- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
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.