Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT CZECH REPUBLIC
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If you ever wanted to know what bohemian looked like, it’s sipping absinthe while reading Kafka in an underground jazz bar that’s housed in a 15th century building in Prague.
1. ROBOTIC ORIGINS
The word robot was made famous in a play by Czech, Karl Capek. His brother, Josef, was the one who made it up.
2. FUN GUYS
The only thing Czechs love more than eating mushrooms, is hunting for them. If town is empty on St Vaclav Day, it’s because everyone’s funghi picking in the forest.
3. BOHEMIAN, LIKE YOU
Being bohemian isn’t just Czechs being cool, it’s their heritage. This area was once the Kingdom of Bohemia.
4. BOMBS, AWAY!
Prague is the only major city in Europe that wasn’t bombed in WWII. Rumour has it that Hitler wanted it as Europe’s cultural capital.
5. BEER, THEN MORE BEER
Czechs consumer the most beer per capita in the world.
6. IMPRESSIVE PRAGUE CASTLE
Prague Castle is the largest in the world. Bring good walking shoes.
7. EASTSIDE OR WESTSIDE?
The Czech Republic is considered part of Eastern Europe, but Prague is more west than Vienna, which is in central Europe.
8. CAN’T MOVE FOR CASTLES
Czech has the highest castle-density in the world. There are 2,000 to Czech out.
9. OLDEN TIMES
Prague’s astronomical clock was installed in 1410 making it the oldest working astronomical clock in the world.
10. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
Soft contact lenses were invented by Czech chemist, Otto Wichterle.