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Czech Republic is a country in eastern Europe, and it used to be joined with Slovakia in a single country, Czechoslovakia. These two countries split apart in 1993, and the two formed individual governments.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 9:06 am
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Czech Republic is a country in eastern Europe, and it used to be joined with Slovakia in a single country, Czechoslovakia. These two countries split apart in 1993, and the two formed individual governments. This country is a favorite destination for travellers, and it's known for the many spa towns along the German border. There are a variety of interesting facts about this country, and some of the known and unknown facts include the following.

5 Facts You Might Not Know

1 The Czech Republic citizens consume more beer, per capita, than any other country in the world. There are many beers that are locally produced and Pilsner Urquell is a perennial local favorite. Prague is internationally known for the many clubs and bars that offer citizens and visitors one of the most exciting night club scenes in the world.

2 The Czech Republic is the second wealthiest country in eastern Europe, behind Slovenia. The per capita GDP of this country is close to Portugal and Greek. The GDP of Prague is twice the national average. Part time workers work more hours, 24, in this country than any other, although it is rare for people to work jobs that aren't full time.

3 This country has the second highest mortality rate for cancer, after Hungary, and it has more hospital beds per citizen than any other country in the European Union.

4 There are many famous people who were born in this country. The inventor of the soft contact lens, Otto Wichterle, was born in the Czech Republic, and he invented this product in 1959. The writer, Franz Kafka, was also born in this country, though he wrote mostly in German.

5 The Czech Republic has a long history, and it's been a part of many different kingdoms and empires throughout its existence. It was originally comprised of the Bohemian Kingdom and the March of Moravia which were part of the Holy Roman Empire. From 1526 until 1918 it was a member of the Habsburg Empire. Czechoslovakia was formed after the first World War, and this country was a single governmental entity until the Czech Republic and Slovakia split in 1993.

The capital of Czech Republic is Prague.

Ten interesting facts about the Czech Republic

1. In 1959, a Czech national named Otto Wichterle invented soft contact lenses.

2. There are a lot of Czech people who became famous in many parts of the world. These include tennis champion Martina Navratilova, German-language author Franz Kafka, and classical music composers Bedrich Smetana and Antonín Dvorák.

3. The first Czech who became a Nobel Prize recipient was Jaroslav Heyrovský. He was recognized for his work and discovery in the field of polarography.

4. The word robot was lifted from the play and short novel written by Karl Capek, a Czech playwright. The 1920 story was entitled R.U.R., which means Rossum’s Universal Robots.

5. Gregor Mendel and Sigmund Freud are both Austrian – but they were born in the Czech Republic.

6. Czech etiquette requires a man to precede his female companion when entering a restaurant. If they are entering other buildings, he is expected to let her in first.

7. Restaurant waiters in the country would always presume that drinks are going to be ordered after a meal. So if you want to have drinks before you eat or to accompany your meal, you have to request or order for such before your meal.

8. The Czechs’ national passion is mushroom hunting. They are very serious about it and are quite competitive in finding these fungi. Thousands of Czech nationals gather yearly during the St. Václav Day, which happens during the weekend that is nearest to September 28, to head to the forest and participate in mushroom hunting.

9. During Easter, it is important to Czechs that they wear new items of clothing.

10. Christmas dinner in the country would not be considered complete without serving carp.

Traditional Foods

Traditional food:
Czech cuisine has developed over hundreds of years and has been influenced by Austrian and Hungarian cuisines, yet it has also influenced the cuisines of its neighboring countries in return. Czech national cuisine is based on ingredients that can be grown domestically, i.e. cereals, leguminous plants and potatoes, which are usually served with pork, beef or poultry, or, in some places, with freshwater fish. These seemingly ordinary ingredients have been used to create excellent and original dishes that you can truly only find in Czech cuisine.

What are the dishes like and what do today's Czechs eat?

The classical breakfast consists of white bread rolls or sliced bread, although wholegrain breads have become popular recently. The bread is mostly served with pork or chicken ham or other smoked meat products such as salami or sausage. Other options include cheese, eggs or jam. The Czechs also like to eat something sweet for breakfast, which can be the traditional Christmas yeast bread, stollen, or doughnuts.

The Czechs mostly drink tea with lemon, filtered coffee, hot chocolate or fruit juice with breakfast.

They often have lunch in their favorite restaurant, many of which offer lunch menus for discount prices. Lunch usually consists of soup, a main course and sometimes a small dessert.

Czech cuisine offers countless soup varieties: Beef broth with noodles and liver dumplings, potato soup, garlic soup, goulash soup, tripe soup, spring vegetable soup or the Krkonoše sour soup are the most popular options.

The basis of meals is usually meat - pork, beef, poultry, game, venison or freshwater fish. Meat is prepared in various ways, either fried, stewed or roasted, and it is always served with a side dish such as potatoes, rice or traditional bread or potato dumplings. Sauces are phenomenal in Czech cuisine.

Further typical examples of favorite Czech dishes are dumplings, pork and cabbage and beef sirloin in cream sauce, again served with bread or potato dumplings.

Other popular dishes that can also be served on special occasions include meat goulash or potato salad with pork schnitzel. These dishes have become traditional in Czech cuisine although they were originally taken from other national cuisines. However, if you replace the schnitzel with carp, a Czech freshwater fish, you will have the traditional Czech Christmas dinner.

Potatoes represent an important component of Czech cuisine. For example, potato pancakes (bramboráky) are another typical Czech dish.

With regard to dinner, customs observed among Czech families differ. Someone in the family circle may prefer a light dish, another may like a heavy dinner with a structure similar to lunch, while, in recent years, we have seen more and more family members opting for fast food from take-away restaurants. Many families occasionally go to a restaurant and combine dinner with a nice opportunity to sit and chat with family members or friends outside the home.

Czech pork feast (Zabijačka)
The Czech pork feast is a typical Czech specialty. The killing of a home-bred pig traditionally takes place in winter and becomes a special, mostly family event. A wider family will meet at the feast and they will not only help with the pig product processing but they will also receive a hamper. This is given to friends and neighbors as well.

An experienced butcher kills the pig in the house (and pig) owner’s yard, and all the meat, intestines, and in fact nearly all parts of the pig, are then processed on the spot.

Very finely chopped meat, intestines, peeled barley, garlic, marjoram, and pig's blood are used to prepare white pudding, black pudding, brawn and blood soup. These products are so popular that you can find some of them on the menus of many Czech restaurants throughout the year.

Regional meals

It is definitely worth mentioning some special dishes that are typical for particular regions of the Czech Republic. For example, the city of Olomouc in Moravia has become famous for its local curd cheese. The Czech Republic has requested that the European Union give exlusive registration for a regional trademark for this Czech manufacturer. In the area of Pardubice, you can try delicious gingerbread. Unique cakes are baked in the area of Chodsko; South Bohemia is typical for dishes with freshwater fish, and Prague has become famous for its ham.

Traditional drinks

We will start with the most wholesome and important beverage, i.e. water. If we speak of drinking water quality in the Czech Republic, we can without hesitation say that the water is not harmful to your health, i.e. you can drink it, and its quality conforms with European standards.

One of the biggest mineral water producers is Karlovarské minerální vody, a.s., based in Karlovy Vary. In stores you can find a number of other natural and mineral waters such as Poděbradka, Hanácka kyselka, Aquila, Dobrá Voda, Toma Voda and Rajec, a new brand of spring water.

We would also like to draw your attention to some soft drinks that were very popular during the communist regime. The best-known is Kofola, with its core ingredient being Kofo syrup.

Brewing has been a traditional activity in the Czech Republic for centuries. This is evidenced by one of the oldest breweries in Bohemia, the Regent brewery, which was founded in 1379 by the Rosenberks. To date, this brewery has kept to the traditional method of brewing.

The best known Czech breweries include Plzeňský Prazdroj, Zámecky pivovar in Dětenice, Budějovický Budvar, Krušovice and a smaller private brewery, Bernard. It is interesting to note that there are more than 60 breweries in the Czech Republic.

In the Czech Republic, grapevines grow best in South Moravia. This is the area where the country’s first vineyards were established, around the year 300 A.D.

In the 13th century, the Czech aristocracy tried to fertilize barren fields. Most towns in North Bohemia had sloping land lots, which were, in combination with the local climatic conditions, suitable for growing grapevines. The wine trade boomed in this period, being much more profitable than the cereal trade. Viniculture therefore gained much in general popularity.

Emperor Charles IV showed the best sense of orientation in the new situation. He issued a decree that vineyards should be founded on all suitable hills and slopes. It was thanks to him that Burgundy Blue, called Pinot noir in France, took root in local vineyards. The Czechs began to call it “Rouči modré” or “Černá aranka.” In addition, the Czechs began to grow German grapevine types such as Nemcina (Traminer), Tarant white and Lampart white and the Klenice (Goher) types imported from Hungary.

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:26 pm
beautiful country indeed, thank you for the lovely tour dear Kit

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:30 pm

Thank you, Nicole for coming along for the ride. Unlike what one might expect this country is filled with eye candy.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:32 pm

ZMG --- Movein too fast when I did this one - Republic -- The Czech Republic! So sorry!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:52 pm
I certainly enjoyed visiting the Czech Republic, Loved the music also.!! Gorgeous, I liked the Troja, the Palaces, and Cathedrals, and seeing the cobbled streets. Thanks, Kit for our trip.

JL A (281)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:07 pm
Liked the way they gave us a taste of their arts as well as the visual tour in this one Kit! I also liked the recognition bestowed via the Cubists Villa!

Michelle M (68)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:44 pm
I´d love to visit this lovely country one day. Thanx Kit! ;0)

Tim C (2420)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 5:42 pm

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 5:52 pm
Thank you for the virtual journey through the beautiful country of the Czech Republic and the informative facts.

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:35 pm
Thanks Kit - coul move there -

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 1:11 am
Thank you Kit. This time you brought me so many memories...and not from just a journey to Czech...

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 2:45 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 4:39 am
Just back from Prague - beautiful city

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:50 am
Nice trip. Thanks Kit.

TOM TREE (246)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:23 am
Awesome !! :)

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:19 am
Old Bohemia. I can do without some of the puddings and blood soup thanks.

Ben O (171)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:43 am
Once upon a time I travelled by train through (what then was) Czechoslovakia. It was not so pleasant, because it was the day before the Soviet army invaded. In fact it was pretty much a nightmare! But, that's another story...

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday October 11, 2013, 6:28 pm
Beautiful country, enjoyable tour, and facts as always. Thank you Kit.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:13 am
Thank you for the Beautiful trip through the The Czech Republic! I was not disappointed with the flawless architecture, museums, and great wealth shown with pride of their country's past and future. I was not aware this was "the second most wealthy country" but knew it must be gorgeous. I almost imagined it perfectly. I must say I am very pleased that times have changed as I was worried I would saddened in reference to Ben's submission. The art was stunning, as well as the music. Thank you Kit!
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