Czech Republic has many different regions and I had the opportunity to explore Liberec. Liberec is the second smallest region in the country, but it is a major cultural destination well-known for local glass and jewelry along with sandstone rocks and a mountain range. Liberec is found in the north of the country and shares borders with Germany and Poland. There’s so much to see and do in the region, but I’ve narrowed it down to Fourteen Must See Places in Liberec Czech Republic.
Sychrov Chateau is best known as the home of the Rohans– a noble family from the Brittany region of France. The history of the site dates back to the 15th century, but the Rohans commissioned the neo-Gothic style in the mid-1800s that you can tour today. Sychrov houses many collections, including French portrait paintings and painted Bohemian glass. The chateau also boasts an English park. You are able to tour through much of the chateau and grounds.
The top of Ještěd Hill is home a giant TV transmitter that has become the symbol of Liberec. There is a hotel and restaurant in the tower and views of the entire region.
Liberec Town Hall
Liberec is the fifth largest city in Czech Republic and the capital of the Liberec Region. The Town Hall not only hosts government meeting, it is becoming a set piece for movies. It is perhaps most known as being the location for Genius. The Town Hall is constructed in the trans-Alpine renaissance style and you can take a guided tour most days.
It’s not often that you get the chance to see a Master glass maker in action. Jiri Pacinek has been working with glass since 1990 and has worked alongside many well-known glass artists. His work can be found in both private and design company collections. The garden around the glassworks is filled with colourful glass sculptures and the display room upstairs has examples of his work, ranging from bowls and vases to elaborate chandeliers.
Brewing beer in Cvikov dates all the way back to 1560. The first brewery buildings were built in the second half of the nineteenth century and operated through 1968. The complex was bought in 2013 by Jiri Jakoubek, who restored the brewery complex and started brewing beer at Cvikov once more.
Sloup v Čechách and Na Stráži
The Rock Castle Sloup isn’t actually a castle, but is referred to as such by tourists and locals. The village dates back to at least 1352 and is named for the giant sandstone formation, which provided safety for locals when in danger. There are chambers dug into the rock for you to explore. A short hike across the way takes you to the Forest Theater, which showcases summer theatre. At the top of the mountain is a wooden lookout tower, Na Stráži, which offers views of Sloup and the surrounding areas.
Botanical Gardens Liberec
The Botanic Gardens in Liberec is the oldest botanics in Czech Republic at over 120 years old. The gardens is comprised of multiple greenhouses and exhibition pavilions, each with a botanical theme and different environment. The Botanic Gardens has the richest collection of exotic plants in the country.
Regional Art Gallery Liberec
The Gallery is located on the premises of the former town baths and has been since 2014. You can see where the pool was in the main exhibition hall. It is the only collecting gallery art museum of the Liberec Region. The Gallery dates back to the end of World War II and has a tumultuous history or art and politics.
Palace Plus is the largest jewelry shop in Central Europe. You can shop the works of local makers and create your own jewelry out of Czech beads.
Královka Lookout Tower
Královka Lookout Tower is located at the top of Mount Nekras, the highestpoint of the Maxovský Hřbet in the Jizerské Hory. The tower offers views of the region, including Jizerské Hory, Mount Ještěd and the Krkonoše.
The Josefodolská Dam is located a short walk from Hrabětice. The reservoir is a source of drinking water for Jablonec, Liberec and the Českolipsko region.
Jára Cimrman Lighthouse and Museum
Jára Cimrman is a fictitious Czech giant. The tower and museum are devoted to him. The tower is built of pinewood and made to resemble a lighthouse.
Rautis is found in Poniklá and is the home of beaded Christmas ornaments. They have more that 20,000 patterns and 1000 forms for blowing beads. You can buy ornaments at the shop, take a tour of the facility and see how the beads are made, and make your own ornament.
Jilemnice Chateau and town
Jilemnice is located a mountainous area of the west foothills of Krkonoše. It was established at the start of the 14th century. Its secluded location seems to have both caused it to develop at a slower rate than other towns and protected it against serious war damage. The best known street in town is Zvedavá, or Curious Street. The houses are of folk architecture and situated in a way that each has a view of the square. Jilemnice Chateau now houses the Krkonoše Museum and displays rarities of the region.
The Liberec Region is a vibrant area of Czech Republic and there is so much more to do than what I’ve listed here, but if you’re after culture, these are the Fourteen Must See Places in Liberec Czech Republic.