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Major Cities in Eastern Europe

Country Capitals, Large Cities, and Major Towns in Eastern Europe


The major cities of Eastern Europe make perfect travel destinations. Marked by history, evolving with the times, the major cities of Eastern Europe offer sites, shopping, food, entertainment, and more.

Belgrade, Serbia

Kalemegdan Citadel illuminated at dusk, Belgrade, Serbia
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Formerly the capital of Yugoslavia, Belgrade now serves as the capital of the independent nation of Serbia. Belgrade is a destination that has yet to be discovered by the average tourist, so visitors to Belgrade can expect an authentic experience.

Bratislava, Slovakia

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A relatively new Eastern European capital city, Bratislava has a strong musical heritage. Bratislava is also conveniently located for traveling to other European cities.

Brno, Czech Republic

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A center of industry, Brno is a major Czech city that is known as the capital of Moravia. This major city hoasts many festivals, including music and dance festivals, and is home to the creepy and popular Capuchin Crypt and Monastery.

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest Parliament
Bucharest is Romania's capital city. A folk museum may be of particular interest to visitors, but the theater, as well as restaurants featuring traditional cuisine may be enjoyed as well.

Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest's restaurants, especially those featuring traditional Hungarian cuisine, will please visitor's to Hungary's capital. The city also has its fair share of museums and architecture, which can be followed by a trip to one of the city's famous thermal baths.

Kiev, Ukraine

Ukraine's capital city, Kiev, has a long history. Once the administrative center of ancient Rus, it is also the location in which Orthodoxy was chosen as the religion of the Slavs. Evidence of this historic event can be seen in the city's St. Sofia Cathedral.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow's Town Hall
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Krakow is one of Poland's top destination cities and a great jump-off point to exploring southern Poland. Krakow is easy to get from Warsaw by train if you want to visit both cities while you're in Poland.

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Stolby Nature Reserve in Krasnoyarsk
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Krasnoyarsk, a Siberian city, has plenty of shopping, museums, and curiosities. Known as a "city of fountains," Krasnoyarsk is a charming stop on the Trans-Siberian railway.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana, has a walkable historic district with picturesque bridges and statues. Learn about the legends that surround Ljubljana, and it's river, the Ljubljanica, as you explore the city's sites.

Moscow, Russia

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Russia's huge capital city is expanding, and its rising prices put a strain on even its residents. However, the visitor to Moscow can find plenty to do that won't command luxury prices. Visiting the Kremlin, seeing Lenin's body, or visiting one of its parks or museums will cost little or nothing beyond the cost of transportation.

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