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After the fall of communism throughout the world, the country of Czechoslovakia broke apart. One piece is now known as the Czech Republic, or as it is starting to be called, Czechia. Originally comprised of Bohemia and Moravian communities, it was united under the Holy Roman Empire, and ultimately ceded to the Habsburgs. The country played a key role in the early days of World War II, when it was invaded by Germany.

These days, western travelers get their first taste of Eastern Europe in the Czech Republic. Prague has long been the capital for European weekend getaways (stag and hen parties here are practically obligatory). However, to come here for nothing more than drinking and partying is to miss the point: the Czech Republic is an incredible travel destination. Even away from Prague, there are charming towns and villages to explore. Looking into the future, Czechia will remain near the top of most traveler’s bucket list.

Prague Architecture at Night

Charles Bridge and Prague Castle at night

Prague looks like it materialized out of a storybook. In a city that dates from the ninth century and is a mixture of all kinds of architectural styles, the buildings are different around almost every corner. From the early Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Tyn to the baroque Church of the Savior (or St.

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Is a Concert in Prague Worth It?

Ceiling of St. Nicholas, a good place to see a Prague concert

Prague has long been an important city for music in Europe. Prague adopted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when Vienna did not, and Mozart held the world premiere of Don Giovanni here. When I first visited Prague in the summer of 1995, I wanted to go to a classical concert. Unfortunately, bad weather (and the Rolling Stones

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