Eastern European Capitals

Romantic
Romantic
23 - 29
days

Spend 20 days in 10 cities, 9 of which are European capitals on this exciting urban getaway.

In this trip

  • CultureCulture
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
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Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Tirana, Albania

  • 2

    Ohrid, Macedonia

  • 3

    Skopje, Macedonia

  • 4

    Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 5

    Belgrade, Serbia

  • 6

    Budapest, Hungary

  • 7

    Bratislava, Slovakia

  • 8

    Vienna, Austria

  • 9

    Prague, Czech Republic

  • 10

    Berlin, Germany

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Things to do in and around Tirana

  • Tirana, Albania
  • Sheshi Skënderbrej, Tiranë
  • National History Museum, Skanderbeg Square
  • Archeological museum in Tirana
  • Tile in Ephesus
  • vlora coastline
  • Verso
  • Vista sul lago
  • Boredom
  • Albanian national gallery Tirana
  • Park Rinia, Tirana, Albania
  • #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover, May 15, Top 15 Trails to Blaze on BLM’s National Conservation Lands
  • Butrint national park
  • TiranaMosque
  • Skanderbeg Square
  • Clock tower and cantral mosque, Tirana
  • Albania-02663 - Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral
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  • Durres, Albania
   
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Tirana

Albania, Tirana region

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Albania's modern capital city boasts colorful buildings, world-class museums, historic sites, and sprawling parks.

The capital and largest city of Albania, Tirana is host to many public institutions and universities, and is the center of the political, economic, and cultural life of the country. The main cultural institutions of Tirana are the National Theater, the National Theater of Opera and Ballet of Albania and the National Arts Gallery. Performances of renowned world composers are regularly performed. The city hosts the Tirana Biennale, Tirana Jazz Festival, Summer Day, White Night, Rally Albania, Buy Albanian Regional Delicacies Expo, and Tirana Fashion Week. Tirana has been redesigning its identity to a Mediterranean city, lined with cafes and nightlife.
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Things to do in and around Ohrid

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  • Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
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  • Heraclea Lyncestis, Republic of Macedonia
  • Pelister National Park - Macedonia
  • Greek Theatre built in 200 BC, Lychnidos, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia FYROM
  • Ohrid
  • Church of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta
  • Church of St. Sophia
  • Galičica National Park
  • Macedonia (Struga) St.Naum Monastery
   
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Ohrid

Macedonia, Southwestern region

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The largest city on the Ohrid lake is home to a variety of churches, several monasteries, and other historic landmarks.

Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a "Jerusalem (of the Balkans)". The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO's World Heritage that are both Cultural and Natural sites. The main sights of this city are Lake Ohrid, Church of St. Sophia, the amphitheater, Holy Mary Peribleptos, Samuil's Fortress, and more.
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Things to do in and around Skopje

  • Skopje view
  • Skopje
  • Skopska Čaršija - Skopje Bazaar
  • Skopje - Public Beach
  • Museum of Macedonia in Skopje
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  • Matka Canyon
  • Chair at Museum construction site
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, March 2015
  • Skopje Fortress
  • Lemur
  • Stobi Ruins
  • Mavrovo ezero
  • Neolith Hut
  • Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, March 2015
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum in Skopje
  • Skopje City Museum (earthquake time)
  • Mavrovo Lake
  • Leshocki_manastir_front
   
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Skopje

Macedonia, Skopje region

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Macedonia's largest city is also its capital, known for historical landmarks, cultural institutions, and varied nightlife.

Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi. Skopje is located on the upper course of the Vardar River, and is located on a major north-south Balkan route between Belgrade and Athens. Industrial development of the city has been accompanied by development of the trade, logistics, and banking sectors, as well as an emphasis on the fields of transportation, culture and sport. Its main attractions include Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, Memorial House Mother Teresa, Old Bazaar, Skopje Zoo, and more.
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Things to do in and around Sofia

  • Sofia: Sin City HDR
  • Sofia
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sofia - National Museum of History
  • Ancient Roman Bathhouse and Church
  • Boyana Church
  • Ledenika cave
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  • Bulgaria-02877 - National Archaeological Museum
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  • Pygmy marmoset
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  • Church of St Petka of the Saddlers-2
  • The Geyzer of Sapareva Banya
  • Rila monastery
   
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Sofia

Bulgaria, Sofia City region

HistoricFoodNight lifeCulture2 nights

Bulgaria's capital is a fusion of old and new, with historic churches and Soviet remnants alongside modern amenities, parks, and galleries.

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria and is the 15th largest city in the European Union. The city is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country, within less than 50km drive from the Serbian border. Its location in the center of the Balkan peninsula means that it is the midway between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea, whereas the Aegean Sea is the closest to it. Sofia has been an area of human habitation since at least 7000BCE and is Europe's second-oldest city. Among its many attractions you may find the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Art Gallery, Natural History Museum, palaces, churches, and much more.
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Things to do in and around Belgrade

  • Streets - Belgrade, Serbia
  • Zindan gate complex
  • The gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Built in honour to the Russian soldiers who liberated Bulgaria from Ottoman (Turk) rule
  • Belgrade : espace de transition / Belgrad in transition
  • Nikola Tesla Museum
  • Suma
  • Novi Sad from Petrovaradin fortress
  • Sv. Marka
  • Sava (Slavonski Brod)
  • The National Museum of Serbia
  • Countess Ljubica's Residence in Belgrade
  • Krusedol Monastery
  • Kloster Velika Remeta
  • Kalemegdan park
  • Serbian National Theatre
  • St. Petka church
  • St. Michael's Cathedral, Belgrade
  • Have Fun
  • Wating Patiently
   
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Belgrade

Serbia, Central Serbia region

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Fast emerging as one of Europe's liveliest cities, Serbia's capital is packed with culture, sights and fantastic nightlife.

Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. Its name translates to White City. One of the most important prehistoric cultures of Europe, the Vinča culture, evolved within the Belgrade area in the 6th millennium BC. Throughout its history, the city has been settled by Celts, Romans, Slavs, Franks, Hungarian, and Ottoman. Belgrade has been awarded many titles, and is classified as a Beta- global city. Its main attractions include Belgrade Fortress, Nikola Tesla Museum and other fascinating museums, churches, parks, and a wonderful beach.
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Things to do in and around Budapest

  • Parliament
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Budapest
  • Buda Castle, Budapest
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  • Above the Trains
  • Szentendre (Ungheria)
  • Visegrád
  • Fővárosi Állat- és Növénykert (Zoo)
  • Palatinus Strand on Margaret Island, Budapest
  • Central Market Hall Budapest
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  • Autumn pattern I
  • Eger panorama
  • buda castle national gallery interior
  • Hungary  2010  -  Budapest
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  • Hungarian National Museum
  • Kecskemet 12
  • Székesfehérvár
   
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Budapest

Hungary, Central Hungary region

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The capital of Hungary offers centuries of history and architecture, as well as surprising nightlife and culinary scenes.

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. It is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center, sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest's extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes' Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. The city contains around 80 geothermal springs and a plethora of remarkable attractions, such as the Castle Hill, the neo-Gothic Parliament, Saint Stephen's Basilica, Matthias Church, Dohany Street Synagogue, and more.
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Things to do in and around Bratislava

  • Center of Bratislava
  • Trnava
  • Bratislava Castle
  • Slovak National Gallery Bratislava
  • Blue Church in Bratislava
  • Chirk Castle Library, Wales
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Bratislava

Slovakia, Bratislava region

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Slovakia's capital, as well as its largest city, Bratislava is a growing metropolis with diverse architecture and a wealth of museums.

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the country's largest city. It occupies both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic center of Slovakia. It is home to several universities, museums, theaters, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia's large businesses and financial institutions also have headquarters there. A few of its most notable landmarks are the Bratislava Castle, several notable palaces, Bratislava City Museum, various parks, and more.
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Things to do in and around Vienna

  • On top of Vienna
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • Hofburg, Vienna
  • Schönbrunn Castle
  • The Belvedere
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  • Lobau Hausgraben alluvial forest (48°10' N 16°31' E)
  • State Opera House, Vienna
  • Vienna Grinzing 0803 355
  • A Mediterranean Harbour at sunset (1771) - Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-1789)
  • Liechtenstein Museum
  • 006 - Burg Kreuzenstein 2012
  • Lake Neusiedl, Austria
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  • Österreichische Galerie Belvedere palace (Wien)
  • Vienna Upper Belvedere
  • blick vom umlaufberg hinunter zur thaya
  • Aggstein Ruin
   
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Vienna

Austria, Vienna region

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Vienna, the luxurious capital of Austria, has vibrant nightlife, contagiously joyful atmosphere and fascinating history.

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Art, music, and culture hold a long tradition in Vienna. The Burgtheater is considered one of the best theatres in the German-speaking world. Vienna is also home to a number of opera houses. Many concert venues offer shows for tourists, featuring highlights of Viennese music. There many museums in Vienna, and several of them are in the Museumsquartier. Architectural styles range from classicist buildings to modern architecture. A Vienna ball is an all-night cultural attraction. Major Viennese balls generally begin at 9 pm and last until 5 am, although many guests carry on the celebrations into the next day.
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Things to do in and around Prague

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Prague.
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  • Prague Castle at sunset
  • Charles Bridge sunset
  • Karlstejn Hrad 2
  • Plzeň
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  • Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia
  • National Theatre, Prague
  • Old Town Square, Prague
  • Hluboka castle
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  • Kampa Museum.
  • Czech-03720 - Municipal House
  • The Loreto Sanctuary 2
  • Wenceslas Square - St. Nicholas, Malá Strana, Prague
  • Adrspach-Teplice
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  • Neruda Street. Prague. Calle Neruda. Praga
  • Nové Mesto
  • Prague
  • Trebon
  • Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
   
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Prague

Czech Republic, Central Bohemian region

HistoricCultureFoodNight life3 nights

The capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic, Prague boasts a magical cityscape, rich in history and culture.

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has become one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. It is the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than some other major cities in the region, allowing most of its historic architecture to stay true to form. It contains one of the world's most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Romanesque, to Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Neo-Classical and ultra-modern.
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Things to do in and around Berlin

  • Berlin skyline
  • Kulturforum
  • Brandenburg Gate in Berlin at Dusk | Classic Germany Escorted Tour
  • Berlin
  • Architektur im Scheunenviertel 6
  • spreewald
  • Müggelsee
  • Oranienstrasse
  • Philharmonic concert hall (again)
  • Sony Center, Berlin
  • Kammermusiksaal
  • Havelblick
  • Stück in Germany - Dresden After the Bombing, Way after the Bombing
  • Berlin - Bode Museum 02
  • .pergamont
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  • Kloster Chorin
  • Grunewald
  • Botanischer Garten | Botanical Gardens (2)
  • Egyptian Museum / Neues Museum
  • Botanischer Garten | Botanical Gardens (2)
  • Fichtelgebirge 216
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Berlin

Germany, Berlin region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nights

With rich history, vibrant nightlife, world-renowned cuisine, and amazing museums, there is something for everyone in Germany's capital.

Berlin is the capital city of Germany. With a population of 3.4 million people it is Germany's largest city. Around one third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science, home to renowned universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, and celebrities and is host to many sporting events. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks, and an extremely high quality of living.
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