History and politics walk hand in hand in Eastern Europe. The region is also rich in natural beauty. From awe-inspiring mountains, serene country sides to beautiful coastlines and rich culture, a holiday here is a feast for the eyes.
Get a thrill
Get ready to enjoy a range of thrilling experiences such asrowingin the azure Danube,walking down the sparkling beaches of Albenia and Croatia or crossing the vast sand dunes of Lithuania’s Curonian Spit. If you crave for some more adventure, hike through the Romanian BucegiMountains or the High Tatra ranges across Slovakia and Poland, or be mesmerized by the wild gorges of Bosnia and Hercegovina and Poland’s Great Masurian lakes.
One of the most culturally enriched regions in the whole of Europe, a travel through Eastern Europe will transport you across different cultural genres. Walk through Krakow’s central Grand Square or theRynekGłówny, watch artists at work on Prague’s 14th-century Charles Bridge, or experience art history at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. And, what could be more amazing than listening to Liszt’s melodies in his native place?
The beautiful cities of Eastern Europe are slightly off the beaten track, so one doesn’t get to experience busy cafes and endless queues here. Visit Ljubljana, nestled in an Alpine valley and spanning acrossthe Ljubljanica River;Ohrid, Macedonia, the pearl of the Balkans; the reincarnated Mostar in Bosnia or the historic old towns of Zadar, Belgrade andKiev.
The beauty of a place lies not only in its natural bounty or its architectural opulence. The most impressive thing about any country is perhaps its people – and in Eastern Europe, the locals are friendly and charming, welcoming you with a warm smile.Striking a conversation with a stranger in a café or a train is not considered odd at all.
The history of Eastern Europe is pretty dramatic, reflected in its magnificent palaces, haunting castles, lively and colorful churches, and grand plazas. In the Livadia Palace, you can be in the same room whereRoosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill, the “big three” broke up after the 1945Yalta Conference. In Sarajevo, you can cross over the assassination bridge of Archduke Ferdinand. And, you can still hear the echoes of ghastly poundings of the Romanian Revolution in Bucharest’s Revolution Square.
An overdose of politics
Eastern Europe beings to the mind a lengthy, distressed history of war and hardcore Communist regimes, and there’s loads of memoirs strewn across the region for lovers of politics and history.
Colorful Festivals and Folklore
Traditional European festivals and the folkloreheritage sets this region apart. Though this is the core of Orthodox Christianity, there is a rich mixture of Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam. One can also experience a contemporary insight into old Europethrough ancient pagan rituals seen duringSlovakia’s Východná festival or Baltica International Folklore Festival.
It’s truly exhilating to be in Eastern Europe that keeps surprising its travelers with its incredible store of history, politics, culture, and mind-blowing scenic beauty.