Pec pod Sněžkou
Pec pod Snezkou (formerly Great Upa,Petzer German) is a town in the Hradec Králové region in northeastern Bohemia. The town lies in the Giant Mountains on the river Upa and Green Brook. It has about 610 inhabitants and an area of 5214 ha. The modern city is dominated osmnáctipatrový Horizon Hotel. Part of the land is a tiny part of historical Silesia, located northeast of the mountain hotel Meadow plants. The affected area until 1959 belonged to Poland. Pec pod Snezkou is a major mountain resort winter and summer recreation and an important center of tourism. The town is situated Ski Resort Pec, one of the best equipped in the Republic and belongs to the group centers Skiarena Mountains. Year-round is also possible to use four-seat chairlift at Brown Hill. The municipality is the highest mountain of the Czech Republic and Well Sněžka mountain. The local village Mine Pink chair-lift dvouúseková only in summer. The city is also seat of the Krkonose National Park Administration and mountain services.
Růžovohorské saddle (Giant Mountains) lies between Růžová Hora (Mount Rose) and Sněžka. Tourist trail...
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The highest mountain of Czech republic (1602 m). It is foud in the east part of Giant mountains in Hr...
Obří Důl (Giant Valley) and Úpský vodopád (Úpa waterfall) below the Studniční hora (Well mountain). O...
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.