The royal city of Litoměřice on the confluence of the Elbe and Ohře is one of the most beautiful in the Czech Republic. The extensive historical centre of the city has dozens of streets and squares. The colourful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance buildings right in the centre of the city, bordered to a great extent by well-preserved Gothic fortifications, will enchant you. The greatest Czech romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha also succumbed to the charm of Litoměřice. The renowned wine from nearby Velké Žernoseky will certainly make your walk through the city all the more pleasant.
Allow yourself to be enchanted by the architecturally valuable houses on the squares in Litoměřice. The Town Hall in the style of the Saxon renaissance, the “Kalich” House also known as “Pod Bání” with a roof terrace where the rich townsfolk used to meet over a glass of wine and the Renaissance “Černý orel” House has preserved its original appearance with wonderful sgrafitto work. Not only the palatial houses, but also the countless important churches such as the Gothic Church of All Saints with its Renaissance broach roofs, the Church of the Annunciation of the Lady Mary representing the pinnacle of work by the Italian architect Antonio Octavio Broggio or the Baroque Cathedral of St. Stephen, which was built by Domenico Orsi who was brought in from Prague, represent only a fraction of the places you should visit in Litoměřice.
Get to know the historical underground of Litoměřice
Make sure to also visit the underground of the royal city of Litoměřice, which holds some of the most extensive corridors in the Czech Republic. The length of the route, on which you will visit the lapidary of the Regional Homeland Museum, is 366 metres. Try some of the specialities of the Town Hall Cellar, which is set in the original surroundings of a Gothic cellar. Don’t forget to visit the medieval castle in Litoměřice, where the exhibition of Czech viniculture combined with a tasting session of traditional Czech varieties of wine will not fail to caress your taste buds.
Explore Dómský vrch
Whilst wandering around the historical centre, you will come across Dómský vrch, the centre of which is Dómské náměstí with the Cathedral of St. Stephen, a bell tower, chapter consistory and bishop’s residence. Opposite the chapel of the Church of the Seventh Day Adventists, you can see the house where the Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha lived and died.
Stop off at the bishop’s residence
Litoměřice has been the seat of the bishopric since 1655. The bishop’s residence is an important dominant feature of the city, which you must not forget to visit. There is a large library on the ground floor dating back to the 18th century. On the first floor, you will then discover the throne hall with its beautiful ceiling paintings. From the bishop’s residence, it is a short walk to the Church of John the Baptist, which is surrounded by a former cemetery enclosed in a high wall.