of Czech Republic
History of Czech funiculars is long story. But before we begin, there is necessary to know, that historically, current Czech Republic was until 1918 part of multi-national Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In the period of 1918-1939 we were joined together with Slovakia into Czechoslovakia. In 1939 Germans invanded into czech part of Czechoslovakia, and we belonged to Germans as so-called "protektorat". In 1945, Czechoslovakia was restored again. In 1989-1992 period Slovakians decided to "start it's own life", and therefore on 31st December 1992 we were divided into Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
In this article, this country will be always named "Czech Republic", no matter what was current political situation.
History of Czech funiculars is more than 100 years old. During this period 6 funiculars was build there, and four remained in service into present day. They were built in two locations only. First one was Praha, or Prague if you like English spelling, so called "Mother Of All Cities", ancient country and today's capital of Czech Republic with approx. 1.200.000 inhibitans, certainly largest Czech City. Second location were Karlovy Vary, mostly known under german name Karlsbad. This worldwide-famous Czech spa are located approx. 170 km. in western direction from Praha, relatively close to German borderline. They are very famous and popoular until today, but in the end of 19th Century they vere probably most popular spa of the world and they were often visted by kings, state leaders, etc...
Now is the right time to start description of all funiculars.
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