1. Wander through Warsaw
As the first stop, Warsaw is a great spot to fuel up on delicious food, as well as grabbing some more for the road. Poland’s capital features architecture that reveals its Soviet history but is now a bustling metropolis with a keen eye toward the future. Get a deeper look at the city’s constantly changing landscape by going for a stroll or take a bike through the city. Or, sit down for a classical concert featuring some of Chopin’s most famous pieces.
2. Turn left at Lviv
Just a short trip east across the border will find you in one of Ukraine’s most picturesque cities. Stretch your legs and throw on some sneakers because the best way to discover this city — both street level as well as below — is by foot. In the mood for some local fare? Then meet the city’s chocolate and coffee producers, who are world-renowned for their dedication to quality and tradition. Sounds like the recipe for a fantastic afternoon tea.
3. Kick your feet up in Krakow
Heading back west, Krakow is just a 3-hour drive away. Once you’ve dropped your luggage off and had a Tyskie or two, it’s time to discover all this scenic city has to offer. The incredible, classic architecture is at its best in Old Town. Make your way there to grab some photos, spy local crafts, and a sample a few pierogi — in whichever order you please. If you feel like taking a quick day trip, catch the local train out to the Salt Mines or Zakopane hot baths.
4. Take a break in Bratislava
Once you’re back on the road, head south to Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. Here you’ll find one of the most impressive collections of castles this side of a Disney movie. If you need a breather from the royal tour, then hit the city center to discover the lively atmosphere of the city streets. Once the sun has set, make your way over to one of Bratislava’s many nightclubs or bars. This isn’t a favorite destination for bachelor parties without good reason.
5. Drop by the Danube in Budapest
Just 2 hours on the road and you’ll be in the heart of Hungary. Budapest has quickly gained a reputation for its postcard-perfect riverside landscapes and architecture, so it makes sense to check things out from the comfort of a boat deck. If you didn’t pack your sea legs, then take it easy by discovering the city by Segway or bike. The neo-gothic Hungarian Parliament Building, funicular, and Buda Castle are all can’t-miss spots.
6. Zero in on Zagreb
Our final stop is in Croatia’s capital. Zagreb’s burgeoning economy and social scene has ensured the city is moving on from the past. Make your way through cobbled streets to discover private churches, authentic artisan markets, and end up at the foot of Lotrscak Tower. This beautiful building not only offers great city views but is home to the canon of Zagreb, which has announced midday to the city for centuries.