The town of Svitavy with the present population of 18,000 inhabitants began its history in the 12th century. Sometime in the middle of the 12th century monks from Litomyšl founded a settlement with a church along trade routes, and named it after the local stream known as Svitava.
The town of Svitavy, makes a cultural and administrative center for 26 neighboring municipalities with more than 13 thousand inhabitants.

Sights of historical importance in the nearest surroundings:

Litomyšl (20 km) - Litomyšl chateau (national cultural and UNESCO heritage). Bedrich Smetana’s birth place.

Polička (15 km) – town fortification, Bohuslav Martinů’s birth place.

Moravská Třebová (15 km) – chateau.