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10 of the best cities in Eastern Europe

10 of the best cities in Eastern Europe

Are you thinking of exploring Eastern Europe but don’t know where to start? Musement takes a look at ten exciting Eastern European cities.

Budapest, Tallinn, Prague, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Riga… Whether you’re looking for a getaway to an Eastern European city or a longer route through the area, here are 10 Eastern European cities you shouldn’t miss.

1. St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. It is known as the “Venice of the North” for its network of canals, although it also boasts a collection of majestic palaces, baroque cathedrals and numerous elements of imperial architecture. All this made it the first modern city in Russia and, although it no longer enjoys the title of national capital, the city of the Neva still has the honor of being the cultural capital of the country.

2. Krakow, Poland

Thanks to the fact that the city of Krakow has withstood World War II bombings, today the city still conserves old European buildings that make it the historic heart of Poland…and this is not in vain as its historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your visit should include stops at Wawel Castle and Cathedral, St. Mary’s Basilica, St. Andrew’s Church and Kazimierz Synagogues.

3. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague exudes European charm in its purest form: we are not surprised that it is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. Its rich history is reflected in baroque palaces, Romanesque chapels, modernist buildings… and the romantic Charles Bridge. add all this to the city’s wide range of beer, Prague becomes a well-rounded round and–incredibly thirst-quenching–destination.

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4. Budapest, Hungary

Divided by the Danube River into Buda and Pest, Hungary’s capital radiates majesty through its mix of architectural styles. Walking aimlessly through Budapest is a good option for discovering treasures along the way, as its enviable historical legacy is embodied in every corner. Places of interest include Buda Castle, the National Opera House, Heroes Square and Andrassy Avenue, among others.

5. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Although it is not a European capital itself, Mostar has us so in love that we believe it is worthy of mention on this list. Should you visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can not fail to stop in this fabled village to see one of the most beautiful bridges in existence. The picturesque area adjacent to Stari Most, with charming cobblestone streets, will take you back to medieval times.

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Stari Most, an arch bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Photo credit: @kent1228 . The historic town of Mostar, spanning a deep valley of the Neretva River in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. Stretching 29 m (95 ft) across the Neretva River, it connects the two sides of the city. The traveler Evliya Çelebi wrote in the 17th century that "the bridge is like a rainbow arch soaring up to the skies, extending from one cliff to the other" Stari Most proudly stood there for 427 years, until it was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. Thanks to post-war restoration efforts, a new bridge was built in 2004. In July 2005, UNESCO inscribed the Old Bridge and its closest vicinity onto the World Heritage List.

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6. Tallinn, Estonia

The capital of Estonia is pleasantly surprised with its repertoire of modern and medieval jewels, which is why it is called ‘the Queen of the Baltic’.  From classical music recitals to jazz concerts and theatrical performances, we recommend that you take advantage of Tallinn’s great cultural offerings, as well as visit its must-see places, such as Kadriorg Palace, Viru Gate, Town Hall Square, Kumu Museum, and Patkuli Lookout.

7. Riga, Latvia

Known as the ‘Paris of the East’, Riga’s more than 800 years of history make the Latvian capital indisputably interesting. Above all, it stands out for its hundreds of art nouveau buildings. Take a walk through the old town and pass the residential complex of the Three Brothers, sail through the park of Bastion Hill and do not leave without trying some of the craft beers.

8. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik has experienced a major travel boom in recent years–thanks in part to Game of Thrones. This ideal destination blends the rich historical legacy of the old quarter with the magnificent beaches of the Adriatic coast. Discover the city’s medieval ruins, including its impressive wall or, if you prefer, tour the Dalmatian islands and feast on fresh fish.

9. Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev is considered to be the cradle of Slavic civilization, and its thousand years of history attest to this. The Ukrainian capital stands out for its colorful religious architecture and for being the cultural center of the country. Independence Square, Khreschatyk Street, Hagia Sophia Cathedral, Mikhailovsky Cathedral, and St. Andrew’s Church are some of the points of interest you should include in your tour.

10. Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Slovenian capital offers the visitor a small but attractive scenery in which to escape in search of a dose of tranquility. Wander through the city’s green spaces, stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town and soak up Ljubljana enjoyable atmosphere. Don’t miss Tivoli Park or the medieval castle.

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