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Chrastava

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A: Chrastava Kostel

by Petr Prager, 260 meters away

Chrastava Kostel

B: Hamrstejn - Transporter Bridge in Winter

by Tomas Kysela, 3.3 km away

Transporter bridges are extremely rare across the world and even less of them are newly built. This o...

Hamrstejn - Transporter Bridge in Winter

C: Hamrstejn Castle - Winter

by Tomas Kysela, 3.5 km away

Hamrštejn castle was first mentioned in 1357 as already standing. It was built on a promontory above ...

Hamrstejn Castle - Winter

D: Krystofovo Udoli - Common

by Tomas Kysela, 5.5 km away

Krystofovo Udoli - Common

E: Krystofovo Udoli - Church

by Tomas Kysela, 5.6 km away

Krystofovo Udoli - Church

F: Mlynice - light fort sunset

by Tomas Kysela, 5.6 km away

View of a seemingly lonely light fort with some trees in the middle of a grass field. It is late autu...

Mlynice - light fort sunset

G: Vysoky Windfarm

by Tomas Kysela, 5.9 km away

Vysoky Windfarm

H: Vitkov - Lysy Vrch Wind Farm in Winter

by Tomas Kysela, 5.9 km away

The Vítkov wind farm is one of the oldest wind farms in Liberec region. Both praised and hated, the t...

Vitkov - Lysy Vrch Wind Farm in Winter

I: Roimund Castle Remains

by Tomas Kysela, 5.9 km away

Roimund Castle Remains

J: vetrne elektrarny

by Ivan Ruzarovsky, 5.9 km away

vetrne elektrarny

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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