Visit 15 technical monuments and points of interest in Jablonec and the wider environs with us. The varied selection includes lookout towers, water-engineering structures, museums, a railway line and a windmill. All of the places are open to the public and are excellent trip destinations, either on foot or by car. You can see with your own eyes that our region offers a number of technical spectacles in addition to natural beauty.
1. The Jablonec Reservoir – the Mšeno dam reservoir
The reservoir on the Mšeno Stream is one of a series of reservoirs built between 1906 and 1909 by the Prague construction company of Franz Schön and Sons in order to regulate the flow of water in the Lusatian Nisa catchment area. Based on the area of its water surface, it is the second largest inner-city body of water to the east of Lake Geneva and it attracts people for active relaxation all year round.
2. The Museum of Glass and Costume Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou
The Jablonec Museum of Glass and Costume Jewellery offers not only a number of permanent exhibitions, but also short-term exhibitions and workshops. It presents the most fragile and most beautiful parts of Czech art and industry to its visitors. Interactive exhibits, a phosphorescent aquarium, a moving mirror wall, a seed bead train and so on have been prepared for both young and old visitors alike.
3. The paternoster lift in the Jablonec town hall
This technical rarity consisting of a functioning circulating lift with an endless chain of cabins was invented in Great Britain in the 19th century by the Liverpudlian architect Peter Ellis. The first specimen was commissioned in London in 1884. This invention also appeared in the former Czechoslovakia during the period of the First Republic. In Jablonec it was in 1933.
4. The Museum of Bead Production in Jablonec nad Nisou
This unique museum of bead production bears witness to the many years of traditions and experience among local glassmakers. It will delight those who love both technology and history, as well as bead enthusiasts. G & B beads, which operates the museum, is one of the largest producers of glass beads in the Czech Republic.
5. The Proseč lookout tower
The Proseč Ridge is located between the cities of Liberec and Jablonec nad Nisou. It is a 1 km wide and about 4 km long forested strip that is interwoven with hiking trails and paths. The German Mountain Association for the Jablonec Area built the octagonal stone lookout tower not far from the highest point of the Proseč Ridge according to a design by the significant Jablonec architect, Rudolf Hemmrich.
6. The Ještěd cableway
Ještěd has long been a dominant feature of North Bohemia and a symbol of Liberec. The mountaintop provides unlimited views to all points of the compass. Its shape and cultivated technicism respects the context of the landscape and provides the mountaintop with an elegant, aerodynamic point.
7. The Liberec Technical Museum
The museum, where industry’s past meets its present, offers its visitors 4 thematic pavilions. Pavilion A presents means of transport, automobiles from various corners of the world, pre-war and post-war motorcycles and a unique exhibition of bicycles and velocipedes dedicated to the 200-year anniversary of the invention of the bicycle.
8. The Kořenov rack-and-pinion railway
The Tanvald–Kořenov–Harrachov rack-and-pinion railway, known locally as Polubenka, is a technical rarity, i.e. the only rack-and-opinion track and at the same time the steepest line with the most precipitous tunnel in the Czech Republic.
9. The Museum of Toy Production in Jiřetín pod Bukovou
The DETOA Albrechtice, s. r. o. factory is the largest and the oldest producer of wooden toys in the Czech Republic. The company was established by Johann Schowanek in Jiřetín pod Bukovou, where he found suitable conditions for his business, in 1908.
10. The Štěpánka lookout tower and bunker
The Štěpánka neo-gothic stone lookout tower is the oldest lookout tower in the Jizera Mountains. Its construction was commenced by Prince Camille de Rohan in 1847 in honour of Archduke Stephan, the patron of the imperial road from Liberec to Trutnov. Connoisseurs of pre-war and wartime history will appreciate the bunker under Štěpánka.
11. The Černá studnice lookout tower
Černá studnice was to the Jablonec area what Ještěd was to Liberec and its immediate environs. At a height of 26 metres, Černá studnice is one of the tallest stone lookout towers in the Jizera Mountains.
12. The Breached Dam
This water engineering structure was built on the Bílá Desná River in the Jizera Mountains at an altitude of 806 m above sea level in 1915 according to a design by Wilhelm Plenkner. In September of the following year, precisely 10 months after its final approval, the dam breached. The reservoir was never renewed and its ruins now stand as a mute witness to the tragedy.
13. The Bedřichov Reservoir on the Černá Nisa with an educational trail
The highest positioned reservoir in the Jizera Mountains is located 3 km to the north of Bedřichov in the Jizera Mountains Nature Reserve at an altitude of 775 m above sea level. The water is retained by a 340 m long and 23.5 m high stone dam. The main reason for the construction of the structure was to prevent flooding.
14. The Liberec–Jablonec nad Nisou tramline
The Liberec–Jablonec nad Nisou tramline is the longest and one of only four intercity tramlines in the Czech Republic. It was built between 1947 and 1955.
15. The Jindřichovice windmill
The Jindřichovice windmill is the only functioning and publicly accessible mill in the Czech Republic and it is one of the attractions at the Museum of Rural Life before the Industrial Revolution in Jindřichovice pod Smrkem.
Mapa s technickými památkami a zajímavostmi v Jablonci a okolí
Realised within the project “Cooperation in the presentation and promotion of technical monuments”. This project is supported by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund from Cooperation programme free state of Czech Republic – Saxony 2014-2020.
The project’s partner: Entwicklungsgesellschaft Niederschlesische Oberlausitz GmbH