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Hotel Apollon Valtice

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A: sklipek vinarstvi diana

by Robert Mročka, 250 meters away

Vinný sklípek vinařství Diana ve Valticích.

sklipek vinarstvi diana

B: vinarstvi a penzion diana

by Robert Mročka, 260 meters away

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

vinarstvi a penzion diana

C: Main Square in Valtice

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 600 meters away

Main Square in Valtice

Main Square in Valtice

D: Freedom square Valtice

by Michal Szajter, 670 meters away

Freedom square Valtice

E: Valtice - before castle

by Cibula Vincent, 720 meters away

Ve Valticich pred zamkem.In Valtice before castle.

Valtice - before castle

F: Chateau Valtice - statues

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 740 meters away

Chateau Valtice - statues

Chateau Valtice - statues

G: Czech Republic, Valtice, Valtice Castle Courtyard

by Thomas Blanket, 760 meters away

Czech Republic, Valtice, Valtice Castle Courtyard

H: Zamek Valtice

by Robert Mročka, 800 meters away

Zámek Valtice.

Zamek Valtice

I: Valtice Castle entrance

by Cibula Vincent, 800 meters away

Entrance to the castle in Valtice

Valtice Castle entrance

J: Zámok Valtice

by Zoltan Duray, 800 meters away

Zámok Valtice

This panorama was taken in Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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.

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