Eastern Europe Guidebook
- Rick's picks for sights, eating, sleeping
- In-depth coverage of our favorite Eastern European destinations
- Also includes chapter on Vienna
- Great self-guided neighborhood walks
- Easy-to-read maps
Buy your Eastern Europe Guidebook:
Rick Steves Eastern Europe offers select coverage of Rick's favorite destinations in the most enjoyable and accessible countries of the former Communist Bloc. We'll guide you through the region's biggest and best cities, and introduce you to its charming small towns:
- Prague and nearby (including Kutná Hora, Terezín Concentration Camp Memorial, and Konopiště Castle)
- Český Krumlov
- Kraków and Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial
- Gdańsk and the Tri-City
- Pomerania (including Malbork Castle and Toruń)
- Eger and nearby
- Lake Bled and nearby (including Vintgar Gorge, Radovljica, and Lake Bohinj)
- Julian Alps (including the Vršič Pass, Soca Valley, Bovec, and Kobarid)
More of central and eastern Europe
- Self-guided walks
- Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of the whole region, central Prague, Budapest, and Vienna)
- Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies
- Recommended three-week itinerary and advice on planning your time and avoiding crowds
- Transportation: Trains, ferries, city transit, and driving
- Each region's history, culture, and cuisine
- Handy survival phrases for Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovenian, plus place-name pronunciation guide
- Detailed advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints
|Author(s):||Rick Steves & Cameron Hewitt|
|Dimensions:||8" x 4 ½" x 1 ½"|
|Publication date:||July 2019 (10th edition)|
|Next edition arrives:||December 2023|
Is This the Right Book for Me?
If you're spending only a few days in Prague, Rick Steves Eastern Europe is all you're likely to need.
If, however, you're spending four days or more in Prague, or at least a week in the Czech Republic as a whole, the extra information in Rick Steves Prague can be worthwhile. It offers more in-depth sightseeing information on Prague, several additional self-guided city walks and museum/sight tours, and more specifics on shopping and entertainment. It also includes all of Rick's favorite Czech destinations outside the capital. (Whereas the smaller Pocket Prague guide offers essentially the same info that's already in the Eastern Europe guidebook.)
Should I get Rick's Budapest guidebook in addition to this Eastern Europe book?
If you're spending only a few days in Budapest, Rick Steves Eastern Europe is all you're likely to need.
If, however, you're spending four days or more in Budapest, or at least a week in Hungary as a whole, the extra information in Rick Steves Budapest can be worthwhile. It offers more in-depth sightseeing information on Budapest, several additional self-guided city walks and museum/sight tours, and more specifics on shopping and entertainment, plus activities for kids. It also includes all of Rick's favorite Hungarian destinations outside the capital, plus nearby Bratislava.
Should I get Rick's Croatia & Slovenia guidebook in addition to this Eastern Europe book?
Rick Steves Eastern Europe includes full coverage of the main destinations in Slovenia: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, and the Julian Alps. (Additional Slovenian destinations are covered in Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia.) However, Rick Steves Eastern Europe includes only short overviews of the highlights in Croatia, as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro — all of which are covered in depth in Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia. So, if your itinerary includes only the main stops in Slovenia, this book is all you need. But if you're doing more in-depth travel in Slovenia, or spending substantial time in Croatia, you'll want to add Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia to your suitcase.
Should I get the either of Rick's Vienna books in addition to this Eastern Europe guidebook?
If you're only spending a day or two in Vienna, the Vienna info in the Eastern Europe guidebook is all you're likely to need. If, however, you're spending at least three days in Vienna, the extra information in Rick Steves Vienna, Salzburg & Tirol can be worthwhile. It offers more extensive sightseeing advice, and more specifics on shopping, concerts, and nightlife, as well as complete chapters for plenty more Austrian destinations. (Whereas the smaller Pocket Vienna guide offers essentially the same info that's already in the Eastern Europe guidebook.)
Should I get the Snapshot guide for Kraków/Warsaw/Gdańsk in addition to this Eastern Europe guidebook?
No, because Rick Steves Snapshot: Kraków, Warsaw & Gdańsk is simply the excerpted Poland chapters taken directly from the complete Rick Steves Eastern Europe guidebook.
Updates and Feedback
Latest updates: When we learn of critical changes to the information in this guidebook, we post them. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!
Submit feedback: Once you've used this book in Europe, we'd love to hear your feedback — good or bad — about our advice on sights, hotels, restaurants, and travel tips. We're also interested in any tips or discoveries you made while in Europe. Your comments help us improve our guidebooks for future travelers.