Are you planning to visit Europe this year? We have a great tip for you. Avoid the most touristy and overcrowded countries such as France, the UK or Italy and head out to Eastern Europe instead. Most of local tourist attractions are completely underrated and you will be surprised how beautiful these places actually are. From the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia to the Tatev Monastery in Armenia, here are 25 Exotic Places In Eastern Europe You Have To Visit.
Moravian Karst, Czech Republic
Geographically, the Czech Republic belongs to Central Europe, but it is sometimes considered Eastern Europe, so we decided to include this country in our list. Apart from historical cities such as Prague, Olomouc, and Cesky Krumlov, this country also has many natural landmarks such as the Moravian Karst, a protected nature reserve located near the town of Blansko. It encompasses many notable geological features, including over 1100 caverns and gorges.
Home to over 2 million people, Minsk is the largest and capital city of Belarus. Minsk receives a lot fewer international visitors than other European metropolises, but this beautiful historical city has a lot to offer. It hosts a number of theaters, museums, spectacular churches and palaces, recreation areas, parks etc. Minsk is also popular among young travelers as it is famous for its busy nightlife.
Brac Island, Croatia
Separated from the Croatian mainland by the Brac Channel, the Brac Island is one of the largest and most beautiful islands in Croatia. The most famous feature of the island is the Zlatni Rat (translated as the Golden Cape) – a narrow piece of land covered with white pebbles. The Zlatni Rat is regularly listed as one of the top beaches in Europe, and its unique shape can be seen in many travel brochures, which made it a symbol of Croatian tourism.
Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
Situated about 12 km (7,5 mi) north of the city of Siauliai, northern Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses is a unique site because of the sheer numbers of crosses, giant crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary, and rosaries brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The precise origin of the practice of leaving crosses on the hill is uncertain, but it is believed the hill is now home to at least 250,000 crosses.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Former capital of Russia (between 1713–1728 and 1732–1918), Saint Petersburg is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as an area with 36 historical architectural complexes and around 4,000 outstanding individual monuments of architecture, history, and culture. The city has 221 museums, 2,000 libraries, more than 80 theaters, 100 concert organizations, 45 galleries and exhibition halls, 62 cinemas, and around 80 other cultural establishments.