Eastern Europe has some of the best and most intriguing road trips in the world and we’ve got four of the best for you to hop into your campervan and explore. So, we asked UK motorhome insurance specialists Motorhome Insure for their recommendations and this is what we got.
Cologne-Krakow-Cologne Starting Route
This is a great introductory route for those who aren’t yet sure that Eastern Europe is a good place for a road trip. It begins in Cologne, going in a trapezoidal shape through Berlin, Krakow and Vienna, before returning to Cologne. This will allow you to get some of the best landscapes in Austria and Germany, whilst having the opportunity to contemplate Poland and the Czech Republic’s alien wonders. If you manage to time the trip for Christmas, you’ll get the chance to see some incredible Christmas markets which are among the best ones in Germany, as well as the colourful festive traditions that happen more to the east.
Wawel Castle, Krakow
Moscow To Croatia Route
This route approaches Easter Europe from the opposite side – it’s a stunning route which starts out in Moscow, where you’ll hire the car. Moscow is packed with history, and from there the rote will take you down through gorgeous Ukrainian landscapes, then through Romania and Moldova before continuing through Serbia and finishing up on Adriatic’s coastline, in Croatia. This is a route that features extreme contrasts – from Russia’s cold through gradations all the way to Dubrovnik’s balmy ocean.
In this one, you’ll set out from the UK and take a ferry across the channel to go to Holland and start the trip. The route will take you east, along Germany’s incredible autobahns, then through Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Then, you’ll go to Estonia to Finland, and back through Estonia and Latvia, then finally get to Belarus. It’s perfectly okay to change the rout a bit in order to suit your interests and needs. If you don’t have enough time, for instance, you may simply cut out Finland, going straight to Belarus from Latvia.
The Vienna Loop
Its name may make it sound like a dance, but it’s one of the most popular routes in Eastern Europe, particularly for drivers who prefer to take it easy. It takes you from Vienna – Europe’s gateway city, once reached by Turks at the western part of their empire – through Austria’s lovely countryside and into Eastern Europe. You’ll trace the River Danube and take in forest landscapes and lakes in the Czech Republic, driving through Slovakia as well as Hungary. From Vienna to Cesky Krumlov, which is the final destination, it’s 125 miles. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Town, the perfect introduction to the Czech Republic and even Eastern Europe in general. While there, take a moment to canoe on the Vltava River or see the 13th century castle and city centre in a mountain bike.
Schönbrunn Castle, Vienna