Twice I've rented a car and driven throughout Eastern Europe and thoughly enjoyed it. I did mostly the Baltics, Ukraine, Poland, & Czech Rep. on those trips. Was thinking of taking another road trip but this time traveling throughout Croatia & the other former Yugoslavian countries, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, & maybe even a quick Moldova visit.
Which places should I visit in these countries. I've already visited some of the capital cities but I'm sure people that have traveled a lot ,or live in these countries, would be able to recommend places that I would otherwise miss.
So any recommendations of places to visit or places that aren't particulary nice would be great.
In Romania i wouldnt bother with Bucharest, not really a lot to see. Head to Transylvania area and see Brasov and Sighishoara (apologies if the spelling is wrong). In Hungary, i stopped off at Szeged as well as Budapest. It was ok, though not really worth spending more than a day there. In croatia, you should head down to the south and do the Dalmation coast - Split and Dubrovnik. Really gorgeous area and some spectacular scenery along the way.
I want to add - in Croatia you can visit some of their beautifull national parks - I have visited Brijuni islands - very nice islands, departure in Pula's Port (Istria), where you can choose from 5-10 trip boats - foto here: brijuni
Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka Jezera in Croatian) are wonderful. They lies by the motorway from Zagreb to Dalmatia. It is a complex of many really beautiful lakes and waterfalls - foto here: plitvice lakes
In Bulgaria/Romania is very beautiful coastline ( visit Burgas, Constanca). Romania is very beautiful at the north - there are great armored monasteries builded in Byzantial style.
If you have time, visit Vis or Hvar islands in Croatia.
Are you planning to go through Bosnia & Herzegovina?
Thanks for all the suggestions. Seems like Croatia is the most popular.
I'd like to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as Serbia & Montenegro. But other than Sarajevo & Belgrade, not really sure where I should visit. Which places would you suggest?
In Bosnia&Herzegovina, my favourites are Mostar (The Old Bridge - Unesco Heritage sight), Travnik (The Castle and Old Town), Jajce (The Castle, the waterfall), Bihac (waterfalls), Visoko (the first European pyramids just being discovered), Bjelasnica (Olympic mountain near Sarajevo). If you'd like more info or some photos, I'll be glad to help.
In Serbia I'd definitely chose Novi Sad, because of it's Castle and great places to walk by the Danube river. People there are more friendly than in Belgrade too.
Oh, and just for information, Montenegro is now an independent country. I have been there once as a child but don't remember anything interesting.
Absolutely agreed, Bosnia & Hercegovina is worth a visit!
The old bridge of Mostar is a lovely sight, with the torquise river Neretva running under it.
The bridge was destroyed during the war, but an exact copy was built, and opened 2 years ago.
The mosques og Mostar are open to public (when it is not praying time), and you can climb the narrow stairs up to the top of the minaret. Very nice view from up there!
Just 40 minutes drive from (partly) moslem Mostar lies catholic Medugorje. (In the Hercegovina region) It has become a pilgrimage site since 3 teenagers allegedly had a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1981 (I think). The place has a very special atmosphere, with believers from all over the world coming to worship and see the holy site.
You mention cities, I would like to add that a drive through the country-side is a very scenic one, with steep mountains and green valleys and small villages. It is sooo beautiful! However, the police are guarding the roads very thoroughly, so be prepared to be stopped anytime.
The Croatian coast line with its small medieval towns and crystal clear water... with Dubrovnik as the most famous (and most crowded), but Trogir (on the Unesco World Heritage list, and also quite crowded), Zadar and Sibenik are well worth seing too...
Slovenia is a pretty country - very green, clean and tidy everywhere - small villages on the hill tops. Very scenic.
I too certainly have to discover more of SE Europe, as I think it is the most interesting region on our continent. I travelled through Slovenia, BiH and Croatia last year, I hope to visit Romania next spring.
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