Best European Cities to Visit in Eastern Europe
Russia, Moscow, St. Petersburg
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
Austria: VIenna, Salzburg
Germany: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne
Switzerland: Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne
Croatia: Dubrovnik, Zagreb
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Blagaj
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!
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.