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    F.X. SALDA THEATRE

    by balhannah Written Jan 1, 2014
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    Another beautiful building by the Town Hall is the FX Salda Theatre.

    Once again, it was Viennese architects who were asked to draw plans for the new Theatre. In 1881, the foundation stone was laid and the building was built in neo-renaissance style and opened in 1883.
    The front of the Theatre is rich in stucco decoration and has statues with allegorical meaning. At the entrance sculptures are of a seated figure of Art holding a torch in her hand and a seated god Apollo is surrounded by figures of geniuses on dolphins.
    More statues are of muses and goddesses
    Erato – a muse of love songs,
    Terpsichore - a muse of dance
    Fortuna – a goddess of happy affairs.

    Located on the top of the façade is a statue of Melpomene – a muse of mournful plays, then Thalia – a muse of comedy, and the goddess Flora with flowers. All of these sandstone sculptures were carved by the Viennese mason.

    There are currently three theatre companies performing in the theatre - opera, ballet and dramatic companies.

    The box office in the F. X. Šalda Theatre ( Dr. Beneš Square 22, Liberec 1)
    Monday: CLOSED (tickets can be bought in the town information centre opposite the town hall)
    Tuesday - Friday: 12 noon - 6pm or one hour before the performance

    Check out the website for perfomances.

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    LIBEREC TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Dec 29, 2013
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    As usual, a stop at the information centre was first.
    I found a helpful lady who could speak English, a good start!
    I wanted to find out about the aerial tramway to the 1012-metre high Ještìd Mountain, where there is an interesting tower and Hotel. The building itself has won many awards for its originality. We wanted to see the surrounding views from there, it was not to be though for the clouds had come down and in and it was forecast to be like that for the rest of the day. We were grateful for that information as we knew we needn't hang around.

    The centre has information about the town of Liberec and the entire region, including natural, historical and cultural sights, sporting events as well as public transport timetables. The staff will help find accommodation at all price levels and fill you in about guided tours of the town and its surroundings.
    They sold souvenirs with a logo of the town, CDs and postcards with regional topics, publications about Liberec.

    Unlike many info centres, you had to ask and could not take brochures, maps etc for free, quite a few of these you had to pay for.

    The centre sells Ticketpro and Ticketportal tickets, tickets to Liberec cultural centres, maps of the towns of Liberec and Jablonec n.N, hiking maps, cycling maps and winter maps of the Jizera Mountains, Lužické Mountains, Krkonoše Mountains and Bohemian Paradise.

    OPENING HOURS
    June - September Monday - Friday 8 - 6PM
    Saturday & Sunday 9 - 12 NOON
    October - May Monday - Friday 8 - 5PM
    Saturday 9 - 12 NOON

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    THE TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Written Dec 29, 2013
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    In my opinion, the Town Hall was the most beautiful building in Liberec.

    It was built in neo-Renaissance style between 1888 and 1893 to a design by Viennese architect Franz Neumann. It is said to resemble the Vienna Town Hall, so if you have been to Vienna and here, see what you think!

    Above the entrance way and the construction dates, is a stone relief depicting the foundation of the old and new town halls. On the left-hand side, which is dedicated to the original town hall, is the builder holding a model of the building in his hand, a Burgher holding the deed of foundation and the Mayor of the time
    The centre of the relief features a female figure that represents the city of Liberec.
    The right hand side is dedicated to the current town hall and features the Mayor, the Architect who is holding the designs in his hand and a councillor.
    A balustrade balcony stands over the relief where prominent people including Emperor Franz Joseph I have stood. Two heralds can be seen holding the town emblem, then higher is the clock whose corners are decorated with motifs of the moon and sun.

    The roofline and towers are adorned with dozens of ornate turrets. The steep spires of the three towers are capped with copper, which was a spearmint green.
    The main tower is 65-metres high and has seen a few changes through time. Originally, it was topped with a copper sculpture of a knight, a symbol of the protection of the rights and privileges of the town. In 1952, he was removed and is now found at the Museum of North Bohemia. A red star replaced the knight, but this was removed in 1989 and a Lion took over. However, the Lion has gone too, and now a copy of the sculpture of the original knight sits in the Lions place.

    One more piece on interest not to be missed, is beneath the windows to the right of the entrance way, is a work of art in the form of a bronze tank track fixed to the wall.
    Being close to the Polish border, Liberec was one of the first places invaded by Warsaw Pact troops in the August 1968. It has the names of the 9 people killed in Liberec as a result.

    The rear of the building is also adorned with reliefs, one symbolizes textile production in the town, another features the burghers giving thanks to the town of Liberec, and the last one symbolizes trade relations between Liberec and the rest of the world.

    So I saw plenty on the outside and didn't go inside.
    A guided visit of the town hall interior can be arranged through the tourist information office on the main square at nám. Dr. E. Beneše 1 and begins in the town hall foyer. From there it continues along staircases and corridors lined with more stained glass windows, busts of various dignitaries and some interesting studies for alternative designs of the town hall. Finally, you see the chandeliers and woodwork imported from Vienna, and the upstairs ceremonial hall, the highlight of the guided visit.
    THE TOWN HALL TOWER is accessible as part of tours during the summer months and offers a view of the centre of the town.

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    Jested : best views of the region

    by Coolietje Written May 13, 2011

    One of the main attractions of Liberec is a visit to the television tower on the top of the mountain Jested with his 1012m, the highest hills in the immediate surroundings of Liberec.

    No panic you don't have to climb all the way to the top. There is skyline/cableway who takes you to the top in less than 5 minutes. From the top you have fantastic views over Liberec and the whole of the northwest of the Czech Republic. In the television tower you can drink and eat something while you take in the view.

    After that you can take the skyline back down (easy way) or you can walk all the way back to the start (like we did). The normal walking distance is around 6km (1 hour at normal speed but with some steep sections) but you can make it as long as you want. In that case you can best buy a map at the tourist information, altough all the walking routes in this region are very well signed.

    In winter there is the possibillity of skiiing at the three small ski areas around the mountain.

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    Babylon Aquapark/ Lunapark

    by Eugenetheduck Updated Apr 4, 2011

    For 330Kc you can spend the day at Liberec's themepark. The place is huge.

    We only visited the Aquapark section.
    The Aquapark has 4 large slides designed for 10 years+; whirlpool; hidden areas which generate waves or shoot out water; water caverns; sunbeds; spas; saunas - with icy pools near them. If you loose your child, it's not easy to find them.

    Open daily from 10.00 to 22.00.

    Every Monday from 20.00 to 22.00 and every last Friday in the month from 22.00 to 23.00 you can swim in the AQUPARK without your costume!

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    A world of entertainment at the Centrum Babylon!

    by rcargo Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Awesome!!! The Centrum Babylon is actually a hotel, “aquapark”, bowling alley, discothèque, restaurant, and shopping mall all under one roof. I only went to the aquapark, but it alone is worth the trip. Numerous waterslides, dozens of swimming pools connected to each other with tunnels, caves, slides, and bridges, and a massage parlor above. Really a lot of fun, and at least as far as the aquapark went there were very few tourists, mostly people from Liberec just out for a swim. Also, apparently in 2004 the Centrum Babylon won the "European Golden Pony Award" which is granted to the best amusement parks in Europe. If you stay at the hotel apparently you can buy a pass to all those activities, but because I stayed at the Pension Jasmín I just wanted to go to the aquapark. There's a pricelist on their website, but for 100-200 Kc you can spend many hours of fun at the aquapark.

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    Zoo and Botanic

    by peter_dimov Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Liberec has a remarkable zoo and Botanic garden which are next to each other in one of the finest parts of the city. They collect plants and animals from all the world, some of which are very rare. The visit to the zoo or the botanic isn't expensive at all. The only little problem is that you should pay a small price when taking in a videocamera.

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    Jested

    by peter_dimov Written Sep 23, 2007

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    The area of Jested hill is the southern sport&tourism zone of Liberec. It's quite near the city, easy to reach and to walk around. There are several lifts uphill. In the winter - skiing, ski-jumping and so on. Right now there are new tracks and lifts being made.

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    Liberec Museum of Northern Bohemia

    by Eugenetheduck Written Aug 14, 2006
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    Tram 2/3 to Museum stop.

    From the foyer of the museum you walk into a temp. exhibition room - while we where there it was an amazing collection of film posters, dated from the 1945 to 2005 - including the Czech posters for Yellow Submarine, Alien, Pink Panther. Upstair is another temp. exhibition area - at present modern glass sculpture.

    The building was built in 1897 and 1898 in line with the designs of Bedøich Ohmann in the neo-Renaissance style. The tower is an exact copy of the original Liberec town hall.

    The museum houses a small natural science exhibit including rocks of the area, and an interesting history of North Bohemia, including photographs from the late 1800's, large loom, hussite weapons, glassware/crystal, locks/keys, jewellery, woodblocks(wallpaper design). There is also a collection of mechanical musical instruments that are mostly fully functional, the most impressive only requires a 10Kc coin and is loud enough to fill the whole museum.

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    Jested

    by Eugenetheduck Written Aug 14, 2006
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    A 20 minutes tram ride from Liberec town centre will take you to Horni Hanychov (tram 2/3 - 10Kc ticket). From the tram stop you can either walk up the road to the cable car or trek through the woods. Either way it is about 1km. I think the woods was nicer...no traffic.

    The Lanovka cable car has set times of departure this time of the year..on the half hour until 4pm, then on the hour until 6pm(to go up) and 7pm(last car down). But these times can change if the demand is there....so don't wonder off if you think you have 40 minutes to wait! Adult cost 100Kc return/ 50Kc child.

    On the right as you go up is the ski jump area. The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will be held in Liberec in 2009.

    Jested is at 1012m, with 360deg panorama across Liberec....into Germany (on a clear day). Accommodation is available. There is a bar and restaurant. If you are going to eat there I would suggest you only get desserts or coffees.....the meals were not up to the same standard as most restaurants in Liberec and they were more expensive.

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    Around the Town Hall

    by Eugenetheduck Written Aug 14, 2006
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    What you can see around namesti Dr E Benese.

    The square is dominated by the Town Hall(1893) which has a richly decorated facade and stained glass windows, with a 65m tower. Behind the Town Hall is the Theatre - Divadlo F.X. Saldy (M-F 10.00 - 18.00). To the west of the square along Kostelni you will see St Antonin kostel. If you keep walking you will stumble upon Sokolovske square and the C17th Wallenstein house facades. Added to my photo's is a painting of this square from 1902 and a photo of the same square now.

    Most shops shut at noon on Saturday. Most restaurants and pubs are open til late.

    There is even a McDonalds on the square!? But why would you bother?

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    Oldest Zoo in Czech Republic

    by Eugenetheduck Written Aug 14, 2006
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    A short tram ride from the centre of Liberec is the oldest zoo in the CR, originally a winter shelter for circus animals. Built in 1919. 70Kc entrance

    The zoo is 3.5km long and follows a path which meanders down a gentle slope past all the animals. So it is impossible to miss anything. I was quite amazed that most enclosures had new arrivals obviously born that spring.

    Their birds of prey exhibits were quite extensive.

    Being an old zoo you will notice that some areas are in need of improvement. There was also a general lack of zoo staffing, leading to situations which could be harmful to the animals because the general public took advantage. People were throwing food to the elephants. There was pandemonium when a lady gave a banana to one of the Hamadryas Baboons.

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    Jested

    by german_eagle Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Jested in late March

    Few cities enjoy such a nice recreation area like Liberec: the nearby Mt. Jested. With an elevation of 1012 m it dominates the scenery around Liberec.

    The mountain is excellent for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, hiking ... and watching ski-jump events.

    The views are really superb. You can see Liberec at the foot of the mountain, the Jizerske Hory (mountains) and Krkonose mountains in the North, the Bohemian basin in the south. And in the northwest Germany (Zittauer Gebirge) ...

    You can easily reach the foot of Mt. Jested with public transportation. Tram No. 2 takes you from downtown and/or the railway station to Dolny Hanychov where you change to Bus No. 33 to Horni Hanychov. It is planned to extend the tram line all the way to Horni Hanychov. Fare is 10 Kc one way (0.30 Euro).

    Only few buses run to the cable car station, mostly you have to walk about 500 m (slightly uphill).

    Please see my transportation tips for info on the cable car.

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    Castle

    by german_eagle Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Castle

    Unfortunately the castle is closed at the moment. It was home of the Local Glass Manufacturing Company, but it seems they are bankrupt or whatever. They used it for presentation/sale of their products, so you could see a lot of the beautiful interior.

    Nowadays a visit is limited to the outside. The castle was built 1582 - 87 and extended 1779 and then again 1850. A chapel was added 1606.

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    Regional Gallery

    by german_eagle Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Regional Gallery

    The Regional Gallery shows an excellent collection of Dutch paintings (17th century) and 19th century French paintings (landscapes mostly). The largest part of the gallery is home of Czech art of the 20th century.

    The bulding itself is worth to see - a Neo-Renaissance Villa. The collections were founded by the entrepreneur Heinrich Liebig in the 19th century.

    Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 - 18 h
    Admission fee: 30 Kc (1 Euro)

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