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.
Dating back to as early as the 7th century, Krakow is one of the oldest and most historically important cities in Poland. Cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, as well as one of the most unique destinations in the world, Krakow is famous for extensive cultural heritage and brilliant Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
Bran Castle, Romania
Cited as one of the scariest castles in the world, the Bran Castle is a medieval castle located in Central Romania. Allegedly, the castle used to be the seat of Vlad III – a cruel Romanian ruler better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler, who was notorious for impaling his enemies. The character of Vlad III inspired the Irish author Bram Stoker to write his famous Gothic horror novel Dracula.
The capital and largest city of Estonia, Tallinn is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe, and its Old Town is even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe, Tallinn has the highest number of startups per person in Europe and is a birthplace of many international companies, including Skype. Receiving 4.3 million tourists annually, the city is also an important cruise destination on the Baltic Sea.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The largest and most popular national park in Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is known for its stunning natural beauties such as waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, unique karst formations etc. Situated in the mountainous area spanning from central Croatia to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, this national park is a great place to visit in any season.
Khotyn Fortress, Ukraine
Located on the right bank of the Dniester River in the town of Khotyn, Western Ukraine, the Khotyn Fortress is a medieval complex and one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. This Ukrainian landmark has been featured in many historical adventure movies such as The Viper (1965), Zakhar Berkut (1971), The Arrows of Robin Hood (1975), d’Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978), The Ballad of the Valiant Knight Ivanhoe (1983) etc.
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