Since the fall of communism in 1989 and the opening up of Central and Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic – and its capital in particular – has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. Prague offers an intact medieval core that transports you back 500 years. The 14th-century Charles Bridge, traversing two historic neighbourhoods, is one of the continent’s most beautiful sights. The city is not just about history, though; it’s a vital urban centre with a rich array of cultural offerings. Outside the capital, castles and palaces abound – including the audacious hilltop chateau at Český Krumlov – which illuminate the stories of powerful dynasties whose influence was felt throughout Europe.
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