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    • PoppyTaylor
    • By PoppyTaylor 14th Feb 18, 3:55 PM
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    Cities most worth visiting in 'Eastern' Europe?
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    Cities most worth visiting in 'Eastern' Europe? 14th Feb 18 at 3:55 PM
    My friend and I are planning on doing some travelling around Europe this summer. In recent years I've been lucky enough to travel considerably around Western Europe (West of Germany/Italy), so we are now looking at heading further East and/or South.

    Are there any cities or areas in Central/Eastern/Southern Europe that you'd recommend visiting? We are looking at a range of activities from days sightseeing to days relaxing so all suggestions are welcome!

    Thank you
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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 3rd Mar 18, 12:10 PM
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    Blimey you couldn't pay me to go back to Kaunas, even though I had one of the best meals of my life there.

    Warsaw is ok, especially the random bears by the side of the road and I quite liked Bratislava, even though its tiny and can really be done in a couple of nights
    Originally posted by phatbear
    Sorry, I missed Kaunas off my wouldn't go back list, visited the capital for a few hours, that was tiny too.
    • PoppyTaylor
    • By PoppyTaylor 6th Mar 18, 6:19 PM
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    Wow Barny1979 , you're definitely well-travelled! Several of the cities you suggested are on our shortlist so I'm glad to hear you recommend them, thank you.
    • CKhalvashi
    • By CKhalvashi 6th Mar 18, 6:52 PM
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    I've only been to Kiev/Kyiv with work, but I've had a bit of time to explore the city and I'd say it's definitely worth a visit.
    Originally posted by benjus
    Lviv is well worth a visit too, and it's going to be either that or Kyiv that I use as a staging post (for cheap flights) for a trip for work later this year.

    Georgia is lovely too (if not too far East for you). There are flights from £50-ish (£35-ish with frequent flier discount which costs !!!8364;30 a year for a couple) return with Wizzair at the moment from Luton (03:00 arrival), and a well organised bus service from Kutaisi to Tbilisi (4 hours, company is called Georgian Bus) from which the whole country is accessible easily. The 3am arrival time isn't as bad as it sounds as it's possible to sleep on the flight and the bus, giving you an extra day without paying for accommodation. Sadly you lose this on the way back unless you finish in the West of the country.

    Photo is the first city outside Tbilisi, on the outskirts

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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 6th Mar 18, 7:09 PM
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    If you want really 'Eastern' and are feeling adventurous, how about Kalmykia, the only Buddhist country in Europe. (Russian visa required.)
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    • TheRevJimJones
    • By TheRevJimJones 7th Mar 18, 10:06 AM
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    If you are talking "east of Germany" and you want to avoid the overly touristed places (Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Dubrovnik, Tallinn et al) then I'd recommend the following (all really easily accessible):

    Bratislava - Solvakia, short hop from Vienna
    Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo - Bulgaria
    Riga - Latvia
    Mostar - Bosnia
    Ljubljana - Solvenia

    If you want more of a challenge but want to see some places that fewer tourists visit then I'd definitely recommend:
    Odessa - Ukraine
    Brest - Belarus
    Minsk - Belarus
    Chisinau - Moldova

    and if you really want to push the envelope then head to Tiraspol in Transnistria. Last bastion of Soviet-style Marxist-Leninism (albeit with a menacing gangster undertone). It's a fascinating place, short on tourist sights but an amazing experience (if you can get out again, that is!)
    • PoppyTaylor
    • By PoppyTaylor 7th Mar 18, 2:00 PM
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    Wow CKhalvashi, Lviv looks lovely. And no, Georgia isn't too far east for us and those flight prices make it even more tempting to visit! Thank you!
    • PoppyTaylor
    • By PoppyTaylor 7th Mar 18, 2:04 PM
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    Thank you TheRevJimJones ! We hadn't really thought about Moldova but now we will definitely take a look now. We are thinking about extending our trip so we can head as far east as possible and do places like that!
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 8th Mar 18, 11:18 AM
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    One no-one has mentioned yet is Tirana, would highly recommend Albania.

    Sarajevo probably my favourite having done a lot in the region
    • CKhalvashi
    • By CKhalvashi 13th Mar 18, 8:25 AM
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    Just to reignite this thread as it seems appropriate.

    Wizzair have 20% off all flights if booked before 10:59pm
    "I kada sanjamo san, nek bude hiljadu raznih boja" (L. Stamenkovic)

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