Stretching Your Dollar (and Your Imagination) in Eastern Europe

Travel Blog  •  Joanna Kakissis  •  10.02.08 | 5:13 PM ET

imageThe Wall Street Journal offers the latest take on blooming tourism in once-forgotten cities such as Krakow, Ljubljana and Cesky Krumlov (pictured), which took years to attract as many visitors (and buzz) as Prague and Budapest. The upside: Discovering a beautiful new place without going bankrupt. The downside: Sometimes shaky infrastructure, young and crazy Britons on cheap beer-soaked weekends, and over-programmed package tours that make even the most mystic place “feel like a medieval Disneyland.”

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Photo by Samuel Rufo via Flickr (Creative Commons).

Tags: Europe, Poland

Joanna Kakissis's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, among other publications. A contributor to the World Hum blog, she's currently a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

1 Comment for Stretching Your Dollar (and Your Imagination) in Eastern Europe

Krakow 11.26.08 | 7:21 AM ET

That’s true that for some time there were in Krakow problems with tourists who visit the city only for cheap drinks. But it seems to change now - especially due to prices raise.
Anyway, Krakow is worth recommending so it’s really good that somebody works on it:)

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