The Czech's most obvious influence came from the Germans and for many visitors
this is still obvious in the many breweries that dot the country. However, the Germans
also influenced other aspects of their food, culture, lifestyle, technology, and
even religion. Although Catholic for much of their history, with the arrival of
the Protestant Reformation in Germany, this influence quickly arrived to the Czech
people and soon many people were converting. However, this was short-lived as the
Hapsburgs soon arrived and most people converted back to Catholicism, also ending
much of the German influence.
After this time the Czech people continued to develop their culture and lifestyle.
The culture and lifestyle were constantly changing and varied greatly by location
as city life and rural life grew on very different paths in terms of daily life,
but remained closely tied culturally, sharing a language, foods, religion, clothing,
In the 1900s the Czech culture and lifestyle took a major hit when Czechoslovakia
was formed. The union with Slovakia wasn't as important as the communist government
was in terms of cultural changes. The government further changed the economy as
industrial was emphasized, jobs changed, people moved to cities in larger numbers,
and social programs were common. The Czech people protested this government a number
of times, but didn't actually accomplish their goal until communism ended in
Today the Czech people are returning their culture to reflect what it was in the
past, but struggle to do so for many reasons. Many of the communist changes are
impossible to reverse and technology has forever changed the people's lifestyle.
The people have also lost faith to a great degree as the country's majority
claims no religion. The country has also shifted west in terms of economics and
politics, joining the European Union. This move, in addition to the incredible architecture,
has also made Prague and the Czech Republic a tourist hub as it is constantly overwhelmed
with tourists and foreign business persons seeking foreign investment in the country.