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Old 05-13-2010, 03:49 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Have you thought about the Baltics? There are many up and coming destinations with a lot of history and culture, close to Scandinavia as well.

Tallin, Estonia
Riga, Latvia
Villnius, Lithuania

Be forewarned though, Prague, although a very historic and beautiful city is just so overrun with tourists that it really detracts from the experience if you're looking to do some quiet exploration although I do admit the Tyn cathedral at night is just gorgeous!
I agree. Prague has lost a lot of its charm since independence. Tourism is now rampant and unless you go in the quiet season ( november/january/february) it can really become a true hassle. And I was surprised how expensive it had become since my last visit. Many places were actually more expensive than London which is saying something.

Stunning, stunning place but can be a little tainted by over commercialisation.
Budapest in that respect is still better, IMO anyway though it has changed a lot as well.
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Old 05-15-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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See a lot of Paris and Rome recommendations. However, if it was me, I would do Istanbul, Seville/Granda (Andalucia in general), or Lviv and Kiev in the Ukraine.
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I agree. Prague has lost a lot of its charm since independence. Tourism is now rampant and unless you go in the quiet season ( november/january/february) it can really become a true hassle. And I was surprised how expensive it had become since my last visit. Many places were actually more expensive than London which is saying something.

Stunning, stunning place but can be a little tainted by over commercialisation.
Budapest in that respect is still better, IMO anyway though it has changed a lot as well.
This is very true, granted I went to Prague when the Euro was 1.55 and I believe the Czech crowns are tied to the Euro but even so I was truly surprised that a eastern European country was so expensive... I did manage to find well priced restaurants away from the tourist zones though. Even though it is a crowded place to visit I would want to go back and spend more time in Czech Republic, possibly explore the national park that they have in the northern part of the country...

I recently caught a Rick Steves podcast on the Baltics and it has interested me quite a bit, I found this good overview by some youngsters on youtube

Tallin, Estonia:


Riga, Latvia:


Villnius, Lithuania:


These cities are also featured in Michael Palin's "New Europe" which is a great series on Eastern European countries...
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