The Czech Republic is not very old, being officially formed in 1993 after the dissolution of the USSR, or the Soviet Union, and the peaceful separation of Czechoslovakia into the two nations we know today. But that is a mere formality, and the Czechs have a whole lot of history behind them, from the old days of the Duchy of Bohemia and the Austro-Hungarian empire to its modern days as an independent nation. What they also have is the world’s highest concentration of castles and castle ruins. Whether you are visiting countryside castles or the buzzing capital city, you will love getting to know this small country surrounded by mountains and its people who consume the most amount of beer per capita. This comes as no surprise, surely, since the Czech Republic is known the world over for its superb ales.