If you have ever traveled to a destination that feels like your true home, then you will understand what belonging feels like. You arrive at a different country, but as to your surprise, people are just your type, and you can relate easily. For a long-term or just less frequent traveler, it is important to decide on the right destination. As you want to get acquainted with local traditions, culture, foods, and music, it is not only much easier, but also so much more fun to go to a country that feels just like meant to be for you. Read on and discover which one of the Central European countries will make the perfect destination according to your personality type and temperament.
If you wake up full of energy every morning – or, just the opposite – the bad hangover because of clubbing and dancing all night, then you may be of a sanguine temperament. Living a party life, enjoying attention and performance feeling like your second skin, your best bet for holidays is sunny Croatia. This country sports kilometer long beaches, beautiful mountains, nightclubs, resorts, and top-notch hotels, villas, and restaurants. No matter if you choose to go to Dubrovnik, Split or the capital Zagreb, you are signing up for a crazy nightlife. Even most of the lesser-known destinations, such as the National Park with Plitvice Lakes, and the island of Pag, become the global party hotspot, as Hideout Festival takes place. Started in 2011 and been one of the most well known European electronic festivals ever since Hideout in Zrce is a must for every sanguine personality.
And in case you do not make it this July, the Croatian trip is still a must any other time of the year, as their wine, clubs and light spirit is present wherever you go.
If you are more of a sensible person, valuing not so much the crazy electronic beats, drinks and clubbing all weekend long, but rather sleep in with a book and a cup of tea in your other hand, we have something for you. If you tend to be an observer, not the action taker and participant, you have our word – Hungary is just meant to be your next travel destination! Hungarians are known for their hot red peppers, hot and spicy goulash soup, and other wonders, but the population is just the opposite. You may have heard about great warriors in the past, but today in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, you will be faced with warm-hearted, yet not too welcoming and talkative locals. As a phlegmatic, you may even enjoy the freedom it gives you to just wander through the beautiful streets gazing at the architecture from medieval to neoclassical ages. If you enjoy relaxation, it is a must to go to Budapest thermal baths, such as Gellert Baths o Szecheny in Millenium Park. Just remember to not to stay away from the delicious and hearty Hungarian cuisine – the Hungarian spit cakes are totally worth indulging of! And if you enjoy having a glass of wine now and then, go on a trip to Tokaj, the famous wine region.
Are you never feel calm and always on a run? You may very well be choleric. If strong will, impatience, quick temperament, and independence sound like your daily routine, and you can take decisions with ease, then you be destined to go to Poland. Polish people know how to be effective, assertive and independent. They even drink more practically! Vodka is preferred over wine, and the modern, functionalist architecture is present over the country. Unless you are staying in the very center of Warsaw, or in the medieval city of Krakow, or even the vintage wonderland resort Sopota, then you are most likely to see functionalist and modernist architecture. And about the culture itself, Polish people are definitely decisive enough to sell you anything, from their own Zubra beer to dead-cheap cosmetics or the freshest fruits and berries cultivated and just picked from the fields a couple of hours ago. And did say that they have all you need for a dead cheap shopping trip? The fashion industry is booming there, and the prices will not leave you empty-handed.
Ever feel like diving in old memories? If you possess a creative mind and often get thrown down by the soul-wrenching mood swings, ranging from depression in mornings to the happiest you could possibly be in midday to somewhere in the middle in the afternoon again, you are a melancholic. Cleanliness and orderliness, apart from genius mind and well accustomed to fields of art and history, is your brand, and people say you are born to be an artist? Wait no more – your destination is Austria. This central European country will give everything you need, from crafted Mozart chocolates to soothe your breaking heart to the most beautiful classical music pieces performed by one of the best music professionals in Europe and ultimately the world. If you go to Austria, definitely visit Schonbrunn Palace. The entry to the gorgeous gardens is free, and in the last week of June, the Midsummer Concert takes place when the best pieces of classical music are performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In case you are going to Vienna already in winter, make sure not to miss the visit to Vienna State Opera. The building alone is worth a visit, and, although the original was bombed and renovated, the frescoes in the foyer and the “Zauberflöten” (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda by Schwind survived the ages of war and were re-opened to classical music lovers in 1945 with Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”. In case Rococo is your favorite architecture style, and you hold details of the value, a must-visit is the Admont Library, but the calming and relaxing Eisriesenwelt salt caves may impress you even more than the humans’ works and sightseeing tours in cities.
Whatever is your temperament, Central European countries have something to offer you. From sunny and crazy Croatia for sanguines to phlegmatics finding their fit of travel in Hungary to Polish practicality and assertiveness fitting well to choleric travelers and Austria just meant for melancholics, you will discover Central Europe to be just as interesting, if not even more than the beaten track Europe trip cities of the West. Go ahead and book your trip!