Driving Directions Czech Republic
The CZECH REPUBLIC was newly constituted on 1 January 1993 with the dissolution of the 74-year-old federal republic of Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic consists of two ancient former kingdoms and part of a third: Bohemia in the center and west, Moravia in the east and a part of Silesia in the northeast of the republic. It is a landlocked country at the heart of central Europe, bounded by Slovakia (the Slovak Republic), Germany, Poland, and Austria. Natural boundaries formed by the Sudeten Mountains in the north, the Erzgebirge or Ore Mountains to the northwest and the Bohemian Forest in the southwest. Lying east of the center of the country, the Moravian Highlands give way to lower-lying, rolling plains. There are numerous rivers in the country and some freshwater lakes.