Liberec is a predominantly industrial region, connected to Prague by a four-lane highway. An extension will connect the region to the highway network of Germany.
The main tourist draws of Liberec are its natural attractions. The Jizera and Krkonoše Mountains are popular recreation areas among hikers, bikers, and winter sports aficionados. The Ještěd Ridge above the capital city of Liberec has been the host of yearly ski jumping competitions. The city also has a shopping and entertainment complex, Babylon Centre.
Liberec is one of the largest cities in the Czech Republic. It was once the site of a flourishing textile industry, which has earned for the city the nickname “Manchester of Bohemia”. Sitting in the valley between the Jěstěd Ridge and the Jizera Mountains, the city has a number of ski resorts and winter sports facilities.
Downtown Liberec is noted for the Neo-Renaissance architecture of its buildings, which attests to the prosperity of the city at the turn of the 20th century. An example of this is the František Xaver Šalda Theatre near the Town Hall. A much newer attraction is the massive hotel and entertainment complex Centrum Babylon Liberec. It has a shopping centre, an indoor amusement centre for children, and the Aquapark, which has swimming pools, water slides, aquariums, whirlpools, steam baths and massage parlors, and an outdoor terrace with palm trees.