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Liberec City HallTown halls0.2km
Regional Gallery LiberecGallery0.3km
Kostel svateho KrizeReligion0.5km
Kostel Nanebevzeti Panny MarieReligion0.7km
Liberec Swimming poolSwimming0.8km
Svaty Vincenc z PaulyReligion0.8km
North Bohemian Museum LiberecMuseums1km
Babylon LiberecAmusement park1km
Zoo LiberecZoo2km
Botanical Gardens LiberecBotanical gardens2km
Playground Smeťak LiberecAmusement park2km
Lidove sady Lookout TowerLookout towers2km
Tipsport arena LiberecStadiums2km
Gymnazium JeronymovaSchool2km
Liberec AirportAirports2km


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Category: Cities, Local time: 17:49:36, Altitude: 373m, Official WWW website:

Liberec is a city in the Czech Republic, about 100 km north of the capital city of Prague, easy to access on the highway. The city is located about 20 km from the common border of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany . Its population is about 100 000.

Pros

distinctive atmosphere
good public transportation system
easy-to-access
attractive sights and places
breathtaking architecture
romantic
bustling destination
splendid sceneries
attractive museums
delicious meals
vibrant city
nice people
has an amusement park

Cons

far from the airport
overcrowded
often rain showers

Suitable for

active vacation
history
romantic vacation
shopping
sport tourism
art
health tourism
study

Why to go there?

old&new architecture

Transportation and means of transport

trams
railway

Activities

bungee jumping
mountain bikes
skiing
snorkeling


Information and Facts

GPS: 50.7682, 15.0577
Altitude: 373 m
Population: 100,000
Foundation (year): 1352
Nearest airport: Vaclav Havel Airport Prague, 137 km
Nearest border: Poland, 12 km
Distance from the capital city: Prague, 109 km
Last update: Oct 21, 2012 9:20:15 PM

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 Aura: 78Reviews: 620May 19, 2010 12:49:09 PM
Liberec is a city in the Czech Republic, about 100 km north of the capital city of Prague . From the capital is easily accessible by highway. It is located about 20 km from the common border of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany . Its population is about 100 000 inhabitants. Liberec is an administrative center of the whole administrative region of Liberec. The city is located in the valley which is surrounded by Lusatian Mountains (Lužické hory) , the Ještěd ridge (Ještědský hřbet) and the Jizera Mountains (Jizerské hory) . Liberec has a good location, beautiful natural surroundings and good opportunities for fun and relaxation.

Liberec is an attractive destination for many tourists. The visitors of the are attracted by many things. The first of all is the popular ZOO Liberec , which is the oldest zoo in the Czech Republic. It was established in 1919. The zoo is located near the lookout tower Lidové sady and near the Botanical garden Liberec, which is the oldest botanical garden in the Czech Republic. It was opened in 1893. On the half way from the zoo to the city centre there is the North Bohemian Museum . The museum was founded in 1873. In the center of the town there is an impressive architectural attraction the Town Hall of Liberec. The tours of the City Hall are organized by the Information Center of Liberec. Other traditional cultural institutions are the Theater of F.X. Šaldy and the Regional Gallery of Liberec. A relatively new building is the Tipsport Liberec Arena, which is becoming an important center of entertainment and sports. Many visitors of the city known an entertainment complex Babylon, where are many interesting places and activities including a well-know acquapark. Moreover another leisure centre which offers good service is the swimming pool of Liberec. It is just 400 metres far from the new Library of Liberec, hat far from the city centre.

One of the suburbs of Liberec part called is a Vratislavice nad Nisou, where a famous automotive designer Ferdinand Porsche was born, the author of the popular car Volkswagen Beetle. There are some unique exhibits shown in the carmuseum located in the site of the Hols brewery. The dominating feature of Liberec and its surroundings is the tower Jested (Ještěd) . The view-tower, television transmitter, hotel and restaurant in one, is located on the top of the hill at an altitude of 1,012 meters. Jested is accessible by road or cableway. You can also use a chairlift in the ski resort, where the FIS NORDIC WORLD SKI championship 2009 took place.

There are many interesting places to visit or relax at in the surrounding of Liberec. One of the places is the Giant Mountains National Park, which is about 50 km for some others are a recreation area Machovo Lake, the Lusatian Mountains, the Jizera Mountains or the Bohemian Paradise. From the city of Liberec you can go to visit some of the castles Frýdlant, Grabštejn, Bezděz , Hruby Rohozec, Lemberk, Sychrov, Sloup rocky castle, the ruins of Trosky which dominates the area of the Bohemian Paradise, moreover there is castle Valdštejn or chateau Zakupy (Zákupy) with a beautiful castle garden. Another attractive place is Bozkov nad its Dolomite Caves or views-towers in the Jizera Mountains. Furthermore, there is an International Center for Spiritual Rehabilitation in the town of /hejnice-1958977.htm Hejnice and the Basilica minor of St. Lawrence and St. Zdislava situated in Jablonné v Podještědí.

History of the City of Liberec

The history of this area is rich and long. Liberec was built on the old trade route. Travelling acroes the mountain ridge Jested difficult, the traders needed some place to relax, so they founded a new settlement. The first report of this small market village is from 1352.

The settlement gradually developed and in 1577 during the reign of the Emperor Rudolf II. it became a small town. At the time there were more important cities than Liberec, for example Hradek nad Nisou or Frydlant . Nevertheless Liberec gradually became one of the regional centers. After the Battle of White Mountain 1620 Albrecht of Wallenstein, a famous commander, became an owner of the towns Frýdlant and Liberec and their surroundings. Liberec was a place where cloth for Albrecht´s army was produced.

It was an important moment of the textile tradition of the city. At the beginning of the 19th century during the industrial revolution Liberec became an important textile center. About 50 textile factories and 60 more factories of the metal industry were important for further development of Liberec. For example cars RAF were produced there . Liberec became the second largest city in the country next to Prague. New schools and representative buildings were built. Three consulates resided there and in 1859 the city acquired rail links Pardubice - Liberec and Liberec - Zittau .

At the end of the 19 century a new town hall and a theater were built. Liberec was a city where the bulk of the population was German at that time. Absolutely amazing development of the city was stopped by the First World War. In the outskirts of Liberec a big camp for more than forty thousands of Russian and Italian prisoners of war was formed.

After the end of the First World War Liberec became a part of the newly established Czechoslovak Republic. In the town were ethnic problems. Czech officials government employees railroad workers and Czech companies came to Liberec. The German people did not want to live in the Czechoslovak state and the province of Deutschböhmen with its own government was declared.

Liberec became for a short time the capital of the province. The area was soon occupied by the Czechoslovak army and the nationalist activities were reduced, but not for long. As far as 1935 the Sudetendeutsche Partei led by Konrad Henlein won the election in Liberec. In 1938 on the basis of the Munich Agreement, the Czechoslovak border and Liberec were occupied by the army of Nazi Germany. The czech population was expelled from the border to the inland.

After the Second World War there was a redeployment of the German population to Germany and the importance of Liberec decreased a lot. In 1948 the Communist Party got into political power in Czechoslovakia, private business, personal freedom was suppressed and development of Liberec was slowed down. 1968 was an important but sad time for Liberec and its citizens as 9 inhibitants of Liberec were killed by the occupation armies of the Warsaw Pact during the suppression of the Prague Spring.

In 1989 the Communist regime collapsed in Czechoslovakia. The structure of the local industry began to change in the connection of the integration into the European economy. Some new industrial and commercial zones were founded. Nowadays Liberec is one of the most important cities of the Czech Republic. One of the typical things of the city of Liberec are rhododendrons and their typical smell and coloures whitch attract people in the blassem time, in May and June.

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Liberec (0km)Bedrichov (6km)Janov nad Nisou (8km)Šimonovice (7km)Krystofovo Údoli (9km)Chrastava (8km)Jablonec nad Nisou (9km)Radlo (9km)Krizany (11km)

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