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Panoramic photo by Milos Adamek PRO EXPERT Taken 11:19, 09/12/2011 - Views loading...

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A: dmb_Era_00102

by Milos Adamek, 20 meters away

dmb_Era_00102

B: Dmb Era 00109

by Milos Adamek, 120 meters away

Dmb Era 00109

C: 24 Hours MTB Liberec 2013 - Bloody Crescent

by Tomas Kysela, 2.5 km away

Panorama taken by the Bloody Crescent - a forest trail downhill part of the Těžká Pohoda 24 hour MTB ...

24 Hours MTB Liberec 2013 - Bloody Crescent

D: Cisarsky Kamen Lookout

by Tomas Kysela, 2.6 km away

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E: 24 Hours MTB Liberec 2013 - The Ford

by Tomas Kysela, 2.8 km away

Panorama taken by the biggest water crossing of the Těžká Pohoda 24 hour MTB race course, close to th...

24 Hours MTB Liberec 2013 - The Ford

F: Jablonec nad Nisou - Square

by Tomas Kysela, 2.9 km away

Jablonec nad Nisou - Square

G: Jablonec nad Nisou - Petrin Lookout View

by Tomas Kysela, 3.5 km away

Jablonec nad Nisou - Petrin Lookout View

H: Liberec - Kunratice - Unfinished Rescue Center 1

by Tomas Kysela, 3.6 km away

A remnant of another ambitious plan in Liberec - Integrated rescue center. The project supposedly ran...

Liberec - Kunratice - Unfinished Rescue Center 1

I: Liberec - Kunratice - Unfinished Rescue Center 2

by Tomas Kysela, 3.6 km away

A remnant of another ambitious plan in Liberec - Integrated rescue center. The project supposedly ran...

Liberec - Kunratice - Unfinished Rescue Center 2

J: 24 Hours MTB Liberec 2013 - Morning in Podlesi

by Tomas Kysela, 4.0 km away

Panorama taken in Podlesí - a small village with a beat up road that was part of the Těžká Pohoda 24 ...

24 Hours MTB Liberec 2013 - Morning in Podlesi

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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