Biking


To the summit of Ještěd

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Created:18.5.2014 | Modified:9.11.2020

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A bike ride from the centre of Liberec up to the summit of Ještěd and back, which will particularly appeal to more experienced cyclists on road bikes, rewarding them with some unforgettable views of the landscape.
Start and destination of bike ride

Liberec - bike trail no. 14A (runs from the centre of Liberec - Soukenné náměstí, through Nové Město, past Staré Pavlovice, to Machnín).  

Bike ride route

From Liberec head along bike trail no. 14A to Machnín, then continue on and join bike trail no. 21 (initially 21A). That will take you to Kryštofovo Údolí.

Route length

49 km, https://mapy.cz/s/3wPts

Kryštofovo Údolí:  Kryštofovo Údolí is a picturesque little village with a famous astrological clock, a statue of a dog taking a pee, a Nativity Scene Museum, and the beautifully preserved St. Christopher’s Church. There are also plenty of places offering refreshments. It’s entirely up to you whether you opt for the First Republic café or one of the popular local restaurants. The ride up from Kryštofovo Údolí to the Křižanské sedlo saddle is a real challenge, with an ascent of 200 metres. Your reward at the top is a beautiful view of the countryside, which opens up just below the saddle in the village of Křižany.

Křižany: If you’re a film buff, you should definitely stop for a while at the local railway station, which is a popular location for movies. It is featured in scenes from Dobrodružství kriminalistiky (Adventure of Criminalistics), for instance, or for the first National Geographic feature series – Genius – Albert Einstein. After enjoying the views on the pleasant ride down, turn left when you reach the village green. Be sure to get this right, as the other bike trails continue off to the right.

Route to Ještěd: The high point of today’s trip – Ještěd. It’s an ascent of another 200 metres from Křižany, which will take you to Semerink, where you’ll join a fairly busy road, which will take you on to Výpřež. The road is really well surfaced and offers some beautiful bends, which is why you’ll often meet motorcyclists on their way up to the top of Ještěd just like you. It’s 3 km from Výpřež to Ještěd, with an ascent of some 300 metres. You’ll be rewarded with some amazing views of the landscape and the great feeling that you’ve reached the highest peak in the Liberec region.

Back to the centre of Liberec: The route back to town is a pleasant ride. However, be careful, as this section can get very busy, especially in the summer.  By the Church of St. Boniface, situated in Horní Hanychov, rejoin bike trail no. 14, which will take you back to the centre of Liberec.


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