good websites for Eastern Europe?

Aug 4th, 2004, 08:51 AM
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good websites for Eastern Europe?

Does anyone know of any good websites or books or videos to read up on prior to my trip to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Warsaw in 2005? Thanks.
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Aug 4th, 2004, 12:39 PM
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I know that other "regulars" will think me a broken record on this point - - but the cities you mention are all in central Europe.

Eastern Europe begins east of Poland.

You're not to be blamed, as Americans have grown up for decades learning about the "Eastern bloc" of countries under the control of Moscow. Even RailEurope perpetuates the misuse of the term.

But the people who live in the cities you mention are quick to point out their countries are smack dab in the middle of Europe.

As for your original question - - for Prague, the website is one of those labor of love websites that has much to offer you.

...and credit to Ben Haines for introducing many on this forum to - - an excellent collection of travel guide info for the central Europe destinations you mention (and Eastern <I?Europe, too!)

Best wishes,

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Aug 4th, 2004, 12:42 PM
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Alright, thanks. I didn't mean to misuse the term, but now I will refer to it as CENTRAL Europe. I have never been to Europe, just Asia, so pardon me for the mistake.
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Aug 4th, 2004, 01:12 PM
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Having lived in the area, I absolutely do second the pages of, which should become your "bible" when in the region. Very up-to-date and reliable information.

I also liked the Lonely Planet guides.

I also doubt that there is any sense in a debate of whether to call the region "Eastern" or "Central" Europe. That's just a matter of defintion and thus very subjective. Of course it's easy to wisecrack, but among Western Europeans (now who exactly are those? ;-) ) it is quite common to refer to the former Warsaw pact countries as "Eastern" Europe. Funnily enough, I have not yet met any "Eastern"/ "Central" European guy who took offense to his country being referred to as "Eastern" Europe (they have more important problems and could care less).
What's more, if Budapest is actually in Central Europe, what's left for Eastern Europe then - especially if you take the Eastern borders of the European Union into account...!?

Just don't pay attention to this kind of discussion, that's perfectly useless, and enjoy your trip!

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Aug 4th, 2004, 01:38 PM
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Websites for Prague and the Czech Republic interactive map, sightseeing, car rental, Prague statistics,museum hours, restaurants info on Prague Castle, and others has photos click on Prague restaurants, sightseeing, lodging news articles and archives Czech Republic official website Czech tourism website, will send brochures commercial site, offers hotel discounts current events, message board, history, museums, pubs news items Czech tourist board, has many links including weather, restaurants, hotels daily news on events in central Europe

www.gayguide.nte/Europe/Czech/Prague/ gay guide to Prague
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Posts: 8,631 guide to Jewish Prague, including kosher restaurants hotels, important holidays, other info several links including Czech Airlines, weather, transportation, hotels, restaurants info is so-so, pictures are great includes a walking tour for Kafka fans hotels, transportation, maps, attractions tourism, culture, literature,music,museums,transport,
has photos of some sights

outstanding: hotels, almost a mini-guidebook, includes language lessons with audio search on <48 hours Prague> for an informative article, or just Prague for all news topics links search on Prague castles of the Czech Republic good info on sidetrips, some on hotels, nothing on restaurants, little on sightseeing good for restaurants, hotels, and shopping transportation, hotels, restaurants, shopping, practical tips good discussion board for budget travelers specials at all kinds of hotels
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Posts: 8,631 good basic info, discussion board, good advice for budget travelers
restaurants, sightseeing, lodging (restaurant and hotel listing includes comments from past
customers) also parking info, car rentals, internet locations many links links to some hotels all sorts of info: weather links, sightseeing, ,not so good for hotels tourism,shopping, calendar, restaurants and two websites that include,among many other things, info on gardens open to the public Prague Post is a weekly newspaper for English-speakers, lots of good info on shopping, restaurants, etc. Radio Prague, news, current events, history, etc weather, sightseeing,higher-end hotels rent an apartment, recommended June 03 by someone who rented

Article on ?Macabre Prague??weird or gruesome historical sites
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Aug 4th, 2004, 01:49 PM
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Concerts and performances

All events: many links, some work better than others

Vienna State Opera tickets Broadway imports and original musicals.

Volksoper, major opera house, also presents dance.

Vienna Boys Choir or
The Vienna Boys Choir performs as part of the regular Sunday mass starting at 9:15 am at the Hofburg Chapel. Book well in advance, and be advised that some seats have no direct view of the choir as it sings, but video screens are provided.

Konzerthaus: Kammeroper, 3rd opera house marionette theatre

Waltzes and Operettas:

Concerts at Schonbrunn Palace: daily concerts of Viennese music
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more Vienna gives access to Conde Nast Traveler magazine archives sightseeing, weather forecast, list of private guides, tours, sightseeing, transport from the airport, suggested itinerary, Vienna card, etc --outstanding website click on English at the top of the screen, search on Vienna Austrian tourist office, in New York will send brochures sightseeing, events, Coffee ABCs, search on Vienna. Lots of info, and a link to Vienna airport info, recommended private van service, to and from airport good basic info on Vienna article on Hofburg (Imperial Palace) travel advice, hotels are mostly high end, weather forecasts,119,00.html
Wine Spectator Magazine article on the best high end restaurants of Vienna monthly calendar of events, order tickets, sightseeing, museum hours, visitors with disabilities, learning German, internet cafes, holidays, info for gays and lesbians

www, Music Mile walk of fame. Runs from Stephansplatz to the
Theater an der Wien. Audio guides are available at Stephansplatz or at the Theater. sightseeing, concerts, tours, hotels, restaurants, history, sightseeing in German Vienna Marathon, run in May. general info, plus hotels, pensions, hostels flight info, checking in, transportation
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Aug 4th, 2004, 01:55 PM
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sorry for some of the weird alphanumeric characters, this is a cut and paste from my Word travel files and Word characters sometimes get garbled here
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Warsaw -

Krakow -
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<<this is a cut and paste from my Word travel files and Word characters sometimes get garbled here>>

No doubt you know this, elaine (just didn't think about doing it ahead of time) - - but if you save any Word document as a ".txt" file, and then re-open it, you can cut and paste from there without risk of "funny" characters.
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Well said, hsv. I've traveled through Eastern Europe a few times, and even over the eastern frontier of Poland into the Ukraine. That's what is called the "Wild, Wild East."
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We are going to central Europe in September 2004. I recently purchased the DK books on Warsaw and Prague. Also "Poland" by Michener. Very satisfied with these choices.
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rex, no I didn't know, there are SO many things I don't know about formatting.
Could you email me?--I'd appreciate your help to avoid this in the future
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I can recommend - used it for restaurant reviews and guidance and found it reliable.
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I am glad to be quoted as keen on Very different is the archive of past travel reports in the London newspaper the Independent:

Then I see what I have noted city by city.

Prague events:
Prague metro map:
Living conditions:

Vienna. Time out:

Links:, then Culture, Tourism, and Transport
the official tourism Web site
Guide to Budapest:
the city's home page at
Events, in Hungarian. Select "budapest" and then choose from film, kЖnnyЭ (easy), szinhaz (theatre), kiallitas (exhibition) and komoly (serious).
Park of socialist sculpture:

Tourist board:
Tourist board:
Warsaw hotel agencies with costs below rack rates
Warsaw metro map:
Many people prefer Krakow to Warsaw.

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