The "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia in 1989 was
the most positive anticommunist revolution in Eastern Europe: Czechs
and Slovaks ended 41 years of communist rule without firing a shot.
But the euphoria and unity of the moment were brief and, three years
later, the country was segregated into two parts.
The Czechs have fared better than their neighbours Slovaks. It
has helped that they are more liberal, agnostic and "Western"
of the Slavic nations. Now they enjoy greater economic and political
stability and they attract more investment and tourism.
Prague, the capital, has survived XXth century wars and it is
one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This is
a very beautiful city with a lot of good architecture: it houses
from Gothic cathedrals and palaces to Art Nouveau cafes. It is
a popular destination among young people.
Elsewhere in the country, around the area of Bohemia, there are
several well-preserved medieval towns, especially in the south.
To the west there are the “meeting points” of the
European aristocracy, the “spa towns” of Karlovy Vary
and Mariánskó Láznê.
The easternmost province of the country, Moravia, is, also, very
beautiful but less visited. Olonouc is the more attractive city
but Brno, the regional capital, has its own charms.