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Winter fun without the crowds

Hurrah, winter’s here! Snow’s finally falling outside, and so this is the ideal time to start planning some trips. The quality, affordability and diversity of the winter sports on offer here are great reasons to head to the Liberec Region for some wintertime fun. After all, you can’t deny that we have three mountain regions here – the Jizera Mountains, the Lusatian Mountains and the Giant Mountains, all of which offer ideal snow conditions.

Let's keep an eye out for some beautiful winter weather and plan a trip to the highest peak in the Jizera Mountains, Smrk. Anyone who loves the countryside and romance is sure to be thrilled by the beauty of the winter landscape here. And if you manage to reach the top of Smrk, you’ll be rewarded by some gorgeous views of the surrounding scenery from the viewpoint there.The lookout tower on Smrk is open to visitors all year round. Besides the Jizera Mountains, you can also see the Giant Mountains, the Lusatian Mountains, Ještěd, Bezděz, and even Říp.

Let’s visit the Lusatian Mountains for some peace and quiet and other winter adventures without all the crowds. Around the villages of Polevsko, Kytlice, Svor, Kamenický Šenov – Prácheň and Prysk there are well-maintained cross-country skiing routes in the winter. And, what’s more, the Lusatian Mountains naturally continue on into the German Zittau Mountains, and so you can take the Lužickohorská magistrála, a route running for more than 100 km, and cross from country to country, enjoying this undiscovered border region as a single experience.

In recent years the Giant Mountains have seen a sharp rise in the number of visitors, both in summer and in winter. During the winter season the Giant Mountains are a paradise for downhill and cross-country skiers and for all winter outdoors enthusiasts in general. The downhill slopes have been overcrowded, with endless queues, so, let’s head off and discover some less well-known parts of the Giant Mountains. Let’s go to Liščí hora, across whose peak there runs one of the most popular Giant Mountains routes, from Janské Lázně to Luční Bouda. It’s also worth visiting the Friesovy boudy chalets. These are medium-sized shelters built by students from the Czech Technical University, and are used to take refuge when the weather is bad, or for a brief rest.

And a visit to the Bohemian Paradise also has its own magic in the winter. Just an ordinary walk through the sleeping countryside or the rock towns is sure to take your breath away, as it’s much more peaceful there at this time of the year, when there are fewer tourists. There’s one attraction near the town of Semily that is even more pleasant in winter than it is in the summer – the Bozkovské Dolomite Caves. The caves are open all year round and, unlike the queues in the summer, you won’t have to wait to get in. However, the caves are only open during the week from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And if you were thinking we’d forgotten about Máchův kraj, rest assured, we haven’t. Lake Mácha, in its romantic setting near Bezděz castle, is the ideal place for skating on the frozen water when the conditions are right. The lake is more than 2 km long and, with its winding banks, its perimeter is roughly 7 km – so there’s certainly plenty of space to work on all those pirouettes and spins. However, one very important word of warning: Never go onto the frozen lake alone and always check that the ice is thick enough; according to the general recommendations, it should ideally be 18 – 25 cm thick.

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s head out into that picturesque snowy landscape and enjoy the Liberec Region in winter. For the latest information about the winter resorts, snow conditions and other tips for wintertime fun, check out our social media, where you can find us under @regionliberec, or visit our website.

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