Eastern Europe might seem less familiar than its more popular neighbouring countries to the west, but there are a multitude of reasons to visit, including magical castles, ancient churches and rich heritage.
On a tour of Eastern Europe, you might find yourself invited to dinner with hospitable locals or adventuring down a winding lane leading to a stunning palace.
The following are four of Eastern Europe’s top picks.
Situated in the south of Croatia, Dubrovnik has become one of the most iconic locales on Earth, in part thanks to its regular appearance in one of the biggest TV shows of all time – Game of Thrones. The city’s main attraction is its fort walls, which were constructed to protect it from invaders, and the view from the top is well worth the trip. While in Croatia you should also add a visit to the island of Mljet to your Eastern Europe trip planner. It’s home to a national park, a little village housing Roman remains, and some spectacular views.
You could spend a lifetime just exploring the history and culture of Romania. It’s just as well, then, that the country offers plenty of local hospitality. Start with Bucharest, the cosmopolitan heart of the country, before making your way to Transylvania, and don’t forget to follow it up with a trek through the beautiful countryside. Get as close as you can to the infamous Dracula at Hotel Castle Dracula in Bargau Valley. Of Gothic design and set up, it’s bound to provide a thrilling experience!
An Eastern Europe itinerary planner should always include a stop in Russia. If you can only manage one place, choose Moscow. Brimming with history, culture and even some nightlife, the capital has everything a traveller might want. A natural place to begin is the Kremlin, the epicentre of the country’s politics and a stunning architectural masterpiece. Follow this up with the Armoury, which now houses a museum of sorts. After a busy day of exploring, Gorky Park is the perfect place to unwind, enjoy some sporting activities or even take part in a cultural programme. For a memorable end to the day, consider a pleasant night of ballet at the Bolshoi.
Lithuania is gaining a fan following, and for good reason! Curonian Spit National Park is one of the many reasons this country is a nature enthusiast’s dream. A mini ecosystem, incorporating pristine white sand, a lagoon and plenty of natural beauty, awaits visitors who know where to look. The capital Vilnius lies at the other end of the spectrum, with plenty of history and culture. Home to painful memories of war, beautiful churches and the baroque Palace of the Grand Dukes, Vilnius is well worth a stop.
Whatever you might be in search of, Eastern Europe offers a mixed bag with a little something for everyone. Randomly select one of the many countries that lie within this region and you will not be disappointed.