In mid-March, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore more of the Czech Republic on the NYU Liberec day trip. The weather was cold, but the snow made the northern mountain town even more beautiful.
As with other NYU trips, we met at Vltavska and left in our private bus early in the morning. The RAs organize and take us on these trips around the Czech Republic; however, the Liberec was particularly interesting because we were visiting RA Eva’s hometown! It was especially helpful since she was already very familiar with the area, so the trip went very smoothly. Keep reading to learn more about what we saw and what we did!
Tour of the Town
Our first activity was a tour of the town. Since Eva is from Liberec, she was our tour guide, which made it much easier to ask any casual questions that we had. We saw the city center and the town hall, as well as some interesting sculptures. My favorite was this giant mirror set in a small park area! The snow made our selfie look amazing.
After a delicious traditional Czech lunch at Plzeňka (covered by NYU!), we visited the Liberec Regional Gallery. We had about an hour and a half to go off on our own and explore, so we were really given the chance to go at our own pace and see exhibits we were most interested in. Entrance fees for the Gallery were covered by NYU as well. I really enjoyed the interactive light exhibit, where there was a sand art pit, as well as different color light theory displays.
The last stop on the trip was to Ještěd, the highest mountain in the Ještěd-Kozákov Ridge in the north of the Czech Republic. We took a quick cable car ride up to the summit, where there is a tower restaurant, a small cafe-bistro, and several incredible viewpoints. We had about an hour, but since we were over 1000 meters high, it was even colder than before. Many of us stayed in the little cafe and went out to take pictures in the last 10 minutes so that we didn’t freeze! Despite the very cold and windy summit, the view was absolutely breathtaking; since we were so high, you could see both Poland and Germany in the distance. The snow covered the area all around and below the mountain, which made for beautiful panoramic shots! After that, we took the same cable car back down to the base of the mountain.
I was very pleased with this trip! A local tour guide, a free and delicious lunch, and a beautiful town with a lovely mountain-top view, what’s not to love? Liberec and Ještěd are definitely on my must-see list for the Czech Republic and I am planning to bring my parents there when they come to visit at the end of semester. Fun fact: Liberec is in The Honest Guide’s Youtube Video about 5 Epic Places in the Czech Republic. If you’re looking for a lovely town with an amazing view, I highly recommend going to Liberec and Ještěd!