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The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit

Updated March 1, 2020 7.7k votes 980 voters 6.4k 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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  • 1
    Prague
    264
    58

    Prague

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Istanbul
    183
    67

    Istanbul

    Marmara Region, Turkey

    Area (km sq.)5343.0

    Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Budapest
    157
    69

    Budapest

    Central Hungary

    Area (km sq.)525.16

    Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Saint Petersburg
    163
    66

    Saint Petersburg

    Northwestern Federal District, Russia

    Area (km sq.)1439.0

    Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, politically incorporated as a federal... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Moscow
    151
    74

    Moscow

    Russia

    Area (km sq.)2510.0

    Moscow is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Kiev
    113
    49

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Ankara
    68
    15

    Ankara

    Turkey

    Area (km sq.)2516.0

    Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city, Istanbul being the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Thessaloniki
    58
    4

    Thessaloniki

    Central Macedonia, Greece
    Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, IPA: [θesaloˈniki]), Thessalonica, or Salonica is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Baku
    62
    10

    Baku

    Azerbaijan

    Area (km sq.)2130.0

    Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Ohrid
    55
    2

    Ohrid

    Republic of Macedonia

    Area (km sq.)383.93

    Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Cluj-Napoca
    54
    2

    Cluj-Napoca

    Cluj County, Romania

    Area (km sq.)179.5

    Cluj-Napoca is the second largest city in Romania, andis considered the historical capital of... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Kaunas
    54
    2

    Kaunas

    Kaunas County, Lithuania

    Area (km sq.)157.0

    Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Pristina
    54
    2

    Pristina

    District of Pristina

    Area (km sq.)854.0

    Pristina, also spelled Prishtina, is the capital and largest city of Kosovo. It is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Skopje
    54
    2

    Skopje

    Yugoslavia

    Area (km sq.)571.46

    Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country's... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Tbilisi
    66
    15

    Tbilisi

    Georgia

    Area (km sq.)350.0

    Tbilisi, formerly known as Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Sparta
    54
    2

    Sparta

    Greece
    Sparta, or Lacedaemon was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece, situated on the banks of... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lviv
    100
    47

    Lviv

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Pula
    52
    2

    Pula

    Istria County, Croatia

    Area (km sq.)51.65

    Pula is the largest city in Istria County, Croatia, situated at the southern tip of the Istria... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Antalya
    61
    11

    Antalya

    Antalya Province, Turkey

    Area (km sq.)1417.0

    Antalya, is the eighth most populous city in Turkey and the capital of its eponymous province.... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Edirne
    62
    10

    Edirne

    Edirne Province, Turkey
    Edirne, is a city in the Turkish region of East Thrace, close to its borders with Greece and... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Bratislava
    100
    52

    Bratislava

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Athens
    97
    59

    Athens

    Attica, Greece

    Area (km sq.)412.0

    Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Tallinn
    92
    53

    Tallinn

    Estonia

    Area (km sq.)159.3

    Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km² and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Podgorica
    58
    10

    Podgorica

    Yugoslavia

    Area (km sq.)1441.0

    Podgorica,Montenegro

  • 25
    Durrës
    54
    4

    Durrës

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