Leaving Prague, Litoměřice was our last stop before entering Germany again after our Winterholidays in the Czech Republic. In January 2020 everything was still normal. The outbreak of the pandemic was still ahead of us. That beautiful morning when we left the campsite in Prague everything was still white due to the fog and the frost on the trees and the grass. The sun was fighting to come through, but did not win this battle. It appeared that Litoměřice had a beautiful main square and a wider center to stroll around with shops, cafés, and restaurants, therefore a place with more to see and way more pleasant to hang around for a while than I expected. In the photo, one can see the prominent Oblastní Muzeum v Litoměřicích, we did not visit, but just enjoyed the scenery of the square and the city. After we left Litoměřice, it was just three-quarters of an hour drive to Germany, where the world surrounding us suddenly turned green.

Litoměřice, 1941. Photo: Kurt Hielscher.

Litoměřice, 3rd of January 2020. Photo: Casper Molenaar. 

Strolling around Litoměřice, which name find his origins in the early Middle Ages, when the Slavic tribe of the Lutomericii lived here. Today the city houses close to 25.000 inhabitants and is located where the river Eger flows into the Elbe, but we did not reach the shores of the river during our stroll. We also did not visit nearby Theresienstadt, a nazi concentrationcamp, that I visited with my secondary school in 1991 when I was 17 years old. At the time this visit made a big impression on me. Of course I wanted to teach my children as well, so I told them about it, but I also decided to bring a visit in a few years when they are little older.

The boys helping me out finding the right angle.

Below: view on the other side of the main square, Mírové náměstí, in Litoměřice, 3r of January 2020. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher