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The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit 

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List of top Eastern European cities to visit. This list ranks the most popular cities of Eastern Europe for destinations. Though today Eastern Europe vaguely defines the region that comprises the geographical eastern part of Europe, Eastern Europe was also a term to define the European countries and their boundaries under Soviet Communist power during World War II. 

Eastern Europe's fascinating history draws visitors to its top cities each year. Unlike its Western counterparts, Eastern European cities are often more affordable and less touristed yet still rich in history and culture that's as authentic as it gets. Moscow, Prague and Warsaw are among the top most visited cities of the region. Eastern Europe offers many attractions that are off the beaten path, providing a truer glimpse into the traditions that were once repressed by Communist regimes.

Is it safe to travel in Eastern Europe? Today, Eastern Europe is popular among backpackers, students and budget travelers and the increased tourism continues to help strengthen the safety of traveling throughout the region. Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic are top Eastern European countries to visit among travelers. 

What are the best cities to visit in Eastern Europe? Rank the top Eastern European cities to visit. If your favorite Eastern European city isn't on the list of greatest Eastern European cities to visit, make sure to add it to the list.
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Prague is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Bohemia, Austria-Hungary

Area (km sq.): 496.0

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fifteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of ...more
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Budapest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Central Hungary

Area (km sq.): 525.16

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in Central Europe. It is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and ...more
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Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Marmara Region, Turkey

Area (km sq.): 5343.0

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, with its commercial and historical ...more
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Saint Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
kent787 added Northwestern Federal District, Russia

Area (km sq.): 1439.0

Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, politically incorporated as a federal subject. It is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In ...more
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Athens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Attica, Greece

Area (km sq.): 412.0

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years, and the ...more
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Moscow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Russia

Area (km sq.): 2510.0

Moscow is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eastern Europe. According to ...more
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Tallinn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Estonia

Area (km sq.): 159.3

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km² and has a population of 435,245. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore ...more
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Kiev is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Kiev Kiev Oblast, Ukraine

Area (km sq.): 839.0

Kiev or Kyiv is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population in July 2013 was 2,847,200, making Kiev the 8th ...more
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Ljubljana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Slovenia

Area (km sq.): 163.8

Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. Located at the middle of a trade route between the northern Adriatic Sea and the Danube region, it was the historical capital of Carniola, ...more
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Bucharest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Romania

Area (km sq.): 228.0

Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania and located in the southeast of the country, at 44°25′57″N ...more
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Dubrovnik is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia

Area (km sq.): 21.35

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of ...more
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Bratislava is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Bratislava Region, Slovakia

Area (km sq.): 367.58

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and, with a population of about 500,000, the country's largest city. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and ...more
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Lviv is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

Area (km sq.): 182.01

Lviv is a city in western Ukraine that was residence of princes and kings of the Kingdom of Ruthenia, capital of the Ruthenian Voivodeship of the Kingdom of Poland, the Habsburg Kingdom of ...more
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Brno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
South Moravian Region, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

Area (km sq.): 230.19

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic by population and area, the largest Moravian city, and the historical capital city of the Margraviate of Moravia. Brno is the administrative ...more
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Vilnius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Vilnius County, Lithuania

Area (km sq.): 401.0

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city, with a population of 539,939 as of 2014. Vilnius is located in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second biggest city of the ...more
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Riga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Latvia

Area (km sq.): 304.0

Riga is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. With 643,368 inhabitants, Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city lies ...more
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Belgrade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Serbia

Area (km sq.): 3222.68

Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. Its name translates to White city. ...more
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Sofia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Bulgaria

Area (km sq.): 1349.0

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. Its history spans 2,400 years. The city is located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country. It occupies a strategic ...more
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Split, Croatia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Split Croatia

Area (km sq.): 79.38

Split is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia. It lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, centred on the Roman Palace of the Emperor ...more
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Bled is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Slovenia

Area (km sq.): 188.5

Bled is a town on Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia. It is the administrative seat of the Municipality of Bled. It is most notable as a popular tourist destination in the Upper Carniola region ...more
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Sarajevo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Area (km sq.): 141.5

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an estimated population of 369,534. The Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo, East Sarajevo and surrounding ...more
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Plovdiv is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Bulgaria

Area (km sq.): 101.98

Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria after the capital Sofia, with a population of 341,041 inhabitants as of June 2013. It is the administrative center of Plovdiv Province and the ...more
23
Minsk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Minsk Region, Belarus

Area (km sq.): 307.9

Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus, situated on the Svislach and Nyamiha rivers. It is the administrative centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States. As the national capital, ...more
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Zagreb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Croatia

Area (km sq.): 641.0

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. ...more
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Pécs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Baranya County, Hungary

Area (km sq.): 162.61

Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and ...more