Spring Break is the perfect excuse for visiting one of Eastern Europe’s beautiful cities. What’s more, you’ll probably save a bit of money on plane tickets, accommodation and activities compared to the busy summer months, especially if you explore a more offbeat and eccentric location. Spring Break isn't much of a a thing in Europe, so there are plenty of deals to be had.
With this in mind, here are just a suggestions for where you should consider going.
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Equally as beautiful as Paris with all the charm of Venice, it is easy to see why Prague city breaks are so popular with tourists. You might miss out on the snow-capped gothic spires of winter, but any visitor in spring can appreciate this fairy-tale city’s beautiful architecture and beguiling attractions.
While popular landmarks including Prague Castle and the 12th-century Old Town Square featuring the Astronomical Clock should not be missed, any trip to the city would not be complete without taking a canal cruise along the River Vltava.
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While the Adriatic coastline provides the biggest draw for tourists, Croatia’s capital deserves a lot of recognition. In many respects, Zagreb is a modern and animated city, which acts as the country’s economic hub, but there are still plenty of cultural and historical gems to be discovered as well.
The delightful Upper Town still features cobbled streets and bygone buildings from medieval times, but 19th century Austro-Hungarian influences are more prominent in the Lower Town. Be sure to take advantage of Zagreb’s numerous green spaces too, including Maksimir Park for a laid-back walk and Medvednica Mountain if you prefer a more intense hike.
If you have time, you could even plan a day trip to gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the prettiest parts of Croatia.
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Yet another quintessential European city with narrow streets and stunning architecture, Bratislava is perhaps more in touch with nature than other destinations. In addition to the winding Danube River, the surrounding Little Carpathians is a 100km long mountain range that hosts a number of outdoor pursuits.
This relationship with the countryside also means Bratislava has earned a glowing wine reputation and vineyard tours are ever popular with tourists. But if you prefer to admire the city’s skyline, a trip to Bratislava Castle as well as St Michael’s Tower is highly recommended.
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Budapest is a wonderful city with an incredible nightlife scene. Spend your evenings hopping from ruin bar to ruin bar, the classic way to explore Budapest. Located in the old Jewish quarter in the ruins of abandoned buildings, these bars are filled with mismatched furniture and decorations that look like they’ve been sourced from junkyards and flea markets. The result is a funky setting with cheap alcohol and no end of things to talk about
There's not just nightlife to keep you entertained, though. The Houses of Parliament are one of the city's most striking features, and well worth exploring from up close and afar. Heroes Square, the largest square in Budapest, is gorgeous as the sun's setting in the sky. And the Szechenyi thermal baths are a fun way to relax, and keep warm if the spring temperatures are too cold for you.
A lot can still be said for Europe’s more famous and celebrated capital cities, but a trip to one of the aforementioned destinations during Spring Break is bound to provide a trip to remember.