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Under-the-Radar Places to Travel in Eastern Europe

13 beautiful Eastern European destinations to visit

The internet is allowing people to discover places which would previously be unheard of. There are isolated gems all around the world with cultural and historical significance; or there are those which are simply beautiful. You may not have heard of the following places, but you will want to visit them! They’re in Europe, and because they’re off-the-beaten path, very few people have had the chance to get a closer look. Here are some of the most interesting Eastern European destinations worth visiting.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana is actually the capital of Slovenia! It is a city full of culture and architectural delights with the waterway running through the heart of it. On top of this the people are friendly and eager to show off their city.

Slovenia's capital Ljubljana
Ljubljana is beautiful Slovenia's capital, located on the river Sava.

The Dervish Monastery, Bosnia

The Dervish Monastery is sat right next to a river which has crystal clear blue water; the site is truly amazing and will lead you to wonder why it does not feature on the normal tourist guides. It is a must see sight on your list of things to do before you die.

Old bridge in Mostar, Bosnia
The historical bridge in the town of Mostar is one of Bosnia's most recognized attractions,
popular for its high diving off the bridge in summer time. (Image by Pixabay.com)

Isle of Skye

For a change, and far away in Western Europe, Scotland is a rugged and beautiful country and the Isle of Skye epitomizes this beauty. It is a natural wonder and largely unspoilt by development; allowing you to appreciate nature in all its glory.

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle is a picturesque castle in Scotland that's often featured in movies

Peles Castle

This Romanian castle is actually known as ‘Europe’s most beautiful castle’. Despite this very few people have heard of it or visited it! Peles Castle is an architectural wonder that should be on your European travel itinerary.

Peles Castle in Romania
One of the most beautiful castles in Europe is Peles Castle in Romania
(Imagey by Pixabay.com)

Cesky Krumlov

Your travel in Eastern Europe wouldn't be complete without going over to Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov city, in the Czech Republic is almost unheard of and yet only two hour’s drive from Prague! It is a stunning, bustling city which will surprise and enthrall any visitor.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Dating back to the 13th century, Cesky Krumlov is located on the river Vltava,
in the southern Czech Republic. (Imagey by Pixabay.com)

Nyhavn

Nyhavn could, possibly, be described as a typical Copenhagen town, with colorful seaside houses and a myriad of bars and restaurants. However, the town also has a certain quality which will inspire your creative side and leave you in awe of it and its surroundings.

Small town street in Denmark
Soothing, yet colourful street atmosphere in a small town in Denmark  (Image: Pixabay.com)

Basilica Cistern

Istanbul has a host of fascinating spots which should be visited. However, this one is a little special. The cistern is hundreds of centuries old and has an eerie feel to it. It is often missed as it is under the old city, but it is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Bosphorus strait in Istanbul
Connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, Istanbul's Bosphorus strait is used for
international navigation. (Image by Pixabay.com)

Matera

This small town in Italy was abandoned many years ago. It was carved out of a limestone gorge and is now a UNESCO site. The town of Matera is now lived in again and offers all the expected amenities. It has Rock Springs, cave dwellings and a host of interesting relics.

Old town of Matera, Italy
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, old town of Matera is located
in southern Italy. (Image by Pixabay.com)

Muhu Island

In winter it is only possible to reach this Estonian island via an ice road. In many ways it is a picture of the past; working windmills sit amongst the thatched cottages, a 700 year old manor and even a 13th century pagan church. It is also firmly in the present as the facilities at the manor hotel are second to none!

Lodz

Lodz is the third largest city in Poland but rarely visited by foreigners. It is also the hub of the Polish film industry; the majority of their films are produced in this city. It has a diverse and rich religious and ethnic history which contributes to the character and beauty of the city.

City of Gdansk, Poland
Located on the Baltic Sea, the city of Gdansk is one of Poland's most beautiful cities
with grand old architecture. (Image by Pixabay.com)

Bergen

This gem is found in Holland and the city is, in many ways, reminiscent of the Hamptons. However, in Bergen you can enjoy the sunny beaches or a bicycle ride along cobbled streets; enjoying the sights and sounds of this cultural gem.

Rovinj

This Croatian city has become very popular with the Croatians and is starting to become known on the wider tourist scene. Rovinj has modern hotels, beautiful white sandy beaches and an impressive cultural background; as shown by the varied architecture present. More about Croatia's attractions.

City of Rovinj, Croatia
The picturesque town of Rovinj is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.
(Image by Freeimages.com)

Formentera

Located in Spain this resort is largely unheard of and unspoilt as its neighbor, Ibiza, gets all the publicity. Consequently, you can enjoy secluded beaches, palm trees and a delightful range of cocktails. Without the crush of one of the party capitals in the world!

Are you ready for an unforgettable trip to Eastern Europe? This side of the continent is packed with off-the-beat attractions, Scandinavia package holidays, memorable cities and fascinating places of interest. Explore them all and be amazed!

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