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Typically speaking, the whole 'right of passage' trip through Europe is organized around the central and western countries. You know, the eat your way through Italy, party through Spain, and shop through France kind of thing. But what about Eastern Europe? As it turns out, the forgotten half of the continent is actually it's best kept secret.

With energetic nightlife, beautiful beaches, and awe-inspiring scenery, countries like Austria, Poland, Croatia, and Albania have it all. And what better way to experience them than to do road trips in and around them all, stopping off at scenic points and cool events? Price comparison website Travel Supermarket has created The Ultimate Eastern European Road Trip, highlighting five different routes and their biggest bragging rights, so you can choose where to start and finish based on what suits you best.

Take, for example, the Vienna loop. Stopping at Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Wroclaw, and Prague, you can explore Lake Bled, visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, and take a dip in thermal baths along the way. If the Montenegro to Slovenia route catches your eye instead, you can swim in the Adriatic Sea, explore waterfalls, and even attend a concert in a castle. You see what we're getting at. Check out the rest of the routes below: 

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