As I recently wrote, my night life was strongly reduced in the last years. When I travel I definitely prefer walking a lot and exploring hard (and relaxing, why not) during the day, since early morning, and that’s why at night I tend to be quite tired.
By the way, during my recent trips to East Eurpe I had the opportunity to enjoy some very nice night city landscapes and night city life and I’ll tell you now something about my way to live it.
Over than discos, night life can have a lot of nice surprises for travellers, revealing secrets that maybe you don’t know and that you can hardly imagine in the daylight.
Let’s get deeper into this!
This city was so regal! It looked like a sleaping crazy princess! Maybe you don’t know that there are periods of the year when Budapest can be very lively! For instance, in mid August there is the Sziget festival, the biggest music event in Europe, created and organized for the first time by a 22 years old student.
Young people have much room to express, work and show their best in Hungary and in Budapest particularly and that’s why the main events of night life are mainly based on the needs and preferences of university students and the most of times the whole organzation of the biggest events are in their hands.
What I noticed during my trip to a very cold and snowy Timisoara, last January, is that there is plenty of events related to live music and theatre. When you visit East Europe in general, mind the theater! They really care about it, there’s plenty of shows of both classic and traditional theater and experimental one, that can be more easily understood by foreigners (dance-theater, song-theater etc.).
When you arrive in your hotel/hostel or when you go and have a beer in any pub, look around and search for flyers and small culture reviews (often also in English) and see how many events are there, in some small and hidden pub or community theater in the surruondings.
The theater has a huge economic impact in Timisoara (30% people work in this field)!
Sofia was a surprise! (you can see here a video of 30 secs about the best to see in Sofia) I can tell you that even just walking in the city with the darkness is such an inspiring experience! The area of the Orthodox church, the Mosque, the Synagogue and the Cathedral has a very special atmosphere mainly at night and at dawn.
Not far from here, the ‘Studentski Grad’ (Students’ Town), offers the most common facilities for nightlife. Try local wines, among the best I’ve ever tasted.
This large avenue will remind you of some other most famous european pub and bar streets, like the Ramblas in Barcelona, Corso di Porta Romana in Milan and the streets of Palma de Maillorca. But you can see the difference if you look above and in front of you, and not just to the pubs and the street: from here you can still see the black skyline portraying the shapes of the multicultural local architecture and the mixture of cultured, spicing the city, will be your constant walk companion.
Such an amazing European capital, Warsaw! I spent some hour at the top floor of the Marriott hotel, but not because I’m poshy (I’m not, you know). The reason to drink a quite poor white wine for a high price was to see the local night landscape from above including in my view also the Culture Palace, where generally people go to admire the city (so excluding this amazing building from the view).
The old city, 3 min from here by tube, is full of pubs and restaurants, busy with tourists and locals.
If you can choose, go in Warsaw in August and July to enjoy the open air chamber music concerts and the multi media fountains show! This is something you’ll never see anywhere else in the world.
I had one of my craziest travel nights here. Almost by chance, I joined a party on a boat. The party cruised along the Moldava river for 3 hours, during which I
- contemplated alone the beauty of the river and the city by night,
- spoke with some guys about Italy after the first vodka,
- Spoke with an american girl about G.W. Bush foreigner policy, after the second vodka.
Don’t ask me what I did nor spoke about after that. I just suggets you to do this kind of experience! It’s a good way to make new friends or at least to talk about American presidents’ policies. And in a little while I’m afraid there will be much to talk about.