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Konopiste Castle

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Franz Ferdinand's house of madness If you have only one castle to see, this is it. Not your boring collection of furniture and frescoes. This was the home of the Big Psychopath who eventually precipated the two World Wars by being (justly) assassinated - Franz Ferdinand. The killer of an estimated 300,000 hunting trophies, the last leader of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had his summer residence here. Come see how he lived, and meet the heads of some 800 of his victims, grimly strewn along the walls of this 13th century castle.

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A: Konopiste Castle

door Jeffrey Martin, minder dan 10 meter hier vandaan

Franz Ferdinand's house of madness If you have only one castle to see, this is it. Not your boring co...

Konopiste Castle

B: Konopiste Castle

door Jeffrey Martin, minder dan 10 meter hier vandaan

Franz Ferdinand's house of madness If you have only one castle to see, this is it. Not your boring co...

Konopiste Castle

C: Konopiste Castle

door Jeffrey Martin, minder dan 10 meter hier vandaan

Franz Ferdinand's house of madness If you have only one castle to see, this is it. Not your boring co...

Konopiste Castle

D: Konopiste Castle

door Jeffrey Martin, minder dan 10 meter hier vandaan

Franz Ferdinand's house of madness If you have only one castle to see, this is it. Not your boring co...

Konopiste Castle

E: Konopiště garden and castle, aerial, Benesov

door Cristian Marinescu, 510 hier vandaan

Konopiště garden and castle, aerial, Benesov

F: Konopiste castle - Rose garden

door Martin Hrdlička, 530 hier vandaan

Konopiste castle - Rose garden

G: Rybnik

door David Melechovsky, 830 hier vandaan

Rybnik

H: Chvojen

door David Melechovsky, 2.3 hier vandaan

Chvojen

I: Benešov, Základní škola

door Petr Prager, 2.4 hier vandaan

Benešov, Základní škola

J: Benesov - Train Station

door Jeffrey Martin, 2.4 hier vandaan

Benesov Train Station

Benesov - Train Station

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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