Central Europe has quickly become one of the most popular regions to explore on the continent. It is a very dynamic region with some gorgeous cities that offer more offbeat, budget-friendly destinations compared to the West.
Since many of the countries in Central Europe were under Communist regimes until just a couple of decades ago, many of them have an interesting and unique history and culture to explore.
Where is Central Europe?
Central Europe can have a few definitions in the region. Many consider the countries of Poland, Slovakia, Czechia, and Hungary to be ‘Eastern Europe’, but Central Europe is more correct. Austria also makes up part of Central Europe. Regardless of the specific countries that you plan to visit, you are sure to have an awesome time exploring this stunning and historic part of the world.
Planning Your Route:
You can head to triptile.com to put together your perfect Central Europe travel route. Typically, routes through Central Europe will cover all the main capital cities from Vienna and Prague to Krakow and Budapest.
However, while visiting all the capital cities is an awesome plan, it’s definitely worth taking some time to plan additional tours to explore some of the smaller cities and towns that these countries have to offer.
Best Places to Visit:
If you’re wondering where to go and what to see when you are traveling Central Europe, the good news is that there are tons of options available. Prague is a must-see with so many historic buildings to explore and an excellent shopping experience. You can get a Prague to Vienna train and land in the capital city of Austria, where you’ll be able to explore this stunning, classical city that’s filled with amazing opera, museums, ballet, history, and so much more.
Krakow, the capital city of Hungary, is another must-see with boasting practically the cheapest (but still excellent!) beer on the continent and an excellent entertainment scene for those who want to have fun and party. Budapest with its iconic hot springs is fantastic for the younger crowd but has plenty of things to see and do for travelers of all ages with a wide range of interests.
Best Time to Visit:
You can certainly visit Central Europe at any time of the year and still have an amazing, enjoyable trip. Base your travel times on what you hope to do while you visit. Like almost everywhere on the continent, Central Europe boasts distinct seasons, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Both Spring and Autumn are excellent times to visit if you would like to be there in milder weather, but it’s worth packing a water-resistant jacket, as rain is not a rare occurrence during these seasons.
Bear in mind that Central Europe is very busy with tourists during the months, in July and August, in particular, so you may need to do a lot of advance planning if you want to visit in summer to ensure that you can secure your spot in everything hope to do and see.
So, to sum it up: if you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime once we can begin traveling again, Central Europe is the perfect destination and a wonderful place to visit for those who want to see a different side of Europe than renowned Italy or sun-kissed Spain have to offer.