Region capital: Liberec
The Czech Republic’s smalles region, a mostly mountainous area along the border with Germany and Poland. The regional capital Liberec with a population of nearly one hundered thousand (www.visit.liberec.eu) forms an agglomeration with the neighbouring Jablonec nad Nisou. Liberec is home to the Technical University (www.vslib.cz). Regional Research Library (www.kvkli.cz) and the North Bohemian Museum (www.muzeumlb.cz). Other attractions include a zoo (www.zooliberec.cz) and a botanical garden (www.botanickazahradaliberec.cz). Primarily an industrial region with highly developed glassmaking industry (including the production of costume jewellery) as well as plastics, engineering and other industry has lost it dominant position due to the recent economic downturn. The region has five protected landscape areas: Ceska stredohori (Central Bohemian Uplands), Jizerske hor (Jizera Mountains) and Luzicke hory (Lusatian Mountains), the Bohemian Paradise area, and the Kokorinsko landscape area around the Kokorin Castle. The Jizera Mountains (www.jizershekhory.cz) and Krkonose (www.krkonose.eu) offer many opportunities for hiking, cycling and winter sports. The Jested ski resort (www.snowhill.cz) near Liberec has ski slopes of various difficulty level as well as ski jumping facilities. Major ski jumping events annually take place in Harrachov (www.harrochov.cz). Liberec hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2009 (www.liberec2009.com). The region’s most popular sights are its castles and chateaux: Sloup (www.hradsloup.cz), Trosky (www.trosky.cz) Sychrov (www.zamek-sychrov.cz), Hruby Rohozec (www.hruby-rohozec.cz), Bezdez, Lemberk, Valdstejn, Zakupy and Frydlant. The Machovo jezero articial lake and its surroundings are popular destinations for summer trips and recreation (www.mesto-doksy.cz) The spa towns of Libverda (www.lazne-libverda.cz) and Kundratice (www.laznekundratice.cz) draw many visitors from neighbouring countries.
Frydlant v Cechach
A combination of a mediaeval castle and a Renaissance chateau. Built in the 13th century to guard the junction of trade routes. The first castle in Europe to be opened to the public (1801).
A mountain-top hotel with a restaurant and television transmitter, designed by the architect Karel Hubacek in the 1960’s The rocket-shaped building received the Perret Award for Design from the International Union of Architects. The hotel is on the tentative list of properties considered suitable for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritge List.