Holy Trinity Column, the astronomical clock, a set of Baroque fountains, the Morava River, forts, beautiful parks and mysterious romantic streets.

What's ahead of us?

Starting point: Svatý Kopeček

Ending point: Olomouc

Distance: 12,9 km

Estimated travel time: 3:22 hours

Difficulty: low

Altitude: ascent 7 m, descent 148 m

Surface: paved asphalt road, forest and field paths

Critical points: none

Our tip:

If you plan to visit the sights in Olomouc, book at least an extra day because it’s really worth it.

What can be seen?

Archaeological, pilgrimage, technical and natural monuments.

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Basilica of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Zoo Olomouc

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Fort Radíkov

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc


Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Cultural and Information Centre

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Column of the Holy Trinity - UNESCO

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Archbishop's Palace

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc
Trails in Czechia

St. Wenceslas Cathedral

Olomouc churches and temples

Svatý Kopeček - Olomouc

Villa Primavesi

Where to eat and sleep?

Restaurants and accommodation along the trail.

U Kameňa

Pension Fojtství

Pension Zámeček Varna

Hotel Chateau Velká Bystřice

Pension Morava

Accommodation in Olomouc

Reasturants in Olomouc

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Photos from hiking.

Why walk the trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route?

The long-distance trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route invite you to pilgrimage sites and archaeological sites that have contributed significantly to the development of Slavic culture. They are signposted in both directions and encourage wandering without borders, not only state borders.

What can be obtained?

Perhaps everyone likes to bring back something from hiking, be it various tourist and souvenir items. If you will be hiking the Cyril and Methodius Route, we have prepared the following printed materials to motivate you to hike the trail: