From Poland to Czech Republic, Slovakia to Romania, Hungary and The Baltics, this region called Central & Eastern are the lesser known but equally colorful parts of Europe.Prague, the Czech capital, has equal parts of history and architecture like any other part of Europe. The Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter and the synagogues add to the fascinating tour as do the Pilsner-style beers that were discovered in the city of Pilsen, 60kms from Prague. Did you know that Budapest is called the City of Spas as it sits above 118 thermal springs and baths, making it an excellent spot for a relaxing vacation? Estonia’s capital city Tallinn makes for an endearing visit with a charming old town area and the Lahemaa National Park while one must try the gastronomical variety that Bucharest offers for a hearty local dish or some modern international staples.
Hungary’s Lake Balaton is one of Europe’s largest lakes which is popular for swimming and sailing in summer or ice-skating in winter. A bike ride around the lake also makes for a delightful experience. Montenegro is full of small medieval towns, magnificent mountains, breathtaking beaches and charismatic locals. Bulgaria’s capital and largest city Sofia makes an excellent vacation spot for travelers looking for a laid-back, affordable Eastern European trip with a rich history and culture. Or should you like the tales, visit Count Dracula’s home Bran Castle at Transylvania in Romania.