Centrum Babylon A.S.
Nitranska 1, Liberec 46012, Czech Republic
Huge family hotel with lot of facilities
We stayed a whole week in this quite famous **** superior hotel in Liberec at the end of july during our holiday in the Czech Republic in the summer of 2010.
The hotel itself is huge. We almost got lost when we went on exploration. It has 400+ rooms and has different "areas". We stayed in the so-called family hotel. Our room was on the first floor at the beginning of the corridor. A good location close to the elevator. The room itself was also quite big (ca 20m²) and had a window looking out over one of the hotel patio's. The bathroom was a lot smaller but was satisfying. No bath, only a shower (like at our home, so no problem for us).
The only real annoyment was that everyone in our corridor, mostly families with little children, passed our door at their way from the elevator to the room. So a lot of noise during peak times (breakfast, dinner, late midday swim,...)
Next to the hotel is not only some sort of indoor entertainment park (mostly for young children age 3-12) but there is also a tropical swimming paradise (free for guests of the hotel) with three slides, two big pools, some romantic "caves" where u can swim through and off course bubble baths... At peak times it was very, very busy (not surprising at summer holidays), so we took our swim in the evening after dinner, much quieter and more room to relax. In the complex were also a lot of stores and some restaurants (which i wouldn't recommend much better restaurants in the town centre. So all close by and ideal for a family with kids.
On the downside, as we were with our own car we had to park it at the hotel's indoor parking. Be warned : the fees are high (as in all of the Czech Republic) but there's enough room to park and your car is at least safe. The neighbourhood of the hotel isn't that nice as it lies on the outskirts of town close to the main highway. But inside the hotel that doesn't bother you.
We liked our stay very much. Altough if was quite busy in the hotel with lot of families from all over europe. If u want quiet, don't book a room here. But if you are family with kids who like to play in and outside the water than this is the best choice you can make.
Unique Quality: As mentioned :
- indoor entertainment park (for childeren age 3-12)
- a tropical swimming paradise
- possibility for bowling (reservation is needed !!!)
- a small mall with some shops, tourist information and a couple of restaurants.
- indoor parking avalaible (high fees !!!)
Directions: It lies south of the town centre (20mins walk), close to the main highway through town.
More about Liberec
View of Jested from Jablonec Football Club
The Radnice building - Liberec /1/
We are coming in january to jizerska skimarathon. And we hope that we come in liberec by bus?? I think it is quite easy to find bus-station in praha, but can anyone help how often buses go to praha-liberec?? How many times in day and i am heard that is cheap...am i right or wrong??
you can travel by train too.
The information can be find on Ceske drahy (cz railways) web site.
Just write in the 'Odkud' box: Praha , then in 'Kam' box: Liberec, then click the blue button 'vyhledat' and you get the departures, price and time of travelling (it's between 2.30 - 3.30 hrs by trains, depends which one you will take). Usually you will have to change trains twice or more.
to check both bus and train (switch to English/German is at the bottom).
I took a look and most buses leave from "Cerny Most" bus teminal (NOT the main terminal at Florenc!). Departures inteval is around 30 - 60 minutes trough the day. Train is longer trip as the change is needed. Price will be cheap it is local line.
Just take metro B to the end station "Cerny Most" and after leaving the station trough the door go downstairs to the platform No 6.
The Student Agency is the best bus lines in the whole Czech Republic. I like them very much because coaches are brand-new, they offer a free drink, give you headset for music or movie and have a blond female tour guidance :)))
To Liberec they depart from Cerny Most (The eastern end of the metro yellow line.) They depart every hour, sometimes more often, check here:
It is quite short distance, takes more than an hour. And it is still cheap, 80 ck each way, there might be discounts, too.
Travel Tips for Liberec
Architecture - Art Nouveau
The city centre is pedestrian zone. From the Market square (Nam. Dr. E. Benese) with the town hall down to Soukenne Nam. leads a narrow street called Prazska.
The street is very narrow and so you'll have problems to take good photos. Anyway, I enjoyed the facades of the townhouses very much - mostly from the turn of 19th/20th century. Some of them are beautiful Art Nouveau style, pretty much influenced by Prague and Vienna.
Almost all houses are beautifully restored, an exception in Liberec ... but don't have a look in the backyards :-)
Liberec - the 3rd largest city in Czechia
Liberec / Reichenau is the 3rd largest city in Czechia today with about 100.000 inhabitants.
It is Czechia's centre of Wool- and Textile-production. In 1906 Lidove Sady, Bohemia's first Zoo was built in Liberec.
Architecture - Empire style
A bit west of the town hall, on the square where the St. Antonius church is located, you'll see some beautiful houses in Empire style (19th century). They would make a great ensemble of architecture - if they were restored.
Unfortunately, almost all houses in the area are in pitiable condition. And, in case one of them looks a bit nicer and you get closer, you'll notice the lack of craftmanship of restoration.
However, it's interesting for fans of architecture.
In the side-entrance of Hotel Praha you may see this lovely Art Nouveau fountain - a relict of better times at the end of the 19th century.
Unfortunately I could not find any more infos about the artist in any of my books.
Detailed guide-books about Czechia " Off the beaten paths " are unfortunately quite rare still and hardly to be found.
Reichenau & Sudetenland
Liberec / Reichenau had a majority of German speaking inhabitants at 1938, when it became the administrative capital of the " Sudetenland " that was occupied by Germany during the 2nd WW.
Most of the Czech population had to leave the town immediately, being expelled by the german troops...
After WW II the germans were expelled from Liberec, and lost all of their properties there. On my pic : A detail of the streetlamp in front of the theatre in Liberec....
....The lamp was constructed in times when Reichenau was part of the Austrian empire, a lamp that saw Germans&Austrians come and go - it saw the communists come and go - and it still looks great today, looking forward to the times when Czechia,Austria and Germany are part of the EU...
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Centrum Babylon A.S.
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Address: Nitranska 1, Liberec 46012, Czech Republic