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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
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    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

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    Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Istanbul

    Marmara Region, Turkey

    Area (km sq.)5343.0

    Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and... more
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    Budapest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Saint Petersburg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Moscow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Kiev is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Thessaloniki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Thessaloniki

    Central Macedonia, Greece
    Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη, IPA: [θesaloˈniki]), Thessalonica, or Salonica is the... more
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    Ohrid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Cluj-Napoca is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Kaunas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Ankara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Ankara

    Turkey

    Area (km sq.)2516.0

    Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city, Istanbul being the... more
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    Kaliningrad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Kaliningrad

    Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia

    Area (km sq.)223.03

    Kaliningrad, formerly called Königsberg, is a seaport city and the administrative center of... more
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    Kazan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Kazan

    Tatarstan, Russia

    Area (km sq.)515.76

    Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population... more
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    Pula is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Durrës is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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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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    Tbilisi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Tbilisi

    Georgia

    Area (km sq.)350.0

    Tbilisi, formerly known as Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on... more
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    Athens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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

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    Baku is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Elbasan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Elbasan

    Elbasan County, Albania

    Area (km sq.)1290.0

    Elbasan is a city in central Albania. It is located on the Shkumbin River in the District of... more
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    Lviv is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Bratislava is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Pristina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Sevastopol is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    Area (km sq.)864.0

    Sevastopol or traditionally Sebastopol is a city located in the southwestern region of the... more
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    Antalya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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    Skopje is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Eastern European Cities to Visit
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    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
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