Archive for the ‘Eastern Europe’ Category

Church-Hopping at Vladimir

Church-Hopping at Vladimir

Beyond the hustle and bustle of its very chaotic capital, Russia boasts of old towns that still retain its distinct medieval architecture.  These cities, known among locals as the Golden Ring because of its proximity with one another, also preserve its later buildings erected from the 16th to 20th centuries.One of the most visited cities in the Golden Ring is Vladimir, located in the central part of the Eastern European Plain and sitting on a steep hill beside the Klyazma River.  Travelers are d…

Gdynia Things to Do

Gdynia Things to Do

Gdynia is a city in Poland, which serves as an important seaport in the southern coast of the Baltic Sea. It is located in Kashubia in Eastern Pomerania and is part of the country’s Tri-City area (also composed of the city of GdaÅ„sk and the town of Sopot). Although Gdynia is comparatively a modern city, marine and naval enthusiasts will surely love what it has to offer.The city’s maritime appealCompared to its neighbor, GdaÅ„sk, Gdynia is a modern city with less historical attractions. But what…

Top European Cities to Live In

Top European Cities to Live In

European cities have long been known to offer some of the best places in the world to consider living in. Depending on certain preferences, Europe offers some of the nicest and probably the best choices when it comes to finding the best of everything. From cities with strong economies to those where the protecting the environment is considered a high priority, Europe has something for everyone. Not only that, many cities in various European countries are notable for their very strong stand when …

Traveling in Romania

Traveling in Romania

Romania is one of the best places to travel when you are in Eastern or Central Europe. Not only has it a very rich history like that of Count Dracula of Transylvania, it also has a very rich culture that dates back during medieval times. However, there are things that you have to remember if you wish to travel in this country. One is the safety health basics that every tourist has to be aware of, and the rest, a friendly reminder of what you have to know about this country. Vaccination when trav…

Lake Balaton in Hungary

Lake Balaton in Hungary

Lake Balaton in Hungary is the largest lake in Central Europe. With the grand scenery it has, it attracts several tourists all over the world. It has man-made beaches that are covered with grass instead of sand. The water here in this lake becomes so inviting during the summer months. While on the winter season, visitors like to go skating or ice fishing since this remains one of the most enjoying time of the year.Activites that can be done in BalatonIf you are looking for ways to have some fun …

Vilnius, Discover the Heart of Europe

Vilnius, Discover the Heart of Europe

Travel publications have released their lists of top tourist destination for 2009. Among those locations that have been consistently included in these exclusive lists is the capital city of Lithuania, Vilnius. What is so special about Vilnius, you ask? For one, 2009 marks the city’s designation as one of two European Capitals of Culture. This year begins Vilnius’ time to shine as it showcases its cultural life and development to the rest of the world. Located (officially) in the middle of Europe…

Falling into the Charms of Kaliningrad

Falling into the Charms of Kaliningrad

The breakdown of the Soviet Union has resulted in many newly-formed states that separated from “Mother Russia” and left behind a small province that is now separated from its mother. Kaliningrad Oblast is home to the city of the same name. Kaliningrad is located in Russian Federation’s westernmost part, but it has no land connection to the rest of the country because it is surrounded by Lithuania and Poland. However, despite the city’s seemingly isolation, getting to Kaliningrad is actually conv…

Things to Do in Prague

Things to Do in Prague

There are a lot of things that the visitor can do in Prague. For one, there are a lot of interesting sights to go to. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the city has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city is considered one of the least affected of European cities in terms of the damage caused by World War II. Most of its historic architecture may still be evident all around the city. Not only that, it is one of the cities that offers one of the most varied coll…

Getting Around Prague

Getting Around Prague

There are a number of options available when it comes to getting around Prague. Getting in can be just as convenient as going around Prague. By air or by land, there are a wide variety of ways for tourists to come to this beautiful city of the Czech Republic. By air, tourists would likely go through the Ruzyne International Airport which is located 20 kilometers northwest of the city. By, car it would take about 30 minutes to get into the city from the airport. A number of European carriers can…

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Perhaps the most popular attraction, Prague Castle can be seen from practically anywhere in the city. It is the original seat of the Czech princes and kings and became a presidential residence in 1918. Prague Castle was founded around the year 880 by Prince Borivoj of the house of Premyslides. The early medieval castle site was fortified with a moat and a rampart of clay and stones. The first walled building was the church of Our Lady. Other churches, dedicated to St. George and St. Vitus, were …