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Bilder in der Nähe von Czech Republic

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A: A Street in Lány, Czech Republic

von John Walker, 20 Meter entfernt

A Street in Lány, Czech Republic

B: Lány - Chaloupky 2

von Michal Kowalski, 90 Meter entfernt

Lány -  Chaloupky 2

C: Lány - Chaloupky

von Michal Kowalski, 130 Meter entfernt

Lány -  Chaloupky

D: Lány - Waterworks

von Michal Kowalski, 210 Meter entfernt

Lány - Waterworks

E: Water Tank in Lány, Czech Republic

von John Walker, 210 Meter entfernt

Water Tank in Lány, Czech Republic

F: Lány - Forest management

von Michal Kowalski, 250 Meter entfernt

Lány - Forest management

G: Lány - Forest management 2

von Michal Kowalski, 250 Meter entfernt

Lány - Forest management 2

H: "At the Paraple" in Lány, Czech Republic

von John Walker, 320 Meter entfernt

In the end of World War II, Red Army soldiers were honoured in here. In 2010, this tribute was recons...

"At the Paraple" in Lány, Czech Republic

I: Park at castle Lany, Czech Republic

von Tim Vollmer, 520 Meter entfernt

Park at castle Lany, Czech Republic

J: Woods around Lány 1, Czech Republic

von John Walker, 580 Meter entfernt

Woods around Lány 1, Czech Republic

Das Panorama wurde in Czech Republic aufgenommen

Dies ist ein Überblick von 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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