Department of Geoinformatics
The GeoSpatial Summer School will be held at Department of Geoinformatics, a department established in 2001 and being a part of Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc. The Department of Geoinformatics guarantees the bachelor study programme Geoinformatics and Geography, the master study programme Geoinformatics and PhD study Geoinformatics – Cartography. It also offers doctoral studies Geoinformatics and Cartography in the English language (in full-time and combined form). The department is situated approximately 15 minutes walk from the city centre, 10 minutes walk from main train station, and using public transportation network reachable from anywhere in Olomoucinto 20 minutes.
There are two fully equipped computer labs, one lecture room, one 3D printing & tech room, and one mapping room available for the participants. A common relax zone and kitchen is available as well.
Olomouc had always been among the most important cities of the Kingdom of Bohemia. With its convenient location, ancient university and spiritual, cultural and craft traditions Olomouc has been for centuries a natural centre of Moravia, attractive to artists, intellectuals and businessmen. Olomouc is the most beautiful Czech town according to world-renowned tourist guide Lonely Planet. The majestic Holy Trinity Column is a remarkable monument and since 2000 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage.
Olomouc is the fifth-largest city in the Czech Republic. It lies right in the heart of Moravia, of which it was formerly the capital. Olomouc is one of the most beautiful towns in Central Europe. Travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has ranked Olomouc among the top 10 European destinations: “Olomouc is one of the Czech Republic’s most under-rated destinations, with a great nightlife scene and a mini-Prague feel.”
For centuries, Olomouc was one of the most significant seats of the Czech kingdom, and as the natural centre of Moravia, it attracted leading artists, scholars and merchants. Its distinguished and diverse past has left the city with a superb collection of historical treasures, making Olomouc the second-largest historical monument preservation area in the country after Prague.
Today Olomouc is the seat of the medieval Palacký University, the second-oldest university in the Czech Republic, established in 1573. The city is also home to the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, several interesting museums, theatres and clubs.
The most famous sights include the Holy Trinity Column (a Unesco World Heritage Site), an astronomical clock on the front of the Olomouc town hall, a group of six baroque fountains and the modern Arion fountain.
Visitors can experience 1,000 years of history when they visit the cathedral and palaces on the Wenceslas mound. It was at this historical site, known as Olomouc castle, that the last ruler of the Přemyslid dynasty died by the sword, and where the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his Sixth Symphony.
See also: http://tourism.olomouc.eu/welcome/en
Getting to Olomouc
Olomouc is reached easily from Prague, Vienna or Brno international airports. From Václav Havel Airport Prague, take a shuttle bus (Airport Express, ticket 60CZK [2.4 EUR]) operating from 5.30 am to 10.30 pm. The Other option is to take a taxi to Prague railway station (Praha Hlavní nádraží, approximately 540CZK [21.3 EUR] per car). There are many direct trains every day from Prague to Olomouc (distance 250km; travel time 2 hours 15 minutes; The Czech Rail company trains, RegioJet trains, Leo Express trains). For train schedule and prices, visit idos.cz., average ticket price 220CZK (8.7 EUR).
Olomouc’s nearest international airport is Brno-Tuřany Airport, 74km from Olomouc (50 minutes by car). However, it is a small airport and serves only flights from London airports (Stansted and Luton). We can arrange a car to pick you up.
If you choose to fly to Vienna International Airport, the host organisation can provide transport from Vienna airport to Olomouc. Alternatively, you can take a direct bus to Olomouc (distance approximately 280km, visit le.cz or flixbus.co.uk) or travel by train from Vienna train station (for further details visit idos.cz, cd.cz, regiojet.com).
Olomouc is conveniently accessible by car from Prague (approx. 3h), Vienna (approx. 2h 35min), Poland and Slovakia. When driving on the motorway you will need to pay road tax.
Olomouc is also accessible by train, with access to some high-speed trains. There are three railway companies operating in the Czech Republic: The Czech Rail company trains, Leo Express trains and RegioJet trains. For timetables and detailed information, please refer to idos.cz.
Accommodation (Palacky University Olomouc Accomodation Facilities – around 100 steps from the Department of Geoinformatics)