Central Europe geographically seems to be the center of the World and with the amount of history that it holds, it might as well be. Whether you’re permanent citizen of one of the countries in Central Europe, or are just visiting, here are the top ten things to do in Central Europe;
1. Go to the Opera in Vienna
As one of the top items on many people’s Central Europe bucket-lists, the Opera in Vienna is immensely popular and no visit to Vienna is complete without going to watch a concert or show. While many think that seeing an opera in Vienna is impossible because of the high cost of tickets that can even soar past €200, proper timing and show checking can get you a seat at the Opera for less than €20! Here are the most popular Opera Houses in Vienna;
- Vienna State Opera House
- Kursalon Vienna
- Schönbrunn Palace
These Opera Houses, among many more, make for a great evening of Opera excellence and art.
2. Travel by train
One of the best ways to get around Central Europe is to travel by train. Used by millions on a daily basis traversing from country to country on a train ride is ideal and gives you the chance to see the high and lowlands of Central Europe as well as the cities and towns along the way. It’s easy and stress free natures make train rides more than just a mode of transport between two places; it’s relaxation therapy in a way.
So get to the train station and hop on a train from Vienna to Budapest and right into the third best thing to do in Central Europe.
3. Thermal Bath in Budapest
One of the first and constant things you should do in Budapest is getting yourself into a thermal bath. Budapest sits above almost 125 thermal springs and lounging in thermal baths has been a way of life for hundreds of years. These are the most popular thermal baths in Budapest;
- Gellért Thermal Bath
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Kiraly Medicinal Bath
- Rudas Thermal Bath
There are many more thermal baths scattered across Budapest; try one or try all of them and decide on the one you like best.
4. Visit famous landmarks
Central Europe is chock block full of world famous landmarks – some, such as the Staatsoper in Vienna, more popular than others. Going to Central Europe is useless if you don’t visit at least one famous landmark. Here are the must-see landmarks;
- The Hungarian Parliament Building, Hungary
- St Vitus Cathedral, Czech Republic
- Slovenský Raj National Park, Slovakia
- Rhine Falls, Switzerland
- The Alps
- Black Forest, Germany
- Lake Balaton, Hungary
- Białowieża National Park, Poland
5. Taste Swiss cheese and chocolate
Switzerland is known for its world class cheese and chocolate. When visiting Central Europe, ensure that you stop by and visit either a cheese production to taste some fine cheese or enjoy smooth chocolate treats.
6. Visit the Wawel Castle in Poland
Located in Kraków, Poland, the Wawel Castle sits atop a hill and is the Polish version of Britain’s Buckingham Palace. The Wawel Castle consists of a Castle and a Cathedral and has been a beacon of national pride and hope to the people of Poland. The Castle doubles up as a museum and even has exhibitions of art by Leonardo da Vinci.
7. Prague, Czech Republic
As the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague is a beehive of activity and history combined. Spend an afternoon or two exploring this city and here are the best things to do;
- Visit Infant Jesus
- Old Town Square
- The Charles Bridge
- Prague Castle
- St Vitus Cathedral
- KGB Museum
8. UNESCO Heritage sites in Slovenia
When in Central Europe, one of the countries you must visit is Slovenia. Slovenia achieved independence in 1991 after a short war with the Yugoslav People’s Army. Despite being a young nation, Slovenia already has four UNESCO Heritage sites;
- Škocjan Caves
- Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps
- Heritage of Mercury, Almadén and Idrija
- Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians
9. Go to Oktoberfest in Germany
As the world’s biggest Volkfest, Oktoberfest is held yearly from late September to early October in Bavaria, Germany. Oktoberfest is a beer festival and travelling funfair so if beer, food and travelling are your scene, be sure to go to Bavaria in Germany and enjoy the 16-18 days of Oktoberfest.
10. Walk the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall is an important part of history and although it physically and ideologically divided Berlin during the Cold War from 1961 to the day it was deconstructed in 1989, The Berlin Wall is still guarded.
Take a walk or bike ride along the entire 13-mile-long stretch of pure concrete. Some sections of the wall are covered with artistic murals.