Amazing and unique, yet unknown places in Eastern Europe

Amazing and unique, yet unknown places in Eastern Europe

 

Eastern Europe is full of charming yet unexplored places, and below I would like to share with you some of them:

Ruins of the underwater prison Rummu – Estonia

The ruins of this Estonian abandoned prison is half immersed in crystal clear lake waters. The prison was built in 1940’s by the Soviet Union, but when it deflated the prison was left and destroyed. Now this area became a beach resort called “the blue lagoon” and an attraction for divers to see the ruins up close.

Sinca Veche Cave Monastery – Romania

An obscure underground cave Monastery is considered to be 7,000 years old. No one knows who built this monastery. It has different religious symbols etched into the wall showing the place was a holy place for many religions. The lights through the window shafts bring powerful energy into the cave, and you can feel the peace and feeling of spirituality.

Crooked House – Poland

It is a famous landmark that came from Polish fairy tale illustrations by Jan Marcin Szancer. Because of the twisted look, you might feel dizzy while looking at it for a long time.

Church of Bones (Sedlec Ossuary) Czech Republic

This chapel was built 800 years ago next to a cemetery, and its basement was used as an ossuary. A lot of people aspired to be buried there as it was considered a holy place. The burial site was considerably enlarged during the 14th-century Black Death. In 1870 bones from more than 40,000 human skeletons were placed in the chapel as decorations.

The Republic of Uzupis,  – Lithuania

This used to be the Jewish district of Vilnius. Most of the district’s Jewish population were killed during the World War II. The left houses were taken over by mainly the homeless and prostitutes, and the area was largely dismissed. On the 1st of April in 1997, the district was declared to be a Republic that even has its own constitution. Here are some lines from it:

  • Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof
  • Everyone has the right to be undistinguished and unknown.
  • Everyone has the right to love and take care of the cat.
  • Everyone has the right to understand nothing.
  • A dog has the right to be a dog.
  • Everyone shall remember their name.
  • Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday.

Beyond politics, the Republic has a great art scene with sculptures, street art, and other local masterpieces.

Izmailovsky Kremlin – Russia

This is another Moscow Kremlin located on the off beaten path. Inside there is an architecture entertainment complex and few traditional museums: Russian vodka museum, the museum of bread, the museum of marshmallow, folk museum. Nearby you can also visit the largest world fair and exhibition of decorative arts.

Hitler’s headquarter (Wolfs Lair) – Poland

Serving as one of the most famous Nazi Headquarters during the invasion of the Soviet Union, the complex had around 200 buildings including shelters, barracks, and two airports. Hitler himself spent over 800 days at the Lair with his final departure in November 1944. The Wolf’s Lair is located in the Masurian Woods, and visitors regularly make a day trip from other Polish cities to see the complex.

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Written by Elizabeth View all posts by this author →

Elizabeth is a passionate traveler and sports lover. While visiting different countries I enjoy observing medieval architecture (esp. gothic), exploring nature sites and discovering hidden places. For the past several years she was one of the founding members of the startup Cultree, that helps people to get more authentic experience while traveling.

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  4. Jenni at 2:33 pm

    wow there are so many cool places in Eastern Europe. I am heading to Romania soon and would love to visit the Sinca Veche Cave Monastery and I bet Hitler’s headquarter (Wolfs Lair) would be so interesting.

  5. Mike Cotton at 2:48 pm

    Eastern Europe is an oft-neglected part of the continent, I know I’m guilty of that. The places you listed here are certainly unique and I’d love to find the time to visit them myself.

  6. Hannah at 2:52 pm

    I visited the Sedlec Ossuary in 2011- it was so cool but kind of eerie too. I was completely fascinated. Id also love to check out that underwater prison in Estonia! I didn’t know about it when I visited a few years ago, but now that I’m a diver its a good excuse to go back!

    • Elizabeth at 2:47 pm

      You won’t believe how many such hidden places in every country! Here just a few of my discoveries. It’s difficult to find them, but I’d love to see them all and expand the list.

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