Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? A bohemian rhapsody of medieval castles, gothic churches and thermal spas and primeval forests, Central Europe is everything you could dream of and more. If you’re in the mood for history, architecture, art, food, we’ve got just what you need. Here’s a rundown of the coolest places to visit in Central Europe.
Kutna Hora AKA the Bone Church
The town of Kutna Hora isn’t your everyday tourist magnet. Despite its historic centre being inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the town is a little gloomy. And that gloom is exactly what makes it one of the best places to visit in the Czech Republic. Kutna Hora is home to the Sedlec Ossuary. A small catholic chapel located underneath the unassuming Cemetery Church of All Saints, it contains to bones of nearly 70,000 people in the world. The interior of the ossuary is decorated with an enormous chandelier made of human skeletons while the walls are adorned with a coat of arms and other objects made of bones. Thousands of tourists flock to the chapel filled with morbid fascination and you should too.
The Széchenyi Baths
The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is one of the best places to visit in Central Europe. Located in Hungary, it is built in the Neo-Baroque style and fed by two thermal springs. A dip in the therapeutic waters and minerals in them will relax and rejuvenate you, making it the perfect for an afternoon during your Europe holiday.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in Budapest
Called the “Paris of the East”, Budapest is known for its rich history, vibrant nightlife and rich musical scene. The city’s beautiful architecture, especially the stunning buildings on the banks of the Danube, has put it on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit Chain Bridge and Castle Hill, filming locations for many a Bollywood movie.
Mozart and the Sound of Music in Salzburg
Synonymous with Mozart and the Sound of Music, Salzburg is charming city sprawled across the banks of the Salzach river. The city’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the best attractions in Europe such as Helbrunn Palace and the birthplace of the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. And no Austria trip would be complete without a Sound of Music tour. Pick a tour that will take you to all the filming locations of the iconic Hollywood movie including Hallstatt, Berchtesgaden and Eagle’s Nest up in the Bavarian Mountains.
A trip to Český Krumlov takes you back in time to the 18th century. From the historic castle in the middle of town to the cobbled stoned streets and the red roofed houses, nothing much has changed in this quaint Czech town in nearly three hundred years. Take a detour on your European vacation and experience that charm of one of the best places to visit in Central Europe.