Eastern Europe: Charm for Less

Prague, Poland among adventurous destinations for thrifty travelers
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2008 2:00 PM CST
Boats carrying Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrive on Bled Island on lake Bled, Slovenia, Saturday Jan. 26, 2008. Ban Ki-moon is on an official...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The ever-pricier euro is sending determined travelers east, past the Eiffel Tower, to overlooked treasures like Prague's Old Town Square. Check out cheaper, Eastern European must-sees as recommended by Forbes:

  1. Peterhof State Museum-Reserve, St. Petersburg, Russia: These palaces and 18th-century gardens rival those of Versailles.
  2. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes, Croatia: Nature lovers can camp among 16 lakes, a dozen waterfalls, and 140 species of birds.

  1. Opera and Ballet Theater, Odessa, Ukraine: Modeled after Vienna's State Opera, catch productions of Carmen or Aida from a crimson velvet seat.
  2. Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka, Poland: Carved biblical scenes line the rock-salt walls of this 3,000-chamber mine.
  3. Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic: Famous for its historical monuments, scale this square's Old Town Hall Tower for a killer view.
  4. Lake Bled, Slovenia: Ride a small pletna to this lake's island, locate the church, ring its bell three times, and have your wish granted.
  5. Berat Fortress, Berat, Albania: 13th-century colossus encompasses preserved Byzantine churches.
  6. Castle Hill, Budapest, Hungary: A cluster of historic buildings with killer views.
  7. Lancut Castle Museum, Lancut, Poland: 17th-century new-Baroque castle with Orthodox art collection.