Liberec Region

  • Official nameLiberecký kraj (Liberec Region)
  • Population430,774
  • Area3,163 km2
  • Number of municipalities215; of which 39 are towns
  • NUTS IINorth-East

World-famous crystal, Jablonec costume jewellery, along with the Ještěd Hotel and transmitter, which is a candidate for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, are just a few of the many highlights of the Liberec Region.

HarrachovThe region is characterised by its unique location – on the north, it borders both Poland and Germany, comprising an area that is sometimes referred to as the “Tri-Country Area”. This title has been reflected in the expansion of cross-border cooperation surrounding the creation of the Neisse-Nisa-Nysa Euroregion, a voluntary association of municipalities from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, in 1991. Due to the region’s geographic location, cross-border cooperation plays a significant role in everyday life. The regional capital, and the natural centre of the region is Liberec, with nearly one hundred thousand inhabitants.

Discover the glass and costume jewellery

The Liberec Region has a predominantly industrial character. The most developed industries include glass production and costume jewellery, plastics production and processing, and machinery and processing industries linked to car manufacturing. The traditionally strong textile industry has lost its former dominance in the region.

The Liberec Region is very significant in terms of tourism, and as such is annually visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists, who are attracted by the entire area’s diversity. The Jizerské hory and Krkonoše mountain ranges are the largest and most famous of the mountain ranges spreading out between the borders of the Liberec Region. They provide many opportunities for hiking, biking and winter sports. Rare conditions for the cultivation of a variety of winter sports can be found at the Ještěd Sports Centre, above Liberec, which, in addition to ski runs of various difficulties, has ski jump facilities, where competitions are held every year. The well-known town of Harrachov also provides ideal conditions for winter sports.

Castles, chateaux and museums

SychrovCultural institutions of regional significance include numerous museums and galleries spread throughout the region. Building on a tradition of glass production in the region, museums of glass works in Nový Bor, Kamenický Šenov and Železný Brod as well as the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou welcome visitors. The Museum of the Czech Paradise in Turnov owns extensive collections of geological and mineralogical exhibits, as well as documentation on jewellery-making and goldsmithing, which are unique not only in the Czech Republic but also throughout Europe.

Historical sites which attract large numbers of tourists include numerous castles and chateaux such as Bezděz, Zákupy, Lemberk, Frýdlant, Sychrov, Hrubý Rohozec, Valdštejn, and a number of ecclesiastical monuments. An important landmark in the region is the Ještěd transmitter, which won its author, Karel Hubáček, the Perret Prize for architecture, making him the only Czech architect to date to have been awarded this prize. The Ještěd transmitter has now been suggested for inscription on UNESCO's world heritage list. The countryside is rich in natural points of interest as well as lakes, the most famous of which is the Máchovo Lake. Spa resorts, which are sought out primarily by visitors from the neighbouring countries of the Nisa Euroregion, also play an important role in local tourism.


Regional projects

In addition to its natural and cultural heritage, the region boasts a variety of successful projects. The most interesting among them have been selected by the region itself:.

Production of nanofiber textiles

The unique Nanospider technology which enables industrial production of nanofibers in diameters from 200-500 nanometres, with the help of a modified method of electro-spinning on the basis of polymer solutions, was invented and patented by the
Technical University of Liberec (TUL). The Elmarco Corporation became the exclusive partner of TUL for further development of this technology and received an exclusive licence for the production and sales of the Nanospider; the corporation built a pilot manufacturing line in 2004 and since 2006 it has provided the first operational equipment for industrial production using the technology.
English reference link: www.elmarco.com/obsah

Support for business and innovative activities

The purpose of this newly created network (set up at the beginning of 2008) is to coordinate activities and promote mutual cooperation among all currently operating infrastructures focused on the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises. The Enterprise Europe Network, which through the BISONet Project extends to include the Czech Republic, provides services in many areas – from consulting for entrepreneurs, where this network builds on the services of the Euro Info Centres, through consulting on innovation and technology transfer to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises as part of the 7th EU Framework Programme for research and technological development. Contact agencies in the Liberec Region include the ARR – Regional Development Agency, spol. s r.o. and VÚTS Liberec a.s.
Further information on the activities of this network in the Czech Republic, including regional contacts, is available at www.enterprise-europe-network.cz/en.

Region of the Upper Lusatian Half-timbered House

The German-Polish-Czech tri-country area is united by common history. Evidence of this common past can be found in the so-called “Umgebindehaus” architecture. This typical structure may be found in all three countries. The “Umgebindeland” project seeks to maintain this cultural heritage in Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

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