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  • Eva Malá

    Top 10 Foods You Must Try in Slovakia

    3 / 26 / 2018

    Slovakia is well-known for its beautiful countryside, wild rivers, high mountains, large forests and developed agriculture. Therefore it´s no surprise that you can find lots of cheese, meat and potatoes in Slovakian cuisine.

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  • Eva Malá

    Prague´s Best Off the Beaten Path Restaurants

    3 / 12 / 2018

    There are many dining options in Prague - from food stands in the Old Town to classic cheap cafeterias outside the city center to Michelin star restaurants situated right next to your favorite sites.

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  • Eva Malá

    Oktoberfest, Krampus and Other European Events Which Can't Be Missed in 2018

    2 / 27 / 2018

    There are many festivals and other celebrations happening throughout the year in Central Europe. You can basically experience multiple events in each country every weekend ranging from music festivals to traditional events with a long history.

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  • Eva Malá

    The Best Souvenirs to Bring Back Home from Prague

    2 / 5 / 2018

    To visit Prague is every traveler´s dream come true. Grand architecture, cheap beer and a laid back culture attracts millions of visitors annually. No wonder that one would fall into many tourists´ traps along the way. Buying great souvenirs to bring back home to your family members, friends or even a nice gift for yourself can turn out to be quite a challenge.

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  • Andrew Barton

    Top 10 Places to Visit in Bratislava, Slovakia

    2 / 2 / 2018

    Obscured for centuries under the shadow of Hungarian and Austrian overlords and given second billing during Slovakia’s 70-year marriage to its Czech cousins next door, the Slovak capital city of Bratislava is only now catching on as a tourist destination in its own right 25 years after the break-up of Czechoslovakia.

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  • Jared Holmes

    A Guide to Prague´s Bohemian District of Žižkov: Food, Beer, Games, Nightlife

    2 / 1 / 2018

    If you want to get away from the usual, more touristy parts of Prague, Žižkov (pronounced as zheezhkoff) is your district. This is where many locals and expats frequently eat, drink, play, and have fun throughout the week and into the weekend’s late nights. With so many noteworthy places in Žižkov, we’ve put together this list of restaurants, pubs, cocktail bars, and nightlife options to check out when visiting.

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  • Andrew Barton

    4 of the Best Rail Journeys in Central Europe

    1 / 16 / 2018

    Europe contains the oldest railroads in the world and Central Europe is where the art of alpine rail engineering was perfected, opening up some of the most astonishing landscape on the continent to public view. Here we list 4 of the best rail journeys in Central Europe to make your travel from city to city that much more interesting. 

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  • Andrew Barton

    6 Off the Beaten Path Localities in Slovenia

    1 / 10 / 2018

    If you’ve already been to Slovenia or have heard anything about it all, you’ll already be familiar with the famous picture-postcard perfection of Lake Bled and the pedestrian-friendly capital city Ljubljana. Postojna Cave and the coastal city of Piran are high on the list of must-see sights as well, but for such a small country (it’s less than half the size of Switzerland or slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey) there are countless other locations in Slovenia that are worthy of similar attention, yet rarely attract visitors in significant numbers. Here we list 6 off the beaten path localities in Slovenia.

     

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  • Eva Malá

    The Best Easter Markets in Central Europe and Croatia 2018

    1 / 8 / 2018

    When Christmas markets close up, preparations for Easter markets begin. Easter bunny, eggs, lamb, lilies - each European country has its own traditions which they introduce to the world in the most exciting way each Spring. See our list of the best Easter markets in Central Europe and Croatia you can experience in 2018 below!

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  • Eva Malá

    10 Interesting Facts You Should Know Before Visiting Prague

    1 / 4 / 2018

    Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic (or Czechia if you will) is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the place I call home. Despite traveling the world, I always return here and appreciate its timeless beauty as well as culture, food and other interesting things you can not find elsewhere. Let me share some of those with you.

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  • Eva Malá

    The Best Online Trip Planner

    1 / 3 / 2018

    We, at Go Real Europe have just launched an updated version of our trip planner making it arguably the best online trip planner on the market! Compared to the older version of the planner, the current one is easier, faster, and creates customized trip plans in seconds!

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  • Andrew Barton

    10 Sound of Music Film Locations in Salzburg

    1 / 2 / 2018

    There can be few other cities as closely associated with one film as Salzburg is with The Sound of Music based on the life of the Von Trapp family. The film uses the memoirs of family matriarch Maria Von Trapp as its source material but is severely condensed for dramatic effect.

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  • Andrew Barton

    3 of the Best Narrative History Museums in Poland

    12 / 29 / 2017

    Since its recovery from the ‘big bang’ economic chaos of the early post-Communist years in the 1990s and then its entry into the European Union, Poland has found the time and the means to begin revising and updating the account of its post-war history. That history had often been skewed and misrepresented under the former Communist regime, largely in deference to its Soviet overlord, but now a series of sparkling new interactive museums has a begun to retell Poland’s recent history in a way that’s been a huge box office draw for both Poles and foreigners alike, albeit not without a lot of controversy.

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  • Jared Holmes

    Cesky Krumlov: When, Where, and Why You Should Visit

    12 / 20 / 2017

    Considering when to visit Cesky Krumlov? We’ve put together this guide of recommendations and tips to the different seasons to help you plan your trip.

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  • Eva Malá

    Direct Flights from the USA to Central Europe

    12 / 6 / 2017

    Direct flights from New York City to Berlin, Munich, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Warsaw. Direct flights from the USA to Croatia. Direct flights from Chicago to Munich, Warsaw and Vienna. Direct flight from Washington DC to Munich. Direct flight from Miami and Los Angeles to Munich.

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  • Andrew Barton

    Top 5 National Parks in Central and Southern Europe

    12 / 4 / 2017

    As one of the more densely populated continents on the planet, there are relatively few places in Europe where you can view nature in all its raw unadulterated beauty, but we’ve selected 5 top national parks in Central and Southern Europe that are among the best on offer in the ‘old’ continent.

     

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  • Andrew Barton

    Top 11 Songs and Albums Inspired by Central European Cities

    11 / 28 / 2017

    Geography has always featured in the work of musicians both classical and contemporary. There is also a long list of great songs or albums inspired by Central European cities, a handful of which we write about here.

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  • Andrew Barton

    10 Things to Do in Dubrovnik to Avoid the Crowds

    11 / 20 / 2017

    In this age of mass tourism it can sometimes be difficult to avoid the tourist crush. And let’s not be coy about the fact that Dubrovnik in Croatia is one of the main hot spots in coastal Europe during the northern hemisphere summer. 

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in Prague 2017

    10 / 12 / 2017

    Prague is one of the best places to be in Central Europe for New Year celebrations. Never one to do things low key, the capital pulls out all the stops with hundreds of New Year's Eve parties and events that ensure an unforgettable night. Spend New Year's Day working off your hangover, or taking a refreshing stroll around Prague's many historical sights before the fun continues at 6 pm with the city's fantastic NYE firework display on January 1st!

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Best Christmas Markets In Europe

    9 / 13 / 2017

    You haven’t experienced Christmas until you’ve swopped your annual slog down the commercial mall for a magical and enchanting trip to one of Europe’s best Christmas Markets. Winter in Europe is a wonderful time to visit, and there are many Christmas markets in Europe to choose from.

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  • Andrew Barton

    Introducing Ljubljana in Slovenia!

    9 / 12 / 2017

    The Biggest Little Country in Europe

    Like a Tardis machine that looks small on the outside, but overwhelms you with its capaciousness on the inside, Slovenia is also dimensionally transcendental. Slightly smaller in area size than the state of New Jersey, or less than half the size of Switzerland, Slovenia nevertheless packs a lot of punch into its tourism market; you could spend the best part of a month there and still not see and do everything on offer.

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  • Andrew Barton

    Warsaw added as another great Go Real Europe destination!

    8 / 2 / 2017

    Go Real Europe is proud to add the Polish capital of Warsaw to the growing list of city destinations that can be included in its exclusive, personalized travel itineraries. Now it is possible to get to know Poland even more intimately by arriving directly at Warsaw Chopin Airport from abroad or traveling there by train or private shuttle from Krakow, Prague or Berlin.

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Hotel Rooms in North America vs Europe – What’s the difference?

    7 / 28 / 2017

    Traveling to Europe for the first time can be a major cultural shock. Aside from the differences in cuisine, architecture, climate, and language, you may be surprised to know that European hotel rooms differ greatly from the hotel rooms you may be accustomed to back home.

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  • Andrew Barton

    Top 5 Castles In Central Europe

    7 / 11 / 2017

    As children, we were often told bedtime stories of distant lands, Princesses with long golden hair, fire-breathing dragons and mighty castles with drawbridges. Thankfully, as adults, we are able to relive those nostalgic fairy tales for real in Central Europe, home to thousands of historic castles. While many of the castles were never homes to Princesses and were never protected by dragons, the carefully preserved castles are fantastic reminders of Europe's diverse and historic past. 

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Best time of the year to visit Central Europe

    7 / 1 / 2017

    Central Europe is a beautiful part of the world, and no matter what season you visit, we are confident you'll have a great time. There is no doubt, that with each season there are Pros and Cons. So what is the best time of year to visit Central Europe? Our useful guide will help you plan what season to plan your next European adventure in!

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  • Martin Wagner

    Best Brewery Pubs in Prague

    6 / 22 / 2017

    The Czech Republic's brewing pilsner style is imitated the world over, from Budweiser to Stella Artois, but imitators have failed to capture the true essence of this distinct brew. It can only truly be appreciated in the Czech Republic. When avid beer drinkers think of Czech beer, the first thing that comes to mind is the Pilsner Urquell lager and pilsner style.

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  • David Manley

    Packing Tips for Central Europe

    6 / 21 / 2017

    Packing for any vacation can be tiresome and stressful, especially if you’re planning on visiting multiple countries. Packing for the appropriate weather conditions (especially when they are so unpredictable) and not over packing so you don’t have to lug around a ton of luggage is the eternal traveller’s conundrum.

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Prague's Top Cafes - 6 Of The Best Coffee Shops In Prague

    6 / 6 / 2016

    While Prague's most popular beverage is beer, it goes without saying that coffee is second on that list! Prague's cafe culture has come a long way over the past decade, with a host of cool, hip and cozy cafes popping up all over the city. Skip the Starbucks and Costa Coffee and seek out one of the city's authentic coffee shops on your next trip to Prague.

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  • David Manley

    Should I rent a car for my trip to Central Europe?

    6 / 5 / 2017

    Go Real Europe itineraries no longer include rental cars, as it became clear to us that in the large majority of cases, renting a car in did not make sense. It also resulted in stressed-out clients and was unnecessarily putting them in danger.

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    The Strangest Sculptures - Works by David Cerny in Prague

    6 / 1 / 2016

    One thing few people notice when visiting Prague is the mass array of weird and wonderful and sometimes controversial sculptures that have been placed around this very compacted city.

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  • David Manley

    Eating Out and Tipping in Central Europe

    5 / 31 / 2017

    A trip to Central Europe is just as much as a vacation for your taste buds as it is for you. Europe is famous for its diverse cuisine, from Italian and French to Hungarian and Czech to name a few, each country has its own delicacies and speciality dishes. It's a foodie paradise and we highly recommend taking a food tour or trying as many local dishes as possible on your trips to Europe. 

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  • Andrew Barton

    The Literature Lover’s Guide to Prague's Most Famous Writers

    4 / 28 / 2017

    Like capital cities everywhere, Bohemia’s main city has attracted its fair share of great artists, whether they’ve been born there or have been drawn to an environment with the infrastructure to support and nurture exceptional talent.

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  • David Manley

    The BEST thing to do on a sunny afternoon in Prague

    4 / 27 / 2017

    When the average traveler imagines Prague they tend to first think of its twisting medieval lanes and awe-inspiring historic architecture such as the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and the Old Town Hall. But for locals, the city’s best feature may actually be its abundant supply of parks and green spaces.

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  • David Manley

    The Most Common Scams

    4 / 27 / 2017

    Although it is fairly rare, there are those who attempt to scam tourists, especially in Budapest. For instance, one variation which occurs on Vaci street in Budapest is for a couple of attractive girls to approach a male traveler or small group of male travelers asking for directions to a bar.

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Cash, Currencies and Money Exchange in Central Europe

    3 / 9 / 2017

    You might think that the Euro would be widely used in the whole Europe by now but the truth is that many countries have not switched to yet and have different currencies.

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  • David Manley

    Can You Drink Tap Water in Europe?

    2 / 21 / 2017

    The tap water is very safe and quite drinkable in our travel areas. In fact, we have been told by clients that the tap water in Prague is some of the best-tasting tap water they have ever drunk.

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  • David Manley

    Concerts, Operas, and Ballets Dress Codes in Europe

    1 / 16 / 2017

    A tuxedo or jeans? A ballroom gown or mini-skirt? Hard to decide, when you are abroad? Let us guide you through contemporary concerts, operas, and ballets fashion rules in Europe.

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  • Andrew Barton

    Six Of The Best Classical Concert Halls In Central Europe

    12 / 30 / 2016

    Witness incredible acoustics and mind blowing architecture in some of Central Europe's most famous and best classical music concert halls, that draws in crowds from all over the world. 

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Czech Christmas Traditions: Carp, Floating Walnuts and a Baby Jesus

    12 / 5 / 2016

    It’s Christmas! (Cue Slades, Merry Christmas Everybody!). It’s the season for gift giving, twinkling fairy lights, tons of chocolate, family time and recharging our batteries. Every country around the world celebrates this magical time with their own traditions and here in the Czech Republic, we have a few Christmas traditions of our own, including some rather weird ones!

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Is Europe Safe For Travellers?

    4 / 6 / 2016

    Recent events raise the very valid question: Is it safe to travel to Europe? The short answer is yes.

    During the past year France and Belgium have fallen victim to tragic acts of terrorism that have generated a great deal of fear among potential travellers to Europe. Following last month’s attack in Brussels, the U.S State Department issued a European Travel Alert.

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  • Samantha Barbagallo

    Go Real Europe’s Top Destinations For Those Who Love Beer

    2 / 25 / 2016

    Central Europe is one of the best places in the world for beer lovers. Almost every country in Europe has its own style of beer, however, only a select few destinations have a long history of brewing beer. Go Real Europe have happily trapsed around Central Europe to find some of the best places to grab a pint (or litre) and enjoy the heavenly nectar that is beer!

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  • David Manley

    How INXS's Music Video Revealed Prague to the Western World

    2 / 24 / 2016

    When I moved to Germany in 1998, the mere mention of Prague still evoked a sense of the exotic. In some ways, it was still a part of the “wild, wild East”, and to visit was a little adventurous. So naturally, I traveled there within a month of arriving in Europe.

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  • David Manley

    A Guide To Public Transportation and Taxis in Europe

    1 / 2 / 2016

    For many American’s, the thought of taking a trip to Europe and traveling around using public transport can seem very daunting. In a country where public transport is sparse and everyone travels by car, the idea of using buses, trams, subways, and trains in Europe seems too intimating, scary and confusing.

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  • David Manley

    Traveling With Kids

    1 / 1 / 2016

    Even though Mom and Dad may be dying for a visit to Europe, too many parents give up on the idea because they think their children won't be happy on the trip. Among other things, they worry that kids won't be interested in the history or the tours, and that they won't be impressed by the architecture and scenery. Forgotten in all this is the fact that there are over 100 million children in Europe, and parents there are just as interested in keeping their kids entertained as American, Canadian, and Australian parents.

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