What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words “Czech Republic”?
Often it is Czech brands that stick in people’s minds and they think of the Czech Republic as the country which gave the world Pilsner beer, Moser glass, Becherovka liquor, Skoda cars or Bata shoes, as well as a number of world-famous super models and hockey players.
But the Czechs have also given the world a number of inventions and innovations that are less well-known, although millions of people around the world use them every day and in their day and age they were truly revolutionary.
How many people today realize that the contact lenses they use every day are a Czech invention, or that the sugar cube they toss into their coffee cup was invented on the territory of present day Moravia back in 1843?
In a new series, Radio Prague International, will introduce the Czech inventions that changed the world.
Rudolf Jelínek is one of Czechia’s best-known brands of slivovitz. The plum brandy firm was set up in the late 19th century and the brand is still going strong today.
Say “Tesla” and most people think of electric cars. But here in Czechia people associate the brand name with a wide variety of electronic products they grew up with.
The Czech furniture brand TON is synonymous for its manually bent wood furniture, created with the help of a technology that has been in continuous use for over 160 years.
Škoda Auto boasts one of the oldest unbroken histories among car manufacturers still operating in the world today.
Tatra’s futuristic-looking aerodynamic passenger cars first appeared on the roads in the 1930s, and have since become one of the icons of Czechoslovak design.
The Moser crystal glass company was established more than 150 years ago and has since become a world leader in glass making, selling its products around the globe.