Things to do in Eastern Europe

1. Stay at a castle hotel

If you like the idea of spending your vacation stay like royalty do, why not stay at a castle? You’ll find that many of the castles in Eastern Europe have been turned into beautiful hotels where you can spend a few nights like a king or queen enjoying hunting, horse-drawn carriage rides and horse back riding activities without having to spend a royal fortune!
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You can expect to pay anything from $60 to $200 per night in a castle hotel, which is more or less what you’ll pay in a 3 and 4 star hotel. There are dozens of beautiful castle hotels to choose from but a few castle hotels worth mentioning include the Paszkowka Palace Hotel in Poland, Kastely Hotel Szirak in Hungary, and the Hotel Ruze in the Czech Republic.

2. Take a scenic train ride

As any seasoned traveler would tell you one of the best things to do in Eastern Europe is to hop on a train and explore the region's spectacular scenery and landscapes. Three of the most popular scenic railways in Eastern Europe are the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Septemvri/Dobriniste Railway, and the Belgrade/Bar Railway.

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Both the Septemvri/Dobriniste and the Belgrade/Bar railways run through the heart of the beautiful Balkans region between southern Serbia, north of Montenegro, and Bulgaria. All of these train routes take you past stunning gorges, snow-capped mountains, villages, rivers and viaducts.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the most popular and also the largest railways in the world running all the way from Russia to the Far East. One of the Trans-Siberian main routes is between the cities of Moscow and Vladivostok in Russia.
The Moscow-Vladivostok train ride passes through the heart of Siberia taking 8 days and costing roughly $600 (19,000 Russian rubles) if you’re booking a second-class compartment called “Kupe”.

3. Go cruising

One of the coolest things to do in Eastern Europe during your vacation is booking a river cruise and boat tour for a bit of sightseeing. The main two rivers in Eastern Europe are the Vistula and the Danube rivers, though they’re also beautiful waterways and canals that you can ride along such as the Volga–Baltic Waterway in Russia.

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River Cruises

If you want to go river cruising along the Danube, you’ll find cruise companies such as “Avalon Waterways” offering 4-day river cruises along the Danube between Budapest and Vienna for around $900. Companies offering cruises along Russia’s Volga–Baltic waterway (Waterways of the Tsars) include “Ama Waterways” which offers a 12-day cruise between Moscow and St.Petersburg starting at $700.

“Viking River Cruises” is another company offering 12-day river cruises in Eastern Europe along the “Waterways of the Tsars” in Russia, and along the Dnieper River in Ukraine between Odessa and Kiev.

Sightseeing Tours

Taking a day sightseeing tour on a boat is definitely the most popular way to explore the sights without spending a lot. The city of Budapest Hungary is probably one of the best place to enjoy a sightseeing tour.
You can take inexpensive boat tours along Budapest Danube river with tour companies such as “Legenda” which offer a sightseeing and dinner cruises for around $20 (15 Euros).

4. Hit the slopes

If you’re traveling this winter, one of the best things to do in Eastern Europe is spending a few days skiing. Eastern Europe is one of the most affordable places to go for a ski vacation since the region boasts plenty of skiing possibilities.

The Carpathians region is one of the most popular skiing places to go for beginner/intermediate levels, particularly in the High and Low Tatras. There, you’ll find the ski resorts of Jasna and Park Snow which are two of the best skiing resorts in Slovakia.

The ski resorts of Poiana Brasov in Romania, as well as Bansko and Borovets in Bulgaria are other cheap skiing vacation spots in Europe where you’ll find good slopes and inexpensive accommodation.

5. Tour a castle

Mediaeval castles are no doubt some of the must see attractions in Eastern Europe, and the good news is that many of these medieval castles are in great condition and are open for tours.

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There are hundreds of beautiful castles to choose from, but some of the best castles in Eastern Europe to visit are Warsaw Barbican in Poland, Buda Castle in Hungary, Peles Castle in Romania, Fort Lovrijenac in Croatia, Bratislava Castle in Slovenia, and Moscow Kremlin in Russia.

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