The Czech Republic is surrounded politically by Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, and Slovakia. It's culture dates back to the Roman Empire when the region was known as Bohemia and continued by that name under the the Habsburgs’ Empire. Under communist rule, the name was changed to Czechoslovakia. Prague is one of the most popular destinations in Europe due to it's cultural and political influence through the centuries. Prague has numerous museums, theatres, galleries and cinemas. It was also the capital the Holy Roman Empire and Bohemia's capital. The country became famous for their Bohemian crystal during the 16-17th centuries. Czech crystal chandeliers are known for their high quality and also hang in many famous royal palaces, opera halls and museums.