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The World‘s Most Unique Hotels: The Ještěd TV Tower Hotel in the Czech Republic

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The Ještěd TV Tower is a 94-metre-tall reinforced concrete TV tower, built at the top of the Ještěd Mountain (1020 m) near the city of Liberec in the Czech Republic. This tower is one of the city’s most important attractions – a structure that overlooks the territories of Bohemia, Germany and Poland. Furthermore, the bottom part of the tower has a unique hotel and restaurant. Both the tower and the hotel can be reached by car or lift. The mountain is also home to a ski resort.

This futuristic-looking hotel with tower was designed by the architect Karel Hubáček and built in 1966-1973. The project earned Hubáček the Auguste Perret Prize.

Finishing this ambitious building took many years. To make the tower a sort of pendulum, the builders were forced to drill right to the bedrock and fill the shaft with concrete – this was the only way to ensure the structure’s ability to withstand harsh weather conditions.

The spectacular interior of the hotel is decorated with a number of works by the country’s most famous glass artists Libenský and Brychtová, whose peculiar forms resembling crashing meteors enhance the hotel’s “cosmic” image.

As an interesting side note, it’s worth mentioning that an older version of the hotel existed here, on the Mountain of Ještěd, long before the TV tower, built in 1906. In 1933, the Horní Hanychov cable (“horní” meaning “upper”) lift began bringing people to the mountain. In 1963, however, the old hotel burned to the ground.

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