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Just an hour's drive from Prague is the big car factory Skoda situated in Mlada Boleslav. Here you can take a guided tour in their production halls and visit their museum.

The basis of what we know today as Skoda Auto goes over 100 years back. In 1894, the bookseller Vaclav Klement had a problem with finding spare parts for his bike in what was then Austria-Hungary. He wrote a letter in his mother tongue Czech to the German manufacturers about the problem but received the reply that if he wanted an answer, so he had to write in a language they could understand.

This answer did not satisfy him, so together with the bicycle manufacturer Vaclav Laurin they founded a bicycle repair shop the year after in Mladá Boleslav.

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In 1898 they bought a motorcycle produced in France, and the year after they set their own model into production. In 1905 began the Laurin-Klement company with producing cars, and just after the First World War, trucks.

In 1924 due to financial difficulties the company sought a partner, which became the Skoda Works, which mainly was an arm's manufacturer. Most later production was under the Skoda name. In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Now a days it is possible to hear more of the history of Skoda Auto. At the SKODA Auto Museum in Mlada Boleslav around 70 km north of Prague, you can example get an excursion to production facilities with a guide and visit the depositoryin Zercice, which is a part of the veteran cars collection, containing sport cars and prototypes.

[image source: Vive Les Robots!]
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