The City of Liberec
Written by Tereza Brozova
Surrounded by the Jizera Mountains, the North Bohemian city of Liberec is the fifth-largest city in the Czech Republic situated in the Liberec Region.
Settled by German and Flemish migrants from the 14th century until their expulsion after World War II, Liberec enjoyed its greatest prosperity in the 18th century and became famous thanks to textile industry – nicknamed “The Manchester of Bohemia” it was said to be the largest manufacturing city in the Kingdom of Bohemia. A huge German population lived here and that is a reason for a fact, that it became the main municipality of the Sudetenland after the Munich Agreement.
Most visitors of Liberec begin their sightseeing on the main square where they find the Liberec City Hall with its slender towers. Just a few steps from here, they can imagine themselves in the middle of a pleasant fairytale for a while, because they stand in front of the Valdstejn (Wallenstein) houses, a set of beautiful half-timbered structures from the 17th century. On the other hand, Liberec is also associated with the city’s dominant Jested Tower, a 94-metre-tall tower used as a transmitter of television signals but also as a tourist attraction and as a place to oversee much of Bohemia and parts of Poland and Germany. It was built on the top of Jested between the years 1963 and 1968. The city also has another uniqueness – Liberec ZOO is the only one place in the Czech Republic where you can see white tigers. Together with the tower in Jested they are considered to be the symbol of the City of Liberec; they are also mascots of local ice hockey team and they appear in its emblem.
Liberec can be described as a lively city and also as a great starting point of day trips to the beautiful Jizera Mountains and their observation towers. Lovers of winter sports appreciate its location close to the popular ski resorts in Jizera Mountains where they can enjoy winter merry-making on downhill slopes and groomed cross-country trails.
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