Hey Travelers! Backpacking in Europe can be a bit overwhelming, since there's so much to do and so many places to visit, but for you, we've made a list of Top European Destinations for Backpacking. Of course, there are many ways to go about this, but we tried to focus on budget traveling and so, this list is made up of mostly the Balkans. A great European region to explore on a budget.
1. Prague, Czechia
The Capital of the Czech Republic is filled with things to see and places to visit. Among the many things we believe you mustn't miss are the Nuclear Bunker Tour and the Lennon Wall. Take your time to explore the city on your own, admire the architecture, let your gut guide you. There are plenty of bars and cafes to walk into.
2. Bratislava, Slovakia
Everything is better along the Danube River. Bratislava is no exception. Buzzing with nightlife, it doesn't matter which kind you prefer as you'll surely find the kind you like in Bratislava: from beer halls to rooftop cocktails or stag-party mayhem. The city became the capital of Slovakia in 1993. Like the Czech Republic, Slovakia is a very young country.
3. Budapest, Hungary
We're still following the Danube, because it's beautiful, and because beautiful cities form around it. Budapest's amazing architecture is one of its greatest attributes, but far from its only one. This city is alive and you'll feel it right away. You'll never run out of things to do. If you're there during the summer you should seriously consider getting tickets to the Sziget festival.
4. Zagreb, Croatia
Whatever you're thinking about, there's a museum for it in Zagreb. Maybe not, I tend to exaggerate, but they do have a lot of museums. This city seems to like mornings. People go out to the market to buy fresh fruit and go out for coffee, it seems like if you're staying in through the morning in Zagreb, you're doing it wrong. Another thing about Zagreb is their free wifi. There's free wifi downtown and, outside of it, a lot of places offer free wifi, so you won't have to rely so heavily on your mobile data. If you're there during the summer, check out the INmusic Festival.
5. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
This Bosnian city has a lot to offer. Some say it holds the definite best cevapcici around and if you're wondering what that is, it means it's something you need to try. Sarajevo is also known for its coffee, which is a lot like turkish coffee, but they don't like acknowledging that. Make sure you call it Bosanska kafa. It is also worth noting that all through July, Sarajevo hosts the Baščaršija Nights which is a cultural festival that features opera, ballet, theater plays, rock concerts, sevdalinka, art exhibitions, etc. I'm not sure if all of it is free, but a lot of the events are free, so enjoy.
6. Durrës, Albania
How to get there is an adventure in and of itself. Albania is famous for its sketchy roads, poor railway system, poor public transport system, etc. It's hard to get around, but once you've gotten around that (get it?) Albania is one of the coolest places in the Balkans. Durrës is the most important harbor city in the country. It's both an economic and cultural capital of Albania.
Cultural events and feastings take place all over the year. The Amphitheater, which is one of Durrës's most important attractions, plays an important role in these cultural events. It not only provides culture and history, but also beaches and holiday fun.
7. Thessaloniki, Greece
Well, if you worked your way down to Albania, you might as well visit Greece while you're at it. Thessaloniki is the second largest city and the capital of northern Greece. It is filled with monuments, museums, and historic sights and architecture that you can explore and appreciate by day, while it keeps a thriving nightlife that feeds off of international students and backpackers. Basically, it's got it all.
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