21 Jan

Eastern Europe in Winter Will Amaze You

Eastern Europe in winter offers something different that will amaze you.

Europe is an amazing continent to explore, regardless of the weather conditions. The museums, the history, the different cultures, the food, and ultimately, the people, should be enough to convince you that this territory it worth seeing. Packed with hidden attractions, puzzling landscapes and interesting edifices, Eastern Europe is a lot more complex than meets the eye. Even though many people travel west and north, Eastern Europe can be just as enticing. It just needs a chance to amaze you.

If you want to try something a bit different, spend less money, and have the greatest time, the following European destinations should be included on your travel itinerary for this winter.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Nestled between the Ljubljanica River and an alpine gorge, this picture-perfect European metropolis will exceed all your expectations. As soon as you step foot in the city center, you’ll stumble upon cobbled streets, relaxed students riding bikes and a wealth of intimate cafes. Walk through the Old Town, sense the historic vibe in the air and admire the cultural allure of Ljubljana. The Baroque townhouses and traditional churches blend perfectly with the modern attractions and natural surroundings. Some of the main attractions of Ljubljana include the Ljubljana Castle, Dragon Bridge, The Ski Center and the spectacular Lake Bled. In wintertime, there are all sorts of amazing activities to try out while here, including skiing, hiking, water sporting and biking.

Mostar, Bosnia

Severely damaged during the Balkan War, Mostar is a famous Bosnian city for its Ottoman-inspired bridge rebuilt in 2004. The beauty of this cultural metropolis lies in its elegant minarets, turquoise Neretva River, and broken edifices still standing tall after the war. Ideal for backpackers and budget travelers, Mostar features several interesting museums you’ll want to check out, as well as exceptional scenery with bridges and medieval towers.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn won the European Capital of Culture award back in 2011, so it goes without saying that the metropolis is filled with impressive medieval fortifications. Featuring an intoxicating blend of glass skyscrapers, church spires, enticing eateries, baroque palaces, shiny malls, cafes and wooden houses, Tallinn is a superb travel destination for winter. In spite of 21st century developments, the city has kept its fairy-tale charm; explore Old Town to catch a glimpse of old-fashioned Tallinn several centuries ago and don’t forget to try out the local restaurants for some traditional Estonian food. Focused on the future but still fond of the past, Tallinn is Eastern Europe’s most diverse cities.

Budapest, Hungary

From an architectural point of view, Budapest is superb. Featuring neo-classical, art nouveau, baroque and eclectic buildings, the city is a perfect travel destination for this winter. As opposite to western European cities, eastern European cities have a deeply rooted past and a more fascinating history. Budapest in particular, welcomes tourists with delicious Hungarian dishes like “goulash” and unusual alcoholic drinks such as honey-gold Tokaj, flinty white wines and big-bodied reds. The mix of classic, traditional establishments with the new and modern have made Budapest an ideal vacation spot for international voyageurs.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow Poland

Based on several Polish legends, Krakow was established after a dragon’s defeat a couple of centuries ago. This puzzling, mystifying city is an excellent travel destination for a winter escapade to Eastern Europe. In the Old Town, you’ll come across impressive museums and lots of traditional churches. To get a genuine feel of Krakow in the old days, visit Kazimierz, a former Jewish quarter that reflects the tragedy the city endured in the 20th century. Leaving the past behind, Old Town has many welcoming cafes and restaurants you can try out. As for main places of interest, you should surely include on your travel itinerary the following: Bar Culture, Wawel Hill, the Wieliczka salt mine, Auschwitz, and the Czartoryski Museum.

Eastern Europe is absolutely breathtaking in wintertime. Cities like Tallin, Ljubljana, Krakow, Budapest and numerous others, feature a wealth of activities you can try out. Unlike the western European countries, which are more expensive to see in winter, the east is unbelievably affordable. Average prices for accommodation per night won’t exceed 30-40 Euros; as for the food, it will probably cost you 5-10 Euros to enjoy some traditional goulash in a Hungarian bistro.

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