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9 Quintessential Norway Experiences

For obvious reasons, Norway has become a very popular tourist destination. The untouched wilderness, the architecture, the fjords, northern lights, and need I go on? But even though the fjords…

For obvious reasons, Norway has become a very popular tourist destination. The untouched wilderness, the architecture, the fjords, northern lights, and need I go on? But even though the fjords and northern lights are reasons alone to wish to visit Norway, they are not the only ones. Here are EuroTribe’s – quintessential Norway experiences;

The right to roam

Living in a big city can often be stressful. I always felt drawn to nature and would love to live close to the mountains and woods and explore them regularly.

In Norway, you’re given free access to the countryside – if you don’t litter! So you can enjoy the gorgeous Norwegian scenery and breathe in the fresh air – as long as when your escapade is finished, you pick up your rubbish.

Outdoor recreation is a part of their cultural identity and is established by law. The right to roam or the right of access (“allemannsretten”) is a traditional right from ancient times, and from 1957 it has also been included as a part of the Outdoor Recreation Act. Now everybody gets to experience nature, even on privately owned areas.

Food

Seafood for dinner

Photo: Seafood by julie corsi (CC by 2.0)

When you think of Norway, you might not think of fantastic food – but that’s where you’re wrong and no worries, I’m here to educate you.

If you consult any travel guide they will recommend you the “fårikål” or “sheep in cabbage”. It’s traditional as it gets, every fall many Norwegian families prepare this dish and serve it with potatoes.

If you love cheese, you should try Norwegian goat cheese which is brownish and its taste described as caramel with a sharp edge to it. It’s strong and specific, so it’s definitely worth a try!

Far as the sweets go, Norwegian’s go to is a heart-shaped waffle. Coincidentally, in all honesty, one of my favorite breakfast foods are waffles so I’m delighted. What’s better than a regular waffle? A heart-shaped waffle! No squares here!

Quiet

As mentioned above I always felt drawn to nature and living in a big city can often feel rushed, stressful and noisy. Some countries are simply, way calmer compared to others and the economic standard and a way of life have a lot to do with that as well.

Norway is a pretty large country by European standards with a modest population size. The low population density means there are vast areas of untouched nature. Just imagine yourself roaming the beautiful wilderness of Norway with your significant other and enjoying it completely alone sole for each other’s company.

Extreme sports

Ole Fretheim and Tevje Nikolai Lie Andersen

Photo: The Norwegian Freestyle Ski Team by Ståle Grut (CC by-sa 2.0)

The village of Voss is very famous to every real adrenaline junkie. The Extreme Sports Week is being held annually in this picturesque village. Wherever you turn you’re met with mountains, lakes, cliffs, rapids, and glaciers. At this meetup of daredevils, you can see base jumping, mountain biking, paragliding, whitewater kayaking and kitesurfing. If you’re thirsty for more action, just visit Oslo. The city is dubbed as the “winter sports capital of the world”.

Travel Green

It’s very admirable how far Norwegians have developed sustainable tourism and I’m always for supporting a good initiative. Norway is one of few places that are certified as a sustainable destination. It takes years of work demonstrating their lasting commitment to providing the best possible experiences for their guests while keeping the negative impact of tourism to a minimum. The destination must work to improve its practices and relations with the local community, in accordance with sustainability principles.

Driving Along the Fjords

Road trip from Oslo to Ålesund, Norway

Photo: Road trip from Oslo to Alesund by Gabriel Garcia Marengo (cc by 2.0)

Norway offers some of the most scenic drives in the world. Driving along the fjords is on my bucket list (alongside watching northern lights in Svalbard). One of the best rides is Aurlandsfjellet route between Oslo and Bergen which passes through the country’s most famous attractions.

Craft Beers

If you think beer is not good enough reason to visit a country well then you haven’t had a good beer! Although Norway is ultra-restrictive on buying alcohol, in the past few years there has been an increasing number of microbreweries producing various types of craft beer.

It wasn’t always like this. A couple years back you didn’t have much of a choice. To put it in words of Ewan Lewis, the co-founder and chief brewer of Ægir Brewery, “To have one beer for every taste is absurd. It’s as if an entire country served cheeseburgers as the only food.”

The microbreweries in Norway are popping up literally every month everywhere and picking up multiple international awards along the way! Nowadays when you enter a Norwegian pub you’ll be given a vast assortment of choices between brands and styles of beers! So pick your poison! Will it be a milky stout, an IPA or will you dare to try a sour?

Christmas in Norway

Jul i Bergen

Photo: Christmas in Bergen by Kjersti Magnussen (cc by 2.0)

Christmas in Norway, is a festival of light — a promise of longer days and the return of the sun. Just imagine that for weeks when it’s high noon that it feels like twilight and that it’s already dark by 4 p.m.

A highlight (pun intended) of the season is on the feast day of Santa Lucia, the “Queen of Lights”. Supposedly it’s a young woman born of wealthy parents, who went from one farm to the next, dressed in a white gown with a red sash. To light her way, she wore a crown of lingonberry twigs with lit candles and carried a torch, as she brought baked goods to each house.

On Santa Lucia Day, there’s a row of girls led by one dressed as the “Lussibrud,” wearing a white robe and a crown of lights. The girls carry baskets of saffron buns, called Lussekattor, to hand out.

Norwegians are not very religious so even during Christmas, you see no Christian elements in the holiday decorations. The whole celebrations have more pagan elements.

It is a unique and magical experience in its own way.

Svalbard

Svalbard is your best bet to experience the northern lights or go on a dogsled excursion.

If you’re not impressed by the northern lights (not possible by the way), you will surely be blown away by the midnight sun phenomenon. Svalbard is scarcely populated which lets nature run its course freely without the menacing hand of man. You will be able to enjoy earth-shattering glaciers and landscapes that you won’t believe your eyes. If you’re in Norway, Svalbard is a must.

If you’re going for the first time, then of course, I suggest focusing on more traditional sightseeing and if you’re short on time then definitively opt out for one of many Norway tours.

If you need help finding cheap accommodation in Norway check out this resource.

Do you have any other quintessential Norway experiences to add? Let us know in the comments below.

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7 Fantastic Day Trips From Rome

Why would anyone want to take day trips from Rome? Rome is a beautiful city with many hidden layers. But no matter how exciting Rome is, one can’t deny that…

Why would anyone want to take day trips from Rome? Rome is a beautiful city with many hidden layers.

But no matter how exciting Rome is, one can’t deny that its charming chaos, can also get very tiring.

Italy is more than Rome, and in order not to miss out, I compiled a list of day trips from Rome.

So book your train ticket and treat yourself with a fancy retreat or perhaps with a stay in luxury homes of Italy.

Here are 7 day trips from Rome;

1. Naples

Naples stands for phenomenal food, architectural gems and is home to some of the most stunning art!

The city boasts of having one of the best archaeological museums in the world. The majority of the sculptures, mosaics and frescoes from the ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum are safely regarded at this museum. The city itself is an archaeological find – or what lies underneath that is.

Naples is built on a soft, volcanic stone. From the ancient times, residents have dug chambers and passages beneath the city. You can find remnants of every era, from the aqueducts of the ancient Greeks to pagan burial chambers.

Before you leave your one day trip adventure, stop by the Capodimonte museum. I am a big fan of Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Titian.

Feeling hungry? Remember you’re in Naples, opting out for anything other than pizza to eat is equal to blasphemy. Pizza was invented in Napoli.

2. Pompeii

Pompeii

Photo: Pompeii (CC 2.0) by Paul Kelley

So you decided to continue your route from Naples instead of heading back to Rome? Finally an adventurer! Pompeii is only half an hour away from Naples!

Pompeii was a lively city that was destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the AD 79. As a result of the tragic incident, the whole city was kept within a natural capsule made out of ash and sediment. While many other Roman cities fell into ruin – Pompeii to this day is the most preserved and one of world’s greatest records of ancient Roman history.

Pompeii has a lot to offer and I wouldn’t suggest just breezing through the city. If you’re short on time and want to do Naples and another city in one day – then instead of focusing on Pompeii – I’d suggest you focus on Herculaneum.

3. Pisa

When you get to Pisa, like everyone else you’re going to visit the La Torre Pendente, the tower of Pisa. They laid the foundation of the leaning tower as early as the 12th century. It is one of the most photographed buildings in the world.

Nice thing about Pisa is that you can see the main tourist sites within an hour. Which leaves you to enjoy the beautiful town, breathe in the Tuscan air and do some light shopping.

Also don’t forget to check out the Cathedral and the Baptistery.

4. Tivoli

Doors in Tivoli, Italy

Photo: Doors in Tivoli by Klaus Berdiin Jensen

The town of Tivoli is located 30 kilometers from Rome. The nobles during the Roman era preferred Tivoli as their favorite resort.

Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli is one of the Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Emperor Hadrian wanted to reproduce some of the places and buildings he had seen on some his many travels. The influence of Greece and Egypt is especially strong. He was a big admirer of Greek sculptures. Thankfully for us, he accomplished in having them reproduced, as many of the Greek originals have disappeared over time.

UNESCO described the Hadrian’s Villa as combining “the best elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece, and Rome in the form of an ‘ideal city’.”

Landscape architects turn to Villa d’Este for guidance. The Italianate gardens of Villa d’Estate have been a source of inspiration for gardens round the world. As I mentioned, the estate is quite sizeable and it will take a while to go through. If you enjoy nature like I do, then you’ll enjoy your time there. There is so much to see, the water play, grottos, terraces with fantastic panoramas and beautiful series of gardens.

5. Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica is the closest location to Rome, only half an hour away. It’s a beautiful, ancient town with forum, charming bars and restaurants.

6. Florence

Florence, Italy

Photo: Florence (CC 2.o) by Alejandro

You’re in the epicenter of art. Many artists from all over the world flock to Florence, to gaze upon the works of their idols in Galleria degli Uffizi. One of the richest and most famous art galleries is housed in what was originally built as the Medici Whitehall. They have an impressive collection (and rumor has it even more impressive works stay hidden in their vaults) but some of my favorites are Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus.

Also make sure to visit Duomo and Battistero. The cathedral is known for the amazing frescoes inside and also, it’s the biggest masonry dome in the world.

7. Sorrento

You can’t miss out on Sorrento! Even though it does not have the most famous attractions, the city itself is well worth the visit. The beaches, sea breeze and a slow pace of living – will be everything you need to rest from the bustle of Rome.

When you look at the architecture of the town you may notice discontinuity and a mixture of various influences. The variety is largely owed to the fact that during its arduous history Sorrento has been ruled by many. There were Greeks, Romans, French, Spanish, Byzantines and Turks!

Italy is one of those countries where even the tiniest villages are packed with history and beauty. If you’re lucky enough to be already well acquainted with Rome – then take as many day trips from Rome  and go explore! Italy awaits you!

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Best Accommodation Options for Business Travelers

Business and leisure travelers differ in terms of wants and needs. Location, amenities, and wifi are the most important things for a business traveler. With the rise of the sharing…

Business and leisure travelers differ in terms of wants and needs. Location, amenities, and wifi are the most important things for a business traveler. With the rise of the sharing economy and its increased quality of service, business travelers now have a wider spectrum of choices that extend far from a regular and traditional stay in the hotels.

Here are some of the best accommodation options for business travelers;

Hotels

Hotels are still the number one pick for many business travelers. As already mentioned, business travelers value connectivity and location more than anything. Hotels that cater to business travelers are very close to congress halls, conference centers etc. and that is why they’re the obvious choice. Time is money! Another thing is wifi connectivity. Business travelers are always connected, you can see them working even on the go and that’s why free and fast wifi connection is a must.

Business hotels also have their own conference halls, laptop workstations, translation and photocopying services, free smartphones to use etc.

They are the best option for people who are traveling for less than a week but who want to enjoy the maximum service and for people who are traveling alone. However, if your work requires you to stay in a certain destination much longer, then next option (read on!) could be a much better and affordable solution!

Serviced Apartments

A recent trend that has emerged in the travel industry are serviced apartments. They are a great alternative for business travelers as they can be much more budget friendlier than hotels. They are also suitable for leisure travelers or for business people who are on a trip with family and who could use well the extra rooms in the apartment.

MetroResidences are a great example of this. Just like hotels, serviced apartments are equipped with WiFi and are centrally located. Their biggest advantage to hotels is definitely more space and a more affordable price.

accommodation options for business travelers

In a way, serviced apartments can be a home away from home. Now more than ever travelers are looking for a more personalized travel experience. If staying in a destination for a longer period of time, this option can be really great. You get more space and the privacy of a home, without losing the quality experience as hotel-like services are still available.

accommodation options for business travelers

Home stays

The last options are apartments and home stays. This is perhaps the least luxurious option with fewer amenities that could be found in hotels or serviced apartments but are also the most affordable one. Sites like Airbnb or Booking are the best for finding an apartment or a home to rent.

They can be a better fit for entrepreneurs, freelancers, digital nomads and University researchers who might be in search of a long term accommodation. Business people working for companies can also benefit from this. If you don’t need most of the amenities that are found in a hotel and just want some privacy and peace for yourself, cook your own meals and invite friends over – then renting someone’s home could be the best fit for you.

If you are looking for more resources here’s how you can find cheap accommodation in Europe.

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Top 10 Free Attractions in Copenhagen

The Danish capital is truly a colorful place to visit, especially if you love cozy port cities and their picturesque views of the sea. Unfortunately, while it is quite beautiful,…

The Danish capital is truly a colorful place to visit, especially if you love cozy port cities and their picturesque views of the sea. Unfortunately, while it is quite beautiful, it’s eye-wateringly expensive to do anything around there. As such, free attractions in Copenhagen are your best bet when it comes to absorbing the culture without breaking the bank.

Good thing Cez and Agness of eTramping offered to present us some of the cooler insider picks for Copenhagen. Here they are with no particular order:

#1 Hop on a Free Bike Ride

Copenhagen is quite a large city (at over 80 sq km or 34 sq mi). If you hope to see as many free attractions in Copenhagen, you’ll need some form of transportation. Don’t feel like forking over 80kr (€10) for a City Pass? Simply deposit 20kr in one of the few thousand bikes spread throughout the city and you’ll get your money back when you take it back to a locking device!

#2 Langelinie Park

Danes enjoy taking relaxing walks through this hidden treasure of Copenhagen, and so should you! Make sure you visit the country in spring when the cherry trees start to blossom for a truly dream-like waltz through the park. From the Langelinie it’s only a 10 minute hike till the next landmark.

#3 The Little Mermaid

Inspired by the tragic tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, this statue is one of the most famous free attractions in Copenhagen. The lonely mermaid is perched on one of the shore rocks and stares at the sea as if she wants to return to her home. There is a sad history of vandalism of the statute (even getting bombed in 2003), so better enjoy it while you still can!

free attractions in copenhagen

#4 The Botanical Garden

Open all week long, it is quite fortunate that there is no admission fee to see the lush, 10 hectare gardens at the center of the city. With over 13,000 plant species and 27 glasshouses, you can pretty much dedicate an entire afternoon for a visit. There are also selected areas where you can enjoy a quiet picnic inside.

#5 Bispebjerg Cemetery

This took a dark turn, didn’t it? But don’t worry, this place is actually not as spooky as it may sound. In fact, just as in the case of the Langelinie Park, people come here from all over the place to enjoy the Japanese cherry trees in bloom (especially Instagrammers).

To dispel the somber atmosphere even more, each grave benefits from its own small garden, tended by the city workers. Other avenues of trees are perfect places for quiet contemplation, and the nearby Grundtvig’s Church is also an epic sight to behold in its own right.

#6 Islands Brygge

Care for a swim? Summer is a great time to enjoy a (free!) dip at the Islands Brygge harbor bath, have a barbecue with the locals, or just enjoy the sun in the green areas. Two of the five available pools are aimed at children, so families have an even better incentive to come here. Of course, since it’s free, you should expect for it to be a bit crowded at times.

Sight from Islands Brygge

Photo: Sight from Islands Brygge (CC by-sa 2.0) by Marek Kubica

#7 Kongens Have (The King’s Garden)

It’s a shame that Rosenborg Castle is not part of the free attractions in Copenhagen, but at least the verdant King’s Garden surrounding it is! Over 2 million people visit the gardens on a yearly basis, and for good reason too. Magnificent flowerbeds all over, winding bushy pathways, plenty of space to sunbathe, as well as a dedicated adventure playground for kids make it a fantastic opportunity for the capital’s visitors. A statue of H. C. Andersen also watches over the expanse, so make sure you don’t miss it.

#8 Christiania

The self-proclaimed “autonomous” region of Copenhagen, and sometimes called Freetown (not because things are free here, but because its inhabitants wanted to make their own rules). The place used to be a military base up until the 70s when a group of squatters proclaimed the neighborhood as autonomous.

Christiania was most famous for its “Green Light District” and Pusher Street where cannabis used to be sold openly. Of course, it is still an illegal activity in Denmark, and the police shut that down in 2016. Far from us to promote illegal activities, the neighborhood is still a nice place to visit simply for all the buildings covered in colorful and quirky graffiti. Beyond the multitude of cafés and restaurants in the area also lies a beautiful lake surrounded by trees where you can relax.

free attractions in copenhagen

Of note is that until Pusher Street closed down, photography was banned in the area. You can still see signs up saying as such. But nowadays it is allowed – just make sure you don’t capture other people in the frame. Or, if the area is too crowded to do so, ask politely if they don’t mind appearing in your pics.

#9 Christiansborg Palace Tower

The palace itself charges a steep admission fee, but luckily the tower numbers among the free attractions in Copenhagen you can enjoy. It is 106 meters high, so from atop the tower you can get a sweeping view of the city in all its splendor.

The only downside is the limited space at the top, and the fact that plenty of people take advantage of free entry. As such there may be a long queue before you can actually climb. At least there’s a lift at the entrance, so you won’t lose your breath on the stairs. Maybe just at the top after you get a glimpse of the magnificent views, though!

free attractions in copenhagen

#10 Sønder Boulevard

The last of the free attractions in Copenhagen for today is Sønder Boulevard. It was heavily renovated 10 years ago and turned into a beautiful green space and recreational area, complete with playgrounds for the kids, and shopping + café opportunities for the older “kids.” ☺ It’s a perfect area in Vesterbro to visit on the free bike you picked up at the beginning.

You can also check this comprehensive guide on how to have fun while traveling without blowing your budget.

Have you ever visited Denmark? If so, share the best and free attractions in Copenhagen with us in the comments!

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Roost Stand Review – Fantastic Laptop Stand For Everyday Life

If you are hunching over your laptop like Quasimodo, you are gonna appreciate this post. Laptops are small in size and we spend hours working on them. The result of…

If you are hunching over your laptop like Quasimodo, you are gonna appreciate this post. Laptops are small in size and we spend hours working on them. The result of this is neck and back pain, headaches, bad mood, and frustration. Working like this over a prolonged course of time can seriously damage your health and spine, and can cause nerve damage.

Laptops were made for portability and they made our lives so much easier, but unfortunately, it is our physical health that suffers.

I use MacBook Air with the 13-inch screen and the hunching over is worse than working on a 15-inch laptop. If you have the same problem I wholeheartedly recommend getting a laptop stand.

In this post, I will review the Roost laptop Stand which raised more than 1 million on Kickstarter.

Main Features

  • very easy to carry

  • adjustable height (6 to 11 inches above the table)

  • fits almost all laptops

  • lightweight (only 170 grams)

  • durability

Setting Up and Usage

Your Roost comes in a nice little protective bag, so you can pack it while you are on the go.

You can set up Roost in less than a minute. Yes, it is that easy. You will get a manual with your Roost and you can also take a look at the instructions below.

The stand is very stable, you can move it around and it will still hold your laptop perfectly. It might not look like that from the photos, but the stand is constructed from glass-fiber reinforced Nylon, a structural metal-replacement polymer and Delrin high- performance resin. This means it can probably last a lifetime!

The Roost Stand is ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time on their laptop, like writers, freelancers, and students. However, it can be used by anyone – whether you use your laptop for professional reasons or for watching Netflix. Its light weight makes it extremely suitable for travelers and digital nomads.

Will your laptop fit?

When it comes to weight, no laptop is too heavy for Roost. It can hold over 20 kg, but when it comes to laptop size, the front page of your laptop must be less than 1.9 cm thick.

Price

74.95$

I know what you are thinking. At first, it may look like this is too much for a laptop stand. You will also need to get a keyboard, a mouse and perhaps a USB hub. Unfortunately, these will be extras that you will need to get unless you already own them. However, considering that Roost Stand is made of really durable material and that it can last for a really long time, it is really a small price you can pay for your health. Chiropractors cost way more!

Conclusion

roost stand review

Roost is a laptop stand that will improve your health and productivity. It can be used by anyone – whether you are using your laptop for a professional reason or just for fun. So far it is one of the best pieces of kit that I have and I totally recommend it to anyone. The price could be off putting to some, as you can definitely get a much cheaper stand, but considering the durability and the fact that you can take it anywhere with you, makes Roost a worthy investment.

If you like Roost you can order it from the official website or Amazon. And here are some tips on how to protect your back and neck from laptop usage. You can also take a look at my favorite gear.

 

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7 Cool Museums in the Balkans

Museums are almost always an integral part of everyone’s itinerary when visiting a new destination. Yet, they are not among top associations when you think of the Balkans – it…

Museums are almost always an integral part of everyone’s itinerary when visiting a new destination. Yet, they are not among top associations when you think of the Balkans – it is nightlife, food, lovely beaches and nature. However, Balkan cities have some real hidden gems and fantastic niche museums that are well worth the visit.

From broken relationships to aviation, nuclear bunkers and science or the communist retro past, these 7 cool museums in the Balkans are waiting for you to discover them! Next time you’re in the Balkans look beyond the main attractions and go visit one of these museums.

Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb

Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

What started as a traveling exhibition ended up being one of Europe’s most innovative museums. The exhibition consists of objects sent by contributors from around the world which are accompanied with a personal story. These objects can be anything from a fluffy toy or music CD to something more extreme such an axe. Stories, on the other hand, hide much more powerful message – they are packed with satire, hatred and hurt.

This is a museum you’ll remember for a lifetime which is not so surprising as it is such an emotional roller coaster. What you may find interesting though is that this museum was founded by two people whose relationship has ended.

If you’ve just suffered from a breakup and want to do something more creative than punching a pillow, sharing your story to the world might be just what you need.

Museum of Aviation – Belgrade

Kamov Ka-25PL at Belgrade Aviation Museum

Photo: Belgrade Aviation Museum by G B_NZ 

If you happen to fly into Nikola Tesla Airport, the main airport serving Serbia’s capital, don’t miss the chance to visit the Museum of Aviation which is right next to it.

You’ll easily recognize its geodesic glass building which houses more than 200 aircraft previously operated by the Yugoslav and Serbian Air Forces. The most important displays include the USAF F-117 Nighthawk and F-16 Fighting Falcon which were shot down during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

There is also an outdoor exhibition with more than 10 large airplanes.

You can also go to the museum by catching the bus #72 from Zeleni Venac station.

Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum – Thessaloniki

cool museums in the balkans

Planetarium (Photo: Noesis Museum)

If you’re a science freak you don’t want to miss Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum in Greece’s second largest city. Go watch an astronomy show at the Planetarium, a 3D movie in the Cosmotheater or do a ride show at the Motion Simulator.

After the Science Centre go to the Museum which consists of three main exhibitions. One is dedicated to classic cars, the other to technological innovations and works of Ancient Greeks and the last one is Technopark – an interactive area where you can learn more about the world of physics.

It’s a fantastic experience for people of all ages!

Tito’s Atomic Shelter – Konjic

cool museums in the balkans

Photo: Almin Zrno (www.bijenale.ba)

Also known as the Ark, this former nuclear bunker was built to protect President Tito and his close inner circle in case an atomic conflict happened. The bunker is located near the town of Konjic in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the public only heard about it after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

It was one of the largest underground complexes in the former Yugoslavia. To get an idea of how big it is, it had Tito’s residence which consists of 5 rooms, over 100 rooms in general, two conference centers, two kitchens and even a fully operational hospital.

You are allowed to sit in Tito’s chair and take photos by his portraits. The bunker also has an art installation from various European artists.

Retro Museum – Varna

If you’re a fan of history you’re gonna love Retro Museum in Varna which opened its doors in 2015. This relatively new museum will take you back in the period between 1944-1989 during which socialism flourished in Bulgaria and other countries. The highlight of the museum is the rich collection of 50 cars which includes some legendary names such as Trabant, Volga, Wartburg, and Moskvich.

Walking along the red carpet you’ll pass by figures of Lenin, Stalin, Karl Marx and other leaders of the socialist movement. The museum also has a nice collection of household items, cigarettes, food, cosmetics and other brand products people used under the Communist regime.

If you happen to visit the Bulgarian coast for holidays and stay in Sunny Beach or Golden Coast, considering stopping in Varna and visit this interesting museum.

Museum of Yugoslav History and House of Flowers, Belgrade

cool museums in the balkans

No visit to Belgrade could be complete without visiting the Museum of Yugoslav History and the House of Flowers – the resting place of Josip Broz Tito and his ex-wife Jovanka Broz. Every year on May 25th Yugonostalgics from Serbia and the former states flock here to commemorate his birthday.

The museum has more than 200,000 artifacts showing the history of Yugoslavia and its nations. Museums are mainly centered around Tito, the gifts he received from youth, workers and foreign politicians. The Museum 25th May is also part of this large complex and is included in your ticket. At the moment it is hosting a fantastic exhibition dedicated to Yugoslav workers in Germany and Austria on temporary work.

Plan at least half a day for a visit to this complex. You won’t be disappointed.

BUNK’ART,  Tirana

Bunk Art 2

Photo: Bunk Art

Albania is one of the countries that suffered the most from the Communist regime. It is home to thousands and thousands of bunkers that you’ll spot pretty much everywhere – on mountains, beaches, cities. In fact, just after leaving the Warsaw Pact the country built 700,000 of them.

Since they were extremely hard to destroy locals found the way to make them a bit more aesthetically pleasing by being artistic and decorating them in different colors.

BUNK’ART is a place where you can learn more about Albanian history during the Communist regime and the lives of its citizens. There’s also another bunker called BUNK’ART 2 which reveals the secrets of Enver Hoxha’s secret police.

Did you like this list? Which cool museums in the Balkans do you recommend?

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