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Traveling to Eastern Europe

Corcoran, California
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Traveling to Eastern Europe

Hello everyone, I'll be traveling to Europe in mid-May and I am having difficulties coming up with a solid itinerary. I was in Prague last year (2012), and looking forward to returning to this magical city. So far, the only places that I know I'd like to visit for sure are Prague (of course), and spend a day, maybe a night in Kutna Hora. I was also contemplating a stop in Brno on my way to Slovakia. I'm not too sure what to do in Slovakia, I love castles though. I then also would like to go to Hungary, and then travel across to Croatia. Any and all help is welcomed and appreciated. Yes, my plan is wide open, I simply need advice as to what places I should visit. Thank you very much in advance. :)

Alex

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1. Re: Traveling to Eastern Europe

are you relying on only trains and buses or are you planning to rent a car at some part of the trip ....

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First of all, none of these places is in Eastern Europe.

Brno has got two castles - the huge Špilberk in the city centre and Veveří which can be reached by ferry boat and makes a great and picturesque day out. Also Pernštejn is close by http://www.zamky-hrady.cz/2/pernstejn-e.htm - you need a few days in Brno www.youtube.com/watch…

Here are some more for you to look through: http://www.zamky-hrady.cz/index-e.htm

Slovakia has a lot of castles as well but a car is useful for most of them e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bojnice_Castle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi%C5%A1_Castle

…wikipedia.org/wiki/Tren%C4%8D%C3%ADn_Castle

and many others

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…A1mkov_na_Slovensku

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I was planning on using mostly public transportation... although i'm not sure how easy it'd be considering that i don't know the language. I can only drive automatic vehicles.

Do you guys have any recommendations as to what cities/towns I should add to my itinerary?

My mistake for referring to this countries as "Eastern Europe". I'm kind of new to this traveling thing, so still learning.

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yeah east Europe is old terminology from the iron curtain times, and everything within the Soviet empire was bundled as east Europe. Central Europe is a better term for the area you describe although there are no exact borders defined for that term. I was going to suggesn a number of castles around Prague and even further awaz in CZ but without car..... you can certainly get a day trip to Karlstejn with some tour company.

Another castle worth seeing could be Konopiste, the home of Archduke Ferdinand who got shot in Sarajevo 1914. As you are heading south the places worth seeing other then Brno are Kutna Hora, Cesky Krumlov, Telc, Trebon, Slavonice, but it could be logistically tough to achieve. You could alt least do Kutna Hora before you head down to Brno. I have no expertise on Slovakia, there are of course the Tatra mountains.

Alternatively you could had for the Austrian Alps in the Salzburg Region, Salzburg itself has a nice castle of historical importance.

Budapest is a nice pleasant town. The Croatian coast is nice, in split you are walking among Roman architecture, it is really unique and spectacular.

There are also several islands you can go to by boat, for Example Hvar, Korcula etc....they are beautiful too.

Dubrovnik is gem of course. You can even take a ferry to Corfu from there.

Ask the other country specific forums for more details about those countries.

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Slovakia has many castles including ruins or watch towers. You can take a look at the below site and maybe you can choose you would like to see. I've been only to Brastislava and Trencin and often passed by Spis.

http://www.slovakia.com/castles/

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6. Re: Traveling to Eastern Europe

What's your timeframe? (ie how long will you be on the road? Others will be asking.)

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Hello,

I agree with all places mentioned above, what to add:

Slovakia has beautiful castles indeed, as to my experience I would surely recommend you Spis castle (http://www.spisskyhrad.sk/en.html), Bojnice (http://www.bojnicecastle.sk/index-en.html) and Orava castle (slovakiatravels.com/en/…orava-castle.html) Castle Krasna Hôrka was destroyed after the fire last year, so it's not possible to visit for now.

Also maybe it would be worth to see some churches, for example the one in Levoča (http://www.chramsvjakuba.sk/en.html).

Here you can see the list of all castles in Slovakia (or I guess they're all :-)): www.slovakia.travel/portal.aspx…

Next I would definitely recommend you to visit our nature and mountains! High Tatras or Low Tatras, there is a wide variety of possible routes and they offer amazing views of the country.

By Croatia, I agree with the islands, Hvar and Korčula, maybe also Mljet - there is a national park and nice old churches. In the South of Croatia - > Dubrovnik, a town surely worth to see too! In the peninsula Pelješac there are many nice places, e.g. Orebic (Korcula is about 15 min with ferry from it) - and they have great ice-cream there! ;-)

I don't know if you're planning to visit also Bosna and Hercegovina, if yes, canyon of Neretva is really beautiful!

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I will be in Europe for a total of five weeks. I haven't made definitive plans yet.... but I would like to go to Prague, Kutna Hora, Brno (to get a tattoo), Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, the Almafi coast in Italy, and then on to Spain.

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I went to the Czech Republic last April and I visited Kutna Hora, Karlstejn, Cesky Krumlov, and Beroun. It was very nice...

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Thank you all for the information that you guys have been given me, it's highly appreciated :)