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The best cities to visit in Eastern Europe. Photo

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You are planning this year to go to Europe? Then we have some great advice! Avoid the most touristy countries such as France, Britain or Italy, and go instead to Eastern Europe.

Most of the local tourist attractions quite underrated, and you will be amazed at how beautiful this place really is!

From National Park “Plitvice lakes” in Croatia to Tatev monastery in Armenia, 25 exotic locations in Eastern Europe, which is worth a visit!

25. Krakow, Poland

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Krakow is one of the oldest and most historically important cities in Poland. Considered one of the most beautiful European cities, and also one of the most unique places in the world, Krakow is famous for its rich historic heritage and magnificent architecture in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

24. Bran Castle (Bran Castle), Romania

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Considered one of the scariest castles in the world bran is a medieval castle located in the Central part of Romania.

Allegedly, once the castle was the residence of Vlad III, the brutal Romanian ruler known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad “the Impaler-count”, which was known for the fact that, as you know, put their enemies to count.

The personality of Vlad III inspired Irish novelist Bram Stroker of (Bram Stoker) to write his famous Gothic horror novel “Dracula” (“Dracula”).

23. Tallinn, Estonia

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The capital and largest city of Estonia, Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, and its Old town is even listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Often called the Silicon valley of Europe, Tallinn has the largest number of startups per person in Europe, being home to many international companies, including Skype.

Taking every year 4.3 million tourists, this city is also an important cruise destination in the Baltic sea.

22. National Park Plitvice lakes, Croatia

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The largest and most popular national Park in Croatia, Plitvice is known for its stunning natural beauty: waterfalls, lakes with crystal clear water and unique karst formations.

Located in the mountain region extending from Central part of Croatia to border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, this national Park is a great place to visit anytime of the year!

21. Khotyn fortress, Ukraine

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Located on the right Bank of the Dniester river in Khotyn, Western Ukraine, Khotyn fortress is a medieval complex and one of the Seven wonders of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian attraction of the footage appeared in many historical adventure films: “the Viper” (1965), “Zahar Berkut” (1971), “Arrows of Robin hood” (1975), “D’artagnan and three Musketeers” (1978), “the ballad of the valiant knight Ivanhoe” (1983) and others.

20. Budapest, Hungary

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Known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and in the world, Budapest, capital of Hungary, famous for its many interesting tourist attractions, such as geothermal springs, the world’s largest cave system with thermal waters, Botanical gardens, parks, numerous architectural treasures, including the iconic Hungarian Parliament building, and more.

19. Valley Of The Uvac River (Uvac Valley), Serbia

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The uvac river is a transboundary river flowing from South-West Serbia, East Bosnia and Herzegovina. Uvac River valley is a beautiful place where the river makes picturesque twists and turns, which can be enjoyed from several viewing platforms, located on the nearby hills. This region is also rich in wildlife, making it popular with nature lovers.

18. Kotor, Montenegro

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Being home for only 13,500 people, Kotor is a small coastal city in Montenegro. With limestone cliffs countryside, the Orient forest (Orjen) and Lovcen (Lovcen) and the adjacent neighborhood form a spectacular Mediterranean landscape.

The old town port is surrounded by well-preserved fortifications built during the Venetian period (XVIII century).

17. Bratislava, Slovakia

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The largest city and the capital of the country, Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia.

The city, over the centre of which stands the iconic Bratislava castle, is home to several renowned universities, museums, theatres, art galleries, shopping malls and other tourist attractions.

16. Sofia, Bulgaria

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The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, has many compelling reasons why it should be on your list of visits. Located in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, the town is close to the Black, Adriatic and Aegean seas.

Full of interesting architecture and green recreation areas, Sofia is affordable, safe and pleasant place to spend a weekend.

15. Moravian karst (Moravian Karst), Czech Republic

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Geographically, the Czech Republic belongs to Central Europe but sometimes considered to be Eastern Europe, and therefore included in this list of countries.

In addition to historical cities such as Praha (Prague), Olomouc (Olomouc) and český Krumlov (Cesky Krumlov), this country also has many natural attractions such as the Moravian karst, a protected nature reserve, located near the town of Blansko (Blansko). It includes many well-known geological features, including 1,100 caverns and gorges.

14. Minsk, Belarus

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Being home to 2 million people, Minsk is the largest city and capital of Belarus. Minsk sees far fewer foreign tourists than other major European cities, however, this beautiful and historic city has much to offer.

In Minsk there is a variety of theatres, museums, impressive churches and palaces, recreational areas, parks etc. the City is also popular among young tourists as it is famous for its lively nightlife.

13. The Island Of Brac (Brac Island), Croatia

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Separated from the Croatian mainland by the Brac channel (Brac Channel), the island of brac is one of the largest and most beautiful Islands of Croatia. The most famous feature of the island is Zlatni Rat (translated from the Croatian “Golden Cape”), a narrow stretch of land covered with white pebbles.

Golden Cape is featured prominently in the list of some of the best beaches in Europe, and its unique shape can be seen in many tourist brochures, which makes it a symbol of Croatian tourism.

12. The Hill Of Crosses, Lithuania

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Located approximately 12 kilometres North of šiauliai, Northern Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses is a unique place because of the huge number of crosses, giant crucifixes, statues of virgin Mary and rosaries brought here by Catholic pilgrims.

The exact origin of the practice of leaving crosses on this hill determined but it is believed that now on the hill there are at least 250.000 crosses.

11. Saint Petersburg, Russia

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The once former capital of Russia (between 1713-1728 and 1732-1918), St. Petersburg included in the list of UNESCO world heritage as the area in which territory there are 36 historical architectural complexes and about 4000 of famous monuments of architecture, history and culture.

The city is 221 Museum, 2000 libraries, over 80 theaters, 100 concert organizations, 45 galleries and exhibition halls, 62 cinema and around 80 other cultural establishments.

10. Crooked forest, Poland

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Located near the town of Nowe Czarnowo (Nowe Czarnowo) in North-Western Poland, the crooked forest is a grove consisting of pine trees with oddly curved trunks.

The forest consists of hundreds of trees, planted about 1930, however, the reason why they have become curves, and the method used for bending, remain unknown. According to one theory, the trees were bent with the purpose of obtaining wood for furniture.

9. Skopje, Macedonia

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The territory of Skopje inhabited for at least 4000 BC, making this city one of the oldest permanent settlements in Europe.

Although the town throughout its rich history has been destroyed several times, it still is rich in many outstanding historical sites that attract tourists from all over the world.

Presenting an eclectic mix of Christian and Islamic culture, the city of Skopje is also famous for its varied nightlife.

8. Tatev monastery, Armenia

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Located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in the South-East of Armenia, Tatev monastery is a prominent monastery of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the ninth century.

It plays a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual, educational and cultural activities. In the beginning of XI century in the monastery lived about 1,000 monks and a large number of craftsmen.

7. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Being the largest city and capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana is the rich culture of the city, famous for its fine museums, galleries, hotels and restaurants.

Urban architecture is characterized by a unique combination of styles. Despite the emergence of new modern buildings, especially on the outskirts of the city, the historic centre of Ljubljana is still intact.

Although the oldest architecture has been preserved from the Roman period, Ljubljana acquired its shape during the middle ages.

6. Chisinau, Moldova

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In the past also known as Kishinev, the city is the largest in the country and the capital of Moldova. Located in the center of the country, Chisinau is an industrial, cultural, political and commercial centre of Moldova.

With a population of approximately 736.000 people, the city is home to 23 universities, and several well-known museums, theatres, festivals and other cultural events.

5. The Maly Semyachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia

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Russia is widely known for its extreme cold and ice temperature, but even in one of its most Northern regions, on the Kamchatka Peninsula, there is an incredibly charming place with hot water.

Maly Semyachik is a stratovolcano, the crater of which is a hot acid lake. Since 1952, when the volcano erupted the last time, he is “sleeping”, decorating the surrounding harsh and uneven terrain.

4. Brasov, Romania

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Due to its location in the centre of Romania, Brasov is the perfect base for exploring the country, as well as some other tourist destinations (including the Black sea resorts, the monasteries in Northern Moldavia and the wooden churches of Maramures).

Due to its close proximity to the Southern Carpathians, Brasov is also a popular ski resort.

3. Triglav national Park, Slovenia

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Founded in 1981, Triglav national Park is the only national Park in Slovenia. However, the lack of quantity with interest is compensated by quality. The Park is famous for its stunning landscapes and variety of wildlife.

The Park, located in the North-West of the country, there are many groomed Hiking trails and tourist facilities.

2. Trinity Church in Gergeti, Georgia

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Located on the right Bank of the river Chkheri at an altitude of 2170 meters above sea level at the foot of mount Kazbek, Trinity Church in Gergeti — is the Holy Trinity Church of the XIV century.

Isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by a vast expanse of unspoiled nature made this an Orthodox Church a symbol of Georgia. The Church is a popular place for Amateur climbers to reach it, you need to make a 3-hour hike on a steep mountain.

1. Belgrade, Serbia

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Translated into the Russian language as the “white city”, Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. Being home to 1.34 million people, the city boasts of numerous historical buildings, which are among some of its main tourist attractions.

Belgrade is also popular among young tourists, because it has the reputation of a city that can offer a varied night life, as well as many extreme sports such as bungee jumping (bungee jumping), and water skiing.

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