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The town of Cheb is situated on the river Eger in the north-west of the Czech Republic, former name Egerland, whose historical center is the city Cheb, about 42 km west-west of Karlovy Vary.

Eight kilometers north-east of the city is the nature reserve Soos near Nový Drahov, a peat and mineral meadow moor with carbon dioxide gas of volcanic origin emanating from mofettes. Remains of the two most recent Bohemian volcanoes, which Goethe had also explored there.

The Eger Castle - fortification of the town of Cheb

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The Eger Castle - fortification of the town of Cheb

The former imperial palace, also called Eger Castle, was built before the end of the 12th century by extension and reconstruction of the older stone castle, which had been built on the acropolis of a Slavic castle.

The Stöckl - historical market place in Cheb-Eger

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The Stöckl - historical market place in Cheb-Eger

In the first part of the pedestrian zone of Cheb, formerly called Eger, the typical image of a shopping street opened in front of us, window next to window, but still to the extent seize that were current many years ago.

Eger-Cheb - the time-gate and renewed pedestrian zone

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Eger-Cheb - restored pedestrian zone and the time-gate

Of course, we were curious about what would experience next to the historic buildings of the city of Eger, now Cheb, so we set out for the city center after the vehicle had been parked, where we first looked at the large map at the beginning of the pedestrian zone.

Cheb in Czech Republic - Covered bridge crossing Eger

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Cheb in Czech Republic - Covered bridge crossing the Eger

During our walk through Cheb, we took advantage of the magnificent view from the castle to see the surroundings of the castle, the river Eger as well as the city center.

About the history of Eger - today Cheb in Czech Republic

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About the history of Eger - today Cheb in the Czech Republic

The first written reference about the town of Cheb in 1061 was made in a document of German King Henry IV. In the Middle Ages, Cheb became a city where tradesmen and merchants did quite well, got rich and powerful.

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