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10 Countries To Visit That Didn't Exist 20 Years Ago (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/09/11 08:57 AM ET   Updated: 09/20/11 11:56 AM ET

Since the late 1980s there have been least 10 new countries appear on the global map from the Horn of Africa to the Pacific.

Lonely Planet put together this guide to 10 new nations that are worth a visit, either for their tormented history, stunning scenery or rich culture.

Countries like the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which came about because of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution. Or Serbia's emergence after the demise of Yugoslavia in 1990.

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Czech Republic
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Following Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution in 1989, the Czech Republic and Slovakia finally sealed their Velvet Divorce in 1993. Less than 20 years on, Prague neighborhoods like elegant Vinohrady and energetic Žižkov are buzzing, and a country full of emerging microbreweries proves there's more to Czech beer than Pilsner Urquell or Budvar.

Add virtue to these delicious liquid vices by cycling and hiking through the idiosyncratic landscapes of Bohemian Switzerland or the Český ráj region. Away from bustling Prague, discover quieter provincial gems like Olomouc (seen here), Telč and Loket, all still retaining the essence of Bohemian and Moravian culture.

Explore the Czech Republic's rapidly expanding beer scene at Prague's Czech Beer Festival or the Olomouc Beer Fest.
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