Albrecht's lookout tower Frýdlant
Combine a trip to nature with a visit to a historic building and visit the Frýdlantská výšina lookout tower! It will reward you with a magical view of part of the Jizera Mountains.
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Interesting facts Albrecht's lookout tower Frýdlant
The local stone lookout tower has stood on the Frýdlantská hill since 1907. It is located at an altitude of 399 meters and lies about 2 km north of Frýdlant in Bohemia and about 25 km from Liberec in the same direction.
The total height of the lookout tower is 20.8 meters. A total of 100 steps lead to the viewing platform, located at a height of 18.6 meters. The view is offered by part of the Jizera Mountains and the town of Frýdlant.
Of course, you can get to the lookout tower from several places. One of the possibilities is to leave T.G.Masaryk Square following the yellow tourist sign around the town hall, swimming pool and Steep street to the lookout tower. This road is about 2 km long.
Another option is to drive to the lookout tower. This will take you to the cemetery, from where you have to walk to the lookout tower, which is about half a kilometer.
If you want to take a bike trip, you can use the bike path No. 3016.
In May and September, the lookout tower is open on weekends and public holidays from 10 am to 5 pm. From June to mid-September, it can be reached daily except Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The construction of the lookout tower is connected with the establishment of the Ornamental and Improvement Association for the town of Frýdlant in 1889. It was on his initiative that a wooden lookout tower was built on the Frýdlantská hill, formerly Ressel's hill. The tower then measured 15 meters and its grand opening took place on June 6, 1890. Over time, however, it fell into disrepair and in 1906 it had to be demolished.
A new lookout tower began to be built here on May 17, 1906. The material was burnt bricks and granite. In addition to the lookout tower, a restaurant was built, which was equipped with a veranda and a small heated room for guests. The lookout tower was ceremoniously opened on April 30, 1907.
After the Second World War, however, the lookout tower began to fall into disrepair and the inn was out of order. The key to the lookout tower was only for rent. Around the year, an outdoor theater and dance floor began to be built on a nearby meadow, where they danced in the evening under lantern lighting.
In 1958, the tower began to serve as a local television signal converter and was closed to the public. The brick building was used to store navigation for transport aircraft in the direction of Prague, Warsaw, Moscow and Stockholm.
In 1979, a new steel tower was built here, where telecommunication television systems were moved together with aircraft navigation. The lookout tower and adjacent buildings were severely damaged by vandals and in 1980 they were handed over to the tourist department. Tourists built a warehouse here, concreted the floors, replaced doors and windows, built a new roof and chimney, introduced electricity and more. The redesigned lookout tower was opened on November 6, 1982.
In 2000, a new clubhouse roof was built, renovation plasters were made and a fireplace stove was purchased.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová