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After spending a day sightseeing in Prague, we got up early and took a train to Olomouc.  After Prague, Olomouc is the largest culturally and architecturally significant city in the Czech Republic.

Jesus has a lot of nice houses in Olomouc.  The number of churches in what is a fairly compact old city is astounding, if not baffling and the design and decor of the churches spans the scale from austere to absurd.  A little surprisingly, despite rivaling Prague in terms of architecture, Olomouc has far less tourists.  Although we bumped into a couple of large groups whilst walking around, the town seemed far less busy and in some ways, far less tainted.

Rather than elbowing through hordes at every attraction, most places seemed to either be empty or be occupied only by the occasional local.  Perhaps the best example would be the honesty system in place at the entry to St. Moris church tower; a tin box with the entry cost painted on the side is all that stands between anyone and a climb up the very old helix staircase to the top of the tower.  Reaching the top of the helix staircase you find yourself in a very functional bell tower where you climb some more stairs and push open a plastic trapdoor to access the roof.

Other attractions are similar; small signs occasionally indicate that you should exercise common sense (respect the silence of the sanctuary , no dogs, no ice-cream) but are otherwise deserted and charge no admission.  Walking around, you begin to realise that although it sounds a little conceited and selfish, this is the experience you hope for when you travel - you have the sites and experience to yourself.  No noisy tourists, no pushing, no one walking in front of your camera, no getting stuck behind oblivious slow-moving, five-wide groups in narrow alleys.

The largest spire in Moravia at 125m.

An exceptionally Baroque church.

And the interior.

A medieval-era church with enormous bell tower.  We went up.

The very long double-helix staircase.

And the view from the top - possibly one of the world's best drinking balconies.

The Holy Trinity Column in the town square.

A statue celebrating the glorious union between man and dolphin.

Olomouc would definitely be somewhere I would suggest that anyone traveling to East Europe visits.

Day done, we headed back to Prague to scrub up before joining a pub crawl.