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Can’t Miss Castles (Part I: Central Europe & Adriatic)

Europe offers many pleasures, from soaring peaks to beaches, but you can often find those at home as well. A more unusual highlight is the continent’s castles. From remote ruins to overcrowded tourist traps, there are thousands to choose from in the Czech Republic alone, and most travelers seem to … Read More

Our Pick of Polish Cinema

Despite its heavy-handed censors, communist Poland invested heavily in film, training auteurs and building many cinemas, which offered cheap seats and international movies. This investment continued to pay off after the country’s return to democracy. We asked our resident film buff Igor, one of our staff in Krakow, to recommend … Read More

Nine Memorable Party Spots

One reason we love East and Central Europe so much is its sheer diversity. In even a smaller city you can find endless options to party. Here are favorites we’ve encountered in our travels, or like to frequent and take our guests to.

Art at Lviv's Vernissage

Haggle Across Central & Eastern Europe

Delve deep into local culture and history, and check out a flea market. From the banks of a canal, to a floating barge to market halls and pedestrian streets, East and Central Europe have endless opportunities for memorable, historic souvenirs, especially if you’re up for a bit of haggling. Here’s … Read More

An Ostalgie trifecta: A Trabant stuffed with East German plushes, with the Sandmännchen riding beside the driver, and an Ampelmännchen in the background

Communist Reminders in Daily Life

  After the fall of communism, many products disappeared from the eastern side of the Iron Curtain, as factories struggled to compete with an entire globe’s worth of products, often flashier and higher quality. That doesn’t mean that communist heritage has completely disappeared from daily life and culture. In time, … Read More

Hellbrunn Palace or Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg, Austria. Hellbrunn Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size in a southern district of the Salzburg city.

Spend a Serene Afternoon Picnicking (Part I, Central Europe)

Many of the destinations we offer have parks combining stunning beauty with centuries of history and unique attractions, so take a break and spend a serene afternoon soaking up their beauty. We asked all our local staff across our destinations for their favorite picnic spot, and received a plethora of … Read More

Klaipeda Tall Ships

Sailing the Baltic Sea

Sailing the Baltic Sea What good’s a lot of water if you can’t sail on it? With its thousands of islands and long, rugged coast, the Baltic Sea offers ample opportunities for sailing. Indeed, strong winds and almost nonexistent currents and tides make for an easy sail. As part of … Read More

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