More than 100 kilometre winds on Tuesday morning led administrators to stop use of the gondola lift at the country’s Ještěd Mountain. At 8 am, winds were measured at 104.4 kilometres per hour, the lift’s caretaker Vladimír Štěpán told the Czech News Agency. It is not the first time this year that the gondola has been shut down this year because of gale force winds. Historically, gondola lifts began operation at the mountain 80 years ago, CŤK reported last year, the lift transported 291,070 people to and from the mountain peak.
The government agency CzechTourism has long promoted the Czech Republic as a Land of Stories for foreign visitors but more and more Czechs themselves are choosing to vacation here rather than going abroad. By current estimates, this summer will see a million more Czechs spending their holidays in their own country.
Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the commencement of construction work on one of the Czech Republic’s most distinctive modern buildings, the television transmitter and hotel on Mount Ještěd near Liberec in North Bohemia. The 94-metre structure was designed by architect Karel Hubáček from the renowned company SIAL Liberec and replaced a previous hotel that had burnt down. Completed in 1973, Ještěd was voted Building of the Century in a public poll in the year 2000.
Strong winds have brought to a halt the cabin funicular running to the peak of the Ještěd ski resort in Liberec, one of the most popular winter resorts in the Czech Republic. According to Vladimir Štepan, who is in charge of the funicular it was no longer possible to keep it running. The past 24 hours have brought winds of over 100 km/hour and they may not subside until the New Year. The funicular has a capacity of 35 persons and runs at a max speed of 36km/hour. The length of trail to Ješted is 1188m.
The main lounge at the famous television tower on the Ještěd Mountain in northern Bohemia has been reopened after renovation works. The painstaking refurbishing returned the lounge to the way it looked when the tower opened in 1973, with the original interior design by Otakar Binar. The lounge will welcome the first members of the public on Saturday, as part of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the construction of the tower. The 94-meter tall Ještěd Tower is considered to be one of the most original pieces of modern architecture in the Czech Republic. Its architect Karel Hubáček received the prestigious Auguste Perret Prize from the International Union of Architects in 1969.
Czech architect Karel Hubáček who is best known for designing the Jested TV and radio transmitter on Jested Mountain, has died at the age of 87. The transmitter’s innovative design -modelled in the shape of a rotating hyperboloid – won Hubáček the Perret Prize in August of 1969. The funeral is to take place in Liberec on December 2nd.
Skiing centres around the Czech Republic including north and central Bohemia have announced excellent conditions for skiers and snowboarders in the coming days: plenty of snow and sunshine bringing out enthusiasts in droves. Besides offering the usual services, some hills will also be open for New Year’s Eve.
The Liberec Region, in northern Bohemia, has ended negotiations with the firm České Radiokomunikace about the planned purchase of Ještěd hotel and TV tower, the deputy regional governor told the press on Wednesday. The region had earmarked some 100 million crowns, or more than 5.3 million US dollars, in its budget to this end, but regional council members decided to use the money to fund road repairs instead. The award-winning hotel and TV tower was built in 1973 at the top of Ještěd Mountain overlooking the city of Liberec. The region would like to have it included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites but the building is in urgent need of renovation.
Our guest for One on One this week is Jakub Cigler, one half of the duo behind Cigler-Marani – an award-winning firm of architects whose elegant designs have helped them become one of the leaders in their field in this country. Cigler-Marani have been in the news of late because their design has been chosen by the city of Prague to revamp the Czech capital’s somewhat jaded main thoroughfare Wenceslas Square.