A quiet town in Czech Republic located just a couple of hours from Prague is wonderful. A picturesque town of Litomysl is small in size yet big on experiences.
You can do a simple day trip from Prague or stay there for a night & explore Litomyšl at leisure. I’d recommend doing it in 2 days because there’s no point in rushing when you are on a vacation. 😉
How to reach?
You can reach Litomyšl from Prague easily by car (2 hours), by bus (3 hours) or by train (3 hours). I recommend traveling to Litomyšl by train. You will have to change a train at Choceň so the route is like Prague – Choceň – Litomyšl. It is one of the most scenic train journeys I’ve ever taken.
Starting point: Old town square
1. Old Town Square
The prettiest of them all. The old town square of Litomyšl is definitely one of the breath-taking sights. The structures around the square are almost 1,000 years old & yet that stand strong against the time.
All the best restaurants, bakeries, cafes & souvenir shops are located in or around the old town square. If you want to buy something from the supermarkets, make sure you reach there before 5:30 PM.
2. Litomysl Castle
The castle of Litomyšl was declared as the UNESCO Heritage site in 1999. The castle is about 336 years old & preserved very well. The tourist information center is just outside the castle gate. They arrange castle tours on a regular basis.
Visit the Palace theatre inside the castle which is about 220 years old. A simple sight of this grand place is mind-blowing.
3. Sculptures of Olbram Zoubek
The famous Czech sculptor & designer Olbram Zoubek’s second home is Litomysl . A permanent exhibition of his work can be admired in the Litomysl Castle Vault Gallery & the garden area. Each sculpture has a story behind it.
4. Tvar Church
Just opposite the Litomysl Castle, you can see a magnificent structure standing tall. That’s Tvar Church. Tvar church is a real beauty from inside. The peace & tranquility of this space can’t be explained in words, it can just be experienced.
5. The Oldest House of Litomysl
Thanks to our guide, Lucie Adamcova, we began our tour of Litomysl in a different manner. She took us from a different route which involved seeing the oldest house of the town! This house was built in 1672, which means it is about 344 years old! :O
Litomysl is not just a town. The outskirt of the town is really beautiful. You can walk through the jungle or walk near farmlands. There is also an interesting sport played here. It is called FootballGolf & it’s played exactly like how it sounds. Give it a try.
7. Streets of Litomysl
The true beauty of Europe lies in its narrow lanes & pretty streets. Litomysl is full of beautifully placed streets, hidden cafes & humble souvenir shops. The town square is one of the best places to spend the evening.
Litomysl indeed was one of the prettiest places I’ve been to & I can’t wait to get back. If you are planning a trip to Europe, make sure Litomysl is one of the destinations.