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Liberec/Czech Republic

Ještěd Mountain directly south-west of Liberec.

Ještěd Mountain directly south-west of Liberec.
(© SK)

The district of Dresden and the Liberec region have been working closely together since their »Joint Declaration« on 6th April 2006.

The Liberec region lies in the north of the Czech Republic and includes four districts, Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou, Semily and Česká Lípa, with a total land area of 3.163 km². This makes the region, which has 434,000 residents, the smallest in the Republic apart from the capital Prague. The regional border in the north is also the national border with Poland and in part with Germany.

The region is mostly mountainous – the northern part of the Česká kotlina basin, the Jizerské hory (Jizera Mountains), the western part of the Krkonoše (Giant Mountains) including their foothills and the eastern part of the Lusation Mountains. The difference in altitude between the lowest and highest points is 1,227 metres.

The countryside in the region is unusually diverse. There are five conservation areas in the region, as well as a national park. These attract large numbers of visitors, making tourism an important factor in the regional economy. There is something here for everyone looking for sport and relaxation, from the Lusation Mountains to the central Bohemian Range and the Bohemian Paradise. The attractive winter sports centres in the Giant Mountains and the Jizerske Mountains are among the most popular areas for visitors to the Czech Republic.

However, the landscape also has many other areas of natural interest, lakes and rivers and many historic sites. The local spa resorts are particularly important, and often visited by guests from the Neisse-Nisa-Nysa Euroregion.

The Liberec region has a relatively high proportion of industrial workers compared with other regions. The automobile industry is highly developed, while traditional industries include in particular glass and ceramics, machine tools, textiles and artificial fibres. The four-lane motorway between Liberec and Prague is important, its extension towards Saxony facilitating a connection to the German motorway network.

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