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Ottendorfer´s House - Museum of Esperanto

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Czech name Ottendorferův dům - Muzeum esperanta
Address náměstí Míru 1
GPS 49°45'17"N 16°28'22"E (xx km)
441 m above sea level
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Historical building – Ottendorfer’s House, built as a public library and study hall with a concert hall. It was built by a citizen of New York, the patron Svitav and famous native Valentin Oswald Ottendorfer. The building was named in his honour.


Category mansion / villa / palace, memorial plaque, museum
Certificates and memberships Cultural monument
Style Historicised (90%)
Staff languages Esperanto, German, Slovak
Date of construction 1892
Year of latest reconstruction 1991

Tours / exhibitions

Esperanto exposition
Description Rare exemplars of books published in Esperanto in all countries of the world and documentation of the Esperanto movement in the CR and worldwide, plus its practical use in science and technology. The history and present of Esperanto in Svitavy. Collector’s curiosities and historical tokens – magazines on handmade paper from Japan, books personally inscribed by Jan Masaryk, a fully illustrated dictionary.
Open to public
Photography allowed: Yes
Video cameras allowed: Yes
Opening hours
(GMT +1)
  • year-round Tu-Fr 9:00-12:00 13:00-17:00 (independently without guide)
  • year-round Sa, Su 13:00-17:00 (independently without guide)

Before visiting the building we recommend checking the current opening hours on the building's website or by contacting the operator by telephone.

closed Now closed according to business hours
Last tour before closing: 30 min.
Sightseeing time: 60 min.
Foreign languages tour guide (Czech, Esperanto, German), printed guide (Czech, English, Esperanto, German, Russian), descriptions (Czech, Esperanto)
Exhibition specialization literature, regional history
Minimum / maximum number of people per guide 4/30
Tour of Ottendorfer's library
Description In the interior, the corridors have been preserved in their original state and primarily the representative, wood panelled concert hall with dressing rooms and incredible acoustics, in which classical music concerts and special celebrations are still held today.
Open to public
Wheelchair Access : No
Photography allowed: Yes
Video cameras allowed: Yes
Opening hours
(GMT +1)
  • year round all day (only to order)

Before visiting the building we recommend checking the current opening hours on the building's website or by contacting the operator by telephone.


Last tour before closing: 30 min.
Sightseeing time: 45 min.
Foreign languages tour guide (Czech, German, Slovak), printed guide (Czech, English, German)
Minimum / maximum number of people per guide 4/30