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Central Europe: discover its treasures now!

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Wonderful hi storic towns around dynamically growing, modern cities. Majestic mountain ranges and the beauty of the windy northern seaside. Marvellous nature preservation areas and world-class places of cultural heritage. Picturesque landscapes, delicious food and – most of all – super friendly and hospitable locals. Have you ever heard of a place that contains all these wonders? Do you know where to find it? We do – it’s the amazing Central Europe that’s simply waiting to be discovered! Ready for an adventure? Let’s go!

How to define Central Europe?

It is not unambiguously stated nor written anywhere which countries actually constitute the region known as  Central Europe. The most common description, however, refers to four countries – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – that established a cultural and political alliance called the  Visegrad Group (or Visegrad Four, also referred to as V4) in 1991. In May 1 of 2004, these four countries joined the European Union, which makes them easily accessible for tourists from all over the world.

What do you need to know about Central Europe?

Central Europe is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and most interesting regions in the whole continent. We don’t want to bore you with too much history, but it’s important to know that this part of the world was long divided by rival empires, terrifying totalitarian ideological policies and later the Cold War. So much time has passed that it’s easy to forget the centuries before all these events, when Central European territories were home to the wealthy and prosperous Kingdom of Hungary, Kingdom of Bohemia and Polish-Lithuanian Commonweath. The cultural heritage of these once powerful countries somehow managed to survive centuries of oppression and now it’s time to properly appreciate it.

These days, the wounds of the Cold War seem to be healed. Decades after regaining their long-awaited political freedom, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary are growing rapidly in pretty much every aspect – economical, cultural and in infrastructure. It’s no surprise that in the last few years they have become some of the hottest tourist spots in Europe.

What’s there to experience in Central Europe?

As we already mentioned at the beginning – all kinds of marvellous attractions are waiting for you, from beautiful landscapes and cities and exciting outdoor activities, to absolutely delicious local gastronomy. Despite having a lot in common, when it comes to history and customs, Central European countries are culturally very diverse, which will make your journey even more special. It’s really hard to describe them accurately in such a short article.

However, if we had to choose the top 6 places to visit we would highly recommend the following:

  • Budapest – the stunning Hungarian capital offering you attractions such as Danube cruises and a vibrant night-life
  • the castle of Malbork – one of the biggest Gothic castles in Europe dating back to 13th century, located in the northern part of Poland
  • Kraków – a former capital of Poland, now its beating heart with tourism, and a long and colourful history staring at you at every corner
  • Prague – not only the capital of Czech Republic, but also the city of artists, writers and poets with one-of-a-kind ambience and litres of delicious beer to drink
  • Szentendre – a beautiful town near Budapest and the Danube river, full of examples of different architectural styles, and one of the largest artist colonies in Central Europe
  • Tatra mountains – a majestic mountain range in Slovakia and Poland that you can enjoy while hiking in summer or skiing in winter

In truth, this is really just the tip of the iceberg. There’s way, way more to discover… Come and see for yourself!