Have you visited the North Bohemia region of the Czech Republic?
Just a short 1-hour drive from the Czech Republic capital, Prague, the region of North Bohemia offers a lot for the visitor. From scenic landscapes, the River Elbe, picturesque historical towns, unique rock structures, chateaux, wineries, craft beer and local gastronomic delights.
The North Bohemia region is usually left off the well-travelled tourist paths in the Czech Republic. But a town well worth a visit in the region is the pretty royal town of Litomerice.
Litomerice is one of the oldest towns in the Czech Republic, dating back to the 10th century. The town was granted ‘royal status’ by King Premysi Otakar II in 1262.
Litomerice is only 64 km from Prague and is located on the junction of the two rivers – the Elbe and Ohre.
Bus services to Litomerice leave from Nadrazi Holesovice station in Prague and the trip takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Two of the most popular hotels are the Grand Hotel Salva and the Hotel Roosevelt. Both are well recommended and provide the required comforts.
A popular restaurant which is located in the centre of Litomerice in Peace Square is Restaurant Capra.
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Peace Square (Mirove Namesti) is the place to begin your exploration of Litomerice. The square is home to some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in the whole of the Czech Republic. Some of these buildings are the longest inhabited homes throughout the Czech Republic.
Some of the must-sees are:
- Town Hall – the oldest Renaissance building in town.
- The Tower (Chalice) – we recommend that you climb the 99 steps to the top for outstanding 360-degree views.
- The 1731 Jesuit Church which is now Bohemian Gallery of Fine Arts.
- The 16th century Renaissance Black Eagle House built in 1564 with its unique façade.
- The Bishops Residence with its large library on the ground floor that dates back to the 18th century.
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral built in the 14th century in Gothic style.
- Litomerice Castle – a Gothic castle that dates back to the 13th century.
- The Gothic Twin House – oldest standing burgess house.
Architectural styles in Litomerice include Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance. Of the 256 buildings, 104 are classified as national monuments.
Litomerice, and the North Bohemian region in general, is famous for its wines. Although it is the smallest wine region in the Czech Republic, it is one of the oldest, with vines having been planted in the 14th century by Emperor Charles IV.
A great day out can be had at the Johann W Winery at Trebivlice, just 22 km from Litomerice. White and red wines are produced from their 35-hectare vineyard. Accommodation is available on-site.
We recommend spending at least a couple of nights visiting the historical town of Litomerice as a side-trip from Prague.
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