Austria & The Czech Republic

Czech Republic Tourist Info

Touring the Czech Republic and especially Prague is within easy reach from Austria, especially when you’re in Vienna.

Its capital city, Prague with much of its architectural history preserved, is

Prague Czech Republic

a major European tourist destination, and is the largest city in the Republic. In fact, as in Vienna, besides its beautiful architecture, it also has a very strong musical heritage.

Although the Czech Republic became part of the EU in 2004, it was once part of Czechoslovakia and a country behind the Iron Curtain.

There are two cultural and geographic sections of the Czech Republic – Moravia and Bohemia.  While both are hilly, the Bohemian region is known for its wineries and spas.  Visitors to the country can tour the many castles, and enjoy great outdoors activities such as; hiking, cycling, and skiing.

There are about 10.2 million people living in the Republic, and the official language is Czech, although in urban areas such as Prague, English is now fairly common.

Travel to and through the country by road or rail is quite easy, especially now that it is a member of the EU.

The weather in the Republic is temperate, as in other central European areas, with normally hot summers, cold winters and a rainy season during the summertime. The temperature can vary depending on the altitude of the region and as can expected, it can get very cold in the mountains in the winter, and quite warm in some of the valleys in the summer.

Local customs dictate that people dress in a casual and conservative manner, except when the occasion calls for formal dinners and visits to fine hotels. When dining out, plan on tipping five to 10 percent of the bill.

Prague, with most of its old architecture untouched by the wars, is one of the most interesting and visited cites in Europe. When there be sure to tour the Castle District, with its castles of course, gothic churches and museums. One point of interest is St. Vitus Cathedral, which is also the country’s largest church.

When going by air, Czech Airlines as well many of the other European airlines, provide excellent service. The major airport servicing Prague is Ruzyne International Airport (PRG), which is situated 10 miles north of Prague. Ready access to Prague by air is provided from major cities such as; Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, and Zurich.

Learn about the great Tours and Activities in and around The Czech Republic

For further information on Prague, go to Prague.cz .

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger...

…for being born (1947) in the small village of Thal near Graz, Austria, has done pretty well for himself.  Here you have a young man from a small village in Austria, with a heavy Austrian accent, a background in bodybuilding and movies, who then becomes a two term Governor of California – only in America.

Poster advertising Terminator 1 and Arnold Swarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Then

Today, he’s readily identified with the phrase I’ll Be Back”, which comes from his role as the cyborg Terminator in three of his box office science fiction hits.  His is truly a story of someone whose journey in life has taken him from “rags to riches”.  I’m sure all driven by an iron will, determination and perhaps a bit of luck.

As a boy, Schwarzenegger played many sports, but discovered his passion for bodybuilding when in his mid-teens his soccer coach took the team for weight training, which implanted his passion for body building.  In 1965, at 18 and while still in the Austria army serving the mandatory one-year service requirement, he entered his first body building competition.  By the time he was 20 Arnold Schwarzenegger had become Mr. Universe, which he won five times (5) and was named Mr. Olympia seven (7) times.  To say he dominated the sport is an understatement.

With an eye on his goals in life, in 1968 he moved to the United States and with the same drive and determination, entered into several businesses and joint ventures to become a millionaire by the age of 22.  Even during that period he always had his eyes on acting, one of his goals in life, and an interest, I’m sure he honed as a top contender in a sport he dominated for many years.

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Now

 

Following in the foot steps of his hero athletic greats such as Johnny Weissmuller (Swimming and Tarzan) Schwarzenegger started his movie career in 1970 with the role as Hercules in the movie Hercules in New York - not the most memorable movie or performance.  His film career began to take off with Conan the Barbarian in 1982, and then was cemented with the first Terminator movie in 1984.  Through the early 1990s, the Arnold Schwarzenegger had a great run in the film industry, with a number of very successful films such as Total Recall, Predator and the Terminator series. In films like Twins and Kindergarten Cop, Schwarzenegger showed his comedic side.  In total Arnold Schwarzenegger movies totaled 28, plus a couple non-mentionables at the outset of his career.

On a more personal note, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1979 with a major in international marketing and business administration, became a US citizen in 1983 and in 1986 married Maria Schriver, of the Kennedy clan, whom he had met at a tennis tournament.  BTW, that was another one of his goals – Marry a Kennedy and today he and Maria have four children.  More recently, as we know, he’s served out his second term as the “Governator” of California.  Not bad for a kid from a small village in Austria, from a working class family, a very strong accent and a now famous movie line – “I’ll Be Back”.

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