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Traversing Eastern Europe for the first time. Help!

Hey all! 

In a week I'm going to Eastern Europe and all the cities I tagged here for 2-3 weeks. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

I like things on the cheap, andy and all activities, art, nature, history, dancing, and adventures / exploring.

I'll be with 2 female friends in Budapest and Vienna, then I'm off on my own for 2 weeks.

What should I do?



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  • Lola G

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    Krakow is a beautiful city. I was there for two months over the summer. There's a lot to see and do. Not much is expensive so you will be able to manage it well. Below some suggestions :)

    Check out the Rynek Underground. Very cool location and interactive museum. http://podziemiarynku.com/index.php?lang=eng

    The Botanical Garden in Kraków is so pretty. I am sure very colorful in fall with the trees and their leaves. The inside of the greenhouses have gorgeous exotic flowers and plants. There's also a museum in the grounds. http://www.ogrod.uj.edu.pl/

    Wawel Royal Castle is a great medieval castle. I loved walking the around. You can go inside and check out exhibits by paying a low entrance fee per site. However, just walking about is great with plenty of opportunities for picture taking. http://wawel.krakow.pl/en/

    Best Belgian fries are at Frytki Belgijskie w Krakowie in the neighborhood of Kazimierz. A small order with dip is affordable and enough for lunch. It's in a food truck park so plenty of other options. Check out Chimney Cakes a traditional treat. I recommend the white chocolate coconut one. https://www.facebook.com/frytkiwkrakowie

    There are a few fleamarkets if you can keep warm and enjoy this activity. My favorite one is Hala Targowa. Lots of local flavor and interesting artifacts. You may find a keepsake to take with you from your trip. http://www.inyourpocket.com/krakow/Plac-Targowy-Unitarg_50184v

    Happy travels!

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  • Toni Krasnic

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    Hi Nick,

    I recommend your continue driving south through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania. So much to see and do.

    Here's a map with recommendations: https://goo.gl/aAvtMZ.

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  • Mark Roddis

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    So you already have Vienna and Budapest in the bag.

    Of the places mentioned here and places I have personally been to, Prague and even Berlin are worth visiting.

    On my list of places I really want to visit in that part of the world: Bratislava, Trieste and many places in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro however at the moment, with the mass movement of economic migrants pouring through that part of Europe as well as the much smaller number of refugees, I would hesitant to visit right now.

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      Hi, I've just returned from independent travel in Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina and Montenegro. I'd highly recommend travel in that part of the world. The border you may have a problem with is Hungary-Croatia - bus and trains across the border were still closed as at 8th October due to a spat between the two countries about how to deal with refugees. However, as a traveller rather than an unfortunate refugee, there are ways round it. My boyfriend - who was travelling that route - simply booked a flight from Budapest-Zagreb (via Belgrade). · (0 likelikes)

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  • Nan Zhou

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    Eastern Europe is generally cheaper than the rest of the Europe and i am a huge fan, not because it is cheap but i think they are seriously understated and overlooked by many people. Eastern Europe are rich in history, amazing architecture and really friendly and nice people.

    Personally i would recommend the following cities:

    1. Krakow

    - Visit the salt mine and Auschwitz. Visiting a concentration camp may not the most exciting thing to be doing on a holiday, but will make you think differently about a lot of our first world problems in life. It was one of my most memorable and meaning trips. I think everyone should visit at least one in their lives.

    see my itinerary here (total of 2 days):

    https://www.pebblar.com/Trips/index/178

    2. Croatia

    - Opposite end of my first recommendation, it is the country with beautiful scenary and beautiful people

    - I need a roadtrip earlier this year and had an amazing time: beautiful coast (the drive is amazing); seafood; beach; Game of Throne location(!)

    see my itinerary here (Total of ~9 days which also include visiting a couple of towns in Bosnia and Montenegro):

    https://www.pebblar.com/Trips/index/216

    3. Berlin (if you count that as East Europe)

    - A very interesting history and probably one of the most interesting cities in that region

    See my itineraries here (total of ~3 days)

    https://www.pebblar.com/Trips/index/182


    So there you go, 2 weeks!

    Have fun!


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    Hey Nick! I currently live close to Budapest and I have been to all of the cities on your list. Sounds like a great trip! In Budapest, you will have to visit a thermal bath. Gellért Thermal Bath is my favorite, but a bit pricey. You can go for cheaper to Rudas or Lukas baths and still have a good experience.

    Go to Ahoy! Chocolate and Lemonade in Budapest for amazing lemonades and hot chocolate... also dog friendly and laid back atmosphere. Don't miss the ruin pubs, especially Szimpla Kert and InstantInstant which are the most popular.

    Go to the Parlament for a tour during the day or go across the river to see it lit up at night... beautiful! For more about why I love Hungary, here's an article I recently wrote: http://www.pinkpangea.com/2015/09/falling-hard-hungary/

    Hope you have a great trip!

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    If you are planing to visit Poland with your children, then one of the best places which you can check is Blue Lamb Archeological Education Center in Gdansk. If your kid dreams about the career of Indiana Jones, loves stories and secrets the Blue Lion Archeological Education Centre will be a perfect place for playing for it.


    The museum was established in the only preserved granary in Gdansk where the original entablature from the 17th century still exists. Therefore, the surroundings have a unique ambience creating an appropriate mood for the joint excursion. The Blue Lion is also an excellent place for a future knight.

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    Hey Nick! You should definitely choose to come to Transylvanian Alps. It has stunning mountains!!! Plus it has been snowing in the last few days, so if you wish you can go skiing- very cheap in this country!

    People are nice, and the food is unique! But really, mountains are the best here!!

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