The Czech Republic is one of the most misunderstood countries in Europe. Some of the visitors still use “Czechoslovakia” to refer to the whole country. So, here are some of the most curious facts about the Czech Republic.
- Largest castle complex in the world. There are over 2000 castles, keeps and castle ruins in the Czech Republic which is one of the highest densities in the world. Prague Castle has been the seat of the Kings of Bohemia, the Holy Roman Emperor and the presidents of Czechoslovakia and is currently the residence of the Czech President.
- Charles University is one of the oldest in the world. Founded by King Charles IV in 1348, Charles University in Prague is among the oldest in the world.
- Czechoslovakia ceased to exist years ago. Ever since 1991 the political union called Czechoslovakia peacefully ceased to exist and two new countries were born: The Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic. Today, Czechs feel insulted if you label them as Eastern Europeans instead of Central Europeans.
- World’s heaviest consumers of beer. The Czech Republic is the number one beer drinking country in the world with the consumption of 160 liters per person per year. Beer has been brewed here since 993 AD and Czech universities have some top-notch breweries.
- Skoda is one of the oldest automobile brands. Founded in 1895, Skoda is one of the very few automobile brands with a history of more than 100 years. By the way, the word ‘skoda’ means ‘damage’ or ‘pity’ and ‘shame’.
- The Czech invented the art of defenestration. Defenestration consists of throwing someone out of a window and the Czechs were the first ones to coin the term back in 1618 when two Imperial Governors and their secretary were thrown out of a window of Prague Castle and started the 30 years’ war.