LiberecLiberec (German: Reichenberg) is nestled in the Jizera Mountains, at the foot of Ještěd mountain in the Bohemia region of the northern Czech Republic.
- Prague: Buses depart from Černý most metro station, the terminus station on the yellow line (B) up to 25 times per day with Student Agency. Dopravní podnik města Liberce also operates a bus service from the same station. Adult tickets are 80-100 Kč (Dec 2018) and journey time is 1 hour 5 minutes.
Liberec train station
- Prague: Rail from Prague to Liberec is quite slow and there's no direct train from Prague. With change in Turnov the trip time is two times longer than by bus.
- Dresden: 2 hr, four regional expresses a day. The Sachsen-Böhmen-Ticket can be useful.
The train and bus station are next to each other. You can walk about 1 km to the city center or get a tram No 3. From there almost every sight can be reached on foot.
Liberec city transport consists of trams, buses and a inter-city narrow gauge tram line to Jablonec nad Nisou. The central terminal is Fügnerova stop. Single ticket costs 20 Kč (24 Kč if bought from the driver), one-day pass costs 80 Kč. See city line map and online timetable.
If you travel outside Liberec, a good solution is the Euro-Nisa network ticket, available at train stations. It's valid for one day in all trains and most of buses in Liberec region, Upper Lusatia and Zgorzelec region (see map), as well as in cableway to Ještěd. Price is 160 Kč for one person or 320 Kč for a group of up to 5 people.
City Halladdress: Náměstí Dr. E. BenešeThe pride of the locals, a luxurious neo-Renaissance architecture built in 1888–93.
Dr. Edvard Benes SquareMain city square, named after the wartime president, Edvard Beneš.
address: Náměstí Dr. E. Beneše 1
address: Zhořelecká 5Built in 1883 (same year as the National Theatre of Prague), named after František Xaver Šalda, an avant-garde playwright.
Church of St. Anthony the Great
address: Masarykova 723/14
address: Masarykova 31The first zoo in former Czechoslovakia, founded in 1919.
address: Purkyňova 1
- Bus stop - sculpture Feast of Giants by David Černý. A table set with, among others, a carnivorous plant, knocked over menorah, German and Czech beer mugs and head of Konrad Henlein on a plate (all allusions to Liberec complex history).
Ještěd MountainA well-known landmark of Liberec city with a famous tower on the top. The tower built in the 1960s has a unique hyperboloid shape, naturally extending the silhouette of the mountain. It serves as a hotel and TV transmitter. By good weather you can overlook most of northern Bohemia as well as part of Germany and Poland from the summit. Take a tram No 3 to Horní Hanychov and then either by hiking one of the trails or by cableway (60 Kč) to the top.
- Cross-country skiing The city is famous for winter sporting events like FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 or the Jizerské Mountains, where you can enjoy the majestic beauty of the Nordic nature on 115 km of cross-country paths.
address: Nitranská 1Rebuilt from an former textile factory, the Babylon is one of the largest Czech entertainment complexes. It offers aquapark, lunapark, 3D motion simulator, golf simulator, laser game, wellness center and many others.
- Golf at two golf resorts with an unforgettable atmosphere.
Duliaddress: Moskevská 4Pizza and pasta on the 1st floor, more on 2nd.
Kavárna Poštaaddress: Náměstí Dr. E. Beneše 24Viennese cafe, dances on Friday nights (with extra admissions)
Café Prahaaddress: Železná 2Belongs to Hotel Praha, with some veggie dishes.
phone: +420 485 111 293address: Husova 23/9For Indian and Nepalese & Himalayan foods.
Hotel Radniceaddress: Moskevská 11Bar and restaurant.
phone: +420 777 848 484address: Svobody 2
phone: +420 603 449 185address: Heliova 287Very nice apartments close to the city center.
- Jizera Mountains (Jizerské hory) are a true island of Scandinavian nature in central Europe. The central plateau with endless forests is ideal for hiking and cycling in summer or cross-country skiing in winter. Although in recent years crowds of tourists head there and the nature park authority issues too many car entry permits, you can find there a lot of quiet deserted places where only birches, pines and long grass whisper between rocks and boulders. Good start points to Jizera mountains are:
- Bedřichov, easily reached by bus from Liberec, but also full of tourists
- Josefův Důl and Kořenov train stations
Harrachov train station, ideal for exploring the Polish part of Jizera mountains