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The Artist Alphonse Mucha & Prague

The Artist Alphonse Mucha & Prague

Prague has had no shortage of famous inhabitants throughout history, but in the art world there are few whose reputations surpass that of Alphonse Mucha, one of the most famous painters of the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chances are you’d recognize Mucha’s work, even if you don’t know

On the Trail of Consul Ewouds

On the Trail of Consul Ewouds

Our guests have a variety of reasons for making their trips to the 23 countries in Central & Eastern Europe that we cover, Pam Ewouds traveled with us in 2016 to the Baltic States in part to track down some information about her grandfather and his connection to Latvia. Here’s her letter of thanks for

Where to Find the Legendary Lipizzan Horses

Where to Find the Legendary Lipizzan Horses

Even if you’ve never heard of Lipizzan horses, you probably know what they look like. These beautiful white horses are practically the stuff of legend. The breed dates back to the 16th century, when they were intended for the Hapsburg royal family. A village in modern-day Slovenia, Lipica, or Lipizza in Italian, provided the name. While both

How to Discover Nazi Munich

How to Discover Nazi Munich

With its banks, factories and business centers, Munich may at first appear staid and stable. But the city has a volatile past, especially during the years when Hitler and his Nazi Party began their first violent grabs for power. From the beer halls where he gathered his supporters to the Town Hall where Goebbels inaugurated

How and Why to Choose between Split and Trogir

How and Why to Choose between Split and Trogir

Coming to Central Dalmatia, be it from the north (Zagreb, the Plitvice Lakes), or the south (Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar), you’ll most likely want to make an overnight stop and you’ll have to decide between Split and Trogir. Approximately 45 minutes apart by car, these two destinations offer different city styles, sizes and possibilities. One thing they do

The Best Oft-Overlooked Museums in Rome

The Best Oft-Overlooked Museums in Rome

When you’re strolling through the streets of Rome, it can sometimes feel like the whole city is one big museum. But the best museums in Rome aren’t all on the well-trod tourist paths. With astonishing collections of art housed in remarkable masterpieces of architecture, from 16th century palaces to unapologetically modern designs, these five museums are

Easter Markets in Prague

Easter Markets in Prague

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The city of Prague doesn’t let an opportunity for a market pass it by and while around three quarters of Czech profess not to be at all religious they go in for Easter in a big way. That might be because a lot of Czech Easter traditions have little to do with Christianity and have

The Curious Curonian Spit

The Curious Curonian Spit

You’ll have to zoom in pretty close on Google Maps to see the Curonian Spit, a thin, curved strip of sand in the Baltic Sea that is just 450 yards wide at its narrowest point. But that small size is in distinct contrast to the big reputation of this unique area, which has enticed famous writers and

Why You Should Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Why You Should Visit Neuschwanstein Castle

For visitors to Germany who want to connect with the country’s imperial past, it’s hard to beat Neuschwanstein Castle. A short drive outside of Munich, this incredible castle is perched on a cliff high above a valley. The gorgeous rooms of the castle are enough of an attraction on their own, but equally astounding are the