It took me years of travels to numerous destinations all over the world only to realize what I enjoy the most, what makes me almost hyperventilate and fall in love. And that’s Central Europe. While I’m very grateful for a chance to visit so many amazing places in five continents and while I usually liked them a lot, discovering broadly defined Central Europe gives me always the most pleasure. I just love finding and getting to know some less popular places not many have heard of, authentic and still unspoiled by the mass tourism. And Central Europe is full of them! With my crazy lifestyle where I try to balance full time job and travels and with a perfect base in Warsaw, Poland Central Europe is the easiest place for me to travel to – and I try to take this chance as often as possible!
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Why I adore Central Europe
When saying Central Europe I usually think of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia or Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hungary also applies here but I have a problem with the country as I don’t really know it, I was only in Budapest some 10 times so far) – basically a former Habsburg Empire. The common legacy makes these places very much alike, even if they’re now located in different countries hundreds of kilometers apart. When you look at the architecture of let’s say Zagreb, Brno or Chernivtsi the cities look very similar. But that’s not all: the cafe culture, the vibe, the laid-back atmosphere, multicultural past – it’s all there!
Visegrad Hostels project
That’s why I was more than happy when my friends from 3Bros’ Hostel in Cieszyn (yet another amazing Central European town) has started Visegrad Hostels project, aiming at promoting the region. We share the affection for this part of the world and we believe that due to the common past this region is very unique and deserves more attention and visitors. So far the project associates hostels from five cities: Cieszyn (Poland), Olomouc (Czech Republic), Kosice (Slovakia), Pecs and Esztregom (Hungary) under the slogan „Discover the Undiscovered”. While most of the people who visit these four countries focus on Cracow, Prague, Bratislava or Budapest Visegrad Hostels plans to promote less known yet still fascinating destinations. And I keep my fingers crossed for them so much!
Best Facebook group about Central Europe
Couple of months ago I started my project connected to Central Europe (and not only). I founded a Facebook Group dedicated to this part of the world as well as the Balkans and former USSR – you’re more than welcome to join! The group is growing really fast (now at over 850 members) and connects fellow travelers who want to discover these still less popular countries. Together with my friend Zofia of The Picktures we keep the group spam free so if you’re looking for any advice about traveling to those off the path destinations or just want to share your interest for the place – this is the best group to be in! I must admit I’m really surprised how well this group is doing and how helpful members are!
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Best places in Central Europe
And so if you’re looking for still undiscovered yet amazing places to visit in Central Europe you should check Cieszyn, Bielsko-Biała, Przemyśl, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chetnivsti, Kamyanets-Podilsky, Timisoara, Brasov, Sibiu, Kosice, Banska Stiavnica, Bardejov, Ostrava, Olomouc, Brno, Graz, Ljubljana, Ptuj, Celje, Maribor,Subotica, Zagreb or Sarajevo. These are only few suggestions as each country hides so many gems I still need to discover. But most of these cities are on my list of favorite destinations and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed too!
Which places did you visit in Central Europe? What’s your favorite part of the world?
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