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General Life in Czech Republic
The home of Palacky University, Olomouc, sits in the fertile basin of the Morava River – Central Moravia, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Olomouc is at the foot of the Jeseniky Mountains, which offers skiing, hiking and camping within easy travel distance (in the Winter, cross-country skiing is available after a mere 15-minute bus ride). The climate is mild, averaging 20°C (70° F) in the Summer. Although much to everyone´s pleasure here, temperatures can soar up to 30°C (86°F). In Winter, average temperature is about 0°C (32°F), but do expect the season to bring you a few cold spells here and there, so a temperature of even -20°C (-4°F) should not come as a great surprise.
Many students may be unfamiliar with the Czech Republic, the life style and what it offers. They soon discover that Olomouc, the home of the Palacký University, provides amenities found in any other Western city of similar size. The 100,000 inhabitants of Olomouc live in the cultural, business, and religious centre of its region. Those longing for a taste of more ‘big-city’ life, Prague, Brno, Vienna, and other European cities are just a 2 to 3 hour train ride away (the journey to Prague takes almost exactly 2 hours on the fast train and costs slightly over 10 Euros one way).
According to the well acclaimed tourist guide ‘Lonely Planet,’ Olomouc is known for its beautiful architecture and calm lifestyle; one of Europe’s hidden treasures. It is as beautiful as Prague, only nowhere near as busy. The narrow streets in the city centre, the little bars and cosy cafes with their home baked delicious cakes, will grab your heart and always have you coming back for more.