As it is now easier than ever to satisfy our wander lust in a more connected planet, the world has become a smaller place.
This ease of access has made it possible to discover and experience destinations that are full of wonders, culture, and history in person. One such place that was once low on the list of the world’s top destinations but is now a must-visit area is Eastern Europe, especially in winter.
This once forgotten eastern part of the European Continent is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Below are our 4 top destinations that are great reasons why you should consider visiting Eastern Europe for your next winter getaway:
Warsaw and Krakow, Poland
The sprawling capital Warsaw recently came first in the annual Post Offices’ list of the cheapest city breaks and the is also joined in the same list by Krakow in the south of the country.
Warsaw has a rich heritage of culture and architecture that offers a reflection of the country’s history and is a great destination for a winter break.
Krakow also provides the authentic winter getaway experience with its nearby salt mines and mountains that offer crisp air and breathtaking scenery. From skiing to city breaks, sightseeing and getting immersed in the country’s rich culture, there is much on offer in Poland during winter.
The Romanian capital of Bucharest always pleasantly surprises new visitors with its energetic night life and cosmopolitan vibe. The city makes for a perfect Christmas winter trip with delights such as viewing the beauty of the Carpathians in winter. Although visitors may have to layer up before going out, the local brandy and wines should help to warm you up, as will the sight of the area’s beautiful gothic architecture and Christmas markets.
Riga is the Latvian capital and is now considered as one of the best cultural centres of the world due to its numerous concert halls and museums. Located at the mouth of the Daugava River by the shores of the Baltic Sea, the city is renowned for its deep cultural heritage and art nouveau architecture that includes historic wooden buildings.
Riga is also home to the medieval Old Town which contains many amazing shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife which make the city a great winter destination.
Ljubljana is yet another Eastern European capital that is now a popular winter getaway destination. Well known for its expansive green spaces, outdoor cafes on the banks of the Ljujanica River, and museums packed with many historic exhibitions, paintings and sculptures.
Every Christmas the city is transformed into a winter wonderland featuring two markets and various attractions that entice visitors from all over Europe.
Long overlooked by travellers due to a variety of reasons, Eastern Europe is fast becoming one of the most popular winter getaway destinations for many. From breathing in the crisp fresh air of the Polish Alps to thermal baths and Christmas markets, there is a lot to see and do. Why not consider Eastern Europe for your next winter getaway?