Eastern Europe Travel Destinations
By Kerry Kubilius, About.com Guide
Prague and Czech Republic
The city of Prague is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe. Despite this, many travelers don't know that Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic! While Prague has clubs, pubs, restaurants, sights, and shopping galore, exploring the other regions of the Czech Republic is also a worthwhile experience.
Russia's uniqueness is its draw. Large cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as rural villages, have distinct personalities. Russia is also known for its beautiful wilderness, icy northern regions, picturesque cathedrals, and sheer size.
- Profile of Russia
- Russian Culture 101 in Photos
- Russian Cities and Towns
- Train Travel in Russia
- World Heritage Sites in Russia
- Moscow Attractions for Children
- Moscow Must-See Sights
- Must-See St. Petersburg Sights
- Hotels in the St. Petersburg City Center
- Russian Traditional Foods
As a destination, Poland's popularity is quickly rivaling that of Prague's. With cities that maintain historical beauty, castles that host overnight guests, delicious local cuisine, and still-reasonable prices, Poland is a destination that will give travelers great photographs and fond memories.
- Profile of Poland
- Poland Culture 101 in Photos
- Polish Traditional Foods
- Poland Castles in Photos
- Waterfront Castle Hotels in Poland
- Palace and Castle Hotels in Poland
- Plan Your Trip to Poland Step By Step
- Using Credit Cards in Poland
- Warsaw City Profile
- Warsaw University Library Gardens
- Castle Inn Warsaw
- Tygmont Jazz Club Warsaw
- Best-Rated Warsaw Hotels
- Must-See Warsaw Sights
- Kazimierz Dolny, Poland
- Krakow City Profile
- Paszkowka Palace Hotel Photo Tour and Review
- Book Krakow Tours
- Gdansk City Profile
- Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum
Bulgaria is an up-and-coming Eastern Europe travel destination. With Byzantine churches symbolizing a strong Orthodox heritage, ancient Roman ruins scattered throughout the country, and monasteries and villages tucked away in the mountains, Bulgaria is a travel destination full of secrets and mystery.
- Profile of Bulgaria
- Bulgaria Culture 101 in Photos
- Profile of Sofia - Bulgaria's Capital City
- Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Romania is a country best known for its Dracula heritage. Whether you're vampire hunting in Transylvania, or seeking to experience other aspects of Romanian culture, Romania is an Eastern Europe destination that can offer a peek into Eastern European life as it has been lived for centuries.
The "Country of the Magyars" is a convenient starting destination for exploring the rest of Eastern and Central Europe. It capital city, Budapest, is the country's commercial center.
The Baltic countries - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - are often not given credit for being individual entities with unique cultures, languages, and histories. However, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia all contribute to the region's richness individually. The geographic relationship the Baltic countries share makes them easy to see during one trip - so you can compare and contrast their similarities and differences.
- Profile of Latvia
- Profile of Lithuania
- Profile of Estonia
- Latvia Culture 101 in Photos
- Lithuania Culture 101 in Photos
- Vilnius City Profile
- Photos of Tallinn, Estonia
- Baltic Winter Festivals
- Christmas in the Baltic Nations
Ukraine is a country that has often played second fiddle to Russia, but Ukraine is not a part of Russia. In Ukraine, historians find the origins of ancient Rus', where Kievan princes encouraged the development of law, learning, and Christianity. Today, Ukraine is a country with goals to remove itself politically and socially farther from its neighbor, Russia. When traveling to Ukraine, visitors will find remnants of Soviet rule, the memory of Rus', and indications that Ukraine has plans for the future.