Countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia
The delights of Eastern Europe are waiting to be explored by train. Unravel the history of Prague, capture the medieval magic of Warsaw, wander through the streets of Romania´s capital. You can frighten yourself in Dracula´s home town, Transylvania and totally immerse yourself in Eastern European culture.
We’ve got two favourite eastern European routes – one taking in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Austria, the other taking in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.
You can unravel the history of Prague, as featured in various movies such as Mission Impossible and The Bourne Identity, and which you can spot standing in for old London in From Hell. Capture the medieval magic of Warsaw, wander through the streets of Romania´s capital Bucharest, frighten yourself silly in Dracula´s Transylvanian homeland in the Carpathian mountains, and experience eastern European culture at leisure by train.
For our first route, start off in either Prague in the Czech Republic or Warsaw in Poland. You can fly to either of these two cities cheaply with EasyJet or Ryanair.
From Prague, we recommend this route:
Prague >> Warsaw (Poland) >> Bratislava (Slovakia) >> Llubjana (Slovenia) >> Vienna (Austria) >> Prague
For our second route, start off in Budapest in Hungary – also easily accessible by budget airline – then take this route:
Budapest >> Bucharest (Romania) >> Constanta (Romania)>> Sofia (Bulgaria) >> Belgrade (Serbia) >> Budapest
Despite its tender youth, (it was formed in 1993), the Czech Republic has a lot to offer. It’s a stunning country which, along with Slovakia, made up former Czechoslovakia. Having gone its own way in 1992, and been renamed the following year, it has forged a reputation as a tourist destination in its own right.
Prague has a buzzing backpacker scene at ?eský Krumlov and Tel?, which is where you’ll spend most of your time sampling some of the world’s best beers. However, the beauty of Prague is echoed throughout the country, and there are some breath-taking examples of gothic architecture, none more so than in Moravia and Bohemia, the place that gave its name to creative spirits the world over.
The Czech Republic is a backpacker’s favourite in Eastern Europe. Check it out for yourself…
We recommend that you visit the historic old town in Kraków in Poland. The old town is made up of market square and Wawel castle hill. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and packed full of beauty.
It’s a gorgeous little destination. We recommend you sit at one of the many cafes sipping a coffee, watching the world go by. In the evening, you should turn the coffee into a beer, and see the old town lit up. Certainly not one to miss…
Planning a trip to an eastern European country can be a little different from planning a trip to other parts of the world. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, there has been a lot of change in this area of Europe, and you'll find that things are still in flux.
Of all the routes through Europe this is the cheapest. Austria is an architect’s dream; the Czech Republic is a favourite for weekend breaks and romantic holidays; Poland has the world’s best vodka; and Slovakia is a hidden gem, guaranteed to be loved.
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