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22-7-2019, 18:29 UTC
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Jizerske Mountains

The Jizerske Mountains form the northern part of Bohemia's ring of border mountains. They meet the Luzicke (Lusatian) Mountains in the west, and in the east merge with the Krkonose (Giant Mountains), the highest Czech mountain range. The Czech-Polish border runs through them and they consist of several crests, with hills peaking just over 1,000 metres above sea level. The highest mountain,- is Smrk (1,124 metres). Once nearly completelywooded, originally with mixed,-and later with coniferous woods, they came to resemble a moonscape with the remains of dead trees in the 1970s and 1980s due to emissions from Czech, Polish and East German power plants. Life has slowly been coming back to the Jizerske Mountains since the 1990's and vast majority of the bare areas are being forested again. They link a number of large as well as small towns, which often became notable precisely because of the mountains; Liberec in the west, Jablonec nad Nisou in the central part, and Tanvald, Desna, Korenov in the east. The Jizerske Mountains always were and still are rich in rain and snowfall; there are few places in the Czech Republic with so much precipitation. Even this, as a matter of paradox, adds to the attractiveness of the area for tourists; unusual peat and lagoon formations are produced in summer, and in winter, which is often six months long, ideal conditions for skiing.

Jested
Jested, whose peak-, rises to 1012m, is crowned by a modern TV tower which has become a dominant feature of the town Liberec. The tower was designed by the architect Karel Hubacek and awarded the prestigious Perret Prize. The building, housing a communications tower and a hotel with a restaurant, was opened on 21. 9. 1973.

Smrk
Jested Way up the Jested peak View from the Jested peak
Jested Tower Jested Tower Way up the Jested peak
View from the Jested peak Jested Interior of the Jested Tower