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Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union have some real hidden treasures that should be seen. So time for some Eastern Europe travel recommendations and my recommendations of the best Eastern European cities to visit. Five true hidden gems, not yet exploited by the masses. Travel beyond the crowds that is my favorite!

Moving to Moscow four years ago, a new world opened up to me, a part of the world that was not on my mind or my travel bucket list. There is so much to see, so much to experience in this part of the world and I am sure you will get positively surprised and impressed by all five gems below and my favorites among the best Eastern European Cities to visit. All amazing but yet very different!

No 1: Tbilisi – My Favorite Among the Best Eastern European Cities to visit

Tbilisi, a hipster paradise full of boutique hotels and small hip eateries but also a city with so much to see.  No wonder it is currently trending on many hot destination travel lists. A must for any Eastern Europe travel.

The capital of Georgia is a true gem with picturesque streets, romantic buildings, futuristic landmarks, amazing food and last but not least a lovely vibe and a hospitality that is world class!

Tbilisi and the bridge of peace - my number 1 among best Eastern European cities to visit!
The Controversial Bridge of Peace

You can easily get lost in the various areas of Tbilisi for a couple of days and be amazed by the history and journey this small country has done during the last century.

A visit to the famous baths (first photo of this post)  is a must and if you love hipster restaurants and hotels Tbilisi is a dream. To explore some more of Georgia, book a day trip to Mtskheta,  the former Georgian capital. On the way, some of the gorgeous Georgian landscape will be displayed. In many ways, Georgia is a bit like the East’s Italy. Delicious food, wine, a beautiful landscape and sea side and passionate people! Make sure you visit Tbilisi before the crowds arrive!

One of many cute yards in Tbilisi!
One of many cute yards in Tbilisi!

Find all you need to know about how to explore this city and the best things to do as well as the coolest boutique hotels and the best restaurants in all my Tbilisi Posts.

No 2: Yerevan – The Pink & Sunny Gem in the South

Yerevan is true hidden treasure, a city dressed in pink with it lime stone buildings . Yerevan has inherited a lot of architectural features from the former Soviet Union with big buildings, avenues and squares. The people are very friendly with some more southern vibes. The food is really tasty and so is the wine! Maybe not a very know destination but I would truly recommend this Eastern Europe travel gem.

Given the size you can easily explore the different parts of the city during a weekend, chat with locals and just enjoy life and the sun!

Yerevan with its pink architecture with heritage from the former Soviet Union
Hello Pink City!

As Armenia has one of the biggest communities living abroad, there is a lot of international influences in this city. The popular Cascade square brings you all the way to Paris . In the France Square you can admire art from all over the world or just watching the gentlemen play chess. If you are into carpets head off to the Tufenkian store or some street market for the world known  carpets! I always leave Yerevan in a good mood and with a lot of pink insta photos on my camera and for me Yerevan should be on the list of best eastern European cities to visit.

The Cascade- The square that will bring you back to France!
The Cascade – The square that will bring you back to France!

Planning to go to Yerevan? Then check out the cool Tufenkian Hotel in my Hotel Review Post.

No 3: Kiev – The City with the Cathedrals & Small Town Vibe

Kiev has a relaxed vibe, a mix of big and small, of old and new and the city with the strongest European vibe among the five. A must Eastern Europe travel destination with such a strong history and story to tell.

Cobble stoned streets and squares with live music, the most adorable cathedrals next to more modern areas lined with luxury shops and restaurants. Even though Kiev has a tragic history, not dating back so long, the atmosphere is vibrant and positive. The people here are very friendly and open and it is easy to fall in love with Kiev.

Amazing views at the St Sophia's cathedral of the turquoise bell towers
Amazing views at the St Sophia’s cathedral
Beautiful cathedrals in Kiev - a must among best Eastern European cities to visit!
Another beautiful Kiev Cathedral – St Michaels

Kiev is a city full of museums and historical landmarks but also new, cool areas full of hip bars and restaurants. If you are a foodie you will love this city, with a kitchen full of with influences from all over the world.

A walk along the Dnepr river is a great break from the bustling city life. Take the tram and you will get a lovely view of the city! The reason why this city should be on the list of  best Eastern European cities to visit are many!

Read about the best 8 things to do in Kiev in my Kiev Travel Guide and the best restaurants, cafés and bars in my Kiev Restaurant Review.

Down by the Kiev river Khutorez restaurant
Down by the Dnepr river – the cool Khutorez restaurant

No 4: Baku – The Windy Capital Full of Contrasts

Located by the Caspian Sea, the capital of Azerbaijan is truly different from its peers in the neighboring countries. The city of wind, little Dubai . Baku, a city with many names and many faces.

Baku down by the board walk by the Baku Eye
Baku – The City of Wind

The long windy board walk, the Baku Flames, the Dubai like skyscrapers watching over the city and the totally different experience that awaits you in the old city! A cool destination for any Eastern Europe travel.

You can tell there is a lot of money in this city. Construction works are going on everywhere and truly contemporary and futuristic buildings like the carpet museum and the famous Heydar Aliyev Museum stands proud next to older traditional Soviet buildings. Old meets new is also reflected in the wide array of restaurants. Food plays a key part in the Azeri culture and you will for sure not leave Baku with an empty stomach.

The Baku Flames - the famous sky scrapers!
The Baku Flames – the famous sky scrapers!

Baku is full of beautiful squares and spots and with Russian, Turkish and European influences, it is a truly interesting place to visit. Enjoy the view, the sea breeze, the food, the buildings, the stylish people and maybe most of all the contrasts. The reasons to visit Baku are many! A city so different from any I have visited but for sure one of the best Eastern European cities to visit!

A different side of Baku in the cozy of the old town. A must see of any Eastern Europe travel
A different side of Baku in the cozy of the old town!

We had a lovely weekend in Baku. Read all about it get tips for your travel in my Baku Blog Posts.

No 5: Moscow – The Eastern Metropol that Never Sleeps

Moscow is a city built to impress, a true Metropol of any Eastern Europe travel, a city like no other! Probably the most famous one of the best Eastern European cities to visit mentioned in this post. A bit like New York of the East with something for everyone.

Enjoy the majestic Red Square and its surroundings. Walk along the Moscow River to Gorky Park, Moscow’s Central Park where the Moscovites spend their weekends.

The impressive Red Square in Moscow - A must see of any Eastern Europe travel
The impressive Red Square in Moscow!

Get swept away by some of the most impressive cultural heritages in one of many museums. Have dinner among the clouds watching this bustling cosmopolitan city from above or hang out with the hip crowd in one of the many hidden gems of this huge city like the Patriarshi Prudy area.

Except for the more traditional sightseeing Moscow is full of cool food markets like the Danilovsky Market. Why not travel back in time and visit a true traditional Russian market where you can buy more or less everything and have a Russian barbecue, the Izmailovsky Market.

Christ the Savior Cathedral a Cold Winter Day in Moscow
Christ the Savior Cathedral a Cold Winter Day!

Moscow literally never sleeps and the bars and clubs are many. So if you did not visit Moscow during the FIFA World Champion, then prepare yourself to get impressed by Russia’s giant!

My Favorite Moscow Area - Patriarshi Prudy!
My Favorite Moscow Area – Patriarshi Prudy!

Having lived in Moscow for four years, I have gotten the opportunity to explore this majestic city in depth. Find all my Moscow Life stories, Moscow Travel Guides as well as Restaurant & Hotel Reviews at my Moscow Page.

Eastern Europe Travel – An Unique Experience

I hope you enjoyed this post about the best Eastern European cities to visit. Maybe not the most famous ones, except for the capital of Russia, but for sure destinations that will offer you a different travel experience, a unique Eastern Europe travel experience.

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