Although Eastern Europe is literally the eastern part of the continent of Europe, there is no clear demarcation of the countries that are a part of it as the term is more geopolitical than physical. The physical land boundaries of the region are the Ural Mountains and River, and the Caucasus Mountains but these are irrelevant in the larger scheme of boundaries. Countries that make up this part of Europe have sometimes been described as a cultural entity with its main characteristics comprising Greek, Russian, Byzantine, Eastern Orthodox and influences from the Ottoman culture. Another definition of Eastern Europe is the term Eastern Bloc which emerged during the Cold War to group the former communist European states which were not part of the Soviet Union.
However, no matter what demarcation is used to mark the region, there is no doubt that this part of Europe is a melting pot of natural wonders with rugged mountain scenery, sprawling plains, and beautiful water bodies. Eastern Europe is a land bathed in folklore and festivals that have been passed down through the ages, like Poland’s Drowning of Marzanna, Bulgaria’s Golden Grapes Festival or Hungary‘s Busójárás. It is also a breathing museum of history with some of its remarkable monuments like the Constantin Tanase Theater in Bucharest, the Main Market Square of Krakow or the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic, drawing interested visitors into its past.

Top 9 Things To Do In Warsaw

Top 9 Things To Do In Warsaw

After becoming an EU member and having a huge transformation process, anyone can tell that something good is happening in Warsaw. Many old communist buildings gave way to modern skyscrapers, entertainment and services transformed to match that of other western capitals. The capital of Poland is becoming a hot destination for tourists from all over…

Top 10 Things To Do In Sofia

Top 9 Things To Do In Sofia

Sofia to many people is just a beautiful name for girls. To us, Sofia is one of the best kept secrets and most beautiful European jewels. During its 1300 years of history, Sofia was home to many Thracians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Jews, Muslims, Greeks, Slavs and more which has made of it one of the…

Top 9 Things To Do In Minsk

Top 9 Things To Do In Minsk

Minsk, the beautiful capital of Belarus, is an ancient city with a rich history, traditions, culture, and arts. It is situated in Eastern Europe, 340 km (213 miles) northeast of Warsaw and 120 km (75 miles) southeast of Vilnius. Minsk was almost completely destroyed in the second world war and was rebuilt during the Soviet time. Till 1991 it…

Top 10 Things To Do In Dubrovnik

Top 9 Things To Do In Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities with its sublime location, fronting the calm blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. It is the highlight of any Croatian holiday with festivals, beaches, galleries and islands, Dubrovnik is the Mediterranean’s most unmissable sight at any time of year. Now a Unesco world heritage site, the Old Town and its…

Top 9 Things To Do In And Around Antalya

Located on the Mediterranean coast of Southwestern Turkey, Antalya is a charming city that boasts of breathtaking cliffs and mountains. There are plenty of ocean-view restaurants, large shopping malls, historic sites, pebbled beaches and if you enjoy the nightlife, this town has plenty of bars and lounges to discover. Antalya is a terrific city to…

Top Things To Do In Zagreb

Top 8 Things To Do In Zagreb

Zagreb, a true European treasure, is the largest city of Croatia and an important hub placed at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans. It started as a small village named Andautonia 2000 years ago and it is now a fast-growing city and an important economic center. Most of the electric machines…

Top 8 Things To Do In Wrocław

Top 8 Things To Do In Wroclaw

Situated on the Odra River, Wrocław is the historical capital of the Silesian province and the 4th largest city in Poland after Krakow, Warsaw and Lodz. Maybe it is not the first city you think of when visiting Poland, but you should. Beautiful, well-preserved streets, over 100 colorful bridges, bohemian architecture scattered throughout 12 islands,…

Top 8 Things To Do In Odessa

Top 8 Things To Do In Odesa

Situated on the Black Sea shore, Odesa is the summer capital of Ukraine and its third-largest city. This charming city was founded in 1794 and is a relatively young city compared to Kiev or Lviv. However, a great number of architectural and cultural monuments, as well as the warm Black Sea and delicious cuisine, attract…

Top 7 Things To Do In Bratislava

Top 7 Things To Do In Bratislava

Bratislava, formerly called Pressburg, is just starting to gain popularity on the European tourist route and for those of us that enjoy smaller crowds and cheaper prices, this beautiful city is still largely untouched and unexplored. Bratislava has a mild continental climate, with wide differences between temperatures in summer and winter which make it a…

Top 6 Things To Do In Split

Top 6 Things To Do In Split

Split is the second-largest Croatian city (after Zagreb) and one of the oldest in the country with more than 1,700 years of history. Perched on the Adriatic sea and built around the Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, Split is a favorite of sun-seekers, foodies and history buffs alike with a combination of ancient history, contemporary…

Top 6 Things To Do In Moldova

Top 6 Things To Do In Moldova

Moldova is a small European country that stands landlocked in the continent’s eastern part. It stands surrounded by Romania in the west and Ukraine in the north. Before World War II, it was part of Romania. After World War II, it belonged to the Soviet Union until 1991, when it gained its independence. Moldova’s remote yet…

Top Things To Do In Krakow

Top 6 Things To Do In Krakow

Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, is a very special city. Locals say that the name Krakow came from a ruler named Krakus who built the city above a cave that was home to a ravenous dragon. However, Krakow is more than legends, it became a UNESCO World Heritage…

Top 12 Things To Do In Zakopane

Top 12 Things To Do In Zakopane

Zakopane often referred to as the ‘winter capital of Poland‘ is a town located in the extreme south of the country at the foot of the beautiful Tatra Mountains. Its location makes it a preferred destination for hiking, skiing, and tourism. Zakopane was only a small village in the mid 17th century with only 43…

Top 12 Things To Do In Zadar

Top 12 Things To Do In Zadar

Rather surprisingly, hordes of tourists have not yet descended on Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia and the second-largest metropolis in Dalmatia. Zadar has a rich and varied history right from the Late Stone Age, to its Roman era and invasion by the Huns. In the early 15th century Zadar was sold by…

Top 12 Things To Do In Pula

Top 12 Things To Do In Pula

Pula, the largest city in Istria County, Croatia is renowned for the number of ancient Roman buildings and structures that it has. The city has been around since ancient times with plenty of historical evidence to prove it. Remnants of the Roman influence on the city are also found in many places. During the Roman…

Top 12 Things To Do In Gdansk

Top 12 Things To Do In Gdansk

Gdansk or Danzig (in German) is a Polish port city stationed at the mouth of the Motlawa River on the coast of the Gdansk Bay (of the Baltic Sea). Originally a center for European merchants, Dutch traders, and shipbuilding, the city, later on, flourished as a major center of art, architecture, and education in Poland.…

Top 12 Things To Do In Edirne

Top 12 Things To Do In Edirne

The city of Edirne, or Odrin as it was historically known, was the third capital city of the Ottoman Empire and the site of numerous sieges and battles. In fact, Edirne has the dubious distinction of being the most frequently contested place on the globe. The Ottoman influence on the city is evident in the…

Top 12 Things To Do In Burgas

Top 12 Things To Do In Burgas

Burgas is what you can consider being the bridge between natural beauty and the modernity of the human civilization. The city is known to be the seat of Bulgarian trade, Bulgarian tourism, and Bulgarian culture. The history of the city will take you back to the times of the Ottomans under whose reign, Burgas flourished…

Top 11 Gay-Friendly Hotels In Prague

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Prague

Nestled on the banks of the Vltava River, Prague is a truly underrated European gem. The enchanting ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ will knock your socks right off with its delish beer, striking Gothic architecture, and centuries of history. Surprise, surprise – the city is also home to one of Eastern Europe’s most vibrant gay…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Istanbul

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Istanbul

Known earlier as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul is one heady collision point of cultures and continents. It’s where the East meets the West, literally, at the cerulean waters of the Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul combines diverse philosophies and people in one frenetic fusion of mysticism and modernity. Apart from Ottoman-era mosques and Byzantine churches, it’s also…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels in Budapest

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels in Budapest

The 19th-century fin de siècle architecture and elegant streets of Budapest epitomize the grandness of this Hungarian capital. Despite lying behind the Iron Curtain, this eastern European city has looked westward for a while. In fact, Budapest has a long history of culture and liberalism and boasts more than 100 galleries and museums. What’s more,…

Top 10 Things To Do In Prague

Top 10 Things To Do In Prague

Perhaps Prague’s most famous landmark is the Astronomical clock located in front of the Old Town Hall which attracts hundreds of tourists from around the world, however there are many other reasons to visit this delightful European city. Romantic couples travel to Prague hoping to take the perfect picture in front of the largest castle…

Top 10 Things To Do In Kiev

Top 10 Things To Do In Kiev

Kiev is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, dating back to the 5th century and the capital and largest city of Ukraine. Located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River, Kiev is a city rich in history and beautiful architecture, with countless cathedrals and monasteries, and with a thriving contemporary…

Top Things To Do In Istanbul

Top 10 Things To Do In Istanbul

Perhaps the fact that it is the only city in the world trapped between two continents made of Istanbul one of the most fascinating, vibrant and colorful cities on earth. The former Constantinople what’s the capital of some of the greatest empires of our history such as the Roman and the Ottoman empire. This city…