Czechia

Czech Republic

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 | Updated: Mar 22, 2022

The Czech Republic is one of the major tourist destinations in Europe, with Prague itself being the main destination. Relatively untouched by the ravages of war, the country retains much of its architectural heritage and the visitor should not be restricted to a few days in Prague before returning home - as is often the want for certain types of tourist who are usually following a stag itenerary.

In the 3rd century BC those Celtic migrants (called Gauls by the Romans) were spreading from what today is modern France, Belgium and Northern Italy and into modern day Bohemia, establishing a settlement near the location of Prague today.

Germanic tribes moved here in the 1st century AD. These were followed by Slavs from the Black sea region who were pushed by the migrations of Avars, Bulgars, Magyars and Huns. The Huns pushed into the approximate areas of the modern Czech regions of Bohemia and Moravia in the 6th century, as well as parts of Austria and Germany.

In the 7th century the first Slavic state was recorded and was centred on Moravia. Bohemia didn't emerge until the 9th century and from the 11th to the 19th century both were just states within the Holy Roman Empire.

Fast forward through the machinations of religious strife, Habsburg control, revolt against them in 1618 marking the start of the 30 Years War, famine, peasant revolt, and eventually Napoleon putting an end to the Holy Roman Empire, and we see Bohemia and Moravia as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The end of World War 1 saw an independent Czechoslovakia emerge from the collapsed Austro-Hungarian Empire. In World War 2 Czechoslovakia was split, with Bohemia and Moravia being occupied by Germany, and Slovakia in the East becoming a puppet state. After World War 2, the Communists were elected to power who then formed a single party state only two years later. An attempt to be free in the 1968 Prague Spring was crushed by the Soviet Union, and freedom didn't come until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.

In 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with both being in the European Union.


The Highlights

  1. Prague the capital with long list of cultural attractions such as Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, as well as the not so cultural attractions frequented by stag parties
  2. Karlstejn Castle is only short distance from Prague so is viable for most visitors to the country
  3. Olomouc beautiful architecture in the historical capital city of Moravia

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