Friday, 05 September 2008 14:44
In the area where East Bohemia turns into West Moravia, where woody odour of forests interweave with scent of hay on freshly mown meadows, where you can hear a cricket and church bells at the same time, there you enter a forgotten land, once mother region of two masters of Czech music - Bedřich Smetana and Bohuslav Martinů. Now, this may be the right moment to stop and spend a few pleasant and inspiring moments here. You are most welcome.
The history of settlement in this region goes back to the 13th century even beyond the period of reign of Přemysl Otakar II. At that time there was an important trade route passing through the region which connected Bohemia and Moravia and was called (in 19th century) "Trstenická stezka".
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Creative and handy people of the region have endured many historical turns and trembles while they kept making products highly evaluated over the centuries. It is overwhelming to see all the marks of the past that have been preserved up to our days.
The cultural hallmark has been granted to the area by two natives who became famous composers - Bedřich Smetana and Bohuslav Martinů. They captured the atmosphere of their native region in their compositions. Also many other artists and writers have often found inspiration in the charming countryside, intact nature and hardworking people of the region. Some have come to create their best works here.
This region is perfectly fit for short training stays of sport clubs and other interest groups, for families with children as well as individual tourists. There are many sporting facilities in towns (Litomyšl, Polička) with modern equipment and modest rent compared to big cities. The advantage of sporting facilities in villages is their placement in the natural environment, high availability and reasonable prices.
There are premises of various comfort and style in the region with 900 beds available all year round and 500 more seasonal beds in children summer camps and recreational facilities. There are more than 100 boarding facilities in the area. In 2001 there have been 57 restaurants, 24 pubs, 3 coffee bars and 23 snack-bars, milk bars and gambling clubs.