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Hotels of Liberec
A hotel in Liberec is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Liberec hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Liberec are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Liberec hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Liberec hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Liberec have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Liberec
An upscale full service hotel facility in Liberec that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Liberec hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Liberec
Full service Liberec hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Liberec
Boutique hotels of Liberec are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Liberec boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Liberec may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Liberec
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Liberec travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Liberec focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Liberec
Small to medium-sized Liberec hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Liberec traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Liberec hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Liberec
A bed and breakfast in Liberec is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Liberec bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Liberec B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Liberec
Liberec hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Liberec hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Liberec
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Liberec hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Liberec lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Liberec
Liberec timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Liberec often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Liberec on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Liberec
A Liberec motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Liberec for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Liberec motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Liberec/ˈlɪbərɛts/ (Czech pronunciation:[ˈlɪbɛrɛt͡s] ( listen); German: Reichenberg[ˈʀaɪ̯çənbɛʁk]) is a city in the Czech Republic. Located on the Lusatian Neisse and surrounded by the Jizera Mountains and Ještěd-Kozákov Ridge, it is the fifth-largest city in the Czech Republic.
Settled by German and Flemish migrants from the 14th century until their expulsion after World War II, Liberec was once home to a thriving textile industry and hence nicknamed the "Manchester of Bohemia". For many Czechs, Liberec is mostly associated with the city's dominant Ještěd Tower. Since the end of the 19th century, the city has been a conurbation with the suburb of Vratislavice and the neighboring town of Jablonec nad Nisou. Therefore, the total area with suburbs encompasses 150,000 inhabitants. This makes Liberec the third-largest city (with suburbs) in Bohemia after Prague and Plzeň.
Liberec Town Hall
Liberec was first mentioned in a document of 1348 and from 1622 to 1634 was among the possessions of Albrecht von Wallenstein. After his death it belonged to the Gallas and Clam Gallas families. The cloth-making industry was introduced in 1579. The prosperous local industry was interrupted by the Thirty Years' War and a great plague in the 1680s. The Battle of Reichenberg between Austria and Prussia occurred nearby in 1757 during the Seven Years' War.
Until 1918 the town was part of the Austrian monarchy (Austrian side after the compromise of 1867), seat of the Reichenberg district, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia.
At one time the second city of Bohemia, the city developed rapidly at the end of the 19th century and as a result has a spectacular collection of late-19th-century buildings; the town hall, the opera house and the Severočeské Muzeum (North Bohemian Museum) are of note. The Opera House has a spectacular main curtain designed by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. The neighbourhoods on the hills above the town centre display beautiful homes and streets, laid out in a picturesque Romantic style similar to some central European thermal spas.
After the end of World War I Austria-Hungary fell apart. The Czechs of Bohemia joined newly established Czechoslovakia on 29 October 1918 whilst the Germans joined German Austria on 12 November 1918, both citing Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points and the doctrine of self-determination. Reichenberg was declared the capital of the German-Austrian province of German Bohemia. On 16 December 1918 the Czechoslovak Army occupied Reichenberg and the whole province and both became part of Czechoslovakia.
During the 1920s and 1930s Liberec became the unofficial capital of Germans in Czechoslovakia, a position was underlined by the foundation of important institutions such as Buecherei der Deutschen, a central German library in Czechoslovakia and by failed efforts to relocate the German (Charles) University there from Prague.
Bilingual railway station postmark in April 1920
The Great Depression devastated the economy of the area with its textile, carpet, glass and other light industry. The high number of unemployed people, hunger, fear of the future and dissatisfaction with the Prague government led to the flash rise of the populist Sudeten German Party (SdP), founded by Konrad Henlein, born in the suburbs of Liberec. Whilst he declared fidelity to the Republic, he secretly negotiated with Adolf Hitler. In 1937 he radicalized his views and became Hitler's puppet in order to incorporate the Sudetenland into Germany and destabilize Czechoslovakia, which was an ally of France and one of the leading arms producers in Europe.
The city became the centre of Pan-German movements and later of the Nazis, especially after the 1935 election, despite its important democratic mayor, Karl Kostka (German Democratic Freedom Party). The final change came in Summer 1938, after the radicalization of the terror of the SdP, whose death threats forced Kostka and his family to flee to Prague.
In September 1938, after two unsuccessful attempts by the SdP to stage a pro-Nazi coup in Czechoslovakia, which were stopped by police and the army, the Munich Agreement awarded the city to Nazi Germany and it became the capital of the Sudetengau region. Most of the city's Jewish and Czech population fled to the rest of Czechoslovakia or were expelled. The important synagogue was burned down. During a rally in December 1938, Hitler laid out the future of the Hitler Youth.
After World War II the town again became a part of Czechoslovakia and nearly all of the city's German population was expelled following the Beneš decrees. The region was then resettled with Czechs. The city continues to have an important German minority, consisting of anti-Nazi Germans who were active in the struggle against Hitler, as well as Germans from Czech-German families and their descendants. Liberec also has a Jewish minority with a newly built synagogue and a Greek minority, originating from Communist refugees who settled there after the Greek Civil War in 1949.
Liberec: Historical names
The origin of the city name was the subject of many discussions, often nationally influenced, because it was a bilingual settlement.
The oldest known names of the city are German, Reychinberch (1352) and Raichmberg (1369), meaning "rich/resourceful mountain" (reicher Berg in modern German). It was also named Reichenberg (1385) and Rychmberg (1410).
The Czech equivalent originated as a distortion: Rychberk (1545), Lychberk (1592), Libercum (1634), Liberk (1790), and finally Liberec (1845). In Czech, words starting with "R" were often dissimilated into "L". Since then, the city was known as Liberec in Czech and as Reichenberg in German (changing to Liberec after World War II).
Hablau, the name of the old street near city center, is considered to be a trace of the old village possibly founded by Havel of Lemberk, husband of Saint Zdislava Berka.
Liberec: Science and technology
Side view of the Regional Research Library
Technical University of Liberec (Technická Univerzita v Liberci): Founded in 1953 as a Technical College. In 1995 gained the status of a university. It has about 10,000 students in 6 schools (Mechanical Engineering, Textile Engineering, Architecture, Mechatronics, Humanities and Nature and Economics). Applied research in mechatronics, important school of architecture.
Regional Science Library (Krajská vědecká knihovna): A general public science library, aiming at general education in the region. Founded in 1923 as a new umbrella library Buecherei der Deutschen. New building was completed in 2000. It has an exceptional collection of Germano-Slavica and Sudetica (periodicals and books in German language from Bohemia). Its building comprises also a modern synagogue.
The North Bohemian Museum (Severočeské muzeum): Built in 1873. It ranks among the oldest and most significant museums of nature sciences, arts and crafts in the Czech Republic. There is the sculpture of T.G. Masaryk from 2010 standing in front of the Museum.
Tornádo waterslide in Liberec Aquapark
Liberec's prominent buildings are the Town Hall (1893), the Liberec Castle (Liberecký zámek), built in the 16th century, and the Ještěd Tower (1968) upon the Ještěd Mountain, build by architect Karel Hubáček, which became a symbol of the city. Václav Havel held a broadcast from the site of the tower in 1968; a plaque beside the tower marks this event. Contemporary buildings of note are also to be found, primarily the work of the firm SIAL, and include the new Regional Research Library (2000) and the Česká Pojišťovna office building (1997). Neo-Renaissance F. X. Šalda theatre was built in 1871-1872. Centrum Babylon Liberec include a large water park, an amusement park, a casino, shopping court and hotel.
Liberec: Zoo and botanical garden
White tiger in Liberec Zoo
The zoo in Liberec was the first to be opened in Czechoslovakia in 1919. The zoo contains a wide variety of fauna (about 143 species on 13 ha), including large mammals like elephants, giraffes, sea lions and white tigers, which are a genetic anomaly and hence very rare. It participates in breeding activities of endangered species to help preserve the gene pool.
The Botanical Garden in Liberec (completely rebuilt from Kučera 1995 to 2000) comprises nine glasshouses for visitors (with a total area of 3,000 m (32,291.73 sq ft) and 13 exhibition themes), nine plantation glasshouses and a large exterior terrain. It continues the legacy of a botanical garden established in 1876 by the Verein der Naturfreunde ("Society of Friends of Nature") on a nearby site and it is therefore considered the oldest one in the Czech Republic.
Mateřinka, a theatre festival biennially held in June
Cable car to Ještěd
Liberec city transport provides bus and tram lines. The first tram was used in Liberec in 1897. Liberec shares the narrow gauge tramway line which connects it to its neighboring city, Jablonec nad Nisou which is 12 km away. There are also two city lines with standard gauge: The first connects Horní Hanychov (not far to the cable car to Ještěd) and Lidové Sady via Fügnerova. The second connects Dolní Hanychov and Lidové Sady via Fügnerova (only during workdays). There also four historical trams. In the city centre there are two tracks as a memorial, in the past trams were used also on the central place in front of town hall. A private international airport is located 2,5 km from Liberec, at the nearby village of Ostašov.
Tipsport Arena, home to HC Liberec White Tigers
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009
The city is home to FC Slovan Liberec, a football club founded in Liberec and currently playing the Gambrinus liga, the highest division of Czech football. Slovan Liberec is one of the most successful clubs in the Czech Republic, having won three league titles. There is also SK VTJ Rapid Liberec. It is playing one of the lowest division. Ice hockey team HC Bílí Tygři Liberec play in the Czech Extraliga, the highest national ice hockey league. Last season they won national hockey league. They are champions.
Liberec has hosted two European Luge Championships, having done so in 1914 and 1939. In 2009, it hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. The Ski Jumping World Cup always comes to Liberec in January. The World Karate Championships took place in May 2011.
In 2015, from 15 August to 23 August, Liberec plays host to the 2015 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (WMTBOC).
Liberec: Notable people
The F. X. Šalda theatre in Liberec
Ještěd mountain with Ještěd TV tower and hotel
Emil Artin (1898–1962), mathematician
Cesar Baena (born 1986), cross country skier
Arthur Beer (1900–1980), astronomer
Guido Beck (1903–1989), physicist
Barbara Bouchet (born 1944), actress and entrepreneur
Vlasta Burian (1891–1962), actor
Martin Cikl (born 1987), World cup ski jumper
Martin Damm (born 1972), tennis player
Christoph Demantius (1567–1643), composer and poet
Lukáš Derner (born 1983), ice-hockey player
Tomáš Enge (born 1976), former F1 driver
Herbert Feigl (1902–1988), philosopher
Friedrich Karl Ginzel (1850–1926), astronomer
Konrad Henlein (1898–1945), Nazi politician
Heinrich Herkner (1863–1932), economist
Zuzana Hejnova (born 1986), athlete
Oldřich Kaiser (born 1955), actor
Harald Kreutzberg (1902–1968), dancer and choreographer
Markus Lüpertz (born 1941), artist
Roderich Menzel (1907–1987), tennis player
Josef Nadler (born 1884)
Petr Nedvěd (born 1971), former National Hockey League player, now playing for HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
Jaroslav Nedvěd (born 1969), ice-hockey player
Edmund Nick (1891–1973), composer
Ferdinand Porsche (1875–1951), car designer born in a nearby village (Vratislavice nad Nisou) now part of Liberec
Fritz Preissler (1908–1948), luger
Otfried Preußler (1923–2013), writer
Josef Proksch (1794–1864), composer and teacher of Bedřich Smetana
Jaroslav Řídký (1897–1956), composer
Augustin Schramm (1907–1948), communist politician and officer
Joachim Johann Nepomuk Spalowsky (1752–1797), naturalist
Jan Víšek (born 1981), ice-hockey player
Yemi A.D. (born 1981), choreographer and artist
Liberec: International relations
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in the Czech Republic
View of Liberec from Ještěd
Liberec: Twin towns – sister cities
Liberec is twinned with:
St. Gallen, Switzerland
Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France
Liberec: Closest cities, towns and villages
Destinations from Liberec
Zittau, Hrádek nad Nisou, Chrastava
Frýdlant, Görlitz, Bogatynia
Raspenava, Hejnice, Nové Město pod Smrkem
Nový Bor, Česká Lípa, Jablonné v Podještědí
Tanvald, Desná, Harrachov, Jelenia Góra
Český Dub, Mimoň, Stráž pod Ralskem
Turnov, Hodkovice nad Mohelkou
Jablonec nad Nisou, Železný Brod, Semily
Die postalischen Abstempelungen auf den österreichischen Postwertzeichen-Ausgaben 1867, 1883 und 1890, Wilhelm Klein, 1967
Di Duca, Marc. Bradt's Czech Republic (2006)
Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, pp.164 f
The German version of this article
Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, pp. 170f
Liberec: External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Liberec.
Municipal website (Czech)(German)
Liberec tourist portal
Tramway Liberec (Czech)
Liberec Botanical Garden
Liberec travel guide from Wikivoyage
Oblastni galerie v Liberci (Museum of art)
Unofficial Liberec Trip Planner
Oblastní galerie Liberec at Google Cultural Institute
Towns and villages of Liberec District
Bílý Kostel nad Nisou
Hodkovice nad Mohelkou
Hrádek nad Nisou
Jablonné v Podještědí
Janovice v Podještědí
Jindřichovice pod Smrkem
Nové Město pod Smrkem
Oldřichov v Hájích
Proseč pod Ještědem
Stráž nad Nisou
Světlá pod Ještědem
Administrative seats of Czech regions
Ústí nad Labem
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