Since the collapse of Communism in 1989, Prague has become an incredibly popular destination for travellers. Justine Shapiro visits the castle, the most famous landmark in Prague and the seat of power since the 9th Century. It's been home to medieval royalty, the Hapsburgs, the Nazis and the Communists. Justine then goes to nearby Karlovy Vary, a beautiful spa town that has been visited for the last 500 years by the nobility and commoners. Next Justine travels on a coach to Cesky Krumlov in south Bohemia. It's one of the most picturesque medieval towns in Europe and the best place to stay is in a medieval tower.
Justine travels on to Krakow, Poland's ancient Royal capital and the cultural centre of Poland today. Krakow is one of the few places in Poland where you can still find Milk Bars; state subsidised restaurants left over from Communist days. Until the middle of this century Krakow was one of the great Jewish centres of Europe. World War II changed all that and Oswiecim, better known by its German name - Auschwitz, is only an hour away by train. As a Jewish-American, visiting the site of the concentration camp at Auschwitz is a very personal experience for Justine. Finally Justine heads south into the Tatra Mountain Range. The Tatras form the border between Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.