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Tips for visitors to Eastern Europe

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many Eastern European countries became much more accessible to visitors from abroad. If you take reasonable precautions, you can enjoy a wonderful holiday in Eastern Europe.

Prague, Budapest, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Bucharest were once just names that many of us could notice while flipping through the World Atlas. Few of us knew much about these cities and what they could offer. Fortunately, we now have much more freedom to travel.

Prague, which once seemed so remote, is now at the heart of the European tourism industry. Many other beautiful cities and attractions of the former Eastern Bloc quickly followed them, attracting visitors with their history, architecture, culture and atmosphere.

Aside from the fact that the news is great places to relax, there have been some scary stories about traveling in Eastern Europe. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips you can follow to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable vacation:

1. If you have valuables that you do not need to carry with you, leave them locked in a safe place, such as a hotel safe. Don’t forget that items will usually have more value in many Eastern European countries where wages are usually lower.

2. Don’t let strangers behave. As with any situation, you just need to show a little common sense. If someone you don’t know offers to show you parts of an amazing city, then you should always consider your own safety.

3. If you carry cash, keep it well hidden. Eastern European cities in this respect are no different from such as London, Paris or New York – to avoid pockets, you need to make sure that the money is well hidden about your man and keep an eye on the bag.

4. Beware of getting lost at night in a poorly lit place. One of the disadvantages of staying in an unfamiliar city may be that you don’t know which areas are best to avoid.

5. Make sure you know about local customs. You will notice some differences in behavior when visiting certain regions.

6. Take your time learning a few local phrases – you’ll find that locals appreciate it and can be very helpful.

7. Read the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Fortunately, the political situation in most of Eastern Europe is now very stable, but you should always read the latest advice before traveling.