The journey to the musical mammoths and the places associated with them begins in the historic city of Polička
, with a morning stroll tour of its sights through the medieval fortifications
encircling almost the entire original town. Stroll through the streets of the city
, notice the historic houses
and the palatial plague column
at the square Palackého náměstí, which is next to the exhibition hall
. Full of the atmosphere of the city you will then head towards the Church of St. James
, where the fate of the famous composer Bohuslav Martinů began to be written. Go to the Centre of Bohuslav Martinů
, where you can fully learn about his life and work and then visit his birthplace
in the church tower. Around noon a trip to nearby Litomyšl
awaits you, where you can choose lunch in one of the great restaurants. After lunch passing through the square Smetanovo náměstí
where you will notice the monument to Bedřich Smetana
, you will head towards the former castle brewery
, where you can visit the exhibition in the Family home of Bedřich Smetana
. You can relax in the nearby Monastery gardens
, where classical music quietly sounds at the pool. From there, you will move to the Smetana Family House
, a beautiful neo-Renaissance building whose lofty spaces are used for cultural events. If you are in Litomyšl at the time of Smetana’s Litomyšl, you can finish your day by visiting one of the concerts of the International Opera Festival, which are held throughout the city, including the castle.
Litomyšl is about 170 kilometers from the center of Prague. The journey by car takes about two hours. By train or by bus the journey takes 2-3 h. The train station is located within walking distance of the city centre.
Litomyšl and Polička are divided by 19 km, which can be traveled by car in less than half an hour. With regular bus connections, you can cover the distance in 25-60 minutes. Polička is about 190 kilometers from the center of Prague.