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Närliggande bilder i Czech Republic

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A: Střed Hřiště

av Denis Pagáč, 70 meter bort

Střed Hřiště

B: Dub

av Denis Pagáč, 1.6 km bort

Dub

C: Cesta na municak

av Denis Pagáč, 1.6 km bort

Cesta na municak

D: Rodný dům Sigmunda Freuda v Příboře

av Robert Mročka, 4.3 km bort

Rodný dům Sigmunda Freuda v Příboře.

Rodný dům Sigmunda Freuda v Příboře

E: Pribor - birthplace of Sigmund Freud

av Jiri Jurecka, 4.3 km bort

Příbor - the birthplace of Sigmund Freud. Příbor is a lovely town situated in North Moravia near Besk...

Pribor - birthplace of Sigmund Freud

F: NATO DAYS in Ostrava 2011

av Robert Mročka, 6.3 km bort

Dny NATO v Ostravě a dny vzdušných sil AČR na letišti v Mošnově 24. - 25. září 2011. Akci za víkend n...

NATO DAYS in Ostrava 2011

G: Tower Stramberska truba

av Petr Kolčář, 7.5 km bort

Stramberska truba is historical guard tower which was guarding important merchants way. There is a ni...

Tower Stramberska truba

H: Náměstí ve Štramberku

av Robert Mročka, 7.6 km bort

Náměstí ve Štramberku. Nad hotelem Šipka vykukuje věž Štramberské trůby.

Náměstí ve Štramberku

I: Stramberk square

av Petr Kolčář, 7.6 km bort

Stramberk is a village with many historical monuments. Old guard tower,museum of J. Burian, cave Šipk...

Stramberk square

J: Štramberk - na náměstí u pivních lázní

av Robert Mročka, 7.6 km bort

Štramberské náměstí u městského úřadu, hotelu Štramberk a pivních lázní.

Štramberk - na náměstí u pivních lázní

Det här panoramat togs i Czech Republic

Detta är en översikt av 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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