Explore Czech culture, including world-renowned flavors, collectible arts and crafts, and symbols of the long history of this territory.
Flag of the Czech Republic
The flag of the Czech Republic is the same flag used by the former country of Czechoslovakia. The current Czech flag has been in existence since 1920. Slovakia now uses a different flag.
History With Slovakia
The Czech Republic was once a part of Czechoslovakia. Formed in 1918, Czechoslovakia remained one country (under various official names) until 1992, when it split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. While Czechoslovakia no longer exists, and the Czech Republic and Slovakia are separate nations, they do share some cultural similarities.
Prague - The Heart of the Czech Republic
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. Prague is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and maintains its position as the most popular destination in East Central Europe. Prague's history, nightlife, and architecture attract visitors from around the world throughout the year. Its extensive old town is infinitely explorable and becomes more popular with visitors by the year.
Garnets are ubiquitous in the Czech Republic. Prized as raw gems and as jewelry pieces, garnets can be purchased in both jewelry shops and in antique shops that sell jewelry. Usually set in close clusters, they give off a deep, lustrous beauty that has been coveted throughout Europe, including by royalty.
Enjoyed around the world, the Czech Republic is home to pilsner beer. Plzen maintains a brewery that offers beer tasting and tours. Of course, you can order authentic pilsner beer anywhere in the Czech Republic and accompany it with some hearty Czech food.
Czech traditional costumes are often beautifully embroidered. Because so many regions of the Czech Republic have their own traditional folk costumes, it is difficult to generalize what represents typical Czech dress. However, bright blouses, embroidered vests, and specific color combinations usually mark the dress from this country. Here, you see traditional costumes at a Czech folk festival.
Czech traditional food features meat, mushrooms, and vegetables. Enjoy potato soups, roast pork, and a variety of delicious desserts. Czech food may be considered "heavy" to Western palettes, but this also means that it is heavy on good flavors.
The Czech Republic has had a long relationship with puppets. Czech puppet masters take their art seriously, and Czech puppets can command high prices. Antique Czech puppets are sought after by collectors, and Czech puppet theaters still draw crowds.
The Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century left its impact upon the Czech Republic. Prague exhibits many fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture that can be viewed today. Alfons Mucha, a Czech national, was responsible for influencing Art Nouveau on an international scale, but he also lent his talent to his homeland. St. Vitus Cathedral on Prague's Castle Hill features stained glass windows designed by Mucha in his particular style.