Liberec, located in northern Bohemia, is a historically significant city due to the legendary success of its textile products. The town evolved primarily in the nineteenth century when its’ industrialists’ wealth resulted in its’ picturesque architecture. These days, many tourists visit Liberec, particularly throughout the yearly winter ski-jumping tournaments, for a soothing holiday going to the city’s massive Aquapark or while on their way to any of the ski resorts nearby. Liberec is situated one hundred kilometres to Prague’s north, or a one-hour eight-minute drive from the Centrum in Prague. Because of its’ position, it is also a fairly reasonable city to take a day trip.
Liberec Aquapark. This covered waterpark has swimming pools, waterslides, the thrilling space-bowl, a romantic cave, sea aquariums, a wave pool, geysers, massage facilities and more. It is particularly fun for children. The Aquapark is located in the southern end of Liberec, in the Babylon Centrum Complex.
Liberec’s most noticeable landmark is the mountain of Ještěd. Since 1973, this has had a structure that combines a Television broadcasting tower with a hotel on top. This is possibly among the most celebrated European Functionalism designs. The building looks like a spaceship, and the interior of it resembles something out of a science-fiction movie. This building was actually the inspiration for a book and a movie called Grand Hotel, which happens inside of it. There is a big centre for skiing, in the hotel’s immediate vicinity, consisting of several kilometres of ski-slopes. Should you desire your holiday to include outer space, science-fiction element, Ještěd is certainly the area to book your hotel.
Nonetheless, Liberec also has plenty to offer for people with different tastes. The Botanical Garden is a must-see, which ranks amongst Europe’s most beautiful and significant scientific projects. The greenhouses in it offer plants from literally all across the globe. Inside its’ original Flower Selection pavilion, magnolias can be discovered more than two hundred years old. This means that they are the most respected in Europe. Close to the Botanical Garden is the Zoo of Liberec, which proudly breeds white tigers.
Not far from these 2 sights of natural wonder, you can visit the Golden Lion (Zlatý Lev) Grand Restaurant and sample a sirloin steak and bread dumplings in traditional Czech style.
A brief journey from Liberec brings you to the Jablonec nad Nisou town, which is a traditional Czech jewellery centre. Even the most powerful sheikhs of Arabia liked the world-renown jewellery produced from this town. Here, you can go to Muzeum Skla a Bižuterie (the Glass and Jewellery Museum) and witness its’ beautiful exhibition about glass-making history and one of Central Europe’s finest collections of buttons for clothing. For the journey between Liberec and Jablonec nad Nisou, you can take an inter-city tramcar narrow-gauge ride that will ferry you through the beautiful foothill valleys of the mountains of Jizerské.
Should you enjoy frolicking and swimming in the water, or if the weather puts you off outdoor exploration, then you can go to the Czech Republic’s biggest water park – the Babylon centre. This not only has a floor space of more than 30000 square metres packed with saunas and swimming pools, but it also features about thirty restaurants and cafés, a salt-iodine cavern and a bowling alley. The Babylon entertainment centre also functions as a hotel, and this can be your own personal base for exploring all of the wonders of Liberec.
Prague Liberec Transport. Alternative to train or bus. Book cheap door to door private minibus.