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Holašovice… some might confuse it with the Holešovice suburb in Prague 7, but in fact, it is a lovely town in the south of Czechia. Its history is also tragic – but today, it is one of the greatest hidden gems you can visit in the country. The first mention of Holašovice dates back to the middle of the 13th century. It was a village discovered during the colonization mission in South Bohemia, approximately 16 kilometers west of České Budějovice, near the border. Soon, the tiny town was formed, and people started living there. The name of the city originates from the word ‘Holaš,’ which was the surname of its founder. Throughout the centuries, approximately 140 inhabitants have lived thereRead more.

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In September, a massive contamination of Bečva River was discovered to have killed over 40 tonnes of fish, prompting an investigation by Czech police. The exact cause of the poisoned water has yet to be found, but speculation is mainly focused on a nearby water treatment plant whose officials deny any wrong doing.  “The poisoning of Bečva River has become not just an ecological catastrophe in Central Moravia, but a case in point for the complete disfunction of our political instutions in our democratic state,” said Petr Gazdík, chairman of the Mayors and Independents (STAN). Gazdík called for the resignation of ANO’s Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec, stating:  “Either he and his ministry failed, or he’s part of aRead more.

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The Czech Republic takes pride in many famous names, but one certainly stands out. In Prague, there is an entire museum dedicated to him. The enormous modern statue of his head is situated in the city center. It’s Franz Kafka, an influential writer of the 20th century. Kafka was born into the family of Jews in Prague, which, at the time, was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz’s family was big – he had two brothers and two sisters. His family paid a great deal of attention to his education, so soon he was fluent in standard German. Usually, his parents were not home and he had to spend the free time by himself. That was when he readRead more.