• Life in Chernobyl has found a way forward

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | “The further we move in time from the disaster, the more it seems like a myth – and the more difficult it becomes to grasp its real-life roots and consequences”, Serhii Plokhy, the author of the book “History of a Tragedy” awarded with the Baillie Gifford prize. I […]

  • The Carpathians: A personal guide to the magic mountains

    By Dmytro Sologub, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine | Central banking is a tough job. It requires making policy decisions in an uncertain environment under pressure from the various groups of interests. Hence, I’m often asked both in my public and private interactions: How do you relax from your challenging office work? […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Ukraine at a glance

    In July, the Discover CEE spotlight is on Ukraine! Watch out for several blog posts on Ukrainian business, culture and success stories. Today, we have the most interesting economic data and cultural facts about Ukraine at a glance for you. The fact sheet is also downloadable in print version. Click here to print the fact sheet: Ukraine […]

  • The Fall of the Iron Curtain 30 Years Ago – The Beginning of a Success Story for Austria and Europe

    By Martin Schreiber, RBI | May/June marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. The image that most impressively proves this turning point in European post-war history was taken on 27 June 1989 at the Austro-Hungarian border. It shows Foreign Ministers Alois Mock and Gyula Horn symbolically cutting through the border fortifications. […]

  • Land of Basketball

    By Nemanja Naunović, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia | Sport plays an important role in Serbia, with football and basketball being the most popular. There is even a funny expression: “every Serb is a national team head coach”, be it football basketball, volleyball, water polo, handball or any other sport in which the nation has had […]

  • Hungary and the Olympics

    By Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, RBI | Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy is a former pentathlete. He is the great-great-grandson of Albert Berzeviczy, the first President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (1896-1904). Today, he is a Senior Adviser to the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. On Discover CEE he shares his insights into the captivating history of Hungary’s passion […]

  • A quick guide to Budapest

    By Ákos Murányi, Raiffeisen Bank in Hungary | No matter if you travel to Budapest for a long weekend or just have some hours to spare after a hard business day before going back to the airport, the treasures featured in our quick guide to Budapest are always a good choice to visit. First you […]

  • 5 spas in West-Hungary you must visit

    By Ákos Murányi, Raiffeisen Bank in Hungary | Hungary is very famous for its bath and spa culture. Visitors who want to swim, relax or take a health cure will find many suitable places here. Let’s have a look at the most famous wellness spas in the western part of the country, which are also […]

  • Try traditional Eastern Slovak recipes this Easter

    By Zuzana Žiaranová, Spokesperson, Tatra banka | While people in towns usually relax or go for walks during the holidays, Easter in the countryside of Western Slovakia is rich in many traditions and customs. Typical dishes include paska (white cake) and hrudka (egg cheese) that can’t be missing from a traditional Easter basket.  On the […]

  • Hidden Places in Slovakia

    By Oľga Kleinová, | “Tajchy” of Banská Štiavnica (Middle Slovakia) Tajchy are lakes situated in Central Slovakia in the Štiavnické Mountains. They were constructed for the needs of the local mines and until today 24 lakes have been picturesquely created in nature. Some of them are great for recreation: in summer for swimming and boating, […]