Best European Cities to Visit in Eastern Europe

Russia, Moscow, St. Petersburg

Latvia: Riga

Estonia: Tallin

Lithuania: Vilnius

Romania: Brasov, Bucharest, Sofia, Transylvania

Bulgaria: Sofia, Varna

Ukraine: Kiev, Odessa


Best European Cities to Visit in Central Europe

Poland: Krakow, Warsaw

Czech Republic: Prague, Cesky Krumlov

Hungary: Budapest

Austria: VIenna, Salzburg

Germany: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne

Switzerland: Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne

Slovakia: Bratislava

Croatia: Dubrovnik, Zagreb

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Blagaj

Serbia: Belgrade

Slovenia: Ljubljana

Best Time to Visit Eastern Europe and Central Europe

Top destinations: Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia

Help Me Understand the Table

Peak Tourism Months:

High Season Shoulder Low Season


Header: Months of the year

First row: Season of the year

Second row: Average weather pattern

Third row: Range of average lowest to highest temperatures


Peak: Dates and Events in the year that draw big crowds and festivities


*All weather, info and event dates are estimates, serving as a general guide based on historical patterns. Events and conditions can vary year to year — Mother nature makes her own rules!

Travel Tips

Great for Europe-on-a-budget. Especially during Christmas, when there are amazing Christmas markets. – Winter is concert season

Closures: Some closures in summer, when locals travel for summer break.

In May – July, Russia experiences White Nights (bright sky throughout the night). Enjoy longer days out in the cities.

Turkey and Greece gets very busy when there are holidays in Europe

Croatia is overcrowded in peak season, and near dead in low season. Shoulder season (May-Jun, Sept-Oct) is best.

Peak Tourist Season and Off-Peak Seasons in Eastern Europe

High Season Shoulder Season Low Season
Nov – Mar Aug May – Sept

Peak Season vs Low Season – What is the Best Time to Travel?

It depends what makes your ideal holiday.

The off season travel months are generally the cheapest time to visit any destination. There’s a good chance that hotels and attractions offer discounted prices.

In contrast, the best month to experience a destination also tends to the busiest, so you have to contend with more crowds and longer queues at attractions. But peak season is the peak for a reason, so there’s many things at their best – such as weather, opening hours, events etc.

If your calendar is pretty open, then shoulder season is a great time for independent travellers. Between peak season and off season, the ‘shoulder’ months give you the best of both worlds.