Liberec is the fifth-largest city in the Czech Republic.
Liberec is on the Lusatian Neisse and surrounded by the Jizera Mountains and Ještěd–Kozákov Ridge.
Liberec was once home to a thriving textile industry and hence nicknamed the “Manchester of Bohemia”.
The Liberec Zoo was the first to be opened in Czechoslovakia in 1904. The zoo contains a wide variety of fauna, including large mammals like elephants, giraffes, sea lions and white tigers, which are a genetic anomaly and hence very rare.
Liberec is made up of 32 city parts and one self-governing borough.
The estimated population of Liberec is 104,163.
At the end of the 13th century, a settlement was established on the trade route from Bohemia to Lusatia. Liberec first belonged to the Bieberstein and Redern families and was first mentioned in a document of 1348.
The city is home to FC Slovan Liberec, a football club founded in Liberec and currently playing the Gambrinus liga, the highest division of Czech football. Slovan Liberec is one of the most successful clubs in the Czech Republic, having won three league titles.
The average elevation of Liberec is 374 m.
Liberec is twinned with: Amersfoort, Netherlands; Amiens, France; Augsburg, Germany; Nahariya, Israel; St. Gallen, Switzerland; Zittau, Germany; Dunkirk, France & Kovrov, Russia.