The starting point for our visit will be the renaissance (Knight’s Hall) (1), which stands at approximately the centre of the arcades that surround . From here we go around the gothic (2) and a number of baroque and classical houses to the (3), where we turn to the left. We pass by the teaching college and Smetana Hall (Smetanův dům) (4), from were we aim for the pedestrian zone along the River Loučná. From here we cross Komenský Square and return to Smetana Square and take the first street on the left onto Jiráskova Street. We pass by the (5), the (6) and the (Kostel Nalezení svatého Kříže) (7), and up to the (8). We enter the grounds through the gateway, where we can buy tickets for both tours and for the castle cellars with the permanent . In the grounds we can visit the City Gallery exhibition and the where Bedřich Smetana was born, From the it is only a couple of steps to the impressive reconstructed (Klášterní zahrady) (9), which offer not only a view of the city, but also an opportunity to have a quiet rest. From here we go past the (Kostel Povýšení sv. Kříže) (10) on Toulovec Square with the oldest sacred building in the city – the (Rozeslání sv. Apoštolů) (11) – and we then take the somewhat spooky (12) back to Smetana Square. We can have a rest at any of the gardens and watch the onset of the evening over the city, which is lit by romantic lanterns.
Maybe you were unaware that...
- Bedřich Smetana, the famous musical composer, was born in the itself. His father was the castle brewer and he was the 11th child and first son. His overjoyed father rolled out barrels of beer into the castle courtyard so that the servants could also share in his happiness.
- The Czech Republic’s most famous cook, Magdalena Dobromila Rettigová, is also associated with the city.
- Zdeněk Kopal, a native of the city, brought mankind closer to the stars. This 20th century Czech astronomer, as well as researching into binary stars, compiled maps according to which the ‘tourists’ on the Apollo programme perused the moon. On the site of his family home now stands a .