I always ask myself the question:
Why do all travelers go to Western Europe, while Eastern Europe has so much to offer in terms of food, landscapes and culture?
I have teamed up with my awesome fellow bloggers and asked them to say a couple of words about their favorite places in this part of the world. They also sent me some great pics they’ve taken. Ready?
The order is pretty random, all places are equally beautiful! Just check!
Walking by Synevir Lake in the Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine
By Veronika from Siniciliya
Ukrainian traditions are amazing, its food is to die for, and the people that live in the Western Ukraine are the most welcoming and friendly in the whole world.
This region is very safe and also unbelievably cheap. Rent a room for only 10 USD or cabin for 25 USD, have the best meal in your life for 2 USD only and enter all National Parks for 1 USD.
It is highly recommended to visit the Brown Bear Rehabilitation Center, where the rescued bears are brought for treatment and where they break the habit of being close to humans.
Skiing in Sarajevo, Bosnia
by Colby from World of a Wanderer
Touring The Small Country of Slovenia
By Tom and Flavio from Adventurous Travels
Pampering Yourself in Bucharest, Romania
by Marta from Where Life is Great
Discovering The Mysterious Zorats Karer, Armenia
by Michelle from Cheeky Passports
Armenia has never gained the popularity it deserves as a tourist destination, but remains mostly an often overlooked and underrated crossing between the more popular Georgia and Iran. Although Armenia,the cradle of Christianity, is famous for its churches and monasteries, it is also home to a number of unusual sites which deserve more recognition and popularity.
One such site is Zorats Karer, often called “Armenia’s Stonehenge”, a vast plain with 220 upright basalt stones, some punctured with holes, aligned with the stars. Various theories abound regarding the use of the megaliths in ancient times, the most popular being that the site may have been used as an ancient astronomical observatory, a temple or a necropolis. The site is a couple of minutes off the Sisian highway in the southern part of Armenia and was completely deserted when we visited. The megaliths rest on a beautiful grassy plain surrounded by mountains and are definitely worth the detour even if just for the spectacular views!
Exploring Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca & Turda Salt Mine, Romania
By Cristina from Look n Walk
You may have heard about Transylvania thanks to Dracula and Bran Castle. And although the infamous Vlad Dracul does have a link to this amazing Romanian region – he was born in Sighisoara – I am going to talk about another area: Cluj county!
Cluj Napoca – also simply known as Cluj – is the unofficial capital of Transylvania and the second most populous city in Romania. It is also incredibly charming and located in a beautiful natural area.
In Cluj-Napoca, you can go off the beaten path and visit the Village Museum (officially known as the Ethnographic Park Romulus Vuia), located close to Hoia Forest. Spend some time walking among old houses households and monuments of folk architecture.
In Turda, just 50 km from Cluj, you will find the mesmerizing Turda Salt Mine, complete with a museum, a ferries wheel and a lake (yes, inside the mine).
Sunbathing in the Sun Dunes in Curonian Spit, Lithuania
By Rohan from Travel of a Bookpacker
This thin stretch of land is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is accessible by a short ferry trip ferry from Klaipeda. It stretches 98km and makes a great day trip by car. The spit is covered in forested area for hiking, white sand beaches and rolling sand dunes. The peaceful, little fishing village of Nida is home to some cute restaurants and a beautiful waterfront walkway. This is the main access point for walking through the sand dunes which provide great views. The bottom half of the spit is actually owned by Russia and is fenced off.
Admiring the Architecture in the Metro of Moscow, Russia
By Rohan from Travel of a Bookpacker
The Moscow Metro transports more people per day than the London and New York undergrounds combined. This busy transport system is a tourist attraction in itself due to the incredible stations throughout the city. Each one is like a museum with art, mosaics, chandeliers and stained glass windows adorning the grand underground halls. A ticket costs roughly 50c and is good until you exit the underground. This means you can spend a day travelling between these impressive stations virtually for free. Almost every station is worth a stop but if you’re stretched for time make sure to see PloshchadRevolyutsii, Komsomolskaya and Mayakovskaya. A brilliant activity for a rainy or cold day in Moscow.
Camping & Sailing in the Masurian Lake District, Poland
Not surprisingly Masurian Lake District is called “the green lungs of Poland.”
The region is one of the cleanest in the country and famous for its wild ature. You can find everything there: bumpy hills, thick forests, emerald lakes, and peaceful meadows.
It’s an amazing place for sailors, campers and swimmers. Party animals can enjoy the music festivals in the bigger cities too!
Wandering in The Historical Zemun & Belgrade Cafes, Serbia
Belgrade is one of the least appreciated cities in the region. Wrong. The city has a lot to offer! It is famous for its numerous, cozy cafes and bars. Serbs love to spend time out and I have to admit, I love Serbian cafes the most in Europe!
Zemun is the historical part of the city, boasting splendid Austro-Hungarian architecture. Once you get to the top, you will see the whole city! It’s such a great place for an evening, romantic walk.
View from one of my favorite places in Belgrade:
Have you been to any of these places? If not, which one would you like to visit?