My Big Fat Eastern European Roadtrip

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After a lot of talking and deliberating myself and my boyfriend have finally began to book our trip through Eastern Europe for the end of September!

The countries we are (hoping!) to cover in order are Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Slovakia over the course of 20 days. I know it is a lot of countries to squeeze into such a short time – but that’s what road trips are all about!

Initially we had intending on going interrailing throughout the countries but after some research we realized this option is only best through central Europe. There aren’t even any trains which run from Montengro into Bosnia making a round trip extremelyย difficult without having to spend hours on a train (Going by the website they do not offer night trains in these countries which would eat into our sight seeing time). Although using a train is the most common form of transport for a trip like this, we have opted to take trains from Hungary to Serbia and Slovenia to Austria and Bratislava and drive the rest of the way. This gives us the freedom to visit mountain ranges such as the Tara Mountains in Serbia and national parks at our ease – stopping wherever we feel like! Travelling by car will really take its toll but it seems like the best option at the moment. We can always change our minds when we get there or hand the car in early if we find it is too much hassle for us and take buses instead as they are very cheap!

The trip is hopefully going to be a mix of adventure (visiting national parks, hiking, etc) and leisure (relaxing in kotor, split, hvar) but only time will tell! I’m also aware that not all of the countries that we intend to visit are in Eastern Europe, but given that most of the countries are I think it is the most fitting way to describe the trip without people assuming we are going through Germany/Spain/Italy, etc.

The next few months will be all saving, planning and of course buyingย ๐Ÿ˜œ

If you have any recommendations on what to see in these countries please let me know!

19 thoughts on “My Big Fat Eastern European Roadtrip

  1. Definitely you have to visit Dubrovnik, Graz and Vienna. I havn’t been in the other cities yet but Dubrovnik with his oldtown and the city wall is soooo impressive. I am from Austria so I can tell you that Graz is a very very beautiful city, with the “Uhrturm” which is located on a little hill right in the citycenter. Up there, you have a wonderful view over the whole city!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I will think about some beautiful places between Graz and Vienna and let you know later on ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Montenegro is one of my favourite countries. If you find a farm, they will often let you borrow a horse for an hour. I had no previous horse riding experience so it was a bit scary, but hilarious!

    1. Also I lost my passport whilst on said horse and they brought it back to me, even though it was worth like 500 euros to them

      1. I actually lost my purse in both Croatia and Amsterdam and both times someone found it and posted it back to me when I got home.. there are some great people in the world! ๐Ÿ™‚ Are there any places in particular you would recommend in Montenegro? I was thinking about visiting Kotor instead of the capital during my short trip there.

        1. I think we were in Trsa, which was fantastic. Super in the middle of nowhere but the roads where amazing and the people in the village had great home made Rakia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m off to Croatia via Montenegro in September, also can’t wait. Sounds like a lot to cram in but will be amazing. We were also hoping to squeeze in Bosnia but with the Croatian Island hopping we didn’t look to have time. Can’t wait to hear about it.

    1. I’ve been to Croatia once before and it is looking like we are going to spend the most days there on this trip.. It’s a little slice of heaven! I will be posting about every country once the visit is over and done with (which feels like a lifetime away!) enjoy your trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve always wanted to go to Slovenia. Will look forward to hearing about it here! We’ve been to Bosnia – Mostar is beautiful and Sarajevo is pretty cool too. Have fun!

    1. Yeah I’m looking at going to Mostar for two nights and maybe skipping Sarajevo, do you think this would be wise or would I be making a mistake? I will be going to Bled in Slovenia I can’t wait!

      1. As you have limited time I think it would be ok – you can always do a weekend break to Sarajevo another time? Mostar is much easier to explore and you’ll really get a feel for it in two days.

  5. Have a wonderful time on your road trip! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are passing through Austria, I would definitely recommend Tirol, it’s a beautiful place, with much mountain scenery and greenery ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. So fun! We will be road tripping through southern Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic this August/September. We’ve always traveled by rail in Europe, so it will be an interesting experience. We also plan to stop in Vienna and Bratislava.

  7. This sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to read about your experiences. I’m planning a trip around more western/middle Europe next April after my volunteering programme, and at the moment it’s all looking like interrailing because I don’t drive and neither does my travel buddy, so if you end up taking any buses I want to know what that was like!

  8. Places we have been to that we recommend are Bled in Slovenia, Salzburg and the nearby countryside, Vienna, Bratislava in Slovakia and if you get the chance the High Tatras too. Cheers, Mark
    PS pleased you visited my blog, Born To Travel.

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