4 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Czechia

#LifeInCzechia The Czech Republic is a country rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. It is well known in the world for its beer or for Prague’s beautiful architecture. But there is much more to get to know about this country. No matter how long have you lived here, let’s learn something new. And for those considering relocating here, maybe this will help you change your mind!

Lednice Castle

Make sure to visit Lednice Castle!

 

Centuries-long Tradition of Czech Crystal

Czech crystal is renowned worldwide for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship. Bohemia, a historical region, is particularly famous for its crystal production. The tradition of glassmaking dates back o the beginning of the 18th century.

Today, you can visit glassworks and workshops to witness the intricate process of creating these exquisite pieces. Whether it’s elegant glassware, crystal chandeliers, or intricate sculptures, Czech crystal is a symbol of artistic excellence and attention to detail.

 

Land of a Thousand Castles

The Czech Republic boasts an astonishing number of castles and chateaux, earning it the nickname “The Land of a Thousand Castles.” In reality, there are more than 2,000 castles, chateaux, and fortresses spread throughout the country, each with its unique story and architectural charm.

Some of the best-known ones are Hluboká Castle, Lednice Castle, Karlštejn Castle, and the Prague Castle. Speaking of the Prague Castle, it is the largest ancient castle in the world with a total surface area of 18 acres. It was built in the 9th century and it is the office of the Czech President.

 

An example of the Bohemia Crystal set.

 

Birthplace of the Word “Robot”

The word “robot” was created only in 1920 by a brilliant Czech playwright and novelist Karel Čapek. He used it for the first time in his popular play R.U.R. which stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots.

Karel Čapek needed a new word to name artificial creatures “who lack nothing but a soul.” At first, he thought of the word labori (Latin for labor), but his brother Josef Čapek suggested the name robot. So how was the word created? Robot comes from the Czech word robota which stands for ‘hard work’ and ‘servitude’. 

Peaceful as a Dream

According to the annual Global Peace Index, Czechia is considered one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world. GPI is an annual report of the relative peacefulness based on several indicators as the duration of internal conflicts, level of violent crimes, political terror, and many more.

The Czech Republic was placed in the top 10 countries from 2015 to 2022. This year it placed on the 12th spot. But in 2012, it reached its highest rank – 5th place.

 

If you want to feel at home, check out our categories of “Culture” and “Country” where you will find interesting information about the Czech Republic and recommendations for great pastime activities. You will learn about the Czech culture and discover interesting facts.

Sources: Guinness World Records, Karel Čapek’s R.U.R, GPI

Image sources: Zapakuj.cz, Bohemia Crystal

Monika Tužinská

Hey, my name is Monika. I love exploring the world and learning new languages. I worked in the USA for several months and moved to Brno a year ago, so I know how it feels to live in a different country. Let's discover Czech Republic together.

2 thoughts on “4 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Czechia

  1. I know this is a bit off-topic but I have to say my wife and I have lived here in CZ since July 2015. The one thing about CZ we are very upset about is the excessive lack of English-speaking medical personnel and the great difficulty finding any.

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