Eastern Europe Travel Tips?

  • hartfan

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    May 02, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
    Destinations include Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Dubrovnik. Time is later half of June.

    Would appreciate travel tips from the well-traveled, cosmopolitan crowd here. Could be from the general or gay perspective or otherwise. Thanks in advance.

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    May 02, 2014 8:14 AM GMT
    Berlin - visit the Reichstag building. One needs to make advance reservations (doable online). And obviously, the restored palaces and parks - Charlottenburg and Potsdam/SanSouci.
  • basnik

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    May 02, 2014 11:38 AM GMT
    agreed. prague has a Great gay map too, but not every venue is full out Great..maybe jsut a quarter...beware..but plentz
  • mladri

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    May 02, 2014 11:43 AM GMT
    If you are planning to visit Croatia, my advice is to visit Dubrovnik and Split. Split is very close to Dubrovnik and it is a great place to visit. You will like that.
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    May 02, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    if you go to hrvatska (croatia) go to hvar, krk, split or pula. icon_razz.gif summer hot spots
  • mladri

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    May 02, 2014 3:21 PM GMT
    INK90 saidif you go to hrvatska (croatia) go to hvar, krk, split or pula. icon_razz.gif summer hot spots

    That's true. If you are coming to one of those places, contact me. I would love to show you around icon_smile.gif
  • str8hardbody9

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    May 02, 2014 6:25 PM GMT
    I go to Europe every year. I love Eastern Europe specially Prague & Vienna are my favorite cities in the world. I would start with Prague, Czech Republic. It's a beautiful city the Charles Bridge and other museums, historic buildings and old clock tower. There are many gay bars & clubs in Old Town. The people are friendly. They still use their own money called Koruna. Go to Old Town and explore the amazing & breathtaking city. Take the Red bus and it will tour your for one day for $70

    Then take a train to Budapest, Hungary. It's about 2 hours beaitful scenery along the way. There's two banks the Dunabe and Buda Castle. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Btw they use their own currency called Forint. Explore deeper of Budapest to experience one of the fascinating city I ever been.

    Then take a train to Vienna, Austria now this is just a wonderful city rich in cultural history. There are tons of museums & majestic churches like St. Stephen Cathedral. Oh what a lovely city to shop and it's a very safe city. They use Euro. Take the subway is also easy there are only 3 colors. I have video of the Vienna, Prague, Budapest & Berlin I took last year's vacation. I high recommend to take the Red bus as well.

    By the way, Berlin is not in Eastern Europe. I've been there and Berlin is a world city of culture, politics & media. There are tons of museums, gothic & medieval buildings, palaces & cathedrals. Check the Berlin Wall and it's very emotional. The Brandenberg Gate, Hitler Museum and other fascinating places to see.
    GO ENJOY AND meet friends along the way!
    GOODLUCK AND HAVE FUN !!

    ** I highly recommend: DUBROVNIK & SPLIT CROATIA! You will feel back in 10th century.
  • Bunjamon

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    May 02, 2014 6:31 PM GMT
    I loved Budapest but I did not find it to be a very gay-friendly city. The food is delicious and the beer is cheap. icon_cool.gif
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    May 02, 2014 7:54 PM GMT
    Uh, how's about AVOID UKRAINE AND RUSSIA? Frankly, even before the upcoming war, I hated Russia. Vienna and Berlin are really Western despite geography. The same can be said for Oslo, Malmo, Stockholm, Bergen, and Copenhagen.
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    May 02, 2014 10:03 PM GMT
    Vienna and Budapest is awesome
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    May 02, 2014 10:04 PM GMT
    Just come to Canada. My university looks just like Eastern Europe.
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    May 02, 2014 10:24 PM GMT
    Prague is a beautiful city with a lot of legends about it, so be sure to do your homework before you go there. You'll enjoy it twice as much.

    If I may I suggest you go to Vienna instead of Krakow. There's a lot more to see. And let's be honest Polish are the worst cooks ever (at least from my personal experience). It's also between Prague and Budapest, you'll save yourself a lot of traveling.

    If you have some extra time you can go to my city (Bratislava) for a day while you're at Vienna and we can go somewhere around.
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    May 03, 2014 12:14 AM GMT
    Prague is a beautiful and safe city. Just be aware it has one of the highest rates of pickpocketing in Europe, so keep your wits about you, particularly in the touristy areas. Same as in any city really.
  • bro4bro

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    May 03, 2014 12:15 AM GMT
    Dubrovnik and Split are both incredible places!

    You really want to stay in the Old Town (Stari Grad) in both of these beautiful cities. If you're winging it without hotel reservations (which is easy to do and very cheap, especially in June when the Germans and Italians haven't arrived en masse yet), you can get very good deals on private rooms.

    In Split there will most likely be people waiting at the bus station with offers of accommodation; just make sure the room really is in the Old Town (have them show you on a map) because Split is a big city.

    In Dubrovnik the people who meet the buses and ferries generally have rooms out in the suburbs, far from where you want to be. Go into the Old Town by bus or taxi and stop in at a travel agency; they'll most likely be able to hook you up.

    A short afternoon trip by bus from Split is a great little town called Trogir, ridiculously picturesque. Also, the island of Hvar is easy to reach by ferry.

    In Dubrovnik, be sure to take the walk around the top of the city walls. I'd recommend doing it twice - once in the morning and once around sunset - you'll get fantastic photos that way.

    Oh, and - nude beaches are extremely popular in Croatia, and the Adriatic is an incredible place to swim naked. Clear blue water, just the right temperature!

    Any other questions? Just ask.
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    May 03, 2014 5:38 AM GMT
    Don't miss the noon mass at Jasna Gora . . . I've never seen anything like it in my life . . .
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 03, 2014 2:32 PM GMT
    How visiting both Dresden and Warsawicon_question.gif
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    May 05, 2014 3:01 AM GMT
    I kinda want to visit Prague, Czech Republic and Estonia. Both countries look awesome! and hot guys too. icon_biggrin.gificon_cool.gif
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    May 05, 2014 4:56 AM GMT
    No gay life in Budapest and Dubrovnik. There are only sad hidden parks and bathrooms to hang out there. So have your fun in Berlin while you can. Dubrovnik try not to rent a car. The streets are like puzzle pieces and you will get lost. No street signs. They go by landmarks like a gas station or cemetary. Beautiful old town - Roman walled city. Kotor in Montenegro is not really worth the drive unless you have extra days.
  • hartfan

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    May 08, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Thanks for all the replies and offers to show me around. You're very nice.


    I do have a follow-up question. I have one week on my itinerary to fit Prague and Budapest. Which one should I visit on the weekend? I'm thinking with regards to the nightlife, perhaps looking at gay spots as well. Thanks.
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    May 08, 2014 9:10 PM GMT
    hartfan said
    I do have a follow-up question. I have one week on my itinerary to fit Prague and Budapest. Which one should I visit on the weekend? I'm thinking with regards to the nightlife, perhaps looking at gay spots as well. Thanks.


    Definitely Prague, there are a lot more gay friendly places to go to. Budapest has a good night scene but not the gay one.
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    May 10, 2014 3:30 PM GMT
    Prague and Berlin are two of my favorite cities. Hopefully you give yourself enough time in each city to enjoy yourself.
  • athletehunk13

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    May 19, 2014 3:11 AM GMT
    SWIMGUYCHICAGO saidUh, how's about AVOID UKRAINE AND RUSSIA? Frankly, even before the upcoming war, I hated Russia. Vienna and Berlin are really Western despite geography. The same can be said for Oslo, Malmo, Stockholm, Bergen, and Copenhagen.


    I think it's wrong to say " I hate country X or country Y"icon_exclaim.gif. There are different people in each country, some are good, some are bad. By generalizing we are automatically offending the whole group of people among which there are many good people. In regards to the most recent events that have been happening in Ukraine, I can perfectly understand the fear of traveling to that region because the situation is still very dangerous there. However, we cannot blame peaceful and innocent people for that. Most people want peace. It's the nationalistic government that wants to come to power in Ukraine should be blamed for that.

    I hope everyone who is on this forum (and on this site)takes this into consideration and stops throwing offensive comments addressed to specific nationalities, ethnic groups or cultures!!!
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    May 20, 2014 7:53 PM GMT
    In Berlin, check out the Holocaust memorial and Museum Island. You probably won't have time for all the museums, but Berlin has some good ones.
  • tazzari

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    May 21, 2014 5:45 PM GMT
    INK90 saidif you go to hrvatska (croatia) go to hvar, krk, split or pula. icon_razz.gif summer hot spots


    +1! With a vote for Mali Losijn.
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    Jul 21, 2014 2:21 AM GMT
    Assumption:
    An early November through mid-December trip to Europe for business, possibly some visiting of friends, possibly some sightseeing.
    I arrive in Budapest for a week of work, then I'm done.
    I speak fluent English, and some Spanish.
    I do not speak Eastern European languages

    Questions for those who have real world experience and insight which they wish to share:

    1. How many days extra would you stay in Budapest?
    2. What are any tips, tricks, or traps regarding your experiences with Budapest?
    3. How were the costs in relation to traveling to more expensive parts of Europe (e.g. Paris, Rome, London)?

    Context: After I'm done with Budapest, I may go to visit friends in Munich, then Frankfurt. I'm considering taking trains.
    4. What is your experience taking trains, specifically between Budapest, through Austria, then into German?
    5. What are any tips, tricks, and traps regarding your international train travel experiences?
    6. How were the costs in relation to traveling to more expensive parts of Europe (e.g. Paris, Rome, London)?

    Context: A third option would be Croatia.
    Assumption: There are no trains which go to Croatia.
    7. What have you found to be the best way to get to Croatia?
    8. What is your recommended way of seeing the coastal area between Split down to Dubrovinik?
    9. Did you have any challenges with the short passage through Bosnia-Herzegovina?
    10. How were the costs in relation to traveling to more expensive parts of Europe (e.g. Paris, Rome, London)?

    For any of you who can provide some real world experience and insight, Thank you.