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The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit

Updated March 1, 2020 7.6k votes 989 voters 6.5k views68 items

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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

    Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
    Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fifteenth-largest city...  more

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    Istanbul

    Marmara Region, Turkey
    Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and...  more
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    Budapest

    Central Hungary
    Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in...  more
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    Saint Petersburg

    Northwestern Federal District, Russia
    Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, politically incorporated as a federal...  more
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    Moscow

    Russia
    Moscow is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a...  more
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    Kiev

    Kiev Oblast, Ukraine
    Kiev or Kyiv is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of...  more
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    Ankara

    Turkey
    Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city, Istanbul being the...  more
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    Thessaloniki

    Central Macedonia, Greece
    Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, IPA: [θesaloˈniki]), Thessalonica, or Salonica is the...  more
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    Ohrid

    Republic of Macedonia
    Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the...  more
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    Lviv

    Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
    Lviv is a city in western Ukraine that was residence of princes and kings of the Kingdom of...  more
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    Cluj-Napoca

    Cluj County, Romania
    Cluj-Napoca is the second largest city in Romania, andis considered the historical capital of...  more
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    Kaunas

    Kaunas County, Lithuania
    Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of...  more
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    Pristina

    District of Pristina
    Pristina, also spelled Prishtina, is the capital and largest city of Kosovo. It is the...  more
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    Pula

    Istria County, Croatia
    Pula is the largest city in Istria County, Croatia, situated at the southern tip of the Istria...  more
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    Baku

    Azerbaijan
    Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian...  more
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    Skopje

    Yugoslavia
    Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country's...  more
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    Antalya

    Antalya Province, Turkey
    Antalya, is the eighth most populous city in Turkey and the capital of its eponymous province....  more
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    Sparta

    Greece
    Sparta, or Lacedaemon was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece, situated on the banks of...  more
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    Bratislava

    Bratislava Region, Slovakia
    Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and, with a population of about 500,000, the country's...  more
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    Edirne

    Edirne Province, Turkey
    Edirne, is a city in the Turkish region of East Thrace, close to its borders with Greece and...  more
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    Tbilisi

    Georgia
    Tbilisi, formerly known as Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on...  more
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    Podgorica

    Yugoslavia

    Podgorica,Montenegro

    Podgorica, lit. "under the small hill" is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. In...  more
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    Durrës

    Durrës County, Albania
    Durrës is the second largest city of Albania and is central on the coast, about 33 km west of...  more
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    Vilnius

    Vilnius County, Lithuania
    Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city, with a population of 539,939 as of...  more
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    Elbasan

    Elbasan County, Albania
    Elbasan is a city in central Albania. It is located on the Shkumbin River in the District of...  more