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22-Dec-2010 Museum Krakow is a beautiful city well worth a visit for many reasons. The Polish Aviation Museum is one good reason to go to Krakow, it has a very large collection of Soviet made aircraft that are very well maintained. The museum is easy to reach from the city and has a complete collection displayed both in various hangars and outside. Some of the highlights are an Il-28, MiG-29, Tu-2 plus many Polish aircraft from the Cold War era. More: Polish Aviation museum

21-Dec-2010 History Today The Dutch Island Texel was the location of the last battle of World War II in Europe, fought out between the Germans and muting Georgians. A vicious battle claimed many casualties on the both sides. This battle that went on after the German capitulation is largely forgotten today but a Soviet cemetery and a small museum about the uprising can still be found on Texel. More: Georgian uprising Texel

20-Dec-2010 City Krakow is a cheap destination from many European cities, has a beautiful old city centre, a long and interesting history and many a tourist attractions in the area. We recommend Krakow to everybody who is looking for a great city trip. Comtourist have visited Krakow multiple times so we have some good tips for a city trip to this beautiful Polish city. More: Krakow city guide

14-Dec-2010 Museum Many excellent aviation and military museums can be found all over Britain, the Helicopter museum in Somerset is no exception. The museum owns a large collection of helicopters from all over the world including seven Soviet models. Manufactured by Mil are the Mi-1, Mi-2, Mi-4, Mi-8 and Mi-24D, there are also a Kamov Ka-26 and a Polish build Swidnik SM-2 on display. More: UK Helicopter museum

01-Dec-2010 City Comtourist spend three days in the Belarusian capital Minsk in 2006, we made a city guide with tips for what to do and where to go, plus an overview of the most interesting Soviet architecture and monuments. Visa procedures for a visit to Belarus are tedious and expensive but a city trip is well worth the effort. Minsk has plenty of historic places, beautiful architecture and places to shop eat and drink. More: Minsk city guide

20-Nov-2010 Journey Comtourist has the objective to visit all the former Soviet republics and Eastern Block countries before 2020. In 2007 we took ferry from Rostock Eastern Germany to the Estonian capital Tallinn with our car and a tent. We camped four weeks in the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and ended our holiday in the Russian enclave Kaliningrad. We had a great holiday in the Baltic countries enjoying the old cities, beautiful nature and extensive Soviet heritage. We can recommend a camping holiday in the Baltics to anybody. More: Baltics 2007

15-Nov-2010 Submarine Hamburg, in the North of Germany has one of the largest ports in the world and is a city well worth visiting. One of the top attractions is the Soviet Tango class submarine B-515, now renamed U434. The Tango class is a relatively modern submarine and the B-515 was used for reconnaissance and spying. The museum submarine has been left in original state and visitors get a good feeling how life on a cramped diesel submarines must have been. Comtourist visited Hamburg in 2008 and checked out the U-434. More: U-434 submarine Hamburg

13-Nov-2010 Museum Aviation and military museums in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Block countries are the best place to see Soviet military and civilian aircraft. Some museums or airfields in Western Europe also posses Soviet made aircraft. This articles looks at Soviet aircraft displayed in the Netherlands, mainly a couple of MiG-21’s and An-2 biplanes. More: Soviet Aircraft in the Netherlands

12-Nov-2010 Museum Liberty park is the combination of two Dutch World War II museums, the Dutch National War and Resistance Museum and the Marshall Museum. The museum is based in Overloon at the location were the greatest tank battle in Dutch history took place in 1944. Many destroyed tanks were left on the battlefield and after the war it was decided to create a museum park here. The main collection exists of American, German and English World War II vehicles but the museum also has some Soviet World War II and Cold War hardware. More: Liberty park Overloon

03-Nov-2010 Museum Directly after the fall of communism people started to bring down communist statue’s everywhere in Eastern Europe. Little remains of the communist era in cities like Prague and Budapest nowadays. One exception is Szobor Statue Park (now renamed Memento Park) close to Budapest. An Hungarian entrepreneur has bought up a large collection of Lenin, Marx and other statue’s and created a theme park where they are displayed. Comtourist friend Paul went to Budapest and shot some photo’s for us. More: Szoborpark statue park