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Zřícenina hradu Lipnice ve Světlé nad Sázavou.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Czech Republic

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A: Ledec Nad Sazavou Namesti, Main Square

door Vlastislav Tauterman, 12.9 hier vandaan

Ledec Nad Sazavou Namesti, Main Square

Ledec Nad Sazavou Namesti, Main Square

B: Ledec Nad Sazavou, bridge

door Vlastislav Tauterman, 13.0 hier vandaan

Ledec Nad Sazavou, bridge

Ledec Nad Sazavou, bridge

C: Sedlicka prehrada

door Jiri Vambera, 15.1 hier vandaan

Sedlicka prehrada

D: Teepees at our summer camp

door Jan Straka, 18.7 hier vandaan

Panorama of twelve typis standing during our summer camp near village Chlum. The camp was organised b...

Teepees at our summer camp

E: Inside Teepee At Summer Camp

door Jan Straka, 18.7 hier vandaan

View of the interior of one of the twelve typis standing during our summer camp near village Chlum. T...

Inside Teepee At Summer Camp

F: Aimless bridge from 1939

door Jiri Vambera, 23.8 hier vandaan

Aimless bridge from 1939

G: Unfinished Hitler's bridge - Reservoir Želivka-Švihov

door Tomáš Klíma, 23.8 hier vandaan

Unfinished Hitler's bridge - Reservoir Želivka-Švihov

H: Chapel of Saint John on the Kremesnik hill

door David Outrata, 24.1 hier vandaan

Chapel of Saint John on the Kremesnik hill

I: Aimless Bridge

door Jiri Vambera, 24.3 hier vandaan

Aimless Bridge

J: St. Vitus church Pelhřimov Czech Republic

door Marek S, 24.3 hier vandaan

Pelhřimov oldest sacral building. It was built in the early 13th century, was reportedly ordained in ...

St. Vitus church Pelhřimov Czech Republic

Dit panorama is genomen in Czech Republic

Dit is een overzicht van 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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