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A: Champagne Pool - Soos / CZ

by Martin Hertel, 10.7 km away

Soos is a famous nature reserve in the western Czech Republic, mineral springs and numerous so called...

Champagne Pool - Soos / CZ

B: Diatomaceous Earth near Soos / CZ

by Martin Hertel, 10.7 km away

Soos is a famous nature reserve in the western Czech Republic, mineral springs and numerous so called...

Diatomaceous Earth near Soos / CZ

C: Welcome at Hells Gate - Soos / CZ

by Martin Hertel, 11.0 km away

Soos is a famous nature reserve in the western Czech Republic, mineral springs and numerous so called...

Welcome at Hells Gate - Soos / CZ

D: Soas Sokolov

by Petr Prager, 12.0 km away

Soas Sokolov

E: Cheb Eger

by Clemens Scharmann, 12.1 km away

Cheb Eger

F: Cheb castle - excavation of arch's upper infill

by Joseph Svejnoha, 12.3 km away

The Cheb castle was built around the year of 1125 by Depold II von Giengen and Vohburg. Later in 1170...

Cheb castle - excavation of arch's upper infill

G: Mineral spring Kyselka

by Reinhard Schubert, 12.4 km away

Mineral spring Kyselka

H: Kladska

by Jiri Vambera, 13.1 km away

Kladska

I: Moorland Near Village Kladska Shortly After Sunset

by Martin Maroušek, 13.1 km away

Kladské rašeliny(moorland) National Nature ReserveIt is one of the oldest and largest nature reserves...

Moorland Near Village Kladska Shortly After Sunset

J: Františkovy Lázně city center

by B. Strödecke, 13.3 km away

Františkovy Lázně city center

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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