Pardubice

Enjoy Pardubice Like We Do

Pardubice

If you love [perník], horse races, flat track motorcycle racing or ice hockey, then Pardubice is the place for you. In East Bohemia there also many other quaint towns with a relaxed atmosphere where a short visit has the same effect as half a year of daily yoga. Take our advice and give Litomyšl a try.
 
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The beautiful architecture and cultural [duch] of this town, with its Renaissance chateau listed by UNESCO, has always provided inspiration for the creation of excellent [hudba], fine art and literature. We are well aware that the most sublime ideas require time to mature. And in Litomyšl, we try to create the best conditions for such maturation.
Renaissance chateau from the 16th century
The majestic white facades with their geometric and figural sgraffito and the grandeur of the chateau grounds beckon our dormant knowledge of art history to stir. For assistance we can take one of the thematic [prohlídky], where we can learn about the great halls, the unique chateau [divadlo], the chapel or the secret underground passages.
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We can easily spend hours in the chateau complex. But after a walk through the French and English style park, a visit to the [konírny], the riding hall, carriage hall or the Baroque Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross we've worked up an appetite. Fortunately, the chateau brewery dating back to 1630 is well prepared. By the way, composer Bedřich Smetana was born here on the ground floor.
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Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems, My Homeland, is one of the most internationally acclaimed things we Czechs have ever produced (also the sugar cube, the word [robot] or contact lenses). Seriously, it's fantastic music. In his honor, we have named the [divadlo] and main square after him, and the classical music festival Smetanova Litomyšl. And we also only drink coffee with [smetana].
Monastery gardens
Just a few steps from chateau you will find heaven on earth – monastery gardens with a view over the old town. Here we like to stretch out on the [tráva] and listen to some classical music, accompanied by the carefree sounds of children splashing about in the fountain with sculptures by Olbram Zoubek. This is [pohoda].
Josef Váchal a Portmoneum
Another major Czech figure associated with Litomyšl is Josef Váchal – malíř [painter] and writer, whose complex and colourful mystical world can be seen on the walls and furniture of the Portmoneum Museum (as well as in the faces of more attuned visitors). Sgrafitto inspired by his [Krvavý román] has since 1998 decorated the walls of houses on Josef Váchal Street in the centre of Litomyšl.
 
 
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© Horský resort Dolní Morava
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© Horský resort Dolní Morava
If we have a day or two more and aren't lounging around or listening to Smetana's My Homeland in bed, then it's certainly worth venturing out of town. Some of our favourite destinations include the pristine nature of Ždárský vrchy, the sandstone rock formations of Toulovcovy maštale, or the area around Králický sněžník Mountain, with a breathtaking [stezka] in the clouds or the [klášter] at Hora Matky Boží.

You can find other tips for trips here or here.
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