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Above Nesyt pond

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A: The Three Graces

by Martin Dvorak, 5.6 km away

The Three Graces

B: Hotel Apollon Valtice

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 5.7 km away

Hotel Apollon Valtice

Hotel Apollon Valtice

C: vinarstvi a penzion diana

by Robert Mročka, 5.8 km away

Vinařství a penzion Diana ve Valticích. Západ slunce nad vinohradem.

vinarstvi a penzion diana

D: sklipek vinarstvi diana

by Robert Mročka, 5.8 km away

Vinný sklípek vinařství Diana ve Valticích.

sklipek vinarstvi diana

E: Hotel Lednice

by Robert Mročka, 5.9 km away

Zámecký hotel Lednice v Lednici na Jižní Moravě. Hotel se nachází v bezprostředním sousedství Lednick...

Hotel Lednice

F: Hotel Lednice Apartman

by Robert Mročka, 5.9 km away

Knížecí apartmán zámeckého hotelu Lednice. Více se dozvíte na www.hotellednice.cz

Hotel Lednice Apartman

G: Hotel Lednice Cukrarna

by Robert Mročka, 5.9 km away

Cukrárna zámeckého hotelu Lednice. Více se dozvíte na www.hotellednice.cz

Hotel Lednice Cukrarna

H: Hotel Lednice Zamecky Park

by Robert Mročka, 5.9 km away

Zámecký park s pohledem na zámecký hotel Lednice a venkovní posezení. Více se dozvíte na www.hotelled...

Hotel Lednice Zamecky Park

I: Lednice Castle

by Fritz Hanke, 5.9 km away

Lednice is a village in South Moravia in the Czech Republic. In 1996 it was inscribed on the UNESCO W...

Lednice Castle

J: Lednice Castle 2

by Fritz Hanke, 6.0 km away

Lednice is a village in South Moravia in the Czech Republic. In 1996 it was inscribed on the UNESCO W...

Lednice Castle 2

This panorama was taken in Czech Republic

This is an overview of 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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