60 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

60 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Kostroma, Russia
— 3 nights
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Tula, Russia
— 1 night
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 2 nights
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Sochi, Russia
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights
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Kaliningrad, Russia
— 3 nights
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Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 3 nights

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Popular historic sites such as St. Anne's Church and Ponary cmentarz are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Vilnius Old Town and Vilnil. Museum of illusions. Take a break from Vilnius with a short trip to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, see the interesting displays at Toy museum, and get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Vilnius is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Vilnius, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get cooler in Vilnius: highs are around 26°F and lows about 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tallinn.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Tallinn, Estonia — 5 nights

A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Kumu Art Museum and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toompea Hill and Tallinn Town Wall. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, ponder the world of politics at Tallinna Raekoda, go all around town with Traveller Tours, and get engrossed in the history at Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Tallinn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 28°F during the day and 20°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to St. Petersburg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

St. Petersburg, Russia — 5 nights

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Palace Square. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kazan Cathedral and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Erarta Museum, examine the collection at Faberge Museum, wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt, and admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tallinn to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 24°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kostroma.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Kostroma, Russia — 3 nights

As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
Get a sense of the local culture at Monastery of st Ipaty and Yaroslavl Embankment. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Resurrection Church on the Debra and St. John the Baptist Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kostroma: Private Museum Music and Time (in Yaroslavl) and Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kostroma trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kostroma takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg in January, things will get little chillier in Kostroma: highs are around 18°F and lows about 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Tula.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Tula, Russia — 1 night

Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Yasnaya Polyana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Tula Kremlin Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Tula State Museum of Weapons.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tula route builder app.

Getting from Kostroma to Tula by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Moscow.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:

Moscow, Russia — 4 nights

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily and Kolomna Kremlin. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Museum Pastila Factory (in Kolomna) and Sergiyev Posad (Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) & Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Red Square, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, and admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tula to Moscow by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 21°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Kazan.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Kazan, Russia — 2 nights

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Suyumbike Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazan road trip site.

You can fly from Moscow to Kazan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Moscow in January; daily highs in Kazan reach 16°F and lows reach 5°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Sochi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Sochi, Russia — 2 nights

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
On the 26th (Thu), ski along the peaceful trails at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, then stroll through Rosa Khutor Ski Resort, and then fly down the slopes at Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Sochi Park, then walk around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler, and then admire the natural beauty at Arboretum Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sochi trip planner.

You can fly from Kazan to Sochi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kazan in January, expect Sochi to be much hotter, temps between 50°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Riga.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Riga, Latvia — 5 nights

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Visit Riga Cathedral and Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Old City Riga (Vecriga) and House Of The Black Heads. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riga: Saulkrasti Beach (in Saulkrasti) and Sigulda (Mezakakis Adventure Park & Turaida Castle). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Riga sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sochi to Riga takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sochi to Riga, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sochi in January, plan for cooler days in Riga, with highs around 29°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kaliningrad.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
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Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:

Kaliningrad, Russia — 3 nights

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kurshskaya Kosa and B-413 Submarine Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Konigsberg Cathedral and Cathedral of Christ the Savior. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of the World Ocean, take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz", don't miss a visit to Fishing Village, and appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad day trip planning website.

Getting from Riga to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Gdansk.
Nature · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Gdansk, Poland — 3 nights

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Mary's Church and Gdańsk Town Hall. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), take a stroll through Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), and brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej).

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gdansk road trip planning website.

Drive from Kaliningrad to Gdansk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Gdansk is minus 1 hour. February in Gdansk sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Warsaw.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Beaches
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Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

Warsaw, Poland — 4 nights

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego and POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Warsaw trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Gdansk to Warsaw by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in February, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Krakow.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:

Krakow, Poland — 5 nights

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Step off the beaten path and head to HistoryLand and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Wawel Cathedral and Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Wieliczka Salt Mine, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, take an in-depth tour of Rynek (Old Square) Underground, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. February in Krakow sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Budapest.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:

Budapest, Hungary — 5 nights

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Liberty Statue and Heroes' Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budapest: Eger (Valley of the Beautiful Women, Eger Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Budapest vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Krakow to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Budapest sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:

Bratislava, Slovakia — 3 nights

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blue Church of St. Elizabeth and Bratislava Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Michalska Brana and Dolna Krupa Castle. Step out of Bratislava with an excursion to VINO MRVA & STANKO in Trnava--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), don't miss a visit to Kostol a kláštor sv. Alžbety, snap pictures at New Bridge (Novy Most), and pause for some photo ops at Cumil.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bratislava using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in February, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:

Ljubljana, Slovenia — 5 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Popular historic sites such as Predjama Castle and Ljubljana Castle are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Škocjan Caves and Vintgar Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Ljubljana side-trips: Postojna Cave (in Postojna) and Bled (Great Emerald Adventure, Straža Bled, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, take a stroll through Metelkova, walk around Tivoli Park, and visit Ljubljana Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana day trip planning website.

Getting from Bratislava to Ljubljana by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 1:

Lithuania travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Estonia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Latvia travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Poland travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Slovakia travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Slovenia travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.