Beer and the rowdy groups of tourists enjoying it may be a constant fixture in Prague, but there is so much more to the Czech capital than that. Since its relatively recent independence from a socialist regime as well as neighboring Slovakia, the Czech Republic has become a top tourist destination. The home of Franz Kafka is revered as a little Paris, and it’s easy to see why: wide, leafy boulevards and an undulating river, gorgeous architecture, and no-frills ease of living make Prague very romantic and oh-so-chic. All that, plus its own particular essence, a solid helping of rock and roll, complete with a wall dedicated to John Lennon, and a rich and complex history. Visit Prague to see a small and fiercely proud nation with a strong identity and love of simple pleasures.

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