Olomouc Christmas Market, 2014

Arriving at the upper square to the sight of Olomouc town hall and the Christmas market.
Arriving at the upper square to the sight of Olomouc town hall and the Christmas market.

A Bit Up the Road and a Bit Different

In December of 2014, we took a day trip to the central Moravian city of Olomouc to take in their Christmas market. It has many of the same aspects to markets you may find in other parts of the country plus an atmosphere all its own.

Part of the atmosphere comes from the fact that the market is spread fairly evenly between the upper and lower parts of the main square, this ensures that crowds are also well distributed so there aren’t too many claustrophobic spots to get stuck in.

Many of the same items you can find at other markets can be found here, plus a few unique regional items. When it comes to drinks, punch is very prevalent at the Olomouc market as opposed to primarily hot wine available at home in Brno.

The town hall sits as a centerpiece on the upper square alongside the striking UNESCO listed Holy Trinity Column and both lend to the unique feel of the market which surrounds them. A trip up the tower of the town hall gave us a great overall view of the layout.

That said, here’s some scenes from the day:

Holly Trinity Column, market stalls and Christmas tree as seen from the town hall tower.
Holy Trinity Column, market stalls and Christmas tree as seen from the town hall tower.
Illuminated stars decorating the town hall.
Illuminated stars decorating the town hall.
Traditional blown glass Christmas tree toppers and other ornaments.
Traditional blown glass Christmas tree toppers and other ornaments.
These fellows were playing seasonal tunes at the junction of the upper and lower squares.
These fellows were playing seasonal tunes at the junction of the upper and lower squares.
More handmade glass ornaments.
More handmade glass ornaments.
One of several stalls selling ceramics.
One of several stalls selling ceramics.
A view across the lower square as evening sets in.
A view across the lower square as evening sets in.
One last look at the town hall and column before heading home.
One last look at the town hall and column before heading home.

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