Travelers often opt for the same paths of Europe; France, Spain, and Italy. If you’re looking for an great nightlife, quieter beaches and dramatic scenery combined with fascinating history, arts and culture, Eastern Europe has it all. Travelsupermarket has put together an infographic of 5 road trips around the region. We’ve selected 3 of the routes here to inspire you.
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Vienna – Vienna
Vienna — Ljubljana — Zagreb — Budapest — Krakow — Wroclaw — Prague — Vienna
Total days: 12
Distance: 2,370 KM
Best time to go: From May to September
- Explore the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna
- Enjoy the scenery around Lake Blend
- Visit Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb
- Relax in Budapest’s thermal baths
- Step back in time at the 900-year-old Spis Castle
- Taste Vodka in Kazimierz at night
- Fish in the Labska Dam in the Kroknose Moutain Range
- Tour the prestigious wineries of Krasna Hora
Hostel Swanky MintZagreb, CroatiaBest hostel in Zagreb! Fabulous place to meet people. Happy hour at the sweet bar downstairs is fairly lively every night. Superb breakfast and well-designed hostel. So clean with friendly staff! Would most definitely stay here again as I wish I could have stayed longer before. #hostels #zagreb #croatia #food #casual #free-wifi
Castle HillBudapest, HungaryBudapest’s Castle Hill is a traveler’s dream, an architectural mecca, a cultural hub. It’s truly a one-stop-shop that perfectly bundles up the city’s historical essence into one lovely stroll. Start at the Buda Castle and enter from its less-visited southern side. Walk its historical grounds and soak in the city views before sauntering towards Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, where the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘ahh’s’ won’t stop. Polish your promenade off with a loop around the residential area for even more expansive views into the Buda side of the city.
#budapest #europe #travel #history #architecture #churches #viewpoints #free
plac NowyKraków, PolandIt’s nighttime, you’re hungry, you’re in Kraków. Remedy: street food at plac Nowy. This area will be buzzing with young energy, each patron attempting to satisfy the same late-night craving. The zapiekanka is its best seller: a long toasted baguette topped with mushrooms, cheese, sauce, and your choice of meats or other veggies. Nearly all the stands feature the famous snack, so pick the longest line (the locals know best) and enjoy.
#krakow #poland #streetfood #kazimierz #food #travel #casual #cheap-eats #europe
Prague, Czech Republic
John Lennon WallPrague, Czech RepublicIf you’re looking to leave your “tag” in Prague, the John Lennon wall is probably the best place to do it. The mural-turned-graffiti wall is a gorgeous site to see and makes for some really great selfies too. Wear black to stand out.
Poland — Estonia
Warsaw — Krutynia River — Vilnius — Riga — Parnu — Tallinn
Total days: 8
Distance: 1,130 KM
Best time to go: From May to July
- Taste traditional Polish food in Warsaw’s Old Town
- Kayak down the Krutynua River
- Experience interrogration by retired KGB agents in Vilnius
- Enjoy traditional drinks and Lativian folk music in Riga
- Take a romantic stroll along the Sea Wall at Parnu
- Sing Estonian songs with a choir of 30,000 in Tallinn
Gediminas TowerVilnius, LithuaniaFantastic views, especially at sunset, from the hill above Cathedral Square in Vilnius old town. You can pay to go up the tower when it’s open, but the hilltop is free. The views reward the steep walk up there.
Soomaa National Park, Parnu, Estonia
Old town Tallinn, Estonia
Von Krahli AedTallinn, EstoniaA beautiful, cosy restaurant in the heart of old town Tallinn. Amazing fresh, local ingredients. Artful and quirky preparations of traditional Estonian fare. This was one of the best meals we had during our year of travel. #fine-dining #food
Montenegro — Slovenia
Bay of Kotor — Dubrovnik — Split — Zadar — Ljubljana
Total days: 7
Distance: 820 KM
Best time to go: From May to August
- Relax beside the idyllic Bay of Kotor in Montenegro
- Enjoy incredible views from Dubrovnik’s City Walls
- Swim in the Adriatic Sea at Bacvice Beach in Split
- Explore the waterfalls in Krka National Park
- Listen to the waves play the Sea Organ at Zadar
- See a concert in Ljubljana
Park Šuma MarjanSplit, CroatiaFor a breathtaking panorama of Split and the neighboring islands, as well as inland mountain ranges, make the trek up Marjan. A mere ten minutes gets you to your first viewpoint, but keep going. This park is a forest and trail-filled peninsula with ruins, vistas, and beaches, and with nearly no crowds. You could easily spend hours meandering, so bring a snack and make a morning or afternoon out of it!
#hiking #croatia #split #sea #europe