Fun Facts about Czech Republic

You probably already know many things about Prague and Czech Republic and many facts you can find in your guide book. Let us share with you some fun facts that you might not have heard:

  • The Czech Republic has the largest network of signposted footpaths in the world. As of 2002, more than 38,000 kilometers of paths have been signposted. Czechs love hiking and all outdoor sports.

  • The first sugar cubes were made in the Czech town of Dacice in 1841.

  • The word "robot" is Czech. It first appeared in a drama written by Czech playwright and journalist Karel Capek called R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). It was actually his artist brother Josef though who came up with the word.

  • Prague Castle, begun in the 9th century, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest castle in the world.

  • Czech doctor Jan Jansky was the first to divide blood into four types in 1907.

  • Neil Armstrong played Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony on the moon.

  • Some of the famous Czechs you might have heard of include: NHL players Jaromír Jágr and Dominik Hašek, Oscar winning director Miloš Forman, Oskar Schindler, Sigmund Freud, Ivana Trump, supermodel Petra Nemcová, tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl, composer Antonin Dvorak, writer Franz Kafka, and early geneticist Gregor Mendel. Best of all, the polka tune “Roll Out The Barrels”, played during the 7th inning stretch at every Milwaukee Brewer game was written by a Czech Jaroslav Vejvoda.

  • There are over 2,000 castles in the country today which is the highest density of castles in the world.

  • It was in Prague that Pluto was taken down a peg. The general assembly of the International Astronomical Union, which gathered Aug. 14–25, 2006 in the Czech capital, voted to redefine Pluto as a “dwarf planet” rather than a full-fledged planet, thereby decreasing the number of official planets in the solar system from nine to eight.

  • Thomas Edison, credited with playing a crucial role in the development of the cinema in the United States, visited the first movie house in Prague.

  • At Christmas, you keep a live carp in the bath until you’re ready to cook it, and eat it with potato salad on Christmas Eve.

  • In 1961, the first modern gel-based contact lenses were invented by Otto Wichterle, a Czech, on a homemade apparatus using a child's building set..

  • Meine Prager verstehen mich (My Praguers understand me) this is what Amadeus Mozart said of Prague, a city that brought him luck and support as opposed to Vienna. The relationship between Mozart and Prague has very deep roots and Don Giovanni, one of his masterpiece, was premiered in Prague in 1787.

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