Culture 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
Czech Republic
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
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
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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Tallinn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Estonia
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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Saint Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
kent787 added Northwestern Federal District, Russia
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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Munich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Keith A. West added Bavaria, Germany
Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and ...more

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Athens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Attica, Greece
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) 8 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Russia
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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Dubrovnik is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia
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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Kiev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Kiev Oblast, Ukraine
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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Vienna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
kent787 added Austria
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.794 million, and its cultural, economic, ...more

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Bratislava is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Bratislava Region, Slovakia
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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Bucharest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Romania
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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Ljubljana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Slovenia
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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Lviv is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
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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Riga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Latvia
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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Brno is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
South Moravian Region, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic
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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Plovdiv is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Bulgaria
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

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Bled is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Slovenia
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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Vilnius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Vilnius County, Lithuania
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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Pécs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Baranya County, Hungary
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

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Split, Croatia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Croatia
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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Sofia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Bulgaria
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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Sarajevo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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Varna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
iskmitev added Varna
Bulgaria