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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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Haunted Echoes in Prague’s Jewish Quarter

Haunted echos of the Prague Jewish Quarter - the tombstones show the strain of time.

The German conquest of Europe during World War II eradicated most of the Jewish ghettos and nearly all of European Jewish culture, however, the Prague Jewish Quarter was allowed to survive. The Nazis actually brought Jewish artifacts from all over Europe to Prague because they intended to create the Museum of An Extinct Race. Today,

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Seven Great Restaurants in Prague, Czech Republic

Les Moules in Prague

We’ve been told by fellow travelers that Prague has a reputation as a culinary wasteland – heavy Eastern European food that is poorly prepared. We couldn’t disagree more. We found cuisine in Prague to be inventive and extremely reasonably priced, making dining in Prague a real delight. Here we outline seven good restaurants to try

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The World’s Largest Castle in Prague

Prague castle

The Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is the largest castle complex in the world and was the first European castle I ever visited during my first trip to the Czech Republic in 1995.  The Prague Castle Cathedral and adjoining complex sits high on the hill overlooking the town and dominates the skyline. From everywhere in the

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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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