Castle Tower at Varnsdorf
Castle Tower at Varnsdorf Opulent mansion with an observation tower was built on Castle Hill phonolite as early as 1904, in response to the construction of similar buildings in other spectacular northern Bohemian towns. He also served on his neighborhood walks and entertainment as well as cross-border population Varnsdorf Seifhennersdorf. The complex was not just a lookout, but also a stylish restaurant and hotel. After the second World War II was not the object is maintained, but was reconstructed in 1967, Little was again a popular tourist place. Poor post-revolutionary privatization, however, meant that at the turn of the century threatened to demolish the building. This did not occur due to the endowment fund and Castle are gradually rectify any damage. Today the tower is again open to the public and soon will be restored restaurant. In the Hradek offers a panoramic view of the Lusatian Mountains, Zittau Basin and west to the Elbe pískovcům.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.