Living in the Czech RepublicIyna Bort Caruso
Since the Velvet Revolution in 1989 that created an independent Czechoslovakia and, four years later, the new democracy of the Czech Republic, this central European country has risen to become one of the most stable, tourist-friendly and environmentally conscious post-communist states.
The country is known for its eclectic and often avant-garde architecture. The last hundred years has seen Art Nouveau, Art Deco and a Czech version of Cubism called Rondo-Cubism. Today’s cityscapes showcase projects by leading architects like Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Ricardo Bofill.
Prague is the Czech Republic’s largest city and its capital. Because of a large influx of tourists and expats, the city has a diverse social scene. It’s easy to understand why it is one of the most visited capitals in Europe. Prague is a medieval city of enchanting bridges, walled courtyards, parks and palaces. Prague Castle has stood watch over the city since the 9th century.
Residences in historic districts, particularly those close to the Vltava River, fetch high prices and retain their value. The neighborhood of Bubenec is one of tree-lined boulevards, gracious squares and restored 19th and 20th century buildings. Leafy Vinohrady is popular with expats. It is a park-filled area in the heart of the city with trendy restaurants and numerous green spaces. Troja is another picturesque pocket with city views. No restrictions are imposed on international transactions.
Castles, chateaus and historic villas can be found in the countryside beyond Prague. Some private residences are even on the Central List of Cultural Monuments, a designation that serves to recognize structures that are part of the country’s cultural heritage.
Bohemia to the west is marked by low mountains, river valleys, farms and forests. Bohemia is famous for its spa towns like Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne. The Bohemian city of Plzen, well known for developing pilsner-style beer, has been named a European Capital of Culture for 2015. Moravia in the east, including parts of Silesia, is the land of castles, wine and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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