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A: Marianska vyhlidka

Af Jan Vrsinsky, 120 meter væk

Marianska vyhlidka

B: Dračky in the rock town Hrubá Skála

Af Erik Krause, 180 meter væk

Hrubá Skála is one of the rock towns of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj). Dračí zub and Dračí věž ar...

Dračky in the rock town  Hrubá Skála

C: Dračí zub in the rock town Hrubá Skála

Af Erik Krause, 190 meter væk

Hrubá Skála is one of the rock towns of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj). If you walk around the Dra...

Dračí zub in the rock town Hrubá Skála

E: Forest near Castle Hruba Skala 2

Af Tim Vollmer, 330 meter væk

Forest near Castle Hruba Skala 2

F: Bohemian Paradise - Between Marias and Certova Vez

Af Tomas Kysela, 1.5 km væk

Panorama of an autumn morning in the pine forests of Bohemian Paradise. You can see sandstone formati...

Bohemian Paradise - Between Marias and Certova Vez

G: Sfinga & Mravenčí in the rock town Skalák

Af Erik Krause, 1.5 km væk

Skalák is one of the rock towns of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj). The trail through Skalák to the...

Sfinga & Mravenčí in the rock town Skalák

H: Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 2

Af Tomas Kysela, 1.6 km væk

An autumn sunrise in the Bohemian Paradise shot from the southern side of a rock formation called The...

Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 2

I: Vyhlídka U Lvíčka in the rock town Skalák

Af Erik Krause, 1.6 km væk

The rock town Skalák is one of the famous climbing areas of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj) situate...

Vyhlídka U Lvíčka in the rock town Skalák

J: Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 1

Af Tomas Kysela, 1.6 km væk

Bohemian Paradise - Cerna Ruka 1

Dette panorama blev taget i Czech Republic

Dette er et overblik over Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a cool little landlocked country south of Germany and Poland, with a national addiction to pork and beer. Potatos, cabbage, and dumplings are close behind them, and they also have this great bar food called "utopenec." It means "a drowned man," it's pickled sausage with onions, perfect with some dark wheat bread and beer. The Czech bread is legendary, like a meal all by itself.

Czechoslovakia first became a sovereign state in 1918 when it declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The state of Czechoslovakia lasted until the "Velvet Divorce" of 1993, which created Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

It was occupied by Germany in WWII but escaped major damage, unlike most other European cities. The nation's capital, Prague, retains some of Europe's most beautiful Baroque architecture as well as one of the largest medieval castle complexes still standing. The President of the Czech Republic has his offices in the Prague Castle even today.

There was a coup d'etat in 1948 and Czechoslovakia fell under Soviet rule. For fifty years Czechoslovakia was a Socialist state under the USSR, subject to censorship, forced atheism and even the arrest of jazz musicians!

In 1989, communist police violently squashed a pro-democracy demonstration and pissed everybody off so bad that a revolution erupted over it, finally ending the Communist rule.

The next twenty years saw rapid economic growth and westernization. Today in Prague you can eat at McDonald's or KFC, shop for snowboarding boots and go see a punk rock show.

The Czech Republic took over the presidency of the European Union in January 2009. This instantly created lots of political drama because the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, is a renowned Euroskeptic.

We anxiously await the outcome of "President Klaus vs. the Lisbon Treaty", a world heavywieght fight sceduled for spring 2009.

Text by Steve Smith.

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