Famous people connected to Luhačovice
Dr. František Veselý
František Veselý was born in 1862, in Bystřice nad Pernštejnem – north of Brno. His studies took him first to Brno grammar school and then to medicine studies at Charles University in Prague. After a couple of years in military service as a doctor he settled not far from Brno where he started to build wells and a mineral water bottling facility.
It’s not so far from Brno to Luhačovice and František Veselý was impressed by Luhačovice during his first visit. He saw the potential of the local healing springs, admired the untouched nature and decided to build a city spa center here. Although his enthusiasm wasn’t met with as good response from others as he expected, his hard work and enthusiasm became the base of current modern spa.
Dušan Samuel Jurkovič
Dušan Jurkovič was born in 1868 in Slovakia. He was a well-known architect, furniture designer and ethnographer. His work can be set in an Art Nouveau architecture category. He studied in Vienna and his work was affected by folk architecture. After the WW1 he designed his first mounted houses that were supposed to solve the Slovakian building troubles.
He produced a significant part of his work in Bohemia and Moravia, a part his projects were focused on architecture and spa houses in Luhačovice. His distinctive style can be seen in the town until now – according to his design e.g. “Sun spa”, “Music pavilion” and a couple of villas were built, and many other buildings. We have to mention the so-called “Jurkovič house”, the building rebuilt by Jurkovič at the beginning of 20th century – it dominates the town. This great man was honoured by the title “national artist” in Slovakia.
Those who are interested in Luhačovice or in classical music probably know that a well-known music festival takes place in Luhačovice every year. This event is named “Janáček and Luhačovice” after the well-known composer Leoš Janáček. He was born in 1854 in Moravian Hukvaldy. He was a regular guest in local spa resort. He visited Luhačovice 25 times. This place wasn’t just an area to gain new energy or to improve his health. He drew inspiration here to compose significant artwork (e.g. The Cunning Little Vixen and Glagolitic Mass).
The melodies based on folk music of Moravian regions is the most appreciated part of Janáček’s music. For those who want to get more information about his stays in Luhačovice we recommend a guided tour to places where this artist used to stay.