Jested Tower in the Jizerske Mountains and the Liberec Town
Jested Tower is the candidate to UNESCO.Order Tour Code: C NN11
"The most beautiful neo-renaissance building* 1888 - 1893 *
the design of the Viennese architect, F. Neumann * currently the seat of the Municipal Authority * a richly decorated façade and rare stained glass windows * the tower is 65 metres tall * tours of the interior, the ceremonial hall and the tower *
"The building of the century!" * the dominant feature of the City of Liberec (1012 m n. m.) * the mountain hotel * an aerial tramway * the building was awarded the prestigious Perret Award - architect Doc. Ing. Arch. Karel Hubáček * completed in 1973 *national technical heritage site * mountain hotel * attempt to become listed as a UNESCO site.
Esteemed summer and winter sports centre within reach of MHD (public city transport) * hiking * cycling * bikepark * downhill skiing * snowboarding * ski jumping * trails to satisfy all levels of difficulty * artificial snow * site of the World Championships of classical skiing in 2009 *
THE MUZEUM OF CARS Vintage cars in full force * permanent exhibition of historical vehicles (open on Sundays only) * shop selling motorcar literature * motorcar club * occasional events
Come and see with the children THE LIBEREC BABYLON _ FAMOUS AQUAPARK swimming pools and water slides unique adrenaline space-bowl for the brave 4 tobogans chutes romantic caves 100 metres of adrenalin climbing frame - tunnels in high over ten metres unique sea aquariums with sea fauna wild river whirlpools (jacuzzis) water-jets and geysers water and underwater massage relaxation zone, refreshments bars on sunny days we open a large terrace for sunbathing, with a view of Ještěd mountain and Liberec SWIMMING POOL WATER TEMPERATURE OF 30°C ENSURES PERFECT RELAXATIONI!
THE LIBEREC CHÂTEAU "The fairytale kingdom of Czech glass!" One of the first brick-walled buildings in the city - built by the House of Redern * 1582-1587 * the largest display of glass in the world * at present not open to the public *
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THE WALLENSTEIN HOUSES
"The charm of folk architecture" * three single-storied half-timbered-houses dating from 1678 - 1681* typical of the architecture of the 17th century * the oldest preserved houses in the city *
THE JIZERSKE MOUNTAINS
www.jizerske-hory.cz "A year-round recreational and sports centre!" * hiking * educational trails * sightseeing circuits * horse riding * cycle trails * the Jizera "Highway" - a cross-country skiing route (the Jizera Fifty event) * downhill skiing * bike and ski hire *
The North Bohemian district town of Liberec, which you are most welcome to visit, is located in the valley between the Ještěd Ridge and the Jizera Mountains. Its history goes back to the times of merchant paths leading through this area. As the crossing of the Ještěd Ridge was highly demanding, it was necessary to create a resting place for travelling merchants. Therefore Liberec was gradually established as an open market settlement and it was this fact which determined the character of the town. During the 15th and early 16th centuries this small settlement, first mentioned in 1352, gradually changed into a feudal town, its rights confirmed in writing by Emperor Rudolf II in 1577. The end of the 16th century brought exceptional development to the town. The first stone edifices were built then and for a long time characterized the town.
New, more prominent changes took place in the second half of the 18th century. At this time, the centre of Liberec consisted of brick houses in the classical style. The beginning of the 19th century saw the growth of the textile industry which brought about the development of industrial architecture. This fact lead to the town acquiring independent status. At that time, many representative edifices were built and lent the town a majesty corresponding to its importance - Liberec used to be, after Prague, the second biggest town in Bohemia. There were three consulates, 50 textile factories, and 60 factories connected with the metal industry, amongst which there were also those producing RAF cars.
Nowadays, Liberec offers many interesting sites. In downtown there are many buildings which are the pride of the town - for example, the townhall built in neo-renaissance style and finished in 1893, a symbol of wealth and the economical as well as cultural development of the town. Behind the town hall, there is the Theatre of František Xaver Šalda dating from 1893. A museum, chamber of commers and a building society originating from 1901-02, with their grandeur and clarity of style, form the jewels in the crown of the historical part of the town. The rarest jem is the villa quarter from the turn of the 20th century which by its uniqueness attests to the wealth of Liberec at that time.
Liberec is sometimes called "the town under Ještěd," whose peak, rising to 1012m, is crowned by a modern tower which has become a dominant feature of the town. The project for this original construction in the shape of a rotating hyperboloid was designed by the architect Karel Hubáček and awarded the prestigious Perret's prize. The building, housing a communications tower and a hotel with a restaurant, was opened on 21. 9. 1973, and has become a symbol of the remarkable town which lays underneath.
JEŠTĚD "The building of the century!" * the dominant feature of the City of Liberec (1012 m n. m.) * the mountain hotel * an aerial tramway * the building was awarded the prestigious Perret Award - architect doc. Ing. arch. Karel Hubáček, dr.h.c. * completed in 1973 * a renowned summer and winter sports centre * hiking * cycling * downhill skiing * snowboarding * ski jumping *
The dominant feature of Liberec is the 1012-metre high Ještěd Mountain, atop which is the remarkable silhouette of a television transmission tower and mountain hotel. This unusual structure also required unusual building procedures, some of which were tried out in practice for the very first time. The designer of the project was architect Karel Hubáček, who was presented with the highly prestigious Perret Award for his work. In fact the building itself has won a great many awards for its originality, for example it is a national cultural monument and the Building of the 20th Century, with efforts now being made to have it listed as a UNESCO monument. There is a wonderful view of the surrounding area from the top of the mountain, which can be reached on foot or by cable car. Meanwhile, the slopes of Ještěd Mountain offer ideal conditions for winter and summer sports and so it comes as no surprise that the place is a magnet for tourists all year round.
It is 2 hours to drive from Prague to North.
It is an 8 hour round trip.
on May 25, 2009
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