Central Europe has got so much to offer. So many countries, so many districts, and so many towns in them! History and culture, habits, cuisine and beverages. I think there are countless reasons to head to this part of our continent. Every European town/city has a soul, mainly because its residents cherish and retain its so-to-say dissimilarity. They are very proud about it.
I name mid/end of August to be the best time for a city break, as the 20ish degree temperature is perfect for a long walk around the sights. Nothing appears worth seeing in the rain, the heath or when it’s too windy.
The cities I shortlisted today have definitely got something in common – perhaps it’s the vibe, the atmosphere, maybe a bit of the architectural sights. It doesn’t change the fact I would truly recommend to experience and visit every single one of them, not only to kill the weekend’s boredom, but to see how much all those cities have to offer.
Being in Vienna feels like you are in a huge museum. In a good way. The buildings in the old quarter are so beautiful and magnificent that you can’t stop looking at them. You wonder whether you have already seen something as perfect.
Spend a day at the Museums Quartier, have a traditional Viennese soup with Frittaten (crêpe slivers) and perhaps Wiener Schnitzel? Then get lost at Prater, with the magnificent view of the city from the top of the wheel. Take a walk by the river and enjoy the view of modern mixed with history. Don’t forget about the Schönbrunn Castle, one of the most astonishing places I have seen so far. The tickets to go inside the palace are quite pricey, but you can only buy an entry to the gardens. I have always been very interested in life and history of Sisi, so visiting Vienna ( and later in my life Budapest) was crucial, but if you are not the fan of big mansions and state rooms you could skip this part and go to the museums instead.
Here is to one of my favorite Eastern/Central European capital. I have been to Prague, City of a Hundred Spires, countless times, as my home town is located around 150 km from there. Lucky me – we used to travel to this lovely city with my parents – whether it was the ZOO or a Christmas Market. What to do in Prague? It depends what you like, but Charles Bridge is only one of the best attractions. I personally love sitting on the bench on the opposite sight of Hradčany and admire the view in the evening. Pražský hrad, probably the most attractive palace in Czech Republic, located on the top of the hill, is a must-see! Not only because of the beautiful panoramic view of Prague with all its red rooftops, but for a bit of a history lesson. I also enjoy strolling around the colorful market square area – it always gives me a lot of inspiration. My favorite part of the city? Wenceslas Square – for some reason I really like to be there. To me, Prague is also a capital of fashion. I have been to many Mercedes Benz Fashion Weeks here, and I have always thought Czech ladies have a style. Well, it is called ‘a small Paris of the East’ for a reason.
I am so proud of our Polish Kraków. I refuse to name one reason to go there, as there are countless! Wawel Castle, old quarter, Kazimierz district, and the overall atmosphere of the former capital of Poland. It’s said to be home for intellectuals, actors, linguists, which undoubtedly makes the city a bit more individual among the rest of the Polish towns. The residents are very proud of the oldest district, Kazimierz – not only because of it historical meaning, but also because it contains of counless beautiful alley ways, coffee shops, bars with traditional Polish beer, vodka and pierogis. My favorite place in Kazimierz would be Nowy Square, called plac żydowski (“Jewish square”). It has been a market square to this day. Its centre is occupied by a round market hall, colloquially referred to as okrąglak. My tip? Make sure to grab your own baguette ( zapiekanka) once you are in this particular district. Polish people admit they are the best in the whole country!
Wieliczka, the famous Polish salt mine, located only around 30/40 minutes driving from the city center of Kraków, is also a very important point on the map of Lesser Poland. I think it’s a great experience to go and spend the day in this particular place. You will find out about a lot of Polish legends and parables, and witness one of the most important sights of our country. Did you know they organize concerts, events, weddings and even proms inside the mine? Might be a great excuse to head there.
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Beautiful, magnificent and well-kept German city worth visiting. I have been there both, in the summer and just before Christmas (the best period of time for visiting German cities). What I enjoyed the most was walking around the old quarter of the city. Dresden is a perfect destination for a day trip, as it’s of a ‘perfect size‘. It’s walkable, as the majority of sights are located within a short walking distance from one another. The Zwinger – a museum complex housed in a magnificent early 18th-century palace, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Germany, should be your main point of visit. No trip to Dresden is complete without a visit to Brühl’s Terrace, or Brühlsche Terrasse, also known as the ‘Balcony of Europe’. In the winter time you can enjoy the view while having a delicious mulled wine, but in the summer you can spend hours just watching the life goes by.
My love, take me to Budapest again. How I adore this city! Forgive me for being so emotional about it, but I really do love Hungarian capital! I was so impressed by the sights, especially by the Fishermen’s House located next to the magnificent Palace. Such a diverse architecture creates a perfect picture. And then the view of the Hungarian Parliament ‘on fire’ from the boat trip at 9 PM was so breath-taking. Margaret Island, the view points and the atmosphere. I need to come back. I think we did all the most important sights during our short Easter break, but because it was all super fast I need to see it again, and I think summer would be a perfect time to do so. The majority of travel agents, travel planners and travel bloggers say 3 days are enough to see Budapest, to fully enjoy it. I don’t agree! I think four to five days would be just right, as it contains of so many parks, hills and museums ( House of Terror for example) that the long weekend or even just one visit won’t be enough.
We have actually just been to Munich, and I don’t have too much to say about this city ( super short visit, read about it here), but I can tell I want to come back from what I have seen. I was quite surprised it did not feel like I was in Germany. I really enjoyed walking though the city centre, especially Marienplatz that reminds me of Kraków a little. I also enjoy Deutsches Museum, where ‘Letters to Andy Warhol’ exhibition takes place until the end of August -you can book your free Chevrolet ride here. Munich is said to be the so-called ‘motorization Mekka’ – the streets are full with some of the greatest examples of cars, which I unfortunately can’t specify.
Here is a tribute to my capital. I love Warsaw for many reason, especially for the history lesson it delivers every time I’m in there. I name it a perfect destination for the ones seeking for a good atmosphere, cheap beer ( as for the European standards), delicious food and a bit of sightseeing. I have to admit – I place Warsaw on the very end of the most beautiful Polish cities, but there is a reason behind it. Historical reason, which you will find out about ( I believe there are still some people who don’t know). The main point on my sigth seeing map? Probably the Warsaw Uprising Museum – one of the most impressive museums I have ever been to. It is interactive and allows you to get a hint of experience of the Uprising in 1944. Don’t forget to visit the Palace of Culture and Science, and go up to the view point – this building remains the highest building in Poland.
I had a great pleasure to visit Zurich right before Christmas, which is in my opinion the best time to visit Swiss cities. I would love to pay Zurich another visit when it’s warmer- do you know any other city with a massive lake in the city center? What I loved about Zurich was the view of magnificent Alps reflected in the lake. Quite a view! Not to mention I watched the sunset from one of the cutest restaurants. Going to Switzerland means trying out their national cuisine, which in my case was cheese fondue – something I would never eat more often then twice a year, but I count it as an experience. I also did some chocolate shopping on the market square – there are countless cute chocolate shops that make a great tourist attraction.
Potsdam is such a great and underrated city! I am aware people would rather choose Berlin as a perfect city break, but Potsdam is located only around 20 minutes (!!) away from the city center of Berlin. It is worth seeing. Beautiful Park Sansoucci, the massive area of green Versailles-like gardens surrounding the magnificent Sansoucci Palace is a perfect destination for a day off. I am also a big fan of Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the city. I always enjoy staying at Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam because it allows me to explore the city in the best way – I have the famous Gate behind the windows. What I would also recommend doing is a visit at Filmmuseum, or a boat ride. Apparently, this is the best way to see the capital of Brandenburg. Wasser Taxi ( the water taxi) service is available from 8am to 8pm.
I love Prague so much !
Me too <3
These photos are very beautiful. I would love to check most if not all of these places out 🙂
You defo should Kara <3
These pictures are so pretty. Makes me want to travel!
Go for it <3
I’ve been to Prague, Munich & Zurich so far and loved it! Thanks for sharing this very cool post, I would really like to visit Potsdam as well as Dresden 🙂
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Oh yes so many beautiful Cities – wlould love to go to Munich and probably Milan next 🙂
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Photos are pretty!
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I only visited Vienna in December when it was all snowy, but I’d love to see it full of flowers and sun! Same thing for Krakow, while I’ve seen Warsaw in the summer, I want to get back to have a better look at Krakow when it’s warmer!
Vienna must have been amazing, but it has the full charm in the summer – same thing with Krakow :*
Hope you liked Zurich!<3
So pretty pictures. 🙂
I love Vienna!
Me too 🙂
I’ve obviously been doing Europe wrong as I’m yet to visit any of these cities! Several have been on my radar fo years though, they’re all so beautiful.
I would love to go to all those places.
Have a happy week beauty.
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I’d like to go to Dresden!!
I think is a beautiful city.
are you from Poland? You are writing about Warsaw as your capital city. Are you born there? I am also from Poland. 🙂
Have a nice sunday evening.
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Tak, z Polski jestem:) Buziaki kochana :*
I’ve never been to any of these cities but they all sounds lovely!
You should defo visit 🙂
All of these look amazing! I hope one day to enjoy all these places. Love your pics!
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Thank you 🙂
Such a nice places they are, I also visit these places definitely. Thanks, dear for sharing this awesome article xoxo
always a pleasure :*
Thanks for all the wonderful pictures!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
Thank you Sophia 🙂
Beautiful pictures! It make me want to go back to Europe again! I love your summer weather. It’s just so perfect! 🙂
These are such beautiful cities! I’ve visited so many of them , my faves are Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Munich. As I live near Zurich I get to visit regularly and as you’ve described it’s very beautiful. Have a great week
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Never been to Stockholm! But it’s in my plans 🙂
Beautiful post! It made me want to pack my bag and travel! Thanks for sharing!!
Thank you Deborah!
Nice! I want to visit them all! It’s so rich in culture. I love that!
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Glad you do 🙂
I want to go to all of these places! Europe is so beautiful with the cutest welcoming towns.
You should defo do it 🙂
I love europe and all of its amazing building and heritage!
Thanks for sharing!<3
Such a cool post and beautiful pictures!! Indeed , Europe has so many cute places!!!
I would love to see all of these…or any one of them! I hope I get to see Europe some day!
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You would defo fall in love 🙂
These cities all look like such a dream!
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Aaw I am so happy you liked Zurich hun – and you enjoyed it totally right. Even though I don’t like cheese fondue at all haha 😉 I also love your other spots, I really want to visit Prague one day! I am sure it’s beautiful <3
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Carmen, I loved Zurich! Defo going back next summer 🙂 You would love Prague for sure <3
Amazing photos. They make me want to go on vacation like right now!
Cool post! 🙂
Beautiful list, I love Munich and Zurig
Great post! Thanks for sharing!
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So many pretty Pictures and inspo, girl! Have been to quite a lot of the cities you mentioned, but would love to go to some others of them too, like Warsaw or Zurich!
Thank you so much!
Hi Claudia ♥
You mentioned the most beautiful cities of Europe here. It’s so easy to travel within europe, everything is so close to each other. Nevertheless, everything is so different from each other. Every country and city has its own culture.
xxx Janina ♥
Yes, it’s super easy 🙂
Great European cities. I haven’t visited all of them yet but they are on my list 🙂
Great pictures, They show you had a great time!
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Świetny post, w kilku miastach byłam, również polecam Kraków i Poczdam, piękne miejsca 🙂 Wiedeń i Pragę może niebawem odwiedzę 🙂
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Great post, I like it :)fantastic pictures 🙂
lovely post dear!!!
For sure, when in Europe! Great share!
Wow, what a beautiful places!
Have a lovely Sunday!
Such beautiful photos!
These pics are amazing! So cool! Amazing trip!
What a great roundup! Vienna is one of my favorite cities and I hope to live there for some time in this life.
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Sounds great ! Thanks for your Post! 🙂
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I want to visit them all so much.
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Oh my god those pics are amazing
Thank you xoxo
Thanks for sharing all these wonderful places you visited. I also happy that you visited my city which is Zurich! It’s beautiful whatever the season. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by my blog!
So glad you like it 🙂
Wow, Amazing cities!
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TBH I always wanted to go to Budapest and looking by your pictures, I am more sure about this place 🙂
It one of my fav places on Earth <3
Great post, I love love looove traveling and have also been to Prague already. An amazing city. Thx for sharing your interesting content.
Looking forward to further travel posts!
Glad you like it <3
Need to visit! such a great post
Great photos, and really nice list! Some of those places may seem random, but I think that they are all worth visiting. This summer I have been to Warsaw, Poland and I was so pleasantly surprised. I had no idea that it is so modern and beautiful. I loved it. I also fell in love with Polish food, it is so incredibly delicious. My friend took me to an amazing restaurant called the Akademia. It was romantic and elegant, and the food they serve is so good. I had some traditional Polish dishes, and it was all amazing 🙂
A couple of these have been in my bucket list for the longest time, particularly Prague and Budapest, I have to visit!! Such a lovely post Claudia, thanks for sharing
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