Flights to Liberec
Surrounded by mountains the beautiful city of Liberec is situated in the north of the Czech Republic and is the fifth largest city in the country. Once known as the Manchester of Bohemia for its thriving textile industry Liberec now features some great tourist attractions.
The Czech Republic’s main airport, Prague Ruzyne Airport (airport code: PRG) is the most convenient entry point for any flights to Liberec. Liberec is about an hour’s drive from Prague, and there are frequent buses. Most flights to Liberec (arriving in Prague) have just one connection from South Africa, such as with British Airways. BA transfers in London, whereas South African Airways and Lufthansa both have connections in Munich instead. Most flights to Liberec are between 12 and 15 hours long, but some can be longer than 20.
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The Tourist Attractions of Liberec:
The range of architecture combined with a variety of other attractions makes Liberec a popular tourist destination today. What the city offers will appeal to all different ages as well as those travelling with children. Among the top things to see and do in Liberec are the following:
Architecture in Liberec
If you enjoy grand architecture Liberec has lots for you to see. The main landmark in the city centre is the town hall. It was built between 1888 and 1893 and is a grand neo-renaissance style building. Right close to the town hall is another grand building, the Theatre of F.X. Saldy. This was built in 1883 and was named after the playwright Frantisek Xaver Salda.
The main square in Liberec is the Dr E. Benes Square and this was named after the wartime president, Edvard Benes.
Also a piece of architecture, though worthy of its own entry here, is Jested Tower. Perched on top of Jested Mountain, overlooking the city of Liberec, this is a communications tower and it stands 94 metres high. Jested Tower was built between 1963 and 1968 and as well as serving as a communications tower it’s a popular visitor attraction. There’s a restaurant and hotel here, making this a somewhat unique place to stay while in Liberec. There are great city views as well as views out across Bohemia and even parts of Germany and Poland. You can reach the top of Jested Mountain either by hiking, if you’re feeling energetic, or take the cable car!
Many children enjoy a visit to the Jested Tower and you can’t go wrong with a visit to the zoo too! Liberec Zoo was the first zoo to be opened in the former country of Czechoslovakia, in 1919. It’s not one of the largest zoos but there are around 140 species here of flora and fauna, including rare white tigers.
Liberec Botanical Garden
If you’re interested in flora there’s the Liberec Botanical Garden, set across nine glasshouses. This botanical garden was completed rebuilt between 1995 and 2000 though it’s based on the earlier historic botanical garden that was opened here in 1876.
When Should You Visit?:
The mountainous location of Liberec means this city has warm summers and cool winters. July and August are the warmest months when the average high is 23C though summers are also the wetter time of year. There’s less rainfall in the winter, but there is usually snow, and temperatures drop to an average high of just 1C in January, so not ideal for sightseeing.