Help With East/Central Europe Trip!

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1. Posted by GodEmperorofTao (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hello!

I am looking to fly to East/Central Europe in early January: approx the 2nd to the 11th. So I essentially have 7-8 days to explore in my destination. My primary interests are historical sights, architecture, and nightlife. Cold doesnt bother me at all and I actually enjoy travelling during winter. Some of the cities I have brainstormed are

-Gdansk/Sopot
-Warsaw or Wroclaw
-Budapest
-Riga
-Tallinn
-Brno
-Pecs
-Brasov/Sibiu/Sighisoara
-Zagreb

I have been to Vienna and Prague previously and while I had a great amount of fun I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of tourists (even during the "off" season) and as a result found the experience a bit less authentic.

I would greatly appreciate any recommendations this sub is able to offer! And please feel free to suggest places that I have not listed.

Thank You!

2. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 224 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

I hope above list only as a brainstorm rather than full list for 7-8 days.

You could:

  1. 1 do polish destinations
  2. 2 Tallinn + Latvian destinations + some Lithuanian destinations (not all as not enough time)
  3. 3 Romanian destinations
  4. 4 Brno + Bratislava & Nitra + Pecs
  5. 5 Zagreb with Slovenia?

Just a thought...

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1728 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

Budapest is the most interesting of your cities, to me, but it is a popular destination so it may feel touristy to you - not so much as Prague or Vienna but it's still a thing.

Zagreb - a couple of years ago I made a two centre trip to Zagreb and Ljubljana, when we also went to Lake Bled and Lake Bohjeme. It's also very close to Venice if you've never been there - now that is a touristy place but low season is the best time to avoid the crowds and it's a city that everyone should see.

4. Posted by MiriamKeating (Inactive 3 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

As for me, Warsaw is one of the most popular from your list as not only the capital of Poland. It is also one of the most interesting places in Europe at all, having a great history and many places for sightseeing.

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1187 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

You don't mention where you are traveling from. It could make a difference.

One suggestion might be to travel to Krakow, Poland, then take the train to Lviv, Ukraine. If you have more time, fly from the latter to Kyiv. I recently spent five days in Kyiv. It was my third time there. I'm now in Minsk, Belarus.

Ukraine is somewhat off the beaten path. There is lots to see and enjoy (fulfilling your primary interests); and costs are reasonable (less than many other destinations).

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1728 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Warsaw is probably less of interest when you're into architecture and historical sights, as I believe all the old stuff is rebuilds as it was destroyed in WWII. At least that's what a guide told me, unless anyone knows better?

I second the Ukraine suggestion - brilliant place.

7. Posted by summertime345 (Inactive 9 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Heey, I have been in Vilnius few times, so I recommend you to visit this small but beautiful city :)

8. Posted by Angie2019 (Budding Member 8 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

I visited Russia last year and I suggest you to include it in your list, especially Sp. Petersburg and Moscow. I visited St. Petersburg last year and had a great time. This year I am travelling to Moscow during winter holidays

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1187 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Before you decide on any trip, please check the entry requirements, including whether or not you need a visa. Some visas are more complex to obtain than others.

10. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 765 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I know you said you like winter travel but winters in northern Europe can be harsh and bitter, are you sure you are prepared for that?

If you are into architecture Riga should definitely be top of the list since their art nouveau collection is unrivalled. So should Warsaw, yes it is rebuilt but that is why the Unesco Heritage listing because of the accuracy and authenticity of the rebuilt. That in itself makes it fascinating. Brno and Wrocław are some of my favourite cities I have visited but in all honesty they more weekend getaways than week long trips. I would look at pairing then with a another city to fill the week (perhaps Wrocław and Gdansk? You could throw Poznan in there too;) another underrated city)

Tallinn I worry would be too deep in freeze to do much in you time of travel. In saying that you would definitely avoid the hoards of tourists that invade Tallinn during the warmer months. I feel like the easiest to do would be Zagreb just in terms of weather and it does have a buzzing night-life though it is more hipster culture than night club.