Most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe

Posted on February 26, 2011

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Eastern European cities often have a beauty that surprises alot of visitors from Western countries who still have the communist preconceptions. Here are my Top 5 of beautiful cities in eastern Europe.

 

1. Prague

Prague Castle

Prague, with its nickname “The Golden City” is the capital city and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is one of the larger cities of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuries. This historic city has it all. Prague is the City of 1000 Spires. If you have never been to Eastern Europe, then Prague is the ultimate place to start. All your preconceptions of an ex-communist tristesse will be crushed. The city has everything from stunningly beautiful baroque, renaissance and gothic architecture to ultra-modern shopping malls.

2. Budapest

Chain bridge in Budaest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With green filled parks full of charming pleasures, museums that will inspire, and a pulsating nightlife that is on par with its European counterparts, Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Thanks to the perfect location, inhabitants’ hospitality and memorable monuments is it mentioned as “Little Paris of Central Europe” and “Pearl of Danube”. Budapest is popular among tourist. Approximently 20. million people visit this pearl every year.

3. Krakow

Kraków

Kraków is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with evidence showing settlements there since 20,000 BC.  Stare Miasto, the charming old town of Krakow, forms the historical centre of this vibrant and is the first target for most travellers to the city, with regard to accommodation, eating out, entertainment, and attractions. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1978. Just a few miles outside Kraków is the Auschwitz I concentration camp, giving a shocking, but important insight in Europes darkest days in modern history.

4. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik is nicknamed “Pearl of the Adriatic” and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Dubrovnik was heavily bombed during the Croatian War of Independence from 1991 to 1995. Still, it is one of the most scenic and beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.The old city walls are truly amazing.

5. Riga

House of the Blackheads in Riga

Riga is the capital of Latvia, the largest city in the Baltic States. Many large-scale restoration projects on old buildings have made Riga one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Most famously, Riga is home to the largest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. Riga has become an increasingly popular destination for Europeans drawn by its old town, its historical importance, and its reputation as having the best nightlife in Europe.

 

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