Eastern Europe may seem like an unexplored part of Europe, but in fact the diverse half of the continent has opened up to plenty of exciting Eastern Europe tours for travelers from all over the world. Whether you’re cruising along beautiful remote coastlines in your Croatia car rental, or exploring enchanting forests and meadows of Romania, Eastern Europe is a region waiting to be embraced.
And here are some of the best undiscovered destinations in Europe:
Slovenia’s capital city is also one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Quirky and relaxed, the city features old castles and impressive architecture along its old cobblestone streets, while its hip and happening population have opened up trendy bars and cultural museums that are waiting to be explored. Set in an alpine valley, along the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana has diverse vacation possibilities, just a short drive away from ski slopes in the winter and swimming in nearby Lake Bled in the summer.
The old historic town of Zadar is a great way to explore the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia without being overrun by other tourists. Spend your morning exploring the old town with its Roman ruins and churches, then your afternoons relaxing on the quiet beaches or sailing to the nearby remote and peaceful islands. Evenings can be spent enjoying the wonderful and undisturbed sunsets from the waterfront promenade.
Often described as the “Paris of the North”, Riga is an impressive royal city with some of the best-preserved examples of art nouveau architecture in Europe. The city is perfectly navigable and is great for walking, with plenty of historic walking tours on offer. Some fantastic landmarks include St. Peter’s Church and the Dome Cathedral. Look out for the impressive Gothic gargoyles and goddesses in the city’s fairytale-like Old Town buildings.
Kotor in Montenegro is a city in Europe that should not be missed. And while it is high on the secret destinations list, more and more tourists are discovering the beautiful bay of Kotor and making it their destination of choice. The ancient port town is a cultural and natural World Heritage Center, due to its cultural influences from the Venetians and its impressive river canyon. The city is made up of small passages that lead up to hilltop villages and towns that overlook the beautiful port.
Zdiar is one of the oldest Tatra mountain settlements in the region and has been a thriving village since the 16th century. Take your Eastern Europe tour a step back in time when you visit this medieval city filled with Goral timber homes and reservations that host traditional local events. Great for outdoor activities such as hiking and bike riding, Zdiar is a great place to learn about the history of the region, as well as to discover the beautiful wild landscapes. During winter it is also a great place for snow sports, like skiing and snowboarding.
You may not know this but Transylvania isn’t just the city described in Bram Stoker’s fictional novel Dracula; it’s much more than that. It is a real, beautiful destination that is unexplored and under-traveled. Said to be one of the last remaining medieval landscapes in Europe, Transylvania is full of flower-filled meadows, rich pastures, and delightful forests. As well as the natural landscape of the region, Transylvania is also home to over 150 churches and castles that are unique to the region and are well worth exploring on Eastern Europe tours.
Set around Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, the town of Ohrid is a picturesque mix of stunning nature and beautiful old architecture. Home to a medieval castle and dozens of beautiful churches, the town overlooks the impressive lake and dates back to around the 7th century. If you prefer to explore more of Macedonia’s out-of-this-world landscape then you can also pick up a car rental in Ohrid, and travel to the nearby Galicica National Park, where you can hike the mountains or relax on beautiful beaches.
Known as the true “link between east and west”, Sarajevo is located in the Miljacka River Valley that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It’s long history in the central Balkans has seen Sarajevo as an integral part of world history, from the 1984 Winter Olympics to the Bosnian War. The city still bares the scars of its past, which has seen it ruled under the Roman Empire, the Slavic empire, the medieval Bosnian Kingdom, as well as the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Yet despite its long and difficult history the beautiful city is full of welcoming inhabitants and plenty of exciting culture.
While Budapest may already be high on backpackers’ lists, the Hungarian capital is only just opening up other types of tourist, who are discovering the city’s charm, culture, and affordability. Famous for its architecture, Budapest is home to pristine examples of Baroque, Neoclassical, and Art Nouveau architecture, while most appealing are probably its stunning indoor and outdoor Turkish baths. The city comes alive after dark with plenty of the city’s inhabitants cultivating the old with the abundance of historic “ruin pubs” to eat and drink in.
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