Nové Město Nad Metují
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Nové Město Nad Metují

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A: Nove Mesto nad Metuji

by Martin Hrdlička, 190 meters away

Jeden z nejkrásnějších zámeckých parků v zámku v Novém Městě nad Metují.

Nove Mesto nad Metuji

B: Peklo u Náchoda

by Petr Prager, 4.6 km away

Peklo u Náchoda

C: Dobruška, Kostel

by Petr Prager, 5.7 km away

Dobruška, Kostel

D: Dobruška, Šubertovo nám.

by Petr Prager, 5.8 km away

Dobruška, Šubertovo nám.

E: Free-time club for teens "Vjesak"/ Moravian CHURCH meeting place

by Filip Marek, 5.9 km away

Our new place! Free-time club for teens & church meeting placeFacebook ProfileFree-time clubMorav...

Free-time club for teens "Vjesak"/ Moravian CHURCH meeting place

F: Sedmikraska - family centrum

by Filip Marek, 5.9 km away

Panorama of our new place! Sedmikraska is a non-profit activition of Moravian Church in Dobruska (Jed...

Sedmikraska - family centrum

G: Dobruska - main square

by Martin Hrdlička, 5.9 km away

Socha F.L.Věka - velké postavy českých dějin.

Dobruska - main square

H: Japanese Garde of Edward Majcher in Jarkow

by Zbigniew Pilip, 10.0 km away

  Japanese Garden in Jarkow was created thanks the efforts of the owner, Mr. Edward Majcher, who buil...

Japanese Garde of Edward Majcher in Jarkow

I: Japanese Garden in Jarkow

by Zbigniew Pilip, 10.0 km away

Japanese Garden in Jarkow was created thanks the efforts of the owner, Mr. Edward Majcher, who built ...

Japanese Garden in Jarkow

J: Garten mit Gewässer und Gebirgspflanzen in Sedlonov (CZ)

by Werner Joemann, 10.4 km away

In dem Garten mit Gewässer von Jaromir Grulich in Sedlonov (Czech) sind Gebirgspflanzen aus der ganze...

Garten mit Gewässer und Gebirgspflanzen in Sedlonov (CZ)

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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