Litomysl Things to Do
Not all the buildings in Litomysl have been restored and are well looked after. Where we parked out car quite close to the Chateau, we had a chance to see a couple of the original old Czech homes. Also, as we left town, we saw some more. The house had extremely high long roofs and the living part looked quite squat.Quite interesting to see the...more
Another plus for me and Litomysl were the beautiful renaissance shopping arcades and the store fronts. Nearly all of the Arcades have been preserved and are original. They were built so the people doing their shopping on a rainy day could keep their feet dry.The shop fronts were what I hadn't seen anywhere else in the Czech republic. Most of them...more
This would have to be one of nicest town squares in the Czech Republic - my opinion.It really isn't square, it is a long and wide street. The square was originally formed alongside a trading route, so I guess this is how the shape came to be.I lovely the variety and colour of the buildings in the square. The styles are baroque, classical and...more
Litomysl has no shortage of beautiful buildings! The Smetana Hall is another one built in lovely neo-renaissance style with some art nouveau elements. I only saw the exterior, so I can only tell you that on reading about the interior and seeing photos, it looks quite magnificent. Major events are held here including the international Opera...more
Váchalova Street is a street decorated with sgrafitto, a street which I think is a MUST SEE.It is not old sgrafitto, but new, as it was completed in 1998. The scenes represent woodcarvings from Váchal’s novel, " The Bloody Novel."A small house at 75 Tereza Nováková street also has a link to the "Bloody Novel." This is Josef Portmans house which was...more
Located around Litomysl are bronze plaques attached to many of the buildings of which you can follow to see monuments and places where famous people once lived in Litomysl. Important people were composer Bedøich Smetana, writers Bozena Nemcova and Tereza Novakova, the astronomer Zdenek Kopal, the naturalist Jan Evangelista Purkyne. I didn't know...more
What a beautiful renaissance building this was!This building opened its doors in 1907 as a student teaching institute. It is the only college in the Czech Republic where they can educate future teachers. Students can choose between a focus on Leisure education, Preschool Education and Special Education.more
This Church was another building that was surrounded by mess because of renovations. No entry was allowed. Major artists worked on decorating this Church. I could see the statues of the four evangelist, that was all though! The vault of the dome was painted in 1728, but was destroyed by fire and has never been replaced. The organ, the same, has...more
Before I left home, I had decided I wanted to visit Chateau Litomysl. We arrived at the Chateau and easily found a car park, fancy that! I thought a car park would have been hard to find. So, after locking the car, I head to the entrance and guess what! no entry - Chateau closed because of renovations! Oh no!It was meant to be open and wasn't,...more
The old town hall and its tower are located in Smetana Square. Both were built in 1418 and today are the oldest parts of the building still standing. The baroque façade is from the 18th century, and an unusual modern astrological clock from 1907. Into the town hall wall, is the "Litomysl cubit." Years ago, this was used by merchants as a measuring...more
One of the first attractive buildings I saw, was the Knight's Hall or Dum U Rytiru. The stone façade is decorated with figures and patterns, and is well worth stopping to take a look at and a photo! The sculptures are of two Knights who stand either side of the central window, and a student, a merchant, a mermaid, a lion and a unicorn. The building...more
BY CAR TO OLOMOUC
The drive by car to Olomouc from Litomysl is a distance of 86 kms, along highways 35 & E442. The roads were good, even so, you need to allow approx. 1.5hours travel time.
Interested in the scenery? Well, it's farm land, so we saw plenty of crops being grown and farmers ploughing their land. We passed by some pretty villages and saw hills in the distance, altogether, it was quite a scenic drive.
If you need to use public transport to reach Olomouc, you can catch one of the direct buses which run several times each day
Take a train towards Prague as far as Èeská Tøebová and transfer to a local bus for the last 10minutes of the journey. If the connection between train and bus is good, the trip can take as little as 75 minutes instead of 1.5 hours.Related to:
- Road Trip
BAKERY & CONFECTIONARY SÁZAVA: ICE-CREAM!
Walking underneath the Arcades in Smetana Square was a chance to see what Czech people buy. I did notice a lot of people with a yummy looking ice-cream in a cone.
I found the shop, and was it doing a great business! The shop had a small window so you could buy an ice-cream directly from the street.
The ice-cream is what we call soft-serve in Australia - In other words, it comes from a machine.
The ice-cream is called "zmrzlina" It was nice and very cheap. (25czk)
The shop sells a lot of other food items and is a Bakery as well.
Usually opens from 6.30 - 5.30 pm and on Saturdays from 8 -11.30 pmRelated to:
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Fondest memory: If you visit Litomysl you will never forget the feeling, when you are walking along the city streets. GENIUS LOCI, a latin saying, completely gives a true picture of it. See http:// www.litomysl.cz for all details.Related to:
- Family Travel