What’s new in Eastern Europe travel for 2019

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The history, art and culture of Eastern Europe are often complicated for Westerners. But it’s easier than ever to enjoy this area, where there is plenty of good sightseeing news in its leading cities. Prague is buzzing with sightseeing changes. After a seven-year renovation, the National Museum reopened with eight permanent exhibits covering topics from evolution to the Czech Republic’s 20th century.

Admission to the museum, which towers over the city at the top of Wenceslas Square, includes access to its cupola — with great views over the “golden city of a hundred spires”. Another fun option for fine Prague views is to ride the recently launched tram number 23. Like the popular tram number 22, it runs from the center of town, across the river and up the hill to Prague Castle — but with nostalgic 1960s-era cars.

One thing that may not be on view in Prague is Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic, the artist’s 20-canvas ode to the history of his people. After decades on display in an obscure Czech town, in 2011 the paintings were finally brought to Prague’s Veletrzni Palace. But after four years, they were removed and subsequently toured Japan.

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