In Litomyšl, you can relive a lot of stories, just choose the century and the historical figure with whom you want to meet. Imagine awakening in the 18th century, at breakfast you encounter the Austrian Emperor Joseph II, who has just spent a night here and is now musing about some of his other reforms over morning tea. If you find yourself in the nineteenth century, you will probably go together with local girls to drink the fresh healing waters before breakfast, as dictated by contemporary social fashion. If you were transferred to 1995 and were having a beer in the restaurant U Černého orla (The Black Eagle), you could catch a glimpse of the Spanish King himself, Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at the next table.
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The royal couple was inspired to visit Litomyšl on account of the interest of Queen Sofia in the life and work of the eminent Czech composer and native of Litomyšl Bedřich Smetana.
Litomyšl has attracted celebrities and artists for centuries. If you go to Litomyšl today, you are surrounded by muses in all of their forms. Come face to face with one of the greatest works of the contemporary Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek. In his sculptures the strong experience of meeting with antiquity, its mythology and the ideals of humanity as well as the noble mission of art are still reflected.
Walk into the mystical Portmoneum - the Museum of Josef Váchal, a picturesque world of paintings and shapes, where you will meet the mythical monsters and demons and angels that filled the mind and soul of its creator. Then you can please your taste buds with the Gastronomic festival of Magdalena Dobromila Rettigová - a legend of Czech cuisine that elevated cooking to an expression of national pride. Whatever your secret wishes and desires may be, Litomyšl is able to fulfill them. A classic spa refreshes the body, while the magic of Litomyšl uplifts the spirit.
The culinary surprises of Litomyšl are far from over with Magdalena Dobromila Rettigová and her culinary arts. Do you know the movie Chocolate with Juliette Binoche? The mysterious Vivianne in it can guess the hidden human passions and after her chocolate "treats" local residents shed their inhibitions and give in to their hitherto rejected temptations. And how does this relate to Litomyšl? A similar story is perhaps going on right now in a small shop on Litomyšl square. A few years ago it was opened by a charming owner, whose hand-molded pralines of the best kinds of chocolate from around the world have become a famous local specialty. Stop by there during your visit to Litomyšl and perhaps that small stop will change your life as well.