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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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    Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
    254
    55

    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 the  ...more

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    Marmara Region, Turkey
    172
    65

    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 centre  ...more

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    Central Hungary
    156
    60

    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 transportation  ...more

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    kent787 addedNorthwestern Federal District, Russia
    157
    58

    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 1914 the  ...more
  • 5
    Russia
    142
    67

    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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    Kiev

    Kiev Oblast, Ukraine
    109
    48

    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 largest  ...more
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    Lviv Oblast, Ukraine
    99
    41

    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 Galicia  ...more
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    Mark Lanzarotta addedIstria County, Croatia
    55
    3

    Area (km sq.)51.65

    Pula is the largest city in Istria County, Croatia, situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, with a population of 57,460. Like the rest of the region, it is known for its mild climate,  ...more
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    Mark Lanzarotta added

    Kaunas

    Kaunas County, Lithuania
    55
    3

    Area (km sq.)157.0

    Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas was the biggest city and the centre of a powiat  ...more
  • 10
    Mark Lanzarotta addedGreece
    53
    4
    Sparta, or Lacedaemon was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece, situated on the banks of the Eurotas River in Laconia, in south-eastern Peloponnese. It emerged as a political entity around the  ...more
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    Mark Lanzarotta addedCentral Macedonia, Greece
    57
    8
    Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, IPA: [θesaloˈniki]), Thessalonica, or Salonica is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia,  the nation's largest region. It is honorarily  ...more
  • 12
    Azerbaijan
    59
    12

    Area (km sq.)2130.0

    Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres below sea level, which makes it the lowest  ...more
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    Mark Lanzarotta addedCluj County, Romania
    52
    4

    Area (km sq.)179.5

    Cluj-Napoca is the second largest city in Romania, andis considered the historical capital of Transylvania.  ...more
  • 14
    Mark Lanzarotta addedYugoslavia
    53
    5

    Area (km sq.)571.46

    Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country's political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi. The  ...more
  • 15
    Bratislava Region, Slovakia
    93
    47

    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 the  ...more
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    Mark Lanzarotta addedRepublic of Macedonia
    53
    6

    Area (km sq.)383.93

    Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country with over 42,000 inhabitants as of  ...more
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    Mark Lanzarotta addedKaliningrad Oblast, Russia
    51
    4

    Area (km sq.)223.03

    Kaliningrad, formerly called Königsberg, is a seaport city and the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. The locality was a  ...more
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    Estonia
    86
    46

    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 of the  ...more

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    Mark Lanzarotta addedTatarstan, Russia
    51
    4

    Area (km sq.)515.76

    Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of 1,143,535, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga  ...more
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    kent787 addedGeorgia
    62
    16

    Area (km sq.)350.0

    Tbilisi, formerly known as Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mtkvari River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. Founded in the 5th  ...more
  • 21
    Mark Lanzarotta addedDistrict of Pristina
    52
    5

    Area (km sq.)854.0

    Pristina, also spelled Prishtina, is the capital and largest city of Kosovo. It is the administrative center of the homonymous municipality and district. Preliminary results of the 2011 census put  ...more
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    Turkey
    65
    20

    Area (km sq.)2516.0

    Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city, Istanbul being the largest. The city has a mean elevation of 938 meters and in 2014 had a population of 5,150,072, with its  ...more
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    Vilnius County, Lithuania
    75
    36

    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 Baltic  ...more
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    Mark Lanzarotta addedCrimea
    52
    5

    Area (km sq.)864.0

    Sevastopol or traditionally Sebastopol is a city located in the southwestern region of the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea. The city is currently a subject of territorial dispute, as a result of  ...more
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    Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia
    74
    38

    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 Dubrovnik-Neretva  ...more

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