44 Facts About Czech Republic That Are Fun

Last updated on November 14th, 2017

#21. Popular foods of the Czech people include Vepřo Knedlo Zelo, a roast pork with bread dumplings and stewed cabbage, and Bramboráky, or potato pancakes, traditionally presented with sauerkraut.

#22. More popular foods include Koprová (beef in dill sauce with dumplings) and Guláš (beef and pork stews served with dumplings or bread). Czechs love beef.

#23. Peĕná Kachma is a roast duck meal traditionally served with bread or potato dumplings and braised red cabbage and tartar sauce. Carp is traditionally served for Christmas dinner.

#24. Beer is popular with meals as are wines from the Czech vineyards.

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Map of Czech Republic (Czechia)

Czech Republic on map with neighboring and other countries.
The Czech Republic on the map with neighboring and other countries.

Facts about history of Czech Republic

#25. Originally formed in the late ninth century, the Czech state was first known as the Duchy of Bohemia under the Great Moravian Empire.

#26. It was formally recognized as part of the massive Holy Roman Empire in 1004, and became the Kingdom of Bohemia in 1198.

#27. As the kingdom of Bohemia, it reached its zenith of wealth and power during the 13th and 14th centuries.

#28. By 1526, along with the Archduchy of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary, the Crown of Bohemia was gradually integrated into the Hapsburg Monarchy.

#29. A Protestant Bohemian revolt against the Catholic Hapsburgs started the Thirty Years War. When it was over, the monarchy stabilized its rule, began a gradual Germanization and reinstated Catholicism.

#30. The Bohemian Kingdom became part of the Austrian Empire when the Holy Roman Empire was dissolved in 1806.

#31. In 1918 with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I, the Republic of Czechoslovakia was formed. Due to a wave of romantic nationalism, the Czech language experienced a revival.

#32. Germany occupied the Czech part of the nation during World War II. The U.S. and the Soviet Union liberated them in 1945. Most of the country’s German-speaking people were expelled at the end of the war.

#33. By 1946 the country had become Communist under Soviet influence.

#34. During the 1989 Velvet Revolution the communist regime collapsed and in June of 1993, Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved. It then became two independent states: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

10 Interesting Facts about the Czech Republic

#35. Skoda Auto, Europe’s largest car maker, is based in the Czech Republic.

#36. The Czech Republic has the most hospital beds per capita of any country in the EU. Unfortunately, they probably need them, because they also have the highest EU death rate from cancer.

#37. The Republic ranks in the top ten countries worldwide with the fastest internet speed on average. The Czech Republic’s main international airport is Václava Havla but there are six that provide international services. The country has 46 airports altogether.

#38. On December 21, 2007, the republic abolished its border controls completely, opening them with all of its neighboring countries.

#39. In Prague, an architectural wonder called the Dancing House, designed by architect Frank D. Gehry, pays homage to famous dancing partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. The real name of the building in the Nationale-Nederlanden building.

#40. The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is a monument to the victims of the Holocaust and includes five synagogues in its complex.

Inside the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague
Inside the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague. Image credit – Kent Wang

#41. Founded in 1348, the Charles University in Prague is the one of the oldest in the world in continuous operation. According to one 2006 ranking of World Universities, it is the leading university in Eastern Europe.

#42. The garnet trade is everywhere due to nearby garnet mines. Garnet jewelry can be purchased in the city markets.

#43. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov (Castle Krumlov) is the second most popular tourist destination in the country. The Czech’s castle season usually lasts from the first of April to the first of November. They are closed on Mondays.

#44. In the Bohemian region you will find the Adrspach-Teplice Rocks look like giants used them to stack up like building blocks. Paths take you to out of the way formations beloved of rock-climbing enthusiasts. Watch for the Peregrine Falcons that have permanent breeding grounds in the area.

There is something for everyone in the family when you visit the Czech Republic. From outdoor adventures to luxurious spas, historic treasures to glorious architecture, and cultural riches to delicious food, you are sure to find something to enjoy here.

A beautiful and meaningful quote about life by “Václav Havel” (The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”

Czech Republic – country at a glance

IndependenceJanuary 1, 1993
Capital CityPrague
(50°05′N 14°28′E)
Largest CityPrague
(50°05′N 14°28′E)
Total area78,867 sq km
Population10,674,723 (July 2017 est.)
Literacy rate99%
National anthem"Kde domov muj?" (Where is My Home?)
National symboldouble-tailed lion
National colorswhite, red, blue
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
National holidayCzechoslovak Founding Day, 28 October (1918)
Official LanguageCzech
Government typeparliamentary republic
PresidentMiloš Zeman
Prime MinisterBohuslav Sobotka
DemonymCzech
BordersGermany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.
CurrencyCzech koruna (CZK)
ReligionRoman Catholic 10.4%, Protestant (includes Czech Brethren and Hussite) 1.1%, other and unspecified 54%, none 34.5% (2011 est.)
Life expectancy78.6 Years (2016)
(The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment from France.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$33,200 (2016 est.)
Industriesmotor vehicles, metallurgy, machinery and equipment, glass, armaments
Exports$141.7 billion (2016 est.)
machinery and transport equipment, raw materials, fuel, chemicals
Imports$132.4 billion (2016 est.)
machinery and transport equipment, raw materials and fuels, chemicals
Climatetemperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters
TerrainBohemia in the west consists of rolling plains, hills, and plateaus surrounded by low mountains; Moravia in the east consists of very hilly country
Natural resourceshard coal, soft coal, kaolin, clay, graphite, timber, arable land
Agricultural land54.8%
Birth rate9.3 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Death rate10.5 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Sex ratio0.97 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
Time ZoneCET (UTC+1)
Internet country code.cz
Calling Code+420
Drives on theRight
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedSeptember 8, 2017

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