2. Brno, Czech Republic
Prague is the jewel of Eastern Europe, but there are other Czech cities you should check out too. Brno is the capital of the Moravian region, and is the second largest hub in the country. While its Soviet influence is architecturally apparent, there are also Gothic churches, castles and an Old Town Hall in this 1000 year old town. A medieval underground labyrinth beneath Cabbage Market has recently been restored for exploration. Brno also boasts the Tugendhat Villa, a exemplary Bauhaus villa on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This university town has a strong musical and theater tradition, with plenty of cultural and culinary offerings to enjoy. Don’t miss the surrounding vineyards and karst cave systems.