Cities to Visit: Traveling around Central Europe

Cities to Visit: Traveling around Central Europe

Mar 5, 2020, 9:39:45 AM Life and Styles

Central Europe is a region of the world that is rich in culture and history. Those that have the privilege of traveling to Central Europe will experience Old World culture, breathtaking scenery, amazing architecture, and so much more. 

Public transportation around the region makes it easy to visit multiple cities during one trip. 

If traveling to Central Europe is on your bucket list, these are some of the cities you’ll want to add to your list of possibilities. 

Berlin, Germany

Not only is Berlin rich in history, but it is also considered the party capital of Europe. For those that want to spend their days learning more about the history of Germany and their nights partying, Berlin is for them. 

Germany is a former Soviet State. Sightseeing destinations around Berlin offer a window to the past. Popular destinations include the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Topography of Terror. 

In addition to iconic landmarks, there are also many museums that allow you to further explore the culture of the region. 

Of course, you can also visit some of the other cities and towns of Central Europe from Berlin. For example, Berlin to Frankfurt is a five hour trip by car. 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague offers a wide range of activities for tourists, plus it is considered one of Europe’s architectural gems because of how many historical architectural styles are found throughout the city. 

A favorite destination for many tourists is Prague Castle. This castle complex dates back to the 9th century and is the most significant Czech monument. Visitors can explore the grounds for free, but many of the buildings require admission fees.

Other popular destinations in Prague include the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, and the St Vitus Cathedral. 

Many tourists also enjoy the chance to eat traditional Czech cuisine. From sweet pastries to savory dumplings, most people find at least one traditional dish that they love. Ask the locals for recommendations!

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest has plenty of beautiful architecture to explore, plus it integrates the Old World with modern culture. And in comparison to some of Central Europe’s other capital cities, it is fairly inexpensive to explore. 

One of the most popular ways to get around the city is by tram. Tourists will want to take a trip to the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. This bridge goes across the Danube River. The Danube River once separated Budapest into two separate cities (Buda and Pest). 

You can also visit the banks near the river. Along the banks of the Pest portion of the bridge, you’ll find a memorial of shoes that is dedicated to Jewish people who lost their lives in Budapest during World War II.

Vienna, Austria

Many of Vienna’s historical landmarks survived the bombings of World War II, allowing tourists to appreciate century-old landmarks and attractions. There are also over 100 museums to visit throughout the city, offering insight into the rich historical culture of Vienna. 

Important landmarks to visit include Vienna’s City Hall and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. 

After visiting some historical landmarks, many tourists enjoy visiting some of the local coffee houses. There are dozens of places to get coffee in Vienna. In addition to getting coffee, you’ll want to pick up a traditional Viennese cake or dessert. 

Vienna is particularly lovely to visit during different seasons. In the fall, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to visit the Schönbrunn Gardens. During the winter months, holiday markets fill the streets of the city. 

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava isn’t the largest of the capital cities, which makes it easy to explore in only a day or two. Many people overlook Bratislava because of how small it is, but visiting the city is well worth it because of how charming it is. 

Like the other cities mentioned on this list, there are certain landmarks you won’t want to miss. A favorite for many tourists is the Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. As the name suggests, the church is blue on the inside and the outside. 

Another favorite destination is the Bratislava Castle, which dates back to the 10th century. This castle has been renovated and rebuilt over the years, but it is an integral part of the city. 

Final thoughts

When going to Central Europe, there are so many places to visit! While many people stick to visiting the capital cities, don’t be afraid to also visit some of the smaller villages and towns throughout the region. There are many scenic little villages that can be explored in only a few hours.

 

Published by Daphenee Plaisir

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