Litomerice Travel Guide

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    Litomerice
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    View to All Saint's Church
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    View over Litomerice
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Litomerice Things to Do

  • BAROQUE PALACE OF CHAPTER'S CONSISTORY

    One of the buildings on Cathedral Hill, is the Baroque palace of Chapter's Consistory, built by the same Italian architect who built many buildings in Litomerice. This one, was built between the years 1735-1738, originally to be used as a seminary, but later as a Chapter's Consistory. The Palace's facade is richly decorated with lots of stucco...

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  • DOME HILL / CATHEDRAL HILL

    Dome Hill I could easily see! It looked interesting as I could see a church [St. Stephen's Cathedral] and a Tower. Keeping these in my sights, I made my way up the hill and through an archway to where these to buildings were located. This area, is the oldest place in Litomerice, where the first Slavonic settlements appeared in the 8th century. The...

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  • THE BISHOPS RESIDENCE/PALACE

    As you can see by my photo, I didn't get much of a view of the Bishops Palace. I couldn't do any better either, AS IT'S CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.The baroque Palace was built on the site of the original chapter house, between the years 1683-1701. It is visible from afar, because of its location on Dome Hill overlooking the Elbe river. It is a historical...

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  • SAINT STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL

    Another very old building is St. Stephen's Cathedral, built in 1057 as an Episcopal Cathedral. Once again, the style has been changed over the years, starting off in Romanesque style, then converted to Gothic style, then demolished - work that one out!So, between 1664-68 it was built again, this time as a Baroque cathedral, the one still standing...

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  • DLOUHA STREET & GATE

    First I had better tell you the Gate no longer exists so you won't go looking for it. It was once located at the end of Dlouha street, hence the name "Dlouha Gate." Built in the form of a Tower in 1405, the Gate completed the city fortification system after it was extended during the reign of King Charles IV, during the 14th century. In 1863, the...

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  • COURTHOUSE & PRISON

    This very large and imposing building I didn't know what it was when here. Since then, I have found out it was built in 1908 in pseudo Renaissance style and used up till 1949, as a regional courthouse, along with municipal court, notary, and state security service. Today there is the regional court and other state institutions. What it didn't look...

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  • ALL SAINTS CHURCH

    All Saints Church was first mentioned in 1235. As the Church is very old, it is a historically valuable architectural monument of Litomerice. The centre of the building is Romanesque and originates from 12th century, how-ever, through much re-buillding the Church changed to Gothic style in 1480, then between 1718 - 1719, to Baroque style, done by...

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  • TOWN FORTIFICATIONS

    When we first arrived at Litomerice, it was the fortifications that grabbed our attention. I have since found out they were not the original from 1257, these have long gone! These are newer that make up the border.Built in Gothic style, there is an inner wall, topped with toothed battlements and square turrets, this is from the second half of the...

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  • CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LADY

    The Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady was another I could see in the distance. I decided to make my way to it, only to find it was being restored and was closed - It is normally closed, so outside views are what you get. This Church was also built in Baroque style by Octavio Broggio between 1701-31. After the dissolution of the Jesuit order in...

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  • CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

    The small chapel of St.John the Baptist has a rather plain exterior. This Church dates from 1676, and inside contains a Renaissance tombstone from the year 1573, original sculptures from the plague column and baroque statues from the original bridge over the River Elbe.Above the entrance portal is the coat of arms of the Count of Sternberk, the 2nd...

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  • PEACE SQUARE - MIROVE NAMESTI

    This very large square, one of the biggest in the Czech Repbulic, has been here since the 13th century. Evidently, size meant importance in the olden days when it was used as a market place. It still is used as a market place, we arrived as the last of the stalls were packing up! It is an attractive square, so I could understand why it's considered...

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  • ENJOY THE ARCHITECTURE IN PEACE SQUARE

    Peace Square , [Mirove Namesti] I have already written about. What I don't understand, is why information is only on two of the buildings in the square? I found many more just as interesting as those two!I walked the whole square which is surrounded by beautiful coloured Gothic & Renaissance houses and buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th...

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  • THE HOUSE OF U KALICHA

    The House of "U Kalicha" is another interesting building in Peace Square. This house was also built by the same Italian that built "The house of the black Eagle."The house is known as "Pod bání" ("Under the Cupola") after its 16th century observation tower in the shape of a goblet. This was added to the house by the owner to make his house more...

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  • HOUSE OF THE BLACK EAGLE

    The House of the Black Eagle was built by an Italian builder in 1564, in Renaissance style with sgraffiti on its façade showing folk stories and biblical scenes . In 1650 it became the seat of the Oulík knights. The Emperor, Ferdinand III stayed there for a short time in 1650. At the same time, he granted special privileges to this house. Looking...

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  • CHURCH OF ST. WENCESLAS

    This isn't the original Church from 1363, that gothic building was destroyed during the Thirty Years War. This attractive "new' Church, was built between 1714-17 in appreciation for the retreat of the plague. An Orthodox Church since 1945, I could see the statue of St. Wenceslas, Czech prince and patron saint of the Czech Republic, of whom the...

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  • FOUNTAIN IN PEACE SQUARE

    I must have been too early for the Fountains to be operating! Here, at Litomerice, was the same as everywhere else I had been, the fountains were dry - what a shame!This baroque fountain from 1715, would have been nice to see working, as the water would have come out of the four Dolphin's mouths. A circular shell sits upon their raised tails.The...

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  • PLAGUE COLUMN

    Wandering around Peace Square, I found the Plague column, erected out of gratitude for having overcome the epidemic which claimed approx. 400 lives in Litomerice. The Baroque column was erected in 1681 and has the Immaculate Virgin Mary on a crescent moon, and a Snake wrapped around earth to symbolize the original sin. At the base are the Saints,...

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  • THE OLD TOWN HALL

    This heavy looking, but quite attractive Renaissance styled building in Peace Square, was built between 1537-39.It was used as a Town Hall up to the year 1839, now it is home to the Regional Homeland Museum.I didn't visit the Museum due to lack of time. It would have been nice to see the wood-paneled assembly hall, with its relief decoration of...

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  • THE ROYAL CASTLE - KRALOVSKY HRAD

    The Royal Castle didn't look much of a Castle to me, probably as what is in my photo, together with the remnants of fortification and one tower, is all that remains. The Castle was built in the 13th century during the reign of the King Premsyl Otakar II. It's situated in the northwestern part of Litomerice and was actually part of the city walls....

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  • The most charming park

    As I wrote on the intro page, Litomerice doesn't exactly live up to its nickname "Garden of Bohemia" - there are not too many parks/gardens in town. One of the parks, however, is really very beautiful. It is located just outside the northwestern corner of the old town (castle) and includes the former city fortifications.The well preserved part of...

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  • Former Jesuit church

    This impressive church with two towers is a landmark of the cityscape, clearly visible from the river and the train (to Litomerice mesto station). It was built by G. Broggio from 1701 on and completed by his son O. Broggio in 1731. From what I read the interior must be equally beautiful with amazing stucco works and frescos, a magnificent altar ......

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  • North Bohemian Art Gallery

    This art gallery is a gem. It is tucked away in a small alley, leading from the main square Mirove namesti in direction of the cathedral hill, located in a townhouse in Renaissance style from 1569 - vaults, the Saxon style portal and sgraffiti are preserved. The facade to the Michalska alley is a work of O. Broggio from about 1730.They have...

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  • St. Jakob church and monastery

    The oldest monastery in town was founded in 1223 by Franciscan monks. In the 30-years war the buildings were severely damaged and O. Broggio built a new one, which was completed in 1755, 13 years after his death. In 1785 the Dominicans moved in.From what I read the church has a beautiful interior, the impressive main altar from 1769 is a work of J....

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  • Castle

    The castle, built in the second half of the 13th century by King Premysl Otakar II, became a part of the town's fortifications. In 1499 King Vladislav II handed it over to the town's authorities and since then it was used as economy building. In 1655 it burnt down and 11767/68 it was rebuilt as brewery, later it served as storage. Not a very heroic...

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Litomerice Restaurants

  • Cafe Andel

    It was a day with rain on and off, I had already spent a couple of hours sightseeing and visited museums, so I decided I needed a break. Cafe Andel is right on the main square Mirove namesti under the arcades, next to Radnicni Sklipek restaurant, very convenient for tourists and excellent for people watching. I had a table under the arcades, sat in...

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  • Salva Guarda

    The leading hotel in Litomerice occupies one of the landmark townhouses, a building from the late Gothic era, redesigned in Renaissance style in the 16th century, facades decorated with sgraffiti - so it is not to miss. They also have a restaurant and in 2013 I had lunch there.It was cold and rainy, so I took a seat in the vaulted dining room...

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  • Radnicni Sklipek

    This restaurant right on the main square Mirove namesti has a very nice terrace in front and half under the arcades. The restaurant room is downstairs in the vaulted medieval cellars. This is also where the entrance to the tourist site "medieval cellars" is - ask the staff for admission.I had very good lunch there. Appetizer was goose liver wrapped...

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Litomerice Transportation

  • Driving

    If you really must ... It's the least recommended mode of travel IMO. Granted, roads are in pretty good condition, and Litomerice is close to the motorway E55/A17/D8 Dresden - Prague. But traffic is thick, parking in the old town is possible but not free, gas is not exactly cheap in the Czech Republic anymore - and driving along the narrow cobbled...

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  • Labe - Elbe ticket

    If you're travelling in the border region Czech Republic and Germany, say, between Litomerice and Dresden, you might purchase the Labe-Elbe ticket (in the Czech Republic) or the Elbe-Labe ticket (in Germany). It allows free travel on both sides of the border for the whole day, in Germany in the VVO transportation network (www.vvo-online.de)...

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  • Bus

    The main bus station is right next to the train station Litomerice-mesto. From the main square it is a five minutes walk down Dlouha street to get there. There are no bus stops in the old town proper, but along the main street that runs around it.Buses run to many destinations: Close by towns like Terezin (concentration camp memorial site!),...

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Litomerice Off The Beaten Path

  • MELNIK TO LITOMERICE

    It was by car we travelled from Melnik to Litomerice, most of the way following the River Elbe.The drive is quite scenic, passing by many small villages in the distance. As with most, it was the Church & spire that stood out!We passed by lots of houses situated on the hillsides, I wondered if they were summer homes or perhaps people lived in them...

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  • City Park

    The largest park in town is the city park, called "Jiraskovy sady". It is located close to the train station Litomerice-horni nadrazi where I arrived/departed on my latest visit. It is designed as an English park, opened in 1892.There is a monument for the (Soviet) Red Army soldier in the southeastern corner of the park, created by O. Petros in...

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  • Pekarska street

    If you are interested in *real* life in the Czech Republic, outside of tourist zones, then you can have that in Litomerice, too. A good example is Pekarska street, a side street from Domska (which leads to the cathedral hill.Pekarska is lined by townhouses from the 18th and 19th century, usually in pretty bad shape, then opens up to a small square...

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Litomerice Favorites

  • VISIT TEPLICE

    Litomerice was on our way to Dresden in Germany. If you don't wish to move on, then Litomerice is quite a good base to see some of the surrounding towns.Terezin is one, the town where horrific war crimes took place.Just 40kms from Litomerice, it the city of Teplice, which is a Spa Town. Like other Spa towns in the Czech Republic, it exhumes beauty,...

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  • THOSE QUAINT & INTERESTING BITS &...

    I love exploring a town like Litomerice! I have found the Czech Republic to have wonderful brightly painted buildings, some plain although the most are a bit fancy, some with quite a lot of stucco work which I find attractive.I walked around the old town centre, quite easy to do and you really can't get lost.I love old doors and archways, and here...

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  • Drinking water

    One VERY helpful thing for the tourist that I saw in Litomerice is a drinking water fountain. It is located on Dlouha street, in the central part, at the corner to Dominikanska street. It is nicely designed, too.Push the button - eh voila! Water appears and you can drink.

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