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Visit Jizera Mountains for Glass-making, Awesome Cities & Nature (1 Hour From Prague)

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Perhaps you’ve seen photos of one of the most iconic Czech structures – the almighty Ještěd, which is a radio tower and a hotel. Or, without knowing it, you took a glance at Liberec through a TV screen by watching your popular TV show or a movie.

The Jizera Mountains in the North of the Czech Republic have a lot to offer. The whole North of the country is famous for its glass-making tradition, which concentrates to Jablonec and surroundings in the form of costume jewelry.

Today we’re going to have a look at some more or less known places in the Jizera Mountains that are connected to glass and costume jewellery, as well as those that are interesting purely for their beauty and the status of an undiscovered gem.

Jizerky
Jizera Mountains 💙

The following describes a few spots that I visited on a sponsored trip with Visit Jizerky. You can use this information as a 3-day itinerary in the Jizera Mountain region or as inspiration for a few day trips from Prague. 

Jablonec nad Nisou

The Czech glass-making tradition spans the whole region, with specialty costume jewellery concentrated in Jablonec. 

Under the Communist regime the jewellery made in the state-owned Jablonex company became known worldwide.

Those times are long gone and the industry had to completely reinvent itself. It has since risen from the ashes and is on its way to regain its fame, but this time based on small local producers.

In the city of Jablonec with its name originating from the Czech word for apple tree, you will discover the following attractions:

Jablonec costume jewelry, glass and Christmas decorations

Already in the 19th century Jablonec nad Nisou called itself world’s center of costume jewelry. Only in Jablonec can you see a wide variety of costume jewelry in one place.

For the most memorable experiences with glass and costume jewelry be sure not to miss:

Výstava Křehká krása Jablonec nad Nisou
Fragile Beauty trade fair is held in Jablonec every year in August.

Křehká krása (‘Fragile Beauty’)

A yearly exposition of the best creations, made in the city of Jablonec nad Nisou and the entire glass region, takes place every summer. It lasts for 4 days and is quite amazing. I don’t get it how it’s possible that not too many people know about this event. 

The exhibited jewelry include the ‘normal’, wearable pieces as well as intricate pieces of eye pleasing glass art. 

The exhibition is also a trade fair meaning you can buy different creations ranging from costume jewelry to Christmas decorations, all for low prices.

A diverse program accompanies the exhibition, where you can expect to experience things like a showcase of how glass is shaped to musical performances and fashion shows.

In 2019 a Czech Beauty Pageant was one of the organizing partners, and they featured a catwalk of swimsuit models, obviously. :D 

Vánoční ozdoby na výstavě Křehká krása
Christmas decorations available for purchase at the exhibition
Přehlídka středních škol na výstavě Křehká krása
Local high schools had their showcase of glassmaking. The girl on the left melts glass and forms it into flowers, while the boy on the right makes lab test tubes.
Ukázka foukání skla na výstavě Křehká krása v Jablonci
This is how you make birds out of glass tubes. As the man procclaimed: ‘It’s easy – heat up, blow and it’s done’ :)

The ticket costs only 60 Czech Crowns (€2.3 or $2.5), with free entry for kids. This ticket also includes free entrance to the Museum of glass and costume jewelry! I can highly recommend visiting the Museum too, it’s interactive and interesting.  It’s easy to spend a few hours there, if you like reading all descriptions. :)

In 2020 the Fragile Beauty exhibition will be held from August 6 to 9. See more info on their website (in Czech only).

Módní přehlídka na výstavě Křehká krása
A fashion show at Křehká krása
Interíér Muzea skla a bižuterie v Jablonci nad Nisou
The Museum of Glass and Costume Jewelry is rather extensive.

Permanent Trade Fair at Palace Plus

If you visit Jablonec outside of the Fragile Beauty dates, then you should visit Palace Plus in order to experience the best of Jablonec costume jewelry and glass. It’s located in a building not far from the Volt Brewery (mentioned below) and Jablonec reservoir.

Palace Plus houses a permanent exhibition of products for sale from the local Union of glassmakers. There are new pieces added every week and you can easily find real gems for low prices. Again, the assortment covers not just glass and costume jewelry, but also Christmas decorations. All handcrafted in the region.

Budova stálé prodejní výstavy skla a bižuterie v Jablonci
Palace Plus – the best prices of costume jewellery you can find (other than at the Fragile Beauty exhibition).
Interiér Palace Plus Jablonec nad Nisou
Inside Palace Plus
Bižuterie v Palace Plus Jablonec
Only a fraction of what Palace Plus offers.
Náhrdelníky prodávané v Palace Plus Jablonec nad Nisou
Necklaces sold at Palace Plus, in the orange-brown section :)
Náhrdelník Palace Plus Jablonec nad Nisou
Beautiful pieces to decorate one’s neck

Kids and craft enthusiasts can have fun in a local workshop, where there are thousands of beads available for making your own bracelets, necklaces, earrings… The prices are based on weight and are very affordable. My bracelet, made from 3 colors of beautiful glass beads, cost only 20 CZK (less than a dollar or a euro).

See more info about Palace Plus on their website (in Czech only).

Náramek ze skleněných korálků na mechu
A lovely little bracelet I made at Palace Plus. Total investment: 20 CZK!

Also there are some impressive glass installations in the city. The locals are proud of their bijouterie and glass, so locally made pieces are often used as outdoor decorations. Right next to the Volt brewery (mentioned below) you’ll find a unique art installation with frames covered in glass ‘diamonds’, all beautifully lit in the evening.

Světelná instalace ze skleněných krystalů u Pivovaru Volt.
A light installation made of glass crystals next to the Volt Brewery.

New City Hall

There’s more to the eye-catching building of the functionalist architectural style at the main Square (Mírové náměstí, Peace Square) than just a beautiful view from its tower. For example a paternoster lift.

It’s a lift with no door that goes in a loop up and down without stopping. If you’ve never taken such a lift before, embrace the challenge and hop on, there are not many left around the world. 

Also the meeting rooms of Jablonec City Hall hide a myriad of beautiful details typical of the 1930’s functionalist style. The Viennese architect Karl Winter paid attention to the smallest things – e.g. the masterfully made ceramic light switches. 

From the New City Hall tower you’ll have a nice overview of the Peace Square, the Old City Hall as well as the hills with their watchtowers surrounding Jablonec.

You can visit the City Hall in the summer months for just 20 CZK (less than 1 dollar / euro).

Jablonecká radnice na Mírovém náměstí
Jablonec City Hall at the Peace Square in all its beauty
Zasedací místnost pro zastupitelstvo Jablonce
The large meeting room of Jablonec City Hall. All fine tuned to the slightest detail.
Výhled z jablonecké radnice
View from Jablonec City Hall onto the Peace Square and beyond.

It’s also totally worthwhile to just spend some time strolling around Jablonec and observing how functionalist styled buildings are mixed in with the Art Deco styled ones. You can walk all the way from the city center to the Church of St. Anne, which is a bit deceiving since it’s not a church anymore, but an exhibition space. 

Stará radnice v Jablonci nad Nisou
The original City Hall of Jablonec. Too small for today’s needs.
Budovy v Jablonci
The architecture of Jablonec is amazing.. you just have to look up :)
Budovy v Jablonci nad Nisou
Buildings in Jablonec. This cure narrow one is easy to spot :)

Jablonec Sea

Since we don’t have a sea in the Czech Republic, it’s fun to at least pretend we do. :) The Mšeno Reservoir in Jablonec is nicknamed Jablonec Sea and even though its size doesn’t compare to a sea, it’s still an awesome recreational spot.

Gradually sloping shores offer nice beach areas and you’re welcome to swim there. All three reservoirs connect into one and have their specific swimming areas. Including a nudist beach, or so I heard. :)

We took our blankets and had a nice little picnic on one of the main beaches in the evening. And we were the only ones there, on a warm August night!

Jablonecká přehrada Mšeno
Mšeno Reservoir, a.k.a. the Jablonecké Sea.
Jablonecká přehrada Mšeno
A beautiful morning by the Jablonec Sea 💙

Where to eat in Jablonec

Try e.g. the Půlměsíc Grill & Pasta (meaning Half-moon). The cuisine is expertly created from local ingredients and you can also find a vegan meal or two. We came here for the lunch menu and were very satisfied with our meals. 

Where to stay in Jablonec

How about staying in a brewery? Volt, the Jablonec brewery, which is located right by the Jablonec Sea offers not just beer but also accommodation.

Our room was fine, it didn’t lack anything but it was a bit basic. The main perk, however, is the location. The breakfast in Volt’s beautiful restaurant was excellent and well prepared.

Budova penzionu a pivovaru Volt
A brewery, a pension and a restaurant in one – Volt at the shore of Jablonec Reservoir.
Pokoj penzionu pivovaru Volt
Our room at the brewery. The bedside lamp shone bright red light :))

Prague to Jablonec Transport

To get to Jablonec from Prague in the most direct way, just hop on a bus at Prague’s Černý Most bus station. It only takes an hour to get there.

To reach the neighboring city of Liberec, make use of an intercity tramway! 

About 3-4 times an hour a tram goes between the two cities. The whole tram track, which is 12km long, has been in operation since the 50’s. In the future an extension is planned to fully cover the Jablonec city center.

Tramvaj jezdící mezi Libercem a Jabloncem
The tram in Liberec going to Jablonec :)

Liberec

I have a sweet spot for Liberec. I’ve been there a few times, usually just for quick visits, but each time the city has really impressed me. I think the main attractions – the Liberec City Hall and Ještěd are the two main reasons.

So if you ever make it to the Jizera Mountains, nicknamed Jizerky by locals, you should visit Liberec city too and spend at least a day there. The main places to visit in Liberec are:

Liberec City Hall

It’s impossible to overlook it. The moment you enter the Liberec Square of Dr. E. Beneš, you’ll gasp in amazement. And perhaps even lose your breath once you walk inside the Neo-Renaissance building. That’s how stunning it is.

Pohled na libereckou radnici
This is the view of the City Hall you’ll walk into upon entering the Square of Dr. E. Beneš from its lower side.
Radnice v Liberci
The City Hall.. so monstrous it wouldn’t even fit into a photo.
Interiér liberecké Radnice
The City Hall’s interior… even more beautiful in reality.

When you climb the 183 steps leading to the very top and pass through an old attic smelling of wood, you’ll see Liberec the way birds do. Underneath you’ll see the Square and next to you the Neo-Gothic Church of St. Anthony the Great will make an appearance. You’ll be surely amazed by all the greenery running through the city and, of course, the sight of the main star – Ještěd, proudly perched atop a hill!

This City Hall is not the original one. Look down at the Square from the tower and you’ll be able to discern a pattern from the cobblestones marking the borders of the old City Hall. Once its capacity was no longer sufficient, the new grandiose City Hall was built on the side of the Square, and the old one was torn down.

Liberec Náměstí Dr. E. Beneše
A view from the City Hall onto the nice houses of Liberec’ Main Square.
Věž kostela sv. Antonína Velikého v Liberci
This giant tower belongs to the Church of St. Anthony the Great.

Liberec Coffee and Cafés

Liberec is the proud home to one of the best coffee roasters in the Czech Republic named Nordbeans. Not only does Nordbeans operate their roaster from there, they added a small café too, both are only a short walk from the city center. 

We had the unique opportunity of learning just how much of an art the roasting of coffee beans can be. I won’t go into the details, as I could hardly convey everything that goes into it and all the things that can go wrong.

Nordbeans supplies the best cafés around the country with their masterfully roasted beans. In Prague it’s e.g. Kavárna co hledá jméno, Eska from the Ambiente chain, Vnitroblock, Cafefin and Coffee Room in Vinohrady…and many others.

Pražírna kávy Nordbeans v Liberci
This is where one of the best coffees in the Czech Republic is roasted.

Sweet City

This is the café belonging to Nordbeans where you can have the best and most freshly roasted beans straight from the source. Add homemade pies, cakes and sandwiches and you’re in a café heaven.

Organza

A café and bar serving excellent breakfasts and, unlike other popular breakfast cafés in Liberec, they open their doors at 8:30 am on Saturday.

The best time to visit this cafe is in the summer, when you can sit on the terrace, which is located across a small road from the actual café. The waiters did good running across the road and back with each little order. 

Mikyna

We didn’t have time to make it to Mikyna, but it’s one of the most famous Liberec cafés. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and can’t wait to visit on my next trip to Liberec. :) 

Sweet City kavárna Liberec
The best coffee at Sweet City

Design

Liberec is rich with modern design gems, if you look closely enough. The Czechs from the North are skilled, you know. Even though a few local projects were started by people not born in Liberec, but who decided to move there.

Black Mountain

A team of skilled locals from Liberec and the surrounding areas create pretty balloon skirts, hoodies, T-shirts, dresses…

Pink Tina

This little shop full of Czech-made fashion and accessories cannot be left out, especially if you enjoy shopping at Etsy. This is the same, just in the form of a brick-and-mortar store. 

Obchod Black Mountain v Liberci
A stylish store of the Black Mountain brand

Ještěd

One of the most iconic buildings in the whole country, Ještěd has adorned the hill of the same name just outside Liberec since the 70’s. It is primarily a communications tower, but also a unique hotel with a restaurant.

You can get to the top using a cable car (which is ideal) or you can walk from a parking lot near the top, or drive all the way up (the parking spaces on the very top are very limited and almost exclusively reserved for hotel guests.)

At the top it’s mainly about enjoying the views of the greenery all around you. Walk around the whole parameter of the tower and stop by a statue called the Little Alien (Malý Marťan) by a Czech artist Jaroslav Róna, who created the statue there over 10 years ago.

Lanovka na Ještěd
This cable car took us up. They run about every 30 minutes.
Ještěd a mraky
Iconic Ještěd and stormy clouds. Those passed as quickly as they came.
Ještěd vysílač, hotel a restaurace
Ještěd in all its beauty.
Výhled z Ještědu na okolní krajinu
Views from Ještěd – you have to see with your own eyes, the photo barely gives it justice.
Výhled z Ještědu s pózující Veronikou
Feel free to pose with the view from Ještěd.. :))
Socha Malý Marťan na Ještědu
The Statue of a Little Martian. With a random little human :)

The extraordinary timeless design of Ještěd pervades its interior too. You just have to see it with your own eyes! The restaurant/café follows Ještěd’s semi-circle design and the big windows let plenty of light in. There are mostly classic dishes served there, such as apple strudel. :)

A few years back I spent a night in the hotel. It was an amazing experience. Their retro wallpaper even magnified the feeling that we were in a spaceship and would soon take off from the Earth to go high enough to reach the stars.

Even the buffet breakfast at Ještěd Hotel was wonderful. In a typical Czech fashion, a pear brandy was available for those who might need it first thing in the morning. :D

Interiér Ještědu
And off we go to the restaurant. Quite the interior, right..?
Výhled z restaurace na Ještědu
Visitors to the Ještěd café and restaurant may enjoy views like these.
Lanovka z Ještědu
And a green cable car brought us back down. For the best view, make sure to pick a spot right by the front window.

If you can, spend more than just one day in Liberec. Walk through the city center all the way to half-timbered Waldstein houses (Valdštejnské domky), which are the oldest buildings in the city. Continue across the Paper Square (Papírové náměstí) covered with graffiti, and, if time allows, spend a half-day at Babylon Aqua Park or iQLandia. 

Liberecké Valdštejnské domky
A narrow street hides a treasure – Waldstein houses.
Valdštejnské domky Liberec
Waldstein houses closeup
Grafitti cestou na Papírové náměstí v Liberci
Grafitti on the way to the Paper Square
Papírové náměstí Liberec
Paper Square serves as a parking lot.
Domy v Liberci
A walk or a ride throgh Liberec shows one architectural gem after another.
Architektura v Liberci
Other architectural wonders in Liberec

Sometime in the near future, I plan to spend a longer amount of time in Liberec, and I’ll report back on my newer findings. ;)

Where to eat in Liberec

You can have some yummy meals at Omam Bistro. The lunch menu is very interesting, and you can choose from 3 delicious options, one of which is usually vegan. International flavors permeate the menu every day and keep the taste buds entertained.

Where to stay in Liberec

After a night spent in the brewery of Jablonec, you also can count the sheep and spend the night in an Old Bakery in Liberec. :) The hotel Stará Pekárna is located about 15 minutes away (on foot) from the Liberec city center. 

The main building features a few rooms, plus there’s one that can be entered from the street – which is where we stayed. The hotel was really nice. 

Budova hotelu Stará Pekárna v Liberci
‘Old Bakery’ Hotel in Liberec
Pokoj Hotelu Stará pekárna v Liberci
Our room in the ‘Old Bakery’ Hotel

Frýdlant City and Frýdlant Panhandle

The third town to visit, when discovering the Jizera Mountains, is Frýdlant which is a lot smaller than the others.

Frýdlant City

The largest town of both Northern panhandles of the Czech Republic has 8,000 inhabitants, a River named Smědá, flowing through it, and is only a stone’s throw away from the Polish border. Therefore a trip to Frýdlant can be easily connected with a visit to Poland. 

Some Frýdlant’s must see destinations are:

Frýdlant City Hall

This city hall is beautiful too. It’s the work of the Viennese architect named Franz von Neumann who also designed the Liberec City Hall. Unlike the Neo-Gothic Liberec City Hall, the Frýdlant one was built in a Neo-Renaissance style and is also substantially smaller.

Frýdlant Radnice
Doesn’t this City Hall look like a real gem too?
Interiér frýdlantské Radnice
The architect was generous in the decoration of the Frýdlant City Hall interiors.
Interiér frýdlantské Radnice
As a symbol of the city, the town hall does great.

The City Hall’s wooden attic is adorably decorated with kids’ paper creations. Its chimes, with two alternating melodies, playfully mark every full hour. Just try not to be right by the speaker when the full hour strikes. :)

Na půdě frýdlantské radnice
When kids create their little masterpieces and they’re then exhibited in the attic of a City Hall. Notice the scary spider on the left ;)

From the top of the tower, you’ll have a lovely view of the T. G. Masaryk Square and the whole town of Frýdlant with the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross as one of the main landmarks. 

Výhled z věže frýdlantské radnice
Just a small railing separates you from the view of the Square
Výhled z frýdlantské radnice
The view from the City Hall – a church in front, in the back a castle and a chateau

A castle and a chateau can be spotted on a nearby hill. In the past historical castles were often rebuilt into chateaus. But this castle is situated in such a way on the hill that an extension couldn’t be carried out so they built a whole new Chateau right below it.

This City Hall is also not original but the preceding city hall has been marked with cobblestones in the pavement of the Square, just like in Liberec.

A City Museum can be found in the Frýdlant City Hall and it’s full of historical artifacts such as a historical short bed (the kind that was used by servants), salons for the townsmen with their rich decorations and historical clocks. And a lot more.

Městské muzeum Frýdlant v Čechách
The staff slept on short and hard beds like this one..
Předměty v Městském muzeu Frýdlant
Townsmen’ salon and its rich decorations.

Historical City Center

The town’s center is practically comprised of the Square and the streets leading away from it. On the Square you’ll find beautifully restored houses, a fountain with a statue of Albrecht of Valdštejn (the most important local historical figure), plenty of benches and mainly a lot of open space, which uniquely doesn’t serve as a parking lot, as is unfortunately the case in many Czech cities.

Frýdlantské náměstí T. G. Masaryka
Frýdlant Square of T. G. Masaryk
Kašna na náměstí ve Frýdlantě
A fountain in Frýdlant city centre, with townsmen houses in the back.
Domky ve Frýdlantu
A few cute Frýdlant houses…

Špitálek Museum

Meaning ‘a little hospital’ in Czech, Špitálek is a unique little museum, which originally served as a home for the sick and disabled citizens and was managed by the Church. Its inhabitants, called ‘Špitálníci’, were provided with shelter and food, and in return they just had to pray. 

Institutions of such type were common in the 13th century and this particular Špitálek hosted only 6 people.

Muzeum Špitálek Frýdlant
Small and a really nice museum called Špitálek

After the reconstruction in 2012 a small museum was established with interactive expositions not just about Špitálek itself but also about the history of Frýdlant region, complete with archeological findings. It’s a truly interesting place to visit, so if you make it to Frýdlant, be sure to stop by.

Expozice "Na trhu" v muzeu Špitálek
Exposition ‘At the market’ in Špitálek
Původní radnice ve Frýdlantu
This is how Frýdlant’s former City Hall looked. On its top it had a vase which is now kept at Špitálek. Quite large, right?

Frýdlant Nativity Scene (Betlém)

Frýdlant can boast one more unique sight – a mechanical wooden nativity scene placed in a small half-timbered house. This nativity scene comes from the 19th century and took 60 years to create!

A local caretaker turns a mechanical crank, which controls a group of strings connecting everything. Once released, you can watch in awe as the nativity scene starts moving. Each of the 300 little figures has their own task, which they fulfill diligently. A train rides by, horses plow the field and much more, providing an entertaining sight for people of all ages.

Chaloupka Frydlantskeho Betlemu
This beautiful wooden cottage hides a treasure.
Detail frýdlantského betlému
A deail of Frýdlant Nativity scene. All objects, except houses and trees, move.
Mechanika frýdlantského betlému
The mechanics of the nativity scene and local caretaker’s legs :D

Frýdlant is also famous for its brewery and the Albrecht beer, which it produces.

The Frýdlant Panhandle and its unknown spots

If you have a car, you can also take a drive around the Frýdlant surroundings and explore scenic areas where you’ll hardly meet anyone but locals. 

Hejnice

First, stop in a little town called Hejnice. Its Basilica of the Visitation of Virgin Mary hides a little treasure. Whether you’re religious or not, or whether you believe in St. Valentine, a person of this name in fact truly existed in Italy. And part of his remains can be found in the Hejnice Basilica (to the left of the altar). 

Bazilika v Hejnicích
Hejnice Basilica
Ostatky sv. Valentýna v bazilice v Hejnicích
Here they are – remains of St. Valentine and St. Voršila.

Libverda Spa Town

Do you love spa towns too? The Libverda Spa Town, or Lázně Libverda in Czech, is a small municipality in the Frýdlant region, where they cure everything from cardiovascular diseases and musculoskeletal disorders to stress or obesity. 

We stopped at their adorable promenade, tasted the healing spring water, bought a typical Czech spa wafer and continued on our way.

Lázně Libverda
A small stop in Libverda Spa town
kolonáda Lázní Libverda
Rainy promenade of Libverda

Right outside Libverda you’ll come across a restaurant named The Giant Barrel (Obří sud). Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like – a large barrel with a few tables inside. :)) There’s a stunning view of the Jizera Mountains from here too, but it stayed hidden to us due to heavy storm clouds. 

Obří sud restaurace na Frýdlantsku
The Giant Barrel :))
U Obřího sudu na Frýdlantsku
Inside the Giant Barrel and posing with an umbrella rather than with an amazing view of Jizera Mountains

Pagan Rocks (Pohanské kameny)

Another attraction of the Frýdlant panhandle hides in the nature near the Višňová village. It’s a cluster of boulders, of which one has two deep ridges on top. 

According to a local legend a devil’s carriage traveled in through the area and created the ridges.

Do you find that hard to believe?

Well, be careful! A local skeptic also didn’t believe the story and one evening walked to the rocks. Noone has seen him since. 

In any case, the Pagan Rocks are a pleasant place to visit. The walk there from the nearest road is about 15 minutes. It’s short and easy and leads through nature; ideal for families with children too!

Pohanské kameny na Frýdlantsku
Local horses have come to say hi on our way to Pagan Rocks
Kameny v přírodě na Frýdlantsku
One of the boulders making up Pagan Rocks
Pohanské kameny Frýdlantsko
Ridges made by a devil’s carriage! 👹

Višňová village

The village of Višňová features quite a few examples of half-timbered houses typical for Frýdlant. 

In Poustka u Frýdlantu, in a village within Višňová, you can find a Craft Path (Řemeslná stezka).

A small path is lined with hand carved wooden statues representing the craft professions that have been characteristic of the region since the Middle Ages. Each contains an educational tidbit of information, usually about the history of the said profession and an interactive element. :) 

Again, this is great fun for all ages. We didn’t have any kids on our trip, yet we had a lot of fun at the path.  

Cesta řemesel na Frýdlantsku
Let’s start on the Craft Path!
Řemeslná stezka Višňová
Professions at the Craft Path – some are easy to tell from the first sight.

Víska

A small village named a ‘small village’ in Czech. Víska lies near Višňová and features plenty of half-timbered houses. A lot more could be found here before 2010 whene disastrous floods wrecked the village.

The prettiest half-timbered house no. 36 had to be unfortunately torn down completely. You can find photos of it here as a memory, as well as a large Oak tree that locals consider to be protection from even worse flood wreckage.

Hrázděné domky ve Vísce na Frýdlantsku
Half-timbered houses in Víska

Černousy

Because most of the day we had to deal with heavy rain, we didn’t get to discover anything other than gastronomy in Černousy. A restaurant called a Chateau Court (Zámecký dvůr) serves delicious Czech specialties and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Zámecký dvůr v Černousích
There was a wedding at the restaurant when we visited.

Where to eat and sleep in Frýdlant

Antonie Hotel belongs to the most luxury options in the region. The wellness and spa hotel is located about a 5-minute ride away from Frýdlant city center. The rooms are minimalistic and beautiful. The main strongpoint of the hotel lies in its wellness and gastronomy.

It features one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had in a Czech hotel. Such a variety of all imaginable breakfast items, especially fruits and you even have the chance to make your own smoothie, which is definitely not a standard practice in the Czech Republic. Plus, if weather permits, you can enjoy it all from a terrace. 

Pokoj v hotelu Antonie
Our lovely room at Antonie Hotel
Výhled z pokoje hotelu Antonie
A beautiful calming view from our room
Restaurace v hotelu Antonie
Restaurant of Antonie Hotel

The Hotel is located in a beautiful environment above the city, surrounded by residential houses and nature. The part with wellness includes a natural biotope pool located outside of the main hotel building. It’s possible to access it via an underground tunnel too. 

Bazén hotelu Antonie
A poll in the wellness section of Antonie Hotel
Přírodní jezírko ve Wellness Hotelu Antonie
A natural pool at the Wellness Hotel Antonie
Tunel v hotelu Antonie
You can get to the wellness section above or below the ground :)

It’s impossible not to notice what looks like a spaceship on the hotel’s front. It’s actually just a unique meeting room, all set in wood, where small meetings, important dinners or even wedding receptions can be held. 

Zasedací místnost ve tvaru UFO v Hotelu Antonie
A UFO has landed on Antonie Hotel’s terrace :)
Zasedačka hotelu Antonie
In reality it’s a small meeting and festive room :)

Prague to Frýdlant Transport

There is no direct train or bus going between Prague and Frýdlant. If you can, bring a car or rent one, it’ll be the best way to get around Frýdlant and discover all the interesting spots.

If you can’t drive, the best is to take a bus to Liberec (mentioned above) and then another bus to Frýdlant. The journey takes 2 hours in total.

Krávy na louce v Jizerkách
Goodbye from the sheep and cows of Jizera Mountains :)

The Jizera Mountains region provides a number of options for trips, be it if you’re just passing through the area or choose it as a vacation destination. 

 

Have you ever discovered any other areas in the Czech Republic other than Prague? What was your favorite part? Have you ever heard of Ještěd? 

 

 

Go off the beaten path in the Czech Republic and visit the Jizera Mountains. Together with its architecture filled 3 main cities Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou and Frydlant, you can admire the local nature and the beauties of the countryside with zero tourists. Travel to Jizera Mountains on a day trip from Prague or get inspired by our 3-day itinerary. See the most beautiful places of Jizera Mountains in the North of the Czech Republic #czechia #mountains #offthebeatenpath #itinerary #daytrips

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