Liberec, in the Northern Bohemian region not far from the borders with Poland and Germany, is a place that will nourish both body and mind. The city is on the fringe of the Jizera Mountains, with a bowl of soaring peaks and evergreen mountainsides all around. In winter Liberec is a prime snow sport destination and a fixture on the ski jumping circuit, while in summer the opportunities for outdoor adventure are almost endless. Inside Liberec there’s a wealth of things to do for ages, but the city’s strong point is its “edutainment” attractions that kids are sure to adore. (Also see: Best places to visit in The Czech Republic)
1. The view from Ještěd
It doesn’t matter where you are in the city you’ll be able to spot a strange space-age building atop the city’s highest peak. This icon for Liberec is a combined television tower, hotel and restaurant dating to 1966. The structure is a hyperboloid, a kind of upside-down cone that was designed to enhance the outline of the mountain. Go in for a closer look by road or via the cable-car at Horní Hanychov. If you’re up for the hike you could also walk the mountain trail, and at the peak you’ll be able to savour a view that extends out over most of Northern Bohemia as well as parts of Germany and Poland.