This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Liberec. To help you make friends with Liberec before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Liberec is the fifth-largest city in Czech Republic and the third in the historical region of Bohemia, situated on the Lusatian Neisse river and surrounded by the Jizera Mountains and Ještěd-Kozákov Ridge. Often overshadowed by the cities of Prague and Brno, it is a lovely city in its own right with a fairly rich history and a couple of fascinating sights.
There are quite a couple of architecturally impressive buildings to be visited, but the most prominent are Liberec Town Hall, Ještěd Tower, and the Liberec Castle. The city town hall is a Neo-Renaissance building, built at the end of the nineteenth century, that can be found on the main square. It has a more-than-sixty-meter-high tower and a similar look to the Vienna Town Hall. Ještěd Tower is almost a hundred meters high and was built in the sixties on the Ještěd Mountain near Liberec and has since become the symbol of the city. It is primarily used as a television transmitter, although it also contains a hotel and a restaurant. The region of Liberec is known for having a large amount of castles, but the one that probably stands out the most is the Liberec Castle (Zámek Liberec), although it is currently not open to the public.
Apart from these, the city also offers the first zoo in the former Czechoslovakia, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Czech Republic, and the enormous entertainment complex Centrum Babylon Liberec, as well as some museums, galleries, churches, and different historical places that are worth visiting.
Besides the bus lines, the city of Liberec also has a tram network that dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. Don't expect to find a wide selection of budget accommodations or Liberec hostels, though. Your best option is probably to look for a hostel near the Harcovský stream and the University of Technology residence halls.
Written by local enthusiast for Liberec hostelschaser