13 Best Travel Destinations in Central Europe according to Lonely Planet
13. Touring Toruń
Toruń is a beautiful, medieval city in North-Western Poland, situated on the Vistula River. Its architecture has managed to escape bombing during World War II, and as such represents one of the only examples of true gothic architecture in Poland.
12. Hiking the High Tatras
High Tatras stretch in the northern part of Slovakia bordering Poland and belong to Carpathian mountain range. High Tatras are divided into three parts Western, High and Belianske Tatras. High Tatras belong to the national park and also are registered in UNESCO because many protected animals and plants are found in High Tatras.
11. Viewing Visegrád
Visegrád is a small castle town in Pest County, Hungary. Situated north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube in the Danube Bend. Visegrád is famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval citadel.
10. Appreciating Budapest
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating nightlife increasingly appreciated among European youth, and last but not least, an exceptional offer of natural thermal baths.
9. Remembering the Wall, Berlin
While the Berlin Wall has long been dismantled and much of the grounds it occupied completely redeveloped, you can still find parts of the wall preserved around Berlin. This does not refer to very small pieces of the Wall sold by the East German government immediately after its dismantling, which can be found in various cafes, restaurants and hotels not only in Berlin, but to actual preserved fragments of the Wall still standing in their original locations.
8. Checking out Český Krumlov
Český Krumlov is a beautiful town of 14,600 inhabitants located in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Like Prague, the town is situated on the Vltava River and is full of Baroque buildings housing cafes and bars, features a spectacular castle, and an old-town square.
7. Climbing Mt Triglav & Vršič Pass
Triglav National Park covers nearly all of the Slovenian section of the Julian Alps, a total of nearly 85,000 hectares and is centered around Mount Triglav (2864m). It is popular for its outdoor adventure possibilities, numerous gorges and waterfalls, and the spectacular Lake Bohinj.
6. Admiring Imperial Vienna
Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far its most populous city, with an urban population of 1.7 million. It is Austria’s artistic, cultural, economic and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the historically recent imperial capital it once was.
5. Discovering Kraków
The city of Kraków is in the lowland of the Lesser Poland region in the southern region of Poland. It is the capital city of the Lesser Poland Voivodship. It covers both banks of the Wisla river. Uplands region at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains.
4. Exploring Prague
Prague s not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but also the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. The city’s historic buildings and narrow, winding streets are testament to its centuries-old role as capital of the historic region of Bohemia.
3. Beer-Drinking in Munich
Munich, located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival. Munich has a thriving cultural scene, with the museums considered by some to outrank Berlin in quality. Many travellers to Munich are absolutely stunned by the quality of the architecture.
2. Singing in Salzburg
Salzburg is a city in central Austria, near the German border. If you have seen the movie The Sound of Music, you may think you know all there is to see in Salzburg. Admittedly, it is difficult not to burst into songs when you’re walking along the Salzach River, or climbing up to the Hohensalzburg fortress which looms over the city.
1. Gaping at the Matterhorn
The Matterhorn is one of the tallest mountains in the Alps. The Matterhorn has a pyramidal shape with four faces facing the four compass points: the north and east faces overlook the town of Zermatt; the south face overlooks the resort town of Breuil-Cervinia; and the west face looks towards the mountain of Dent d’Hérens, which straddles the border. The north and south faces meet at the summit to form a short east-west ridge.