Regional capital: Olomouc
A region with a long and colourful history, rich historical heritage and traditions, and picturesque landscape areas. The Olomouc Region is an increasingly attractive destination for foreign investor who appreciate its strategic location, industrial and economic diversity, easy accessibility, developed infrastructure and skilled and flexible workforce. The leading investors are Meopta and Olympus C&S (United Stataes and Germany) in Prerov and Honeywell-Mora Aerospace (United States) in Olomouc. Other major inverstors include Miele (Germany, www.miele.cz) in Unicov and Toray Textiles (Japan, www.toray.cz) in Prostejov. The region’s central Hana flatand is one of the most fertile parts of the Czech Republic, as well as a major centre of folk culture and heritage. Hana is known for is atmosphere of cordiality and hospitality as well as for its distinct dialect, customs, songs, dances and folk costumes that can be admired during traditional festival (harvest, kermesse and carnival feasts). Part of the region’s folk culture are typical local products such as “Olomouke tvaruzky” (strong-smelling ripened soft cheese produced in Lostice for more than six centuries), local beers (Litovel, Hanusovice nd Prerov breweries), and the Priessnitz herbal liqueur (named after Vincenz Priessnitz, a pioneer of hydrotherapy). The historical heritage includes Helfstyn Castle (annually hosting the Hefaiston, an international gathering of artist blacksmiths -www.helfstyn.cz), and the Bouzov (www.bouzov.cz) and Sternberk (www.sternberk.cz) castles with a fairly atmosphere. The regional capital Olomouc (www.olomouc.eu) is a particularly rich in historical monuments. Its long history and traditional status as an archbishop’s seat and university town (the present Palacky University in Olomouc was founded in the 16th century) make Olomouc the natural centre of its region.
Olomouc, Holy Trinity Column
The memorial column, erected in the early years of the 18th century, is an outstanding example of the type of monument specific to Central Europe. The 35 metres high column is built in the characteristic regional style known as Olomouc Baroque and decorated with many sculptures by the distinguished Moravian Ondrej Zahner.
A compound comprising a historical paper mill was founded by the Zerotin family in 1596. The production of handmade paper continues to this day, making Velke Losiny the oldest plant of its kind in Central Europe. The paper mill is on the tentative list of properties considered suitable for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.