The Hidden Gems of Eastern Europe: The Most Underrated Destinations To Visit

When people think of Europe, their minds often go straight to cities like Paris, London, and Rome. But what about Eastern European cities? Eastern Europe may not be as popular as Western Europe, but it is a region rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Most of the Eastern European countries have gone through a lot of changes in the last couple of decades, which has caused a lot of people to second guess even visiting this region. But the truth is — there is so much to see, do, and explore. If you need some travel recommendations, here are just some of the hidden gems of Eastern Europe.

Sighisoara, Romania

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Sighisoara is a medieval town in Transylvania, Romania, that is known for its well-preserved architecture and a fairytale-like spirit. If you’re looking for a place to travel to with your partner, then look no further. Because this is one of the most romantic towns in Eastern Europe. Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula, so it will be especially fitting if you and your significant other are into weird history and other strange things.

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a stunning coastal town in Montenegro that deserves much more recognition than it currently has. It’s located on the Bay of Kotor, and it’s surrounded by breathtaking mountains. The town’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s home to some of the best-preserved medieval architecture in the region. And the great thing about Montenegro — it’s in many ways similar to Croatia, but the prices are significantly lower. So if you’re looking for an affordable summer vacation option, then this could be a great choice. Trust me, Kotor won’t let you down.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is a charming city that is often overshadowed by other European capitals. The city is filled with colorful buildings, picturesque bridges, and cute cafes. It’s also surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, including the famous Lake Bled. Visitors can explore the city’s museums, galleries, and local shops, or simply enjoy their charming restaurants and surrounding nature. Life is slow and quiet in Slovenia, so if you need s break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life — this will be a great choice.

Belgrade, Serbia 

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Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. It’s been shaped by centuries of history, from the Roman Empire to the Ottoman Empire to the modern-day Balkan conflicts. Today, it’s a bustling city with lively nightlife, a rich cultural scene, and plenty of historical sites to explore. You’ll be amazed by how lively and hectic this city is. Even though it still encapsulates the Eastern European charm, it still offers you plenty of opportunities to explore.

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a rich history and a stunning old town. The city is best known for its iconic Stari Most bridge, which was destroyed during the Bosnian War and rebuilt in 2004. Visitors can explore the city’s mosques, museums, and markets, or simply enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding mountains. But remember that no visit to Bosnia & Herzegovina would be complete without tasting their delicious cuisine. 

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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