The city of Liberec
About the City of Liberec
Despite its modern character, the hundred-thousand-strong metropolis of northern Bohemia is brimming with landmarks and tourist destinations. While Liberec has many nicknames, such as the "City of Rhododendrons" or the "City of Sports," it is most commonly referred to simply as the "City beneath Ještěd." The television transmitter building, hotel, and restaurant located at the highest point in the city serve as a unique symbol not only of Liberec but also of the entire region. Architecture enthusiasts will delight in another of Liberec´s symbols: the Neo-Renaissance Town Hall or the Classicist Castle with its Renaissance chapel, which ranks among the most valuable sacral spaces in the region. In the vicinity of the municipal castle stands the Neo-Renaissance Liebieg Villa, which housed the Liberec Regional Gallery until 2013. The Hamrštejn Castle ruins are located on Castle Hill, and on the banks of the Lusatian Neisse River, you´ll find a two-story log cabin known as the Šolc House. For more information about the city´s landmarks and tips for excursions in the surrounding area, visit www.visitliberec.eu.
It is no coincidence that Liberec is nicknamed the "City of Sports." Its surroundings, as well as the city itself, offer opportunities for various activities at both amateur and professional levels. Due to its location in the mountains, Liberec is primarily associated with winter sports. The local Dukla club is the largest supplier of skiers to the national teams of the Czech Republic in all categories, with Olympic champion Kateřina Neumannová being one of their notable members.
The city is also home to several top-level team sports clubs. Let´s start with the White Tigers ice hockey team, which has long been considered one of the most successful clubs in the country and even won the national championship title in 2016. In the not-too-distant past, similar successes were achieved by the football club Slovan and the Dukla volleyball team. The local tennis and floorball clubs also compete in the highest leagues. Currently, there is no top-level ball hockey team in the city, but the HBC Liberec is building a club from the youngest age categories and doing excellent work. It will take years of hard work and perseverance, but Liberec is on track to shine as another star on the ball hockey map. Where else but in the "City of Sports" could this happen?
The venue of the World Championship is not the only attraction of Liberec for international ball hockey. During your visit to Liberec, you will have the opportunity to explore many interesting places, both in the city center and in nature. The main attraction of the northernmost regional city in the Czech Republic is undoubtedly Ještěd. The television transmitter and hotel in one, standing at an altitude of 1,012 meters above sea level, is the dominant feature of the Liberec region, offering a fantastic view. If you are a fan of science and knowledge, you will be thrilled by iQLANDIA Liberec and the adjacent IQPARK in the Babylon entertainment center. The vast number of exhibits and scientific discoveries make it a perfect choice for a family trip, especially on rainy days. Those of you who admire historical buildings can head to the city center, where you will find the Liberec Town Hall, a short distance away from the F. X. Šalda Theater, or the oldest buildings in Liberec, the Valdštejn Houses. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the exhibitions at the Regional Gallery of Liberec in the former municipal baths or the exhibits at the North Bohemian and Technical Museum, both located just a few steps away. Animal lovers can visit the Liberec Zoo, the oldest zoo in the Czech Republic, which boasts attractions such as critically endangered takins, a large collection of birds of prey, and, of course, white tigers.
However, Liberec became the host of the World Ball Hockey Championship primarily because it is a city of sports. The hike to Ještěd mentioned earlier can be challenging even for athletes, and in this area, you can also try the bike park or downhill scooters. The sports area in Vestec invites you to use inline skates or running shoes. Those who enjoy water activities can relax in the complex of the Liberec Swimming Pool. However, the main events await you directly at the venue of the championship - the Liberec Sports Park. The complex, which includes the Home Credit Arena and Svijanská Arena, features a total of 35 indoor and outdoor sports facilities, where you can engage in a nearly endless variety of sports. Whether it´s football, tennis, badminton, futsal, volleyball, bowling, floorball, table tennis, weightlifting, or athletics at the adjacent athletics stadium, there´s something for everyone.
June 28, Ještěd 50
Opening of an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ještěd building at the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec. Unpublished period photographs and architectural models will be on display.
Hradišťan & Jiří Pavlica at the Square
Performance by the unique musical ensemble Hradišťan, led by violinist and composer Jiří Pavlica, as part of the Summer on the Square event. The concert starts at 7:30 PM.
Puppet show by the Naive Theater Liberec at Dr. E. Beneš Square. Suitable for children over four years old. It will take place at 8 PM if the weather is favorable. Free entry.
July 1, Civil Defense Shelter Tour
On the first Saturday of each month, you can visit the Civil Defense shelter in Lucemburská Street as part of guided tours. Tour times: 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM. Tickets are available for purchase at the Liberec City Information Center.
July 5-6, Ride the Historic Tram
On public holidays, you can take a ride on historic trams in Liberec along the Rybníček-Lidové sady-ZOO route. The fare is paid directly on the tram. The round-trip ticket costs 50 CZK for adults and 25 CZK for children.
Janův Důl Known, Unknown
Guided walk through the picturesque district of Liberec, featuring interesting sites from past battles and interwar construction. Participants with purchased tickets will meet at the Vápenka public transport station.