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History writ large

Prague, Vienna and Budapest provide detailed vignettes of Eastern Europe's heyday of being a world power in art, architecture and politics. By Natalie Koh

A 12-century-old castle which houses a country's president. A 500-year-old bear moat with bears still living in it. An Intercontinental hotel that has communist architectural influences. Welcome to Eastern Europe, where the past is still very much a part of the present. Wander down the cobbled