Central Europe Map
Central Europe has been a crossroads for many different peoples, cultures and commerce. One characteristic of the region has thus been an unusually rich mixture of ethnic groups for most of its history. They have left a remarkably varied culture, which is well preserved, especially in southern Poland with the old Polish capital of Cracow (Kraków), in Hungary, and in the two parts of the Czech Republic, Bohemia and Moravia.
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Central Europe is the region of Europe between Eastern and Western Europe, frequently taken to include Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia. The list of countries that are sometimes included in this region is however much larger, and many times it includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Romania. The German term "Mitteleuropa" is sometimes used for states that came into existence after the Habsburg Monarchy dissolved.
Sometimes countries that consider themselves part of Central Europe consider states east from them as Eastern Europe. Thus, it is common in Germany to speak about Poland as being part of Eastern Europe, and in Poland to speak the same way about Ukraine.
Some used to joke that Central Europe is that part of the continent that is considered Eastern by Western Europe and Western by Eastern Europe. Another definition of Central Europe includes those parts of Europe that are Western in culture and history, but that were conquered by the Soviet Union during World War II.
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London events highlights: Japanese crafts, ‘Pop Art’ and gardening all feature in London’s cultural events calendar this summer and beyond.
Royal wedding dress at Buckingham Palace: A special exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer will recreate the day in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II - married the Duke of Edinburgh in a glittering ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey.Attractions
Shrewsbury recreates its summer season: Performances by Jools Holland, George Melly and Beverly Knight are among the 370 cultural and artistic events over 100 days at the 'Shrewsbury Summer Season' this year (May 19-Sept. 9).
Scotland’s oldest house marks 900 years: The longest continually inhabited house in Scotland is 900 years old. Once a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland (it hosted 27 monarchs over the years), the Stuarts of Traquair House supported Mary, Queen of Scots and the doomed Jacobite cause.News
Ceramics Festival in The Potteries: Designers, studio potters, experts and collectors will be making their way to The Potteries this autumn for the Stoke-on-Trent Ceramics Festival 2007 (Oct.5-7).
Macdonald Hotels transforms Cheshire golf venue: Three championship golf courses and the largest indoor golf academy in Europe at The Portal Golf Club venue are to be part of the new four star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa in Cheshire when it opens in July.