Often overlooked by most tourists and travelers, Eastern Europe is filled with a rich history, gorgeous architecture, and a wide range of cultures. This side of Europe has an abundance of wealth to the destination to explore and much more affordable. With pastel-colored towns, unique ancient history, exhilarating nightlife, and Mother Nature bestowing all its jewels to you, Eastern Europe has so much to offer when it comes to traveling. So for your next trip to Europe, why not try these Eastern European countries that are simply amazing in their ways!
1. Split, Croatia
Split is one of the largest and most dynamic cities in Croatia. The magnificent Diocletian’s Palace marks the city center. Unlike the Roman ruins in other parts of Europe, this Roman fortress is not a tourist attraction as an integral part of the city center. You can visit Split on Navigator Croatia cruises.
2. Kravice, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Welcome to one of Bosnia’s secret paradisiacal places! Spectacular waterfalls flow into a natural diving pool, perfect for a refreshing dive. Kravice is an excellent introduction to the natural beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
3. Mostar, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
Mostar, with its famous stone arched bridge and Turkish Old Town, is a unique melting pot of cultures and traditions. Explore the local stores and enjoy the nightlife, including the Ali Baba Cave Club!
4. Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
Capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and home of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo has much to offer. Discover the city’s poignant history, from the beginning of World War I to the horrors of the Balkan War. Explore the market squares of the Turkish Quarter and Sarajevo’s unique nightlife in this dynamic and friendly city.
5. Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade, the largest city in Serbia, is a mixture of culture, history, and nightlife. Stroll through the boutiques of Knez Mihailova, explore the citadel of Kalemegdan, and party in the incredible “floating clubs” on the Danube!
6. Budapest, Hungary
Capital of Hungary, Budapest is famous for its nightlife, cuisine, and hot springs. Party at the Széchenyi Baths, visit the trendy bars in ruins, and taste goulash in this lively city.
7. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Explore the city on our walking tour by climbing up to the vast Krumlov Castle to give you a glimpse of the town. Well, the entrance has bears to welcome you. Have a cup of tea or two in one of the many famous teahouses here, then end the night with one or three beers and enjoy Czech hospitality at the brewery.
8. Lake Bled, Slovenia
A popular tourist destination, Lake Bled is the place to be whenever you are visiting Northwestern Slovenia. Take a boat trip to the church on the island, and don’t miss the Bled Castle, perched above the lake.
9. Prague, Czech Republic
The romantic city of Prague is a must-see. Stroll through the Old Town streets and discover some of the best culture and cuisine that the Czech Republic has to offer.
10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice is the jewel in Croatian national parks’ impressive network and is considered one of the best natural attractions in Europe. With its turquoise lakes – all connected by a series of beautiful waterfalls and cascades – it is easy to see why.
11. Kotor, Montenegro
This historically rich city was first mentioned in 168 B.C. and was ruled by several different empires in its time. Climb about 1350 steps up to Kotor’s San Giovanni Castle (St. John’s Castle) and enjoy the magnificent view of Kotor and its surroundings from the water’s edge.
12. Kalambaka, Greece
Visit one of the cliff-top monasteries and hike to one of the hundreds of magnificent views. Feel genuinely spectacular in this superb area where you feel like you’ve gone back in time to prehistory! Explore the picturesque village of Kalambaka, located just below the six monasteries of Meteora.
13. Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, the city where the great Mozart lived and where the film “The Sound of Music” was shot, the hills will indeed come alive as you explore this beautiful Austrian city. One of the largest castles in Europe, a visit to Hohensalzburg Castle is located on top of a hill overlooking the old town.