Can you name 10 cities in Eastern Europe? You may struggle as Eastern Europe remains undiscovered and untouched by many. When you think Eastern Europe, the legacy of Communist regimes and a long troubled history of war may spring to mind. Today, however, this faraway region is full of idyllic coastlines, panoramic mountains, historical architecture and a thrilling night life. Come on an adventure with this suggested itinerary including some of our favourite unique and magical cities for you to explore.
Munich - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna - Bratislava - Budapest - Belgrade - Sveti Stefan - Mostar - Plitvice National Park - Ljubljana - Munich
This unique journey sets off from Munich, a gateway to the East. The Bavarian's are proud of their traditions and culture, which can be felt as you explore this magical city. Take a sip from a Masskrug, the typical one litre stein, while the Blasmusik entertains with their jovial tunes. Driving south from Munich into the Czech Republic, arriving in Cesky Krumlov, you would be mistaken to believe you had stumbled onto a movie set. Based around the Cesky Krumlov Castle, this enchanting UNESCO protected site has a mix of richly decorated Renaissance and Baroque buildings and palaces crowned with the 180 foot tall bell tower. A Baroque Theatre is located in the Castle and an Opera Show is performed by candlelight three times a year.
Leave the Czech Republic behind and drive into Austria. Vienna, the city of music, makes an ideal stop on our journey. Follow in the footsteps of the Habsburgs, the family of Emperors and Kings of Imperial England, Germany, Spain, and Croatia. The elaborate Palace of Schonbrunn eludes royalty with bohemian architecture and lavish state gardens. The historic city of Bratislava is the next stop on your Eastern European discovery. Situated on the banks of the Danube River, remnants of architecture, language and cuisine has been left by the Celts, Romans, Germans, Hungarians and Jews, who once occupied these vast lands. Like most European cities, the Bratislava Castle sits high above the city and offers panoramic views. The castle also houses the Slovak National Museum. Indulge in a glass of local wine at one of the many wineries in the Little Carpathians or go caving in the abandoned mines and caves.
Follow the mighty Danube River in to Budapest the capital of Hungary. Budapest was once a split city - the city of Buda lay on the west side of the river and Pest on the east. Their merging created one of the largest cities in the European Union. Buda is home to the historic castle district, medieval streets and museums, while the dynamic Pest side boasts flea markets, bookstores and cafes. Four hours south of Budapest we arrive in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. The cobblestone streets and military fortress chronicle the cities 7000 year history from Attila the Hun to the present day. The 'Montmartre' of Belgrade, the street of Skadarlija is home to restaurants, art galleries and hotels, making it the perfect base to explore this city. Belgrade has a pumping nightlife with nightclubs and bars in the city while party boats line the Danube and Sava rivers. Continuing south west to Montenegro, the resort town of Sveti Stefan was once a fortified village. It is a unique atmosphere of narrow lanes, quaint courtyards and stunning sea views, a paradise on the Adriatic Sea.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina there is the small but popular city of Mostar. The beautiful stone Ottoman-style old Bridge of Mostar was a cherished icon that united the city perfectly. During the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the bridge was shelled and destroyed separating the city. Rebuilt in 2004, locals and visitors alike adore the bridge and can take the big plunge from this historic monument. Crossing into Croatia, many cities dot the Adriatic coastline including Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Sibenik. You will never be far from a touch of Mediterranean paradise. The UNESCO Plitvice Lakes National Park, with crystal clear lakes, lush green scenery and flowing waterfalls are a breathtaking experience that should not be missed. Continuing back towards Munich, Ljubljana is the next stop. This picturesque city boasts elegant castles and bridges, and retains its quiet nature and charm. The symbolic dragon motif can be found around the city, a Slavic myth and legend which adorns the city's castles and bridges.
Although it is time for us to return to Munich, the options for discovery in this stunning region are endless. With over 20 countries in Eastern Europe, there will always be something new to discover. Find a car hire or campervan with Auto Europe Australia, or for those longer trips take temporary ownership of a Peugeot to discover the true beauty of the real Eastern Europe. Call us today on 1300 656 601 or explore our website and drive the world with Auto Europe.