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Ten reasons why you should travel to Eastern Europe (part 2)


In Part 1 of Ten reasons why you should travel to Eastern Europe we spoke about going before the crowds do, the spiritual monasteries, the fantastic hiking, the beautiful old cities, some unique experiences, the chance to visit places people have never heard of, the wonderful landscapes, the ethnic mix, the ballet and theatre and how the region offers real value for money.

In Part 2 we take another look behind the Iron Curtain and we find another Ten reasons why you should travel to Eastern Europe now.

street in lviv ukraine

Lively Towns

There is an undeniable energy in cities in Eastern Europe. Moscow and St. Petersburg are obvious choices. Kyiv on a sunny day is a pleasure to walk around. Treat yourself to a freshly-brewed coffee from one of the many stands and do some serious people watching on the Maidan. Bucharest's nightlife is fun, Lviv's old world charms infectious, Plovdiv's old town and galleries are worth exploring. Or join the fun at Odesa's beach-side promenades.

bran castle romania

Castles

Bran Castle in Romania sits perched on a rocky spur overlooking the trade route between Wallachia and Transylvania. It is probably one of the country's most recognizable images. Prague Castle should be on anyone's list who like to explore charming cities. Malbork Castle in Poland is an officially designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Teutonic Order, harking back to a darker period in history that saw struggles here as well as in the Baltics.

Magura, Transylvania, Romania, Eastern Europe

Nature and landscapes

Time stood still in Eastern Europe and nowhere is that more obvious than in the well-preserved natural landscapes. The thick woods, marshes and lakes of Lahemaa National Park in Estonia form an invitation to a lovely bike ride while a little further south the beaches and dunes of