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Steeped in architecture, history and culture, Eastern Europe exudes a soft charm that’s entirely its own. The heady vibes of its cities like Prague & Budapest, the abundance of natural charm in its lakes, hills and coastlines, the majestic architecture of its castles and opera houses, all ensure that this part of the world doesn’t have to try too hard.
We’re head over heels in love already.
Skocjan Cave complex, Slovenia - Part of the plateau from where the word ‘karst’ itself originates, the Skocjan Caves are a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site. The 11 cave complex has huge underground halls, gorges, natural bridges and the River Reza rushing through it. Want more reason to make the stop? It is the largest known underground canyon in the world!
Postojna Cave complex, Slovenia – The most visited cave in Europe, Postojna Cave unfolds nearly 20 km of passages,
galleries and chambers. A classic ‘karst’ cave, the topography is replete with speleothems: calcite formations, stalactites and stalagmites in all shapes, colours and age. The best part, you can take a train ride inside!
Pálvölgyi Caves, Hungary – The astounding stalagmite formations of the Pálvölgyi caves that stretch for about 18 km, is reason enough reason to stare open mouthed!
Paradise Cave, Poland – A beautiful limestone cave, it has eye catching karst formations. This natural complex of corridors and tunnels will stun you with extraordinary shaped stalactites, stalagmites and stalagnates.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia – Nestled in the mountainous Karst region of central Croatia, this park is famous for its cascading ‘lakes’, each of which changes colour constantly. The limestone topography is known for sinkholes and caves as well.
Lake Bled, Slovenia – A blue-green gem surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps, it is one of the country’s top attractions. Take the 6 km walk around the lake or hire a boat, swim in its waters (warmed by thermal springs) or simply drink in the view.
5 Ponds Valley, Poland – Tucked away between 1,600 & 1,900 mts above sea level, the five ponds of this post glacial valley are sights to behold. Named Great, Back, Black, Small and Front, they look like they’ve been painted into the landscape. The 70 ft Siklawa Waterfall leaping into the Roztoka valley is another bonus sight in the area!
Białowieża Forest, Poland – Swathing large areas of the Poland-Belarus border, this is Europe’s oldest forest. Home to mighty oaks and majestic Wisents, the heaviest land mammal in Europe, even a small walk here should remind you of the transience of human existence.
Cesky Krumlov castle, Czech Republic – National Geographic calls the UNESCO Heritage Town of Cesky Krumlov "one of the most beautiful historic destinations in the world” and we agree! And highlighting its splendour is the Castle, with live bears in its dry moat, the wonderfully preserved interiors and lovingly detailed collection of period furnishings, musical instruments, armour and art.
Prague Castle, Czech Republic – The largest ancient castle in the world, the Prague castle looms over the city. Inside it’s a world in itself with churches, gardens and royal residences. St. Vitus Cathedral is known for its stained glass windows and the tomb of St. John of Nepomuk. For an unforgettable experience, take a stroll roughly around midnight.
Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia – A fortification built as early as the 9th century, the spectacular Ljubljana Castle sits atop a hill, keeping an eye on the city. Take the funicular up, climb the viewing tower for sweeping views of Ljubljana, take a virtual history tour, see million year old rock fossils and admire the St. George’s Chapel with its 15th century frescoes. It’s the best of Slovenian history in an easy trip.
Poreč's Euphrasian Basilica, Croatia – A UNESCO Heritage Site, it is an architectural delight. The glittering Byzantine mosaics will take your breath away, while the cathedral’s sculpted marble columns from Constantinople stun you in all their glory.
Idrija, Slovenia – Admire Idrija’s beautiful collection of Bobbin lace worked napkins, bed linen, curtains, dresses, necklaces, earrings and more. Visit the Municipal museum Idrija, Lace School Idrija and the Interational Centre of Idrija Lace to know more about the origins of this exquisite art. And shop of course!
Bobowa, Poland – Bobbin lace from Bobowa has put this small village on the international circuit. Hit the Gallery of Bobbin Lace to see these intricate creations and watch lace makers ply their craft. Better still, come during the Festival of Bobbin Laces to see lace products from Slovakia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, Russia, France, Austria, Germany, Hungary and Poland.
Pag, Croatia – The Pag Lace Gallery is as lovely as its exhibits. The restored Ducal Palace is the perfect setting to showcase the unbelievably skilful designs of the town. The gallery also gives you a quick lesson on the history of lacemaking in Pag.
Budapest, Hungary – The Secret Emergency Hospital Museum, the Post Museum, Underground Railway Museum, Labyrinth of Buda Castle, Fire Brigade Museum; Budapest’s museum are as extra-ordinary as the city itself.
Nuclear Bunker Museum, Prague – Located underground, it is replete with paraphernalia that include gas masks, uniforms et al. Chills down your spine guaranteed.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Poland – This site is emblematic of the systematic mass murder of millions of people. From the ironic inscription on the main gate “Arbeit macht Frei” (work makes you free) to the inhuman gas ‘showers’, the Auschwitz complex was intended to dehumanize and degrade prisoners at every step. Be prepared for gut wrenching stories, traumatizing displays of personal effects, soul crushing concrete punishment rooms and the odd display of spirit & courage. It is travel that opens your mind and bruises your soul. All the more reason to do it.
Budapest, Hungary – Make the most of limestone territory. Budapest has plenty of family friendly options to try caving. The easiest is the Szemlő-hegyi Cave show cave, which has concrete paths and good lighting. It is noted for its unique crystal formations.
The Pálvölgyi caves, with several levels under the city offers both easy and tough options. The more adventurous can tackle the natural sections of the cave, with a caving guide leading the way. It involves climbing walls and crawling through narrow passages; not one for the claustrophobics.
Postojna, Slovenia – Be a spelunker for a day and explore one of the world’s largest caves. Sign up for an underground adventure tour and get up close to the workings of the earth. With a professional caving guide, navigate the lesser known side of Postojna.
Poland – Slovakia – Ride on parts of the ancient ‘Amber Route’ that linked the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic. Pass beautiful countryside, medieval castles, wooden churches turned open air museums and soak up the local culture of rural Poland. Cross over to Slovakia after riding through the rolling hills of the Pieniny National Park. A typical tour starts in the Heritage city of Krakow and ends in Poprad, Slovakia.
Hungarian Danube – Follow one of the most idyllic rivers in the world. The Hungarian Danube circuit passes the Danube bend, the lakes of Tata, the baroque towns of Szentendre & Győr, the Visegrád castle and Hungary’s largest cathedral at Esztergom. Unspoilt countryside, superb cuisine and relaxing thermal spas & massages are all part of the journey!
Cetina River, Split, Croatia – Take a family break from all the sightseeing and head to the Cetina River. Lush vegetation frames the river gorge where class 2 and class 3 rapids can be tackled by anyone, age 8 upwards. A convenient day trip where you paddle, swim and feast your eyes on the pristine Croatian countryside.
Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic – Join the Champions league and hit the wildwater canal on Vltava river; located outside Prague, the location of the World Rafting Championships. The canal has been specifically constructed to deliver Class 4 rapids to keep that adrenaline flowing. Once done, you can enjoy the picturesque countryside, sip a cold Pilsner and head back.
The ‘city of spas’, is fed by 118 hot springs, complete with historic bath houses from ancient times.