East and East Central European countries have strong cultural heritages defined by centuries old traditions. These photo galleries illustrate Eastern European and East-Central European cultures.
© Oleg Filipchuk
When you think of Russia, certain cultural references may spring to mind, like Russian food, the writings of Pushkin, and troikas. This cultural photo gallery includes all of these and more.
Grisha Strundzhev © 2006
Bulgaria's culture is rich with the history of the region. Bulgarians also love celebrating holidays with costume, food, and crafts.
Croatia claims credit for the invention of the necktie, was once ruled by Venice, and holidays feature traditional Croatian folk costumes.
Vladimirs Koskins © 2006
Customs, music, and Latvian souvenirs are illustrated in this photo gallery.
Eliana Dulins © 2006
Lithuania takes pride in its place along the Baltic Coast and was located on the Amber Road of ancient times. Lithuania also has ties to the sea and agriculture.
The Czech Republic's culture was enriched by innovative individuals, who contributed to the art of the 20th century, the world of beer, and jewelry fashion, and more.
Jozsef Szoke © 2004
Hungary is known for beautiful embroidery, delicious cuisine, and its winemaking industry.
Fotohmmm © 2006
Poland's culture brings us decorated eggs, mushroom picking, and colorful holiday celebrations.
Calin Ilea © 2006
Traditional crafts from Romania make wonderful souvenirs. Romania also attracts vampire hunters and Dracula buffs.
Ron Mertens © 2005
Kiev has long been an established entity in Eastern Europe, and it is here that the conversion to Orthodoxy began. Ukrainian food, holiday celebrations, and traditional clothing make an appearance here and in Ukraine Culture in Photos 102
Matej Michelizza © 2006