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Eastern Europe

More and more people are heading off the well-trodden track and discovering the delights of Eastern Europe by rail - be one of them.


A place where medieval towers rub shoulders with cutting-edge modernist structures - like the space-age Novy Most (New Bridge) - Bratislava is an increasingly fashionable destination in its own right. A short 37mile (60km) jaunt away from Vienna, this grand city was once the proud capital of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its quaint cobbled streets, buzzing cafes and friendly locals make it the perfect spot for a relaxed city break.


Budapest is unquestionably one of Europe's most beautiful places, and was once crowned the 'most liveable' city on the Continent. Its wealth of treasures include an extensive UNESCO World Heritage Site which takes in the banks of the Danube, the Buda Hills and a glorious mix of baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture. Revered since Roman times for its geothermal springs, Budapest's numerous spas and baths also make it the pampering capital of Europe.


Since the Velvet Revolution threw open Prague’s doors in 1989, millions of tourists have flocked to witness one of Europe’s most beautiful cities for themselves. Largely unscathed by the ravages of World War II and spared the meddling of communist architects, Prague is a treasure trove of dreaming spires, baroque churches, castles and medieval squares. Oh, and of course there’s the famously-filling food, best washed down with a glass of the legendary golden Pilsner.


Locals will take pride in telling you Kraków has a soul that money-minded Warsaw can only dream of. As a visitor, you’ll be struck by the vibrancy and warmth you find here. It’s on show in the clubs, bars and charming cafes of the Kazimierz district where the city’s large student population parties well into the night; and it’s there in the huge medieval market square – a delightful summer setting for lazy days drinking and getting to know the friendly locals.