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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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Moscow is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Athens is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Kiev is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Tallinn is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Bratislava is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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Ljubljana is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Lviv is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Dubrovnik is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Tbilisi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
kent787 added Georgia

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 ...more
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Tirana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Tirana County, Albania

Area (km sq.): 41.8

Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania. Tirana became Albania’s capital city in 1920. The population at the 2011 census was 418,495. The city is host to many public institutions and ...more
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Sofia is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Sibiu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Gherghe Catalin added Sibiu County, Romania

Area (km sq.): 121.0

Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, Romania, with a population of 147,245. Located some 215 km north-west of Bucharest, the city straddles the Cibin River, a tributary of the river Olt. Now the ...more
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Baku is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Azerbaijan

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 ...more
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Varna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
iskmitev added Varna
Bulgaria
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Yerevan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
kent787 added Armenia

Area (km sq.): 227.0

Yerevan, is the capital and largest city of Armenia and one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and ...more
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Brașov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Gabriel Petrescu added Brașov County, Centru, Romania

Area (km sq.): 267.32

Brașov is a city in Romania and the administrative centre of Brașov County. According to the last Romanian census, from 2011, there were 253,200 people living within the city of Brașov, making ...more
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Veliky Novgorod is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
kent787 added Novgorod, RU Novgorod Oblast, Russia

Area (km sq.): 90.08

Veliky Novgorod, or Novgorod Veliky, or just Novgorod, is one of the most important historic cities in Russia which serves as the administrative center of Novgorod Oblast. It is situated on the ...more
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Ulcinj is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Montenegro

Area (km sq.): 255.0

Ulcinj;Latin: Daleigno. Albanian: Ulqin, or Ulqini; is the southernmost town in Montenegro. The town of Ulcinj has a population of 10,707 of which the majority are Albanians. Ulcinj is the ...more
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Volgograd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
kent787 added Volgograd Oblast, Russia

Area (km sq.): 859.35

Volgograd, formerly Tsaritsyn, 1589–1925, and Stalingrad, 1925–1961, is an important industrial city and the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast, Russia. It is 80-kilometer long, north to ...more
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Edirne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
Mark Lanzarotta added Edirne Edirne Province, Turkey
Edirne, is a city in the Turkish region of East Thrace, close to its borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne served as the third capital city of the Ottoman Empire from 1363 to 1453, before ...more