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Staré město - outlook

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A: reka moravka

by Robert Mročka, 700 meters away

Řeka Mor?vka prot?kaj?c? obc? Dobr?

reka moravka

B: Reservoir Baska

by Petr Kolčář, 1.1 km away

Reservoir Baska is near the town of Frydek-Mistek. It is a place to relax by the water. For fishermen...

Reservoir Baska

C: Moravka river

by Petr Kolčář, 1.2 km away

Moravka river near Frýdek-Místek. It is important afluent of river Ostravice. Part of the river creat...

Moravka river

D: Baska water reservoir

by Petr Kolčář, 1.4 km away

Famous water reservoir made of former clay pit. Nowadays it serves as a nice place for relaxation. In...

Baska water reservoir

E: Ostrůvek na Bašce

by Robert Mročka, 1.6 km away

Pohled z ostrůvku na přehradě Baška.

Ostrůvek na Bašce

F: Baska dam

by Robert Mročka, 1.6 km away

Západ slunce nad přehradou Baška

Baska dam

G: Hudebni Klub Stoun Vchod

by Robert Mročka, 2.2 km away

Vchod do hudebního klubu Stoun ve Frýdku-Místku. www.stoun.cz

Hudebni Klub Stoun Vchod

H: Hudebni Klub Stoun Bar

by Robert Mročka, 2.2 km away

Bar v hudebním klubu Stoun ve Frýdku-Místku. www.stoun.cz

Hudebni Klub Stoun Bar

I: Hudebni Klub Stoun

by Robert Mročka, 2.3 km away

Hudební klub Stoun ve Frýdku-Místku. www.stoun.cz

Hudebni Klub Stoun

J: Hudebni Klub Stoun Podium

by Robert Mročka, 2.3 km away

"Hity ze záhrobí" v hudebním klubu Stoun ve Frýdku-Místku. www.stoun.cz

Hudebni Klub Stoun Podium

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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