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Images à proximité de Czech Republic

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A: Pec pod Sněžkou

Par Jakub Laštovička, à moins de 10 mètres

Pec pod Snezkou (formerly Great Upa,Petzer German) is a town in the Hradec Králové region in northeas...

Pec pod Sněžkou

C: Na lanovce na Ruzovou horu

Par Jan Vrsinsky, A 1.5 km

Na lanovce na Ruzovou horu

D: Stezery

Par Jan Ometak, A 1.6 km

Nothing special about this pano, just chalet we drank one time so many beers.. :-) 

Stezery

E: R Owy Dul

Par Dariusz GORAL, A 1.8 km

R Owy Dul

G: Bouda Svornost Krkonoše

Par Petr Prager, A 2.7 km

Bouda Svornost Krkonoše

H: Ruzovohorske sedlo v Krkonosich

Par Libor Fettr, A 2.9 km

Růžovohorské saddle (Giant Mountains) lies between Růžová Hora (Mount Rose) and Sněžka. Tourist trail...

Ruzovohorske sedlo v Krkonosich

Ce panorama é été pris à Czech Republic

Ceci est un aperçu de 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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