Top 9 Eastern European Cities With Unusual Things To See

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Surprisingly modern and really budget-friendly, eastern Europe should be on your list this year. You’ll also enjoy cheap flights and interesting exchange rates. Aside from all that, Eastern Europe, with its architecture, its art, and its dark past will just leave you spellbound. Here are the best 9 eastern European cities that are definitely worth visiting.

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1.Budapest, Hungary

The first city in our list of the top 9 eastern European cities in Budapest in Hungary. The capital city of Hungary has quite an astonishing and rich history. Originally a Celtic settlement that became a Roman capital of Lower Pannonia, the city then Hungarians was pillaged by the Mongols. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule to become the city we know after several revolutions, especially the Revolution of 1956. Divided by the long, meandering Danube River, the list of things to see in Budapest is long.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • Szabo Ervin Library: A 19th-century aristocrat’s mansion, turned into a library, hidden in a modern library.
  • Terror Haza: Museum dedicated to the terror regimes of Hungary.
  • Budapest Cave Church: Once the home of a hermetic monk, this cave now houses a small church.

 

2.Prague, Czech Republic

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For the naysayers: no, Prague is not overrated. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990, this magnificent city has become one of Europe’s most popular tourist places. Prague has always been known as one of the most beautiful European cities since the Middle Ages. Often called the “City of 100 Towers”, the “Rooftop of Europe” or the “Heart of Europe”, Prague was a place where many merchants, artists, and inventors met. Prague is full of historical monuments in all major artistic styles and its historical center is situated on both banks of the Vltava river.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • Strahov Monastery: Two stunning 17th-century libraries and a cabinet of curiosities
  • The Museum of Alchemists and Museums of Old Prague: The history of occult science is turned into a creep show at this sensational Prague attraction
  • The Museum of Torture Instruments: Take a break from the beauty of Prague to explore a more gruesome side of history.
  • Speculum Alchemiae: The hidden layer of an alchemist rediscovered in a 2002 flood.

     

3.Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a culturally rich city filled with some of the best museums, restaurants, and hotels in the country. This 2,000-year-old Roman outpost is now an unbelievably green city that is getting more and more traveler-friendly. The many cafes along the river are quite relaxing and you can really find yourself spending a few hours there. Thus, Ljubljana has not stolen its reputation as one of the top eastern European cities.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • Dragon Bridge: A whimsical bridge adorned with decorative dragons.
  • Metelkova: This abandoned Slovenian military barracks has become a punky-political art squat.
  • Navje Cemetery and Park: A cemetery for Slovenian notables also serves as a popular recreation space.

 

4.Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, the capital of Romania is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial center. The “little Paris” of Eastern Europe was first mentioned in documents in 1459. It became the capital of Romania in 1862 and is the center of Romanian media, culture, and art. in the early 1900’s Bucharest really plays the part with hip cafes, impressive tree lined boulevards and dramatic modern and historic architecture.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • Snagov Monastery: This solitary monastery may hold the remains of Vlad the Impaler.
  • The Count Dracula Club: The name says it all.
  • The Dark site tour of Bucharest: a free tour of Bucharest horror-filled places.

 

5.Krakow, Poland

Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, its extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula river, the St. Mary’s Basilica and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Główny. In 2000, Kraków was named European Capital of culture.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • The Bones of the Wawel Dragon: Real bones which are said to have belonged to a Polish dragon.
  • Wawel Dragon’s Den: This Polish cave has housed a dragon, a brothel, and an enduring legend.
  • Collegium Maius: Poland’s oldest surviving university building holds a wealth of historic science instruments including some used by Copernicus.

6.Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo is sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe” or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. It was, until late in the 20th century, the only major European city to have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighborhood. In the 1990s Sarajevo was on the brink of destruction due to the Bosnian War but today it’s a vibrant capital whose, cafe scene and East-meets-West ambiance make it a top European summer destination.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • Sarajevo Bobsleigh Track: A war-torn Olympic relic is being overtaken by graffiti and nature.
  • Bacarsija: Oriental bazaar in the heart of Sarajevo.
  • Museum of the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand: visit the place where WWI started.

 

7.Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. Its name translates to “White city”, called thus by the Slavs who settled here in the VI and VII century. The leafy squares and ancient churches at the heart of Belgrade allow you to see its true beauty. They also remind you of this region’s diverse culture and religious history.  Belgrade is furthermore appreciated for its hedonistic nightlife. During the summer, clubs open up along the Danube River on barges and some 3-storey boats, where tourists and locals go crazy to the rhythm of techno beats.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • ”Roman Well” of the Belgrade Fortress: A misnamed well, with a deep dark past.
  • Sajmiste Concentration Camp: The principal site of the Holocaust in Belgrade and one of the (almost) “forgotten camps”.
  • Bombing Scars: A number of large buildings that still bear the traces of the Nato Bombings in 1999.

 

8.Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It stands on the Vistula River in east-central Poland. It has also been called “Eastern Europe’s chic cultural capital with thriving art and club scenes and serious restaurants”. It is known as the Phoenix City because it has survived many wars throughout its history. A must while visiting Warsaw is the Old Town with its cobblestone Gothic streets and alleyways, baroque palaces, numerous churches; and the beautiful Lazienki Park.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • Warsaw Photoplastikon: A 19th-century picture show in 3-D.
  • Scarpa Ski Jump: Ruins of a late 1950s Polish ski jump ramp in the middle of the city.
  • Pawiak Prison: A museum in the partly reconstructed basement of a former prison building for political prisoners and members of the resistance.

 

9.Kiev, Ukraine

Last and not least in our list of the top 9 eastern European cities is Kiev in Ukraine. Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe and has survived the Mongol Empire, World War II, Chernobyl, and Soviet rule. It has high-tech industries, higher education institutions and famous historical landmarks, such as the Monastery of the Caves and Saint Sophia Cathedral, founded respectively in 1015 and 1037, which are both World Heritage Sites. Kiev is also a green capital and has dozens of beautiful parks for short walks.

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Top unusual things to see:

  • Chernobyl Museum: A museum about the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath. You can also go on a Chernobyl Tour.
  • Hous with Chimaeras: An Art Nouveau building covered in animal gargoyles.
  • Arsenalna Metro Station: The deepest metro station in the world.

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