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.
Crooked Forest, Poland
Located near the town of Nowe Czarnowo in north-western Poland, the Crooked Forest is a grove of bizarrely bent pine trees. The forest consists of hundreds of pines planted around 1930, but the reason why the trees are crooked as well the technique used for the bending remains unknown. One of the theories suggests the trees were bent for the purpose of furniture timber.
The territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4,000 BC, making it one of the oldest permanent settlements in Europe. Although the city has been destroyed many times through its rich history, it still has many remarkable historical landmarks that attract tourists from all over the world. An eclectic blend of Christian and Islamic cultures, Skopje is also known for its diverse nightlife.
Tatev Monastery, Armenia
Located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in southeastern Armenia, the Tatev Monastery is a striking 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery. It played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual, educational, and cultural activity. At the beginning of the 11th century, the monastery hosted around 1,000 monks and a large number of artisans.
The largest and capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a culturally rich city famous for fine museums, galleries, hotels, and restaurants. The city’s architecture is a unique mix of styles. Despite the appearance of large modern buildings, especially at the city’s edge, Ljubljana’s historic center remains intact. Although the oldest architecture has been preserved from the Roman period, Ljubljana’s downtown got its outline in the Middle Ages.
Also known formerly as Kishinev, Chisinau is the capital and largest city of Moldova. Located in the middle of the country, Chisinau is the industrial, cultural, political, and commercial center of Moldova. With a population of approximately 736,000 people, the city is home to 23 universities, several well-known museums, theaters, festivals, and other cultural events.