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13. The Czech Republic, travel experiences Tourists in the Czech Republic can visit a lot of interesting events. One of the most famous is The Prague Spring International Music Festival. It is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world. The festival starts every year on 12 May - it is the anniversary of the death of Bedřich Smetana — with his cycle of symphonic poems Má vlast. Prague Spring is traditionaly held is the Rudolfinum concert hall and in Municipal House, which has a larger seating capacity. Rudolfinum is one of the oldest concert halls in Europe and is noted for its excellent acoustics. The building also contains the Galerie Rudolfinum, an art gallery that focuses mainly on contemporary art. Another well-known event is Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It is a film festival held annually in July. Over the past years, it became more and more popular and it has become one of Europe's major film events. There is also held a film competition and the Crystal Globe is given to the best film. Many celebrities are attending this festival, for example John Travolta last year or Sharon Stone few years ago. General information be situated/be located/lie in central Europe-in the middle/centre of Europe-in the middle/centre/heart of the European continent it borders on Slovakia/it has common borders with Slovakia/its closest neighbours are Slovakia… in the north/south/east/west it consists of/it is divided into three parts – Bohemia-Moravia-Silesia citizens – population – people – inhabitants the head of state is – the current president is; the official seat – The Prague Castle Geography The shape of the country is clearly visible on the map because it is mountainous along the borders. You can find the country on the map easily there are mountains/mountain ranges. make/form/create the border, the highest peak/mountain, the whole country, be accessible, on foot, take a cable car, get to the top; a few important rivers The Šumava, The Vltava, Lake Lipno Language and currency the official language, a Slavonic language, be quite similar to the currency, belong to The EU/ be a member of The EU Our republic´s reputation – products and personalities the town of Plzeň, called Pilsner; the car/automobile brand Skoda all over the world/in the whole world, can name/mention, infamous Interesting towns the capital city Prague, the spa town Karlovy Vary, places listed in the UNESCO heritage list the town of Pardubice, the village of Holašovice remarkable – picturesque – historic – unique – extraordinary – spectacular – wonderful – unusual – famous – typical – lovely – amazing – memorable be/become famous for - historic centre/core - attract tourists - offer a lot of sights – be surrounded with fortifications - be named after church – cathedral – square – bridge – cemetery/graveyard – ruin – tower – former x current Other places of interest castles – unique buildings – statues – technical monuments – take part in a festival Prague the capital andlargest city of the Czech Republic historical city generally beautiful city with beautiful location (locatedalong the Vitava River) Prague Castle- the official seat of the p. of the CR TheCharles Bridge The Cathedral of Saints Vitus Prague orloj TheNational museum Natural monuments national parks – mountain treks – rock formations – a cave – a protected area – a reservation is worth seeing – is a must – belongs to the top 10 sights/natural wonders Recommendations for tourists level of services – majority of Czechs – level of English – a warning – a good tip transport – accommodation – food – specialities – typical features should visit – shouldn´t miss – shouldn´t take the risk – make sure that – it´s better (not) to in the whole world – one of the best/nicest/most important… - be of Czech origin We can name/mention Jaromír Jágr, a hockey player, Václav Havel, a dramatist and our former president, Miloš Forman, an Oscar film director, and last but not least professor Wichterle who invented contact lenses. Generally, we can be proud of great sportsmen, artists and clever brains. Some of which invented also the infamous semtex and brought a new meaning to the word “tunnel” – a metaphor for a way of stealing money from banks and companies. Relief the Giant Mountains – the highest mountain is Snow Mountain (1 603); partly Czech, partly Polish • the Eagle Mountains, the Ore Mountains, the Bohemian Forest, the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, the Jeseník Mountains, the Moravian-Silesian Besides, Šumava • the longest rivers are the rivers Vltava, Elbe, Morava Parts of the country – regions Bohemia (Prague), Moravia (Brno), Silesia (Opava, Ostrava) places of interest Prague – Prague Castle, St.Vitus Cathedral, Old Town square with the astronomical clock, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Charles university, etc. centre of politics, finance, trade, art and culture, Prague Spring Music Festival, a tourist centre – one of the most beautiful historical cities in the world. Master John Hus preached not far from here in Bethlehem Chapel. If you want to see the Old-New Synagogue you have to visit another district of Prague, this one is called The Jewish Town. The most famous bridge in Prague is called Charles Bridge built in the 14th century. It´s about 500 meter long. St. Nicolas Church, built in Baroque style is found in other district of Prague called The Lesser Town. The heart of the New Town is the horologe. If you want to see a very interesting mirror maze you must go to Mirror maize on the hill called Petrin. Petrin is a copy of the Eiffel tower. The most famous theatre in Prague is The National Theatre, and the most famous museum is The National museum. The Vyšehrad was once the seat of Czech princes. Prague is the seat of one of the oldest universities -The Charles university- still in use, initiated by Charles IV in the 14th century. On the outskirts of Prague you can find The Prague Zoo i