Nový Bor

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Nový Bor (Czech pronunciation: [ˈnoviː ˈbor]; until 1948 Hajda German: Haida) is a town in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic. It has about 12,000 inhabitants. There is developed production of glass artifacts, small precision motors and, increasingly, tourism.


The town is placed between Lusatian Mountains and Central Bohemian Uplands. First written document mentions this place in 1471 as village Arnsdorff (Arnultovice). During 17th and 18th century it slowly grew into small town. In 1757 it got elevated into status of town, which was called Haida. In 1783 engineer Emanuel Kleinwächter had created plan for the new town with many gardens. Since end of 18th century Nový Bor became known for its large glass industry (as happened in the whole region). From 1938 to 1945 it was one of the municipalities in Sudetenland.


The town is located on the edge of a mountainous region, which influences the local climate. Average annual temperatures vary from 5 to 7 °C and the annual rainfall is also relatively high at 800 to 1000 mm. The area gets a fair bit of snow in the winter, especially north of the town, in the mountains, making it a popular destination for cross country and downhill skiing. Large parts of the area are covered with forests, unfortunately the original mixed deciduous forests have been largely replaced with evergreen pine monocultures over the last few hundred years.


The town is sought after for its natural scenery and extensive forests in summer as well as winter. Hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing in the winter are made pleasant by many well marked tourist trails as well as many pubs, camps and B&B. The town dominant is the mountain Klíč (759 m), offers panoramic views over a large part of Northern Bohemia, all the way to Germany and Poland on the North and Krkonoše mountains in the east to almost the outskirts of Prague in the south. The town is also the location of the regional Glass Museum, a renovated baroque church from 1792 and many historical buildings. Hundreds of small glass factories in the surrounding picturesque villages offer tourists a chance to see the making of various glass products, often made to order on the spot.


The town is especially known for its glass production. Already in the year 1930 there were 68 companies, which conducted trade, production and ennoblement of glass.


The European route E442 bypasses the town.

Notable people

Josef Jaroslav Kalina (1816–1847), poet and translator Ernst Dittrich (1868–1948), architect Volker Oppitz (born 1931), German economist and mathematician

Twin towns – sister cities

Nový Bor is twinned with:
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