Levínská Olešnice is a village and municipality in Semily District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic
Jilemnice is a town in the Czech Republic. It is one of the most northern Czech towns, near the Krkonoše, it belonged to the younger branch of counts Harrach. Until 1918, Jilemnice was part of the Austrian monarchy, head of the district of the same name, one of the 94 Bezirkshauptmannschaften in Bohemia. Josef Jan Hanuš - World War II pilot Jaroslav Havlíček - writer Jakub Hlava - ski jumper Lukáš Hlava - ski jumper Eva Puskarčíková - biathlete Aleš Vodseďálek - Nordic combined skier Jan Weiss - writer Media related to Jilemnice at Wikimedia Commons Municipal website
Ohrazenice (Semily District)
Ohrazenice is a village and municipality in Semily District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic
Bělá (Semily District)
Bělá is a village and municipality in Semily District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic. Media related to Bělá at Wikimedia Commons
Modřišice is a village and municipality in Semily District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic
Jestřabí v Krkonoších
Jestřabí v Krkonoších is a village and municipality in Semily District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic. As of 2017, the municipality had a population of 239
Benecko is a village and municipality in Semily District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic. The area has been site to multiple settlements over time; the first recorded original historical center of habitation was Horní Štěpanice, a small settlement established near the castle Štěpanice. The first reference to the area is dated in year 1304; the latest archaeological findings point to older occupation of the site in 1254 by Jindřich of Valdštejn. Horní Štěpánice had town status until 1524. Benecko is firstly mentioned in year 1628 as "Bennešsko", meaning the residency of Beneš; the name is said to be derived from a local legend about a hermit of Benedikt order, whose hermitage was located near Jindra rock near the site of the modern Chapel of Saint Hubert. People migrated to parts of municipality in the seventeenth and eighteenth century and built an economy based on farming, hand weaving and the manufacture of jewellery. In the nineteenth century, tourism was developed, with rich tourists bringing economic wealth and new industries to the area.
This development was interrupted by the Second World War. In second half of twentieth century, most of businesses were nationalized and tourism lessened in importance; the next wave of prosperity started after 1989 with restitution of properties following the Velvet Revolution. The current economy of Benecko is oriented towards tourism and related activities; the municipality to home to many hotels, private holiday accommodation, ski schools and equipment rental, with little industry, including the small company Delfi in Dolní Štěpanice. In years 2010-2013 the mayor was Jaroslav Mejsnar, reelected in 2014. Economic activities of local population were changed many times; the economy was based on farming and mining. After the coal reserves were exhausted, the people turned to industries like wood mining and textile processing; the most significant activity is based around tourism. It is possible to get to Benecko by buses from Vrchlabí, Jilemnice and from/to Prague on Friday and Saturday. In the main tourist season there are cyclobuses between Pec pod Sněžkou and Harrachov.
Despite its remoteness, Benecko has a rich cultural life with amateur theater and musical associations. In the 1960s, the first ski lifts were built in Benecko, the 328-metre long Chrudim and 750-metre long Kejnos, replaced in 2006 by modern four-seat ski lift. There are 10 ski lifts from 115 to 800 metres long for beginners and two skiparks for intermediate. In Benecko there are two football teams, which play in both women divisions. Ruins of Valdštejn castle in Horní Štěpanice parish church of Nejsvětější Trojice in Horní Štěpanice Hronova cottage number 67 Media related to Benecko at Wikimedia Commons