Top Five Eastern European City Breaks
Holidays in Eastern Europe seem to become more and more popular every year. With our economy hitting the skids, holiday goers are have been heading east in search of a bargain, targeting countries outside the Eurozone. In recent years, businesses in these countries have cottoned on and the real bargains have become harder to find. However, this hasn’t deterred tourists heading to Eastern European cities for their unrivalled beauty and rich history.
Have a read of our recommendations for the top five European city breaks that you should be planning in the near future.
Prague, Czech Republic
The Bohemian city of Prague is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe and has, for good or ill, become a hot spot for Stag dos and ‘lads’ holiday deals – but this shouldn’t put you off. Prague is a very romantic city steeped in history, with Prague castle a particular highlight with its stunning views over the city. Prague has a lot of excellent restaurants and the Czech beer is not to be missed. While it is not particularly cheap, Prague is a superb destination for a city break.
Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers everything from beautiful architecture and the stunning river Danube to an unrivalled nightlife. A particularly cosmopolitan city, Budapest is stirs up images of sophisticated European style and romance, and if you haven’t visited before it is a great destination for a romantic weekend. Hungarian cuisine is also vastly underrated and Budapest doesn’t disappoint, boasting a wide range of excellent restaurants.
Croatia is fast becoming one of the top countries for a summer break, with its combination of beautiful weather and position on the Adriatic proving to hard to resist. Perfectly situated a short distance from such delights as the Pucic Palace, Mijet National Park and the Islands of Hvar, Brac and Korcula, Dubrovnik is the perfect destination for a romantic break, especially a honeymoon!
Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is a vastly underrated destination for a city break. Not many people think of it (which makes it even more ideal!) but the city’s golden domes, formal parks and chestnut-tree-lined boulevards, bordered by the River Dnieper, are simply stunning. Kiev is also popular amongst the younger generation, with an excellent nightlife and great shopping.
Voted the number one party city by Lonely Planet, they say that “Belgrade never does sleep”, with clubs on the Danube river in the summer. If you aren’t there when these are around there are still plenty of cool bars and clubs in the city. Of course if it isn’t just nightlife you’re after there is still plenty to do in Belgrade. It is a stunning city, with the Kosutnjakpark nearby, which is ideal for hiking. This is a city that has something to offer for all ages – stunning architecture, great restaurants, beautiful weather and a great nightlife – what more could you ask for?
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