Jablonec nad Nisou is located within the area of the Jizera Mountains at an altitude of approximately 500 m above sea level. The terrain is hilly and there is a montane climate. The city has been built amidst greenery, in a wide basin created by the Nisa River. It is currently home to approximately 45,000 inhabitants.
Architecturally, it is a young city, whose greatest period of greatest prosperity did not occur until the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The city is home to unmistakable traces of the art nouveau, functionalist and neo-renaissance architectural styles. You will find it easy to find your way around, because the city centre consists of three squares located one above the other and the former Petřín hotel towers above the southern horizon.
Jablonec nad Nisou is still a city of glass and costume jewellery. As in the past, you can still come across the fragile beauty of glass products and costume jewellery at every step, as this is a tradition which has been developed by the skilful hands of the local glassmakers over centuries. The city can boast the only Museum of Glass and Costume Jewellery in this country. Jablonec and its environs are the very place where the renown of internationally famous brands such as Swarovski or Riedel began to be written.
The reservoir was created not far from the city centre at the beginning of last century and it has not only become a means of protecting against floods and a unique technical monument, but also the city’s main recreational facility. The Jablonec Sea, as the locals call the reservoir, is an excellent venue for swimming, sports, relaxation and a starting point for hiking and cycle trips into the Jizera Mountains. If the weather is conducive, the cross-country skiing trails also start from there in the winter.
Jablonec nad Nisou invites everybody who is looking for a varied and active holiday. A visit to the city will enable visitors to combine the advantages of urban life, such as cultural and sports activities, with the advantages arising from its position next to the Jizera Mountains. Recreational centres such as Bedřichov (which is served by public transport from Jablonec and by seasonal buses), Severák, Špičák, Jizerka or Harrachov are all easily accessible. You can also be in the capital city, Prague, in just one hour. We are sure that the time you spend in Jablonec and its environs will bring you the pleasure of knowing that it was time well spent.