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Discussion about Europe hierarchy (that is, why some countries are in some regions) should take place in Talk:Europe/Hierarchy.

Old threads that used to be here were archived. -- JanSlupski 15:20, 5 Feb 2005 (EST)

"Top ten" cities[edit]

The top ten cities list currently has eighteen cities in it. This seems silly, but I don't want to arbitrarily remove eight of them, partially because there is zero possibility of getting anyone to agree on which eight should go. Therefore, I'm suggesting making it a top twenty, and adding two.

I'm going to suggest adding Florence, with a tagline something like "the birthplace of the Renaissance" (if a rebirth can have a birthplace - alternate wording welcomed), and Vienna for the twentieth but I'm open to persuasion. Madrid, Brussels and Budapest also seem to have a good claim to a spot on the Europe page as well. Any thoughts? Ruudboy (talk) 09:57, 13 November 2017 (EST)

It's an old issue that was discussed a long time ago but for some reason it was never solved. As an Italian I agree about Florence (and "birthplace of the Renaissance" is perfect to me). We usually list no more than 9 cities in country/regional pages: we should make a "top 9", then maybe create a sub-section for "other cities". Let's see if anyone has other ideas. GiulioC (talk) 10:23, 13 November 2017 (EST)
I agree we stick to the “top 9”, otherwise other lists in other articles for sure will be changed as well, and we want to avoid long lists. I would suggest removing Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to start with, no need to have many locations from one area. Adzas (talk) 09:48, 14 November 2017 (EST)
The "top 9" could be Rome, London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Moscow, Istanbul. All the others could be listed under the "other cities/destinations" sub-section. What do you think? GiulioC (talk) 04:08, 17 November 2017 (EST)
Sounds like a great list. Maybe I would put Barcelona instead of Madrid, but that is personal I guess. Adzas (talk) 10:08, 23 November 2017 (EST)

European Union page[edit]

Shouldn't there be a page for the European Union as well? Since some things, such as the currency, are common to most (if not all) EU countries, it would seem like a good idea to put this information in a single page, which would then be linked to from each country page. -Timo

I guess I can see this, but I'm not really sure. I mean, why would a European Union page be different from a "SEATO" page, or a "West African Monetary Union" page? I realize that it's important for Europeans, but what about for travelers? My experience in Europe, as a traveler, has had very limited contact with the EU. Besides the euro, what information do you think would go on a European Union page? I'm not saying not to do it -- I'm just wondering what relevance the EU has to everyday travelers. -- Evan 14:04, 7 Nov 2003 (PST)
Okay, maybe an EU page is not necessary at this stage. I think that as the integration goes forward, having such a page could become useful in the future, but that will take time. But maybe just a Euro page then? -Timo
Evan, I disagree with you. There are some travel related infos that are the same for all (or most) EU countries, e.g. currency (in 12 countries), traffic rules and signs, migration, visum and toll stuff, and for sure some others that don't come into my mind right now. So the EU is not to compare with the "SEATO" or "West African Monetary Union", since there are much more common things than just the currency. -- Hansm 01:40, 2003 Nov 11 (PST)
OK, that sounds fine. What kind of article would it be, though? A travel topic? A continental section? I'm having a hard time fitting my head around how it would work. But, hey, let's start it and see where we go. One last thing: it's important to remember that Wikitravel articles need to be guides. What does European Union do for the traveler? Would anyone ever print out European Union and put it in their back pocket to carry around? Or are we just excited that we know some facts (the European Union is composed of these countries, the currency in most of the countries is the euro, the capital of the EU is in Brussels, the EU was founded in this year, dah dah dah) and want to write them down? We're not a general knowledge collection site, but a travel guide site. -- Evan 06:34, 11 Nov 2003 (PST)
Well, indeed, the EU doesn't fit into the Geographical Hierarchy. I'd propose to handle it similar to a coutry article, but it will remain something special that doen't fit into any template form. The use of that page would rather be to work as a target to witch the EU coutry pages could link the same way as different coutry pages link to the same phrasebook or what ever. So, the EU page need not to be listed on the Europe page since it is no actual country. -- Hansm 06:29, 2003 Nov 12 (PST)

How do I get to Prague?[edit]

So right now you can't get to any of the Eastern European destinations from the Europe page-- Prague, Budapest, etc. I know the whole "Eastern" vs "Central" Europe thing is a can of worms, but we gotta do something with it. I have to say I've never heard "Central Europe" used to describe these places, thought I get that it's a PR/image issue. But we do call Bombay Bombay because that's what the majority of travellers are going to look for, can't we do the same with this? I'd say it would be a good point to include in the Understand section of course... Majnoona 21:27, 29 Feb 2004 (EST)

This is quite common geographic division used in Europe and does not follow the (former) political Eastern/Western division, eg. Western counties of Germany and Austria are also part of Central Europe. I must admit that most Europeans see the US in a very similar way: just east coast, west coast and the parts between. 13:03, 30 April 2014 (EDT)

Table of European Union Membership, Schengen, Euro[edit]

I am not certain that changing the layout of the Country section of this article is a good idea. I have seen something similar and think this is almost boardering on a copyright violation. See WikiPedia:Economy of Europe for a similar table. Could someone explain why it should not be reverted to what it was previously. -- Huttite 20:57, 3 Jan 2005 (EST)

I don't think it's a copyvio -- he appears to be updating the info as he looks it up. On the other hand, the old list was in standard region-template form (a simple list) which is easier to print out. -- Colin 21:28, 3 Jan 2005 (EST)
Bugger! - has been reverted just now by the professor. I wonder if he has read this? I didn't want to do that just yet as I could see the page was being actively updated and there were other edit in the history too. I wonder what will happen now? -- Huttite 22:04, 3 Jan 2005 (EST)
Reverted back to Tobias' version until the Prof explains himself. I'm not sure the new table formatting is particularly useful, but I don't think it's actively harmful either. Jpatokal 22:11, 3 Jan 2005 (EST)

There was talk about setting up EU-page and whether this is usefull for travellers. I do not know. But currency and Schengen-info should be usefull. The text above the list says there are countries in EU some in Schnengen, some SChengen not in EU ... Having a table is easier. That we do not have this for other continents is obvious. They do not have this ;-) Tobias Conradi 22:21, 3 Jan 2005 (EST)


Just a formal note.

Ten new members of EU are party of Schengen Agreement. Just not all rules apply yet.

Member States already apply common rules in these areas under the Schengen agreements. These intergovernmental
agreements have been incorporated into the European Union following the entry into force of the Amsterdam
Treaty and now form part of the Community acquis to be adopted by the applicant countries.  However, most of
the Schengen acquis will not be applied to the new Member States as soon as they join but later, once this has
been specifically decided by the Council. This is the aim of the plan of action for adopting the Schengen
criteria on the basis of a realistic timetable for implementing the Schengen Agreement.
The efforts in matters of exterior relations are principally directed at expansion while taking account of the
extent of the task and the time limit provided.The ten new Member States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus) should have integrated the Union’s entire
acquis in the field of justice and home affairs by 1 May 2004, the date the treaties of accession signed 16
April 2003 come into force. However, certain provisions concerning the Schengen acquis will not apply, in
particular those concerning the connection of the ten new States to the Schengen Information System and the
dismantling of internal border controls.

(See: [1] [2]) Up to your decision if the article needs slight rewording. --JanSlupski 16:51, 26 Jan 2005 (EST)


"Likewise, a visa granted for any Schengen Agreement signatory country is valid in all other countries that signed and implemented the treaty."
Since when? Do you have a source for that? Last time I inquired (November 2004), that wasn't true in every case. Some visa are only valid for the country that granted it.

If your visa is from a country fully applying the Schengen rules, it automatically allows you to travel to the other 
Schengen countries as well. (...) You may need a national visa to visit Ireland, the United Kingdom and the new member states. 
Some new member states accept Schengen visas or Schengen residence permits so check with their consulates.

(See ) --JanSlupski 16:56, 30 Mar 2005 (EST) &[edit]

What do you think about adding these links to the page?
And maybe a short paragraph on city cards as well...

-- JanSlupski 17:24, 8 Feb 2005 (EST)

Turkey? European Turkey?[edit]

If we say European Russia, I feel that we should say European Turkey as well. Portion of Turkey that lays in Europe is relativelly small. --JanSlupski 17:09, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)

I do not agree. The leftmost column is meant to host country names, and there is no country as "European Turkey". It is true that in geographical terms, Turkey has divisions in Europe and Asia, but it is a country as a whole in the context of this page (travel / transportation). The facts and figures concerning this country in this context do not just apply to a region, but the whole of it (Turkey as a whole is an official EU applicant, or Turkey as a whole is in the Inter Rail zone G). AtilimGunesBaydin 17:48, 15 Oct 2005 (EDT)

Well, there is no such country as European Russia too. And part of Russia that lays in Europe is far bigger than Turkey. --JanSlupski 17:42, 16 Oct 2005 (EDT)
Sorry, but I do not see your point on this last reply (JanSlupski 17:42, 16 Oct 2005 (EDT)), and its connection to the things I've just stated. And I do not understand why you are comparing the size of a portion of Russia with the size of Turkey. AtilimGunesBaydin 09:24, 17 Oct 2005 (EDT)
I'm talking about consistency. If you object Europen Turkey term, why don't you object and change European Russia (which I believe to be more European than Turkey) too? --JanSlupski 07:54, 18 Oct 2005 (EDT)

1.The EU is an organisation which can expand beyond Europe's boundaries. There are also some countries which are not in the EU (e.g. Switzerland) but are clearly part of Europe. It does not make sense that we use EU membership as the criterian for being part of Europe.Yzerfontein 11:02, 29 Jan 2006 (EST)

2. Istanbul is generally regarded as being the geographic boundary of Europe. It is also generally accepted that part of Turkey is in Europe and part in the middle-east. Yzerfontein 11:02, 29 Jan 2006 (EST)

I believe both "European Russia" and "European Turkey" names are kind of confusing, suggesting that they may be actual country names or the information presented in the other columns may only apply to the part of their land located in Europe. I believe it would be more appropriate and less confusing if we change them to actual country names and specify in the footnote that only some part of them are located in Europe. --386-DX 08:12, 8 January 2007 (EST)

There is no continent of Europe according to my daughters Geography text. It's merely a sub-continent like India. Both Turkey and Russia lie wholey in the continent of Eurasia. Europeans would like to change continental plates, but it won't happen anytime soon. Both Turkey and Russia straddle the European invention of Europe and Asia (actually Eurasia). Get used to facts.

Mediterranean Europe Name Change[edit]

I reverted an edit that changed the name of the link for Mediterranean Europe to Southern Europe. I believe such a name change needs to be agreed first. -- Huttite 20:20, 11 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Mediterranean Europe is fine except for the inclusion of Portugal which isn't actually on the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe Southern Europe is more valid. -- Colin Angus Mackay 09:54, 12 Jun 2005 (EDT)
As far as I'm aware, most the the Balkan countries listed here don't consider themselves "Mediterranean" - they are on the Adriatic Sea which, although physically part of the Med, is seen as a a distinct marine area. Portugal, of course, is on the Atlantic Ocean and far from the Med. The only justification for using "Mediterranean" as a description for this area would be that the coutries share a common culture that is distinguished by proximity to the Med region. They don't. I propose Southern Europe, which is geographically accurate. --ManOnABus 03:18, 18 Jul 2005 (EST)
FYI: Croatia has been running ads on European TV for the last year or with the tagline "The Mediterranean as it used to be" ignoring the fact that they are actually on the Adriatic. -- Mark 03:19, 18 Jul 2005 (EDT)

Passengers Rights[edit]

It only applies to passengers flying from an EU airport or from an airport outside the EU to an EU airport on an EU carrier.

We need few clarifications on this (do we know it already? how can we get official info?)

  • passengers flying from an EU airport: it applies to every carrier, not only EU-based, right? For example, if Aeroflot (which is Russian airline) flies from Athens, these regulations can be applied, am I right?
  • from an airport outside the EU to an EU airport on an EU carrier: is there any formal definition which carrier should be considered EU in this context? For example, if the same Aeroflot flies from Moscow to Athens, are these rules applicable?

--DenisYurkin 08:22, 17 Oct 2005 (EDT)

One more thing: can we move the link to official info inside Passenger Rights section instead of very end of the page? I believe it'll make easier for reader to refer to official sources if they need to. --DenisYurkin 08:27, 17 Oct 2005 (EDT)
There is a couple of email adresses on [3]. It would be great if you would contact them. --elgaard 08:31, 17 Oct 2005 (EDT)
I sent email and received a reply; posted both under Talk:Europe/DeniedBoarding. Will extract relevant info later -- or encourage someone to do that before me.
--DenisYurkin 07:38, 21 Oct 2005 (EDT)
Great, I think you should tell Marina that it is for Wikitravel. Maybe she could even check that what say on WT is correct. --elgaard 08:31, 21 Oct 2005 (EDT)

Other territories[edit]

The french island of Reunion, located east of Madagascar, is also part of Europe.

It is a part of France. Using the USEnglish definition of Europe, it most certainly is not part of Europe. -- Colin 15:29, 24 Oct 2005 (EDT)

Geographical Europe[edit]

The photograph is quite murky. I think it could be edited, so there are clearer differences between the landmass and the sea... 13:17, 26 Nov 2005 (EST)

Bulgaria and reorganization.[edit]

With all do respect here, this map uses a quite wrongful division of Europe. First thing that comes to my mind - Bulgaria is not in Eastern Europe in the sence you present here. East and West are not what they used to be. East used to mean communist, and West democratic. Even Greece was labled Western Europe under that criteria. But it's time to categorize Europe within cultural and historical limits. If you follow the old criteria then you should put Serbia, Macedonia and all the other ex-communist countries in Eastern Europe too. Historically, culturally and geographically Bulgaria is in Southeastern Europe a.k.a. the Balkans. Serbia and Macedonia don't even have a coastline, they are landlocked!!! Not to mention the Med sea. Bulgaria had Med sea coastline to the south, before it lost it to Greece in WWI. Now the Med is only 30 km away from the south border with Greece. Second of all, I think the whole map needs to be reorganized. You can not group East and West Med together! They are very different. We need a Balkans or Southeast Europe category (or east Med if you will). Then you also need to put a Baltics cetegory - also different from Eastern Europe in a sence.

Please read Talk:Europe/Hierarchy. Jpatokal 22:48, 7 Feb 2006 (EST)

I read it so what? You proposed it...but it makes no sence. Bulgaria has very little in common with the East European states. Geographically it is in South Europe. Med sea is like 30 km way from the south border. Used to have Med sea coast till WW1. South Bulgaria has Med climate. Culturally and traditionaly a South Europen state. Part of the Ottoman Empire and so something in favor of placing it as E Europ.

If you drew a line down the middle of Europe, Bulgaria would be in the East. Bulgaria is a former communist country and shares economic, political, linguistic and historical ties with the other Eastern European countries.
If we were doing a travel guide for the 1890s, of course, we'd include Bulgaria in Mediterranean Europe. If we were going to work on some other imaginary travel guides, we could put Bulgaria on Neptune or in Mordor. But we're not doing imaginary what-if travel guides, and we're not here to rewrite history. Travelers are going to be looking for Bulgaria in Eastern Europe, and it should be there when they look. --Evan 15:39, 27 February 2006 (EST)
My friend I want you to tell me base on what do you group the countries here? Serbia and Macedonia have no Med coast and have the same culture and traditions and virtually the same language - Bulgarian and Macedonia are almost the same. Still SR and MK are put into the Med Europe. Following your logic, if we were to prepare a travel guide before 1991, they would be put in Med as part of Yugoslavia. It really makes no sence. I believe that the whole grouping is wrong. There should be a seperate Groups for Balkans and probably Baltics too. Med and East Europe are too broad entities.

History, tradition and culture should play the major role in grouping the states. Grouping a southern country like Bulgaria with a nothern country like Estonia is deceiving: far away, nothing in common, diff climate, tradition and culture. Oh yea they share the same time zone...but so do Egypt and South Africa...lets put them in E Europe too!

Hey! I'm really glad that you are interested in Wikitravel, and in the geographical placement of Bulgaria. Thanks for contributing!
It kindof seems like it's really important to you that Bulgaria not be grouped either with Estonia or with the Balkan countries. OK, cool. Can you try however to make your arguments as much as possible from the point of view of the traveller? As for the rest of us, I think that we should try to imagine that as travellers discover Bulgaria they might well find that they no longer think of it as belonging to some amorphous east, but that it it more like a southern country.
That said the main thing is always the traveller. After all, how do you place the country I live in (Switzerland)? Is it in Western Europe? Central Europe? Southern Europe? The answer depends on who your are. On Wikitravel that is always the same: You are writing as and for the traveller. -- Mark 16:36, 27 February 2006 (EST)

Hey Mark. I make my request base exactly on what a traveller would expect to see in Bulgaria. I say that the whole grouping here is flauly. I certainly would not mind if Bulgaria is put into the BALKANS group (we need to create it first). Actually, I am FOR that. It is the best solution actually. Because Bulgaria is 100% Balkan state. My point is that Bulgaria has very little and sometimes nothing to do with the countries it's grouped with here - diff. culture, history, architecture, tradition, climate, customs and so on. On the other hand, Bulgaria shares alot with the rest of the Balkans - almost identical culture, traditions, climate, history, architecture and so on.Even the languages of the southern Slavs are for most part mutually comprehensible if yr a native speaker of one of them (except probably between Slovene and Bulgarian being the two ends of the language subgroup). My point here is that if one is exploring, let's say ex-Yugoslavia he/she may decide not to cross the border with BG coz it falls into a different region of Europe - a traveller would expect to find something different in Bulgaria, something similar to Russia and the Baltics...but for most part he/she will come accross cultures so close to those of the rest of ex-Yugoslavia that they are hard to distinguish.

Here is a site with pics from BG...u tell me if this falls into yr understanding of Eastern Europe look esp at cities like Veliko Tarnovo. and the coastal Nessebar...

Eastern Europe is the last thing that comes to my mind when i see those photos: or or or

Grouping of countries should be done better. I suggest following groups of Europe:

Western Europe (Iberia, UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Swiss, Italy), Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Iceland, Baltic states), Central Europe (Poland, Hungary, Czech R, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania), Eastern Europe or CIS (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Caucasus), South Eastern Europe (Balkan countries, Greece). All respect, but Turkey is not part of Europe.

Russia, Caucasus and Turkey appears both on Asia and Europe list. Please consistency!

How Portugal be in one group with Serbia ? Switzerland and Germany in Central Europe ?

Curreny division of countries is misleading travelers. One can not travel from Bulgaria to Estonia with passport or entry visa for Bulgaria, you need to get many visas, but you can travel freely around Central Europe region or Eastern Europe region.

Those people who are expecting similar culture and experience in Portugal, Serbia or Albania might be misleaded. Wikitravel should be updated with realities of the world as well as recent political changes.

Length of visit?[edit]

In some section we should have something that explains how long you can stay in Schengen Agreement countries. For example, lets say you're from a country allowed in w/o a visa, you get the 3 month limit. If you've stayed in Spain and your 3 month limit is up, can you go to Morocco for a few days and come back and then your 3 months is reset? I would add this myself but I am not sure of how it works. (Lizz 15:09, 11 July 2006 (EDT))

I think there needs to be a minimum time outside of Schengen, before you can return, but I'm not sure. Maybe someone has more precise info. Jamboo 08:49, 20 March 2008 (EDT)
The limit actually says "3 months in a 6-month period". So it's 3 months in, then minimum 3 months out. This is not always enforced strictly, but in case of over-zealous border controls, you could be barred from Schengen countries for 5 years if you overstay. Chernobyl 13:22, 23 November 2008 (EST)

Colors on the map[edit]

If somebody were editing the map, please consider also changing the colors (esp. for Mediterranean Europe). Why not try for example:  Color 1   Color 2   Color 3   Color 4   Color 5  It'd be more readable this way. Or I can do it if there is the map source available somewhere. CandleWithHare 15:11, 20 August 2006 (EDT)

Kissing patterns guide[edit]

Up to some time ago, each country had an entry detailing the kissing patternes when greeting: right cheek first in Italy and Corsica, men kiss each other in Italy and Southern France, kiss a girl when introduced to her in Spain but not in Italy, three kisses in Switzerland, four kisses in Paris, and so on... it was useful and interesting, why has it been systematically removed??? 08:22, 13 April 2008 (EDT)

Removed from which article? You can click on the History button to see all the changes made to any article. Jpatokal 09:50, 13 April 2008 (EDT)

European Union talk page[edit]

Moved from Talk:European Union

I know that there's no "I". Nevertheless, I'm not sure about visas and wanted to remark that.

I tend to think that you should just say what you think, and someone else will correct you if you're wrong.
Anyways, the joke in my comment is based on a motivational chestnut in English: "There is no 'I' in 'team'." The point being that you need to think about the team first, and the self second. (Yes, it's a pretty spooky phrase, isn't it? Destroying the self.)
Anyways, I was taking out the 1st-personisms in EU, and I thought of the phrase, and then I thought: "There is no 'I' in 'wiki'" was funny, because there are a lot of i's in "wiki".

--Evan 10:59, 6 Dec 2003 (PST)

OK. That's the point with good jokes. Stupid reader need an explanation ;-) -- Hansm 01:43, 2003 Dec 7 (PST)

Schengen Agreement[edit]

I've included the following in the article about Germany:

Germany is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement. European visa policy will be covered in the article about the EU. In brief, a visa to any other signatory state of the Schengen Agreement is valid in Germany too. No visa is required for citizens of other EU member states, and those of some selected nations with whom the European Union or Germany have special treaties. Inquire at your travel agent or call the local consulate or embassy of Germany.

Also, there are no border controls between Germany and other Schengen Agreement nations, making travel less complicated.

If you replace Germany with $localcountry and edit the bit about EU membership, this may make a good paragraph to include in all EU and/or Schengen Agreement signatory countries. Before we spread it out, however, someone else should have a look and edit it. -- Nils 14:59, 13 Apr 2004 (EDT)

I'm not 100% sure about this, but I think border controls are still not completely out of the question. I think that sometimes there are between France and Belgium to limit drug trafficking. But I'd like some other opinion about this. Akubra 15:35, 13 Apr 2004 (EDT)
Border controls have indeed gone from borders between Schengen countries. The Schengen countries are the 15 EU member states except the UK and Republic of Ireland, plus Norway and Iceland. The UK and Republic have their own free movement treaty along similar lines for travel between the two states. Professorbiscuit
OK, I must have confused it with the (supposed) Franco-Belgian police cooperation in border areas. Akubra 15:54, 13 Apr 2004 (EDT)
Don't confuse "no border controls" with "not allowed to make controls". Of course the police can stop you and search your car for drugs if they follow established legal procedure. Also, for example, on my recent flight from Paris to Frankfurt the airline checked passports as a "security measure" when boarding the plane. But that is general paranoia, and since the tickets are for a specific person I guess it's their right to see if you really are who you claim to be. Anyway, the point is, there are no border controls that really warrant such a name. So is the paragraph as it stands okay? -- Nils 01:04, 14 Apr 2004 (EDT)

The Schengen agreement is made to lift the compulsory borders controls and mostly to have a single visa stamp for nationals of non EU countries. This is why for instance a Brazilian national can enter Portugal with a Schengen visa, travel freely to France, but cannot enter the non-Schengen UK. It does not mean that borders may never be checked. There are often border controls between Schengen countries: Spain/Portugal, Spain/France, Belgium/France. If you travel by train from Germany to Holland, you may have a passport control done by Dutch border policemen, while the train is crossing the German/Dutch border without stopping. This is meant to look for criminals, illegals and drug trafficking. Also, the Schengen visa is valid for traveling, not for emigration. Ex: An Argentine living legally in Spain, with a valid residence/working permit, is allowed to travel through all the other Schengen countries but cannot work in Schengen countries other than Spain.

Schengen template[edit]

I hope this was not already discussed (at least I couldn't find it). Is there a reason why the rather long Schengen template is included on the page of each of 26 Schengen members? Wouldn't it suffice to use a single sentence that the country implemented the agreement and add the reference to the Europe's Get In section? My argument is that this information - while certainly useful - represents an unattractive and boring formal block of text in the middle of the country's page, and makes scrolling over Get In and Get Around section after you're already in and around even longer (especially on mobile phones). On a functional level, it is better to click for the common information than to see it everywhere. Perceptually, this would emphasize the impression that this is a common EU thing, and not information specific for the particular country. JanezDemsar 11:12, 21 August 2010 (EDT)

I totally agree with this - the blurb about Schengen - while technically correct, is overly complex & confusing to include it on every country page. stef.van.dessel 04:15, 9 October 2010 (EDT)
Since I'm a EU citizen this is all second nature to me, maybe some of the non-European regulars can comment on the need - Principally, it seems like a reasonable suggestion though --Stefan (sertmann) talk 05:30, 9 October 2010 (EDT)


I don't think we can say that only Greek Cyprus is a member state. Officially, the whole of Cyprus is. Of course, practically, as a result of the recent referendum, it's a complete other thing. That's why I included the note. It's the same as in Wikipedia, but those are my exact words (I'm still Dhum Dhum there). Akubra 15:58, 3 May 2004 (EDT)

Yes, I agree with that. Remember, though, that we're a tourist guide not a political encyclopedia, so therefore this article discusses about the effect of the EU on travellers. And that effect (EU laws) only apply to Greek Cyprus. But, anyway, we also need to be politically-correct, and I agree that the best way of doing this is listing Cyprus as a member state, and then including the note. That way, we get the "best of both worlds". Ronline 20:06, 3 May 2004 (EDT)

EU Eurozone and Shengen[edit]

So we've got three groups -- European Union, countries that use the Euro, and the Schengen Agreement countries that have some sort of common visa setup. They overlap heavily, of course, but my understanding is that no two are exactly the same. UK is in EU but does not use Euro, Norway is in Schengen but not an EU member, and so on.

Do we need three maps? Or one map showing how they overlap? Or maybe a table, countries down the left and three columns for status?

Should we have a Schengen or Schengen Agreement page? Separate,or just redirecting here? Pashley 09:12, 1 January 2008 (EST)

I created an HTML table for this data, see User talk:Pashley/Playpen. Is it up to date? I just took data from existing article. Is there a better way? Wiki table? Or can someone do a map? If there's nothing better, maybe move the table into the article? Pashley 10:11, 1 January 2008 (EST)

I think it might now be up to date. I did a little web searching, found various countries joined Schengen Jan 1 2008, so table is now more up to date than the article. Pashley 10:33, 3 January 2008 (EST)

No comment, so I added the table in the "understand" section.Pashley 08:19, 22 January 2008 (EST)

I'd actually like to merge the European Union article back into Europe -- at the moment there's really heavy overlap. Jpatokal 22:26, 17 April 2008 (EDT)
No objection at all to removing the overlap. I'm not sure if the best way to do that is put all the details in the Europe article, or have then on a separate page that Europe links to. Pashley 02:47, 18 April 2008 (EDT)

Can someone please edit the map to reflect Lithuania being the newest adopter of the Euro? --Hybridace101 (talk) 16:54, 19 January 2015 (EST)

Common cents[edit]

Re "cents" vs "cent", Wikipedia quotes that For English language texts, however, there is a recommendation from the Directorate-General for Translation, the EU's translation service, that the natural plurals 'euros' and 'cents' should be used in non-legal documents intended for the general public. See wikipedia:Linguistic issues concerning the euro. Jpatokal 22:25, 17 April 2008 (EDT)

Map regions[edit]

What underlies the regional classification of the Europe map. Appears quite POV to me. Is it possible to at least specify a reference where the grouping in this way has been taken from? 18:32, 8 July 2008 (EDT)

This is not Wikipedia. Please see Wikitravel:Welcome, Wikipedians which details some significant differences. -- Colin 20:46, 8 July 2008 (EDT)

I just rolled back a change by an anonymous user whose explanation was "Removed map, which was factually inaccurate". We certainly need a map and I see nothing obviously inaccurate, except perhaps that the projection used makes Norway look far larger than Italy, but then I'm no expert on Europe. Can the remover, or others, please comment here? Pashley 13:49, 18 October 2008 (EDT)

well Norway is 324,220 km 2, Italy 301,230 sq km according to Wikitravel. And it does not look so much larger on the map. elgaard 20:33, 18 October 2008 (EDT)

These "regions of Europe" are largely made up and arbitrary, especially the way southern Europe has been broken down. Greece has more in common with Italy and Spain than with Turkey. This is definitely someone's impression and POV rather than reality. Skyduster (talk) 22:25, 17 October 2013 (EDT)

Hi Skyduster! You raise a very interesting and important point, but please don't edit the main page before we reach a consensus. This is not the first time this question is pointed out and probably not the last one. First of all, you are right, these "regions" are arbitrary. The idea is not to rely on official data (i.e. political) or just geographic (with have other wikis for that) but something understandable and useful for the traveller, because the The traveller comes first!

We have 2 options: to keep a very detailed region map, or to introduce another level of hierarchic organization. (see below)

  • Mediterranean Europe was used for years to qualify the Southern countries but, as it has been pointed out on this page, Portugal does have no access to the Mediterranean sea! Otherwise, yes, it would fit perfectly to qualify countries with each their own specificities, but having in common more sunny days, a less stressing way of life, the use of olive oil instead of butter in the traditional cuisine, etc. France is a tricky case as it shares a double culture AND geography, as the South is, well, indeed, fitting to the South description while Paris and the rest of the country has actually more in common with England, Belgium and let's say, Switzerland.

In the option of a less detailed map, I suggest We group these countries into a general "Southern Europe" which would be detailed into Iberia (by the way, Gibraltar can be added to this group), Italian Peninsula, Malta and the eastern group, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. I agree on what you say but Cyprus is precisely the link between Greece and Turkey. A lot of travellers who are seeking a complete experience feel natural to begin their trip in Istanbul then visiting Greece (before heading to the Balkans) and what you are seeking in Izmir is what you are looking for in the Greek islands etc. Northern Greece has also a lot of in common with Turkey and young people there feel more in common with young Istanbulites rather than Romans. Cyprus actually appears on old maps grouped with Near-East rather than with Greece and as a matter of fact, Turkish -and British- influence is not something light. Actually, Cyprus could be grouped with Malta in a very relevant way!

  • Balkans: Oh yes, that's very tricky because you have the geographical Balkans (Ex-Yugoslavia+Albania+Romania+Bulgaria+Greece+sometimes European Turkey), you have a Mediterranean part etc. What about including Ex-Yugoslavia+Albania+Romania+Bulgaria as a sub group to the Southern Europe? (or add Rom+Bulg to another group)As a matter of fact, yes they are mostly Slavic countries, but independently they have a lot in common with other "Southern" countries, for instance Serbia-Montenegro and Greece, despite the architecture and the language don't have so big differences (predominant Church, welcoming and moderate people, rocky landscape...) while BiH is in love whith Turkey, Croatia stands more and more as an alternative to Greece and Italy, and yeah, Albania, Kosovo and FYROM stand on their own...
  • Western Europe: France, the UK+Ireland group and Benelux could definitely stand there. (still in the idea we add another level.) Germany is tricky, but it could join the group I guess, if we suppress the Central Europe group. Along with Switzerland and Austria.
  • Eastern Europe: basically all groups east to the previous. Slavic or Baltic. I don't develop too much here because I'm definitely not expert and experienced in this part of Europe.
  • Northern Europe: nothing to change, it groups Scandinavian countries. Does Finland consider itself as Scandinavian?

Does it not sound simpler and clearer?

  • Being cutting edge: what about adding in some groups some non national cultural areas? For instance, South of France, once delimited, could appear in the South group while the "comprehensive" country is still Western? I knew some traveller making the land trip from Venice to Barcelona with stops in Marseille, Montpellier and Toulouse. Doesn't sound irrelevant at all! Hope I helped. PierrB (talk) 04:27, 18 October 2013 (EDT)


At the map, Serbia has the color of Eastern Europe. However, in the article it's said to be in Mediterranean Europe. I don't mind which we choose here, but it should at least me consistent. The image also called Serbia "Yugoslavia", which is now incorrect. Globe-trotter 15:11, 22 September 2008 (EDT)

I was just about to mention that one as well. Given Serbia doesn't have a border on the Med. I would consider it more Eastern Europe. In fact, I'd say that for all the former Yugoslavian states given the sea they border is the Adriatic. Nrms 15:16, 22 September 2008 (EDT)
Good points, all, but my judgment would be to put Serbia in Eastern Europe, and keep the other former Yugoslav states in Mediterranean Europe, including the other land-locked one, Macedonia. Jnich99 04:32, 23 September 2008 (EDT)
I think it might be most convienient for travellers to have all these former Yugoslavian states in one region. The UN defines all of them as laying in Mediterranean Europe. Keeping Serbia in Eastern Europe and Macedonia as Mediterranean Europe seems somewhat ambiguous, as both are landlocked. But I changed Serbia to Eastern Europe for now, so it's at least similar to the image. Globe-trotter 07:38, 23 September 2008 (EDT)

Cyprus Schengen agreement[edit]

It says in the table that Cyprus has implemented the Schengen agreement. This link [4] shows that Cyprus did not implement the Schengen agreement. Should it be changed or is there something I am unaware of? Globe-trotter 07:53, 13 October 2008 (EDT)

Searching on "Schengen Cyprus" and reading half a dozen pages, it looks like WP is correct. They're in the process, but not there yet. Quite a fw new countries joined DEc 31 2007, but Cyprus was not one of them. Pashley 13:41, 18 October 2008 (EDT)


This link:

² Kosovo (administered by the UN) uses the Euro as its official currency.

I don't see the "2" somewhere, where does it refer to? Globe-trotter 15:06, 31 October 2008 (EDT)

I just added a reference at the "currency" entry for Serbia. Chernobyl 13:09, 23 November 2008 (EST)


Regions? How arbitrary is that?

Why Poland is not Eastern Europe when it is far more eastern than Serbia? Why Bulgaria is not South Europe and Macedonia is? What's the point with making the regional classification on the first place?

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Countries table[edit]

Does anyone else find that table large, unwieldy and possibly unnecessary? – cacahuate talk 11:09, 7 February 2009 (EST)

AS we have a regions-list, I indeed don't really see the usefulness of this table... Globe-trotter 11:03, 15 March 2009 (EDT)
The table provides accurate summaries of countries' EU, Schengen, eurozone and timezone statuses, which are not visible from the region list. I could be argued into replacing it with maps showing the same... if they existed. Jpatokal 02:57, 16 March 2009 (EDT)
The thing is Europe is pretty unique, due to the extensive - and chaotic - European integration. So I do think it's pretty essential to have a easy overview over the rail passes, Euro usage and Schengen membership. Though I can't see any reason why visitors need to know when countries joined the European union - other than that I actually like the table. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 18:48, 19 May 2009 (EDT)
The EU joining years are there mostly so you can see if the country is "in", "recently in", "maybe soon", or "not in the foreseeable future". Somewhat more informative than just a "Y" or "N", I think. Jpatokal 03:58, 20 May 2009 (EDT)

I still think this information could be presented in a better way. Now it's an unreadable big block, I'd rather have prose and table-information at the right side of it. Globe-trotter 14:27, 17 December 2009 (EST)

I now added a map of Euro-countries under the 'Buy' section. That's better than the big table I think. Also maybe we could make a list of countries in a right-side-box. Globe-trotter 14:59, 17 December 2009 (EST)
All info from the table now is present elsewhere. I suggest we get rid of the table. Any objections? --globe-trotter 21:38, 2 September 2011 (EDT)

Chip and PIN.[edit]

Swept in from pub:

I've noticed in quite a few European articles, people trying to describe "Chip and PIN" credit cards, which are now required to access certain services. The cards are being variously described in multiple city articles, as some services move towards only accepting these cards. I think we should just standardise on calling them "Chip and PIN", cards. I know it is a bit of a slogan, but at least it means people who don't understand what they are, can go to Wikipedia, or do a google search and find the info pretty quickly. Otherwise if we start describing them as smart cards, etc, people are still going to have difficulty understanding them if they don't know what they are, and will have more difficulty finding info on them. I can't imagine anybody familiar with the cards, not understanding what is meant by Chip and PIN, and certainly everyone in the UK and Ireland would. --inas 20:33, 1 October 2009 (EDT)

Fine with that, though I'd suggest we also allow credit card with chip. it's still completely incomprehensible to me how a system without PIN codes actually work, can people in Australia just stick their card in a ATM and get money? --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 21:06, 1 October 2009 (EDT)
In the U.S. quite a few gas stations want you to enter the zip code of the cardholders address to use the payment at the pump, as they attempt to cope with credit cards without a PIN. It also makes that option not available to international cards. In Australia all credit cards can have a PIN, although not all of them have a Chip yet. You certainly can't use a card in an ATM etc without a PIN, but I haven't seen any applications in Oz that require you to have a Chip yet. --inas 22:12, 1 October 2009 (EDT)

And don't forget the toll roads in France... just pop your Mastercard in and the payment is made without any verification... safe... —The preceding comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

Actually they should be called EMV compliant cards, as is the name of the standard. Their popular name in USA is chip-and-pin, however they may be credit or debit and some countries place extra verification schemes, such last digits of SSN, birthday, ZIP code, etc. It will be nice to have a description about a country specifics, for example in Paris you may only rent a bike with french magnetic card of foreign "chip card". The same applies for 24/7 gas stations, but you not for POS. PS. You can pay without PIN on toll roads, because the operator accepts the refund risk, providing that each sum is small and they keep pictures of the vehicle, so it easy to prove that it was you who used the card.

France with Bénélux?![edit]

I have some difficulties to understand the purpose of considering France+Bénélux as a unique same region?... You might say that France borders Belgium; well that true but France borders also many other countries with more lentgh. Is it about cultural similarities? well, appart Wallonia that can share some geographical and cultural similarities with Nord-pas de Calais region, most of Benelux is defined and dominated by Dutch culture. Dutch culture is a "north sea culture" light years much more similar to northern German's or English's ones than to french one absolutly all aspects (germanic language vs latin language; protestant influences vs catholic ones; "north sea" culture vs mediterranean culture; architecture, food (beer vs wine culture); etc. For those reasons, the association of Netherlands with France is complelty misleading: is really Amsterdam more in the same region of Europe than Marseille or Corsica? despite having huge cultural divergences the Both countries (France and Netherlands) do not even share a common border; nor a similar geographical position (Netherlands lies just in front of the UK, with a simlilar culture and climate than England; but deeply different with France. Us, french people we consider Netherlands to be northern European country, in the same group than UK, Germany and Scandinavia, but would never thing being part of the same sub-group inside Europe. France might share language with about 40% of Belgium (1/6 on Benelux only), but share almost nothing with Dutch-speaking part of Benelux. France also share it language with a part of Switzerland, but it is no a reason to lump France with central Europe... Geographically and culturally France share much more with Italy or Spain (to which it has its longest borders) than with Netherlands, with which it doesn't share any particular cultural affinity or geographical ensemble (not sharing north sea culture and geographical position; not same climates; not same language and dominant religious traditions!) France would much better reasons to be associated with Italy and Spain (with which it shares similiar language, catholic traditions, bordering the mediterranean sea, historic and cultural links to the roman empire... and long common borders! not with a "distant" northern European country like Netherlands!

France is impossible to group with anything, since it's both a Northern and a Southern European country, both geographical and culturally - so we have it flying around semi separately like now as a compromise. I think by now Wikitravel has indisputably proven that it is impossible to create European regions to everyone's satisfaction, but this one has proven remarkably resilient so I'm very very very very very very much against changing anything. --Stefan (sertmann) talk 21:32, 30 October 2009 (EDT)

Well, France might be geographically more or less between northern and southern Europe but we could quite realistically that culturally it has clearly much more in common with Italy or Spain than with Netherlands, England or Germany: A latin language of course, catholic herency, wine culture, many apects of mentality. It is a "light mediterranean" culture if we could say so; but still more mediterranean than nordic. Only some bordering areas of northern France have more similarities with Benelux (Nord-pas-de-Calais); and areas of the north-east with central Europe (Alsace-Lorraine-Franche Comté). The whole southern half of France is clearly southern European as much as Italy can be, both culturally and geographically. The rest of the country, in the northern Half is a world in itself and not easy to classify; it is geogaphically between northern and southern Europe (same latitude than Switzerland, Austria or southern Germany); linguistically Romance (so more inclined towards south); catholic-based. This northern half of France still has a majority of aspects of mediterranean culture, even if they can sometimes are "lightened" by the contact with some more nordic aspects such as climate, vegetation, or nordic invasions (in Normandy for exemple). Geographically speaking, even if northern half of France is not in southern Europe it is hard to say that it would be in northern Europe; it still is mainly situated a few hundreds of kilometers more south than Benelux or England and doesn't share many aspects of these regions (benelux, Germany of England are heavily densily populated, with large former heavy industry areas (with similar red-brick architecture) when most of the northern half of France is complelty different; much more rural, relatively not densely populated.

I agree than to group France with Netherlands is really without foundations and seems rather unlogical (it would seems as stranger as wanting to group Italy with Germany more than with Spain or France). Netherlands being probably one of the least similar country to France in all western Europe that it might be both culturally, humanly and geographically; and both countries don't even touch... Netherlands has much much much more in common with England and Germany, or even Scandinavia than with France without any doubt in all aspects. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)

Both Belgium and Luxembourg are easier to associate with France, and they in turn have plenty in common with the Netherlands. It's not a perfect association, but we do make it clear that France is distinct—it is described as France and the Benelux, we do not have a region article discussing them both in the same breath, and I don't think the grouping on this page is outlandish by any means. We could separate it, and give France it's own entry on this list and its own color on the regions map, but we already have a longer list than our desired 5–9. Personally I think there is not much to be gained in doing so. --Peter Talk 09:12, 8 July 2010 (EDT)


Created a city list from this list, I realise I'm opening a can of patriotic worms here, but I hope the way it's implemented will prevent most of the discussions we've seen with the States, and I think the article needs one. Objections? speak up! --Stefan (sertmann) talk 21:32, 30 October 2009 (EDT)

Good list. Andyfarrell 05:01, 31 October 2009 (EDT)
Hi! I had a closer look on the city list and in general it is fine for me as. I do not like the description of the Cities (e.g. Prague as "mother of cities" I only know Cape Town that labels itself as Mothercity) and maybe international visitors should be not the only criteria as national travel in Europe is significant. There is no particular city in my mind that i would prefer to have on the list but it's good to have the discussion started. jan 06:01, 31 October 2009 (EDT)
I am sure the worms are scurrying as I type Stefan :). This was never going to be easy but I cannot think of a better objective measure than the one you have used. --Burmesedays 06:59, 31 October 2009 (EDT)
Not perfect, but certainly good enough, and it would be really nice to just settle into a quick, comfortable consensus to avoid to much back and forth about something ultimately not very important ;) --Peter Talk 22:44, 1 November 2009 (EST)

Well, the statistics list is now outdated, so the sentence "by arrivals" does not make sense anymore. I do still like the cities displayed, so I suggest we just place them in alphabetic order. --globe-trotter 17:02, 10 August 2011 (EDT)

Done. LtPowers 20:56, 10 August 2011 (EDT)
The list of cities seems to be a bit strange since Munich, one of the major tourist attractions and key part of most Europe itineraries, is missing. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)
If anything, it's more odd that Berlin is missing instead of Munich. However, you can't please everyone with a list of only 9 cities. --Globe-trotter 21:27, 5 November 2011 (EDT)
Agreed. The only city I'd consider trading out for a German city is Amsterdam, but that would only be because Germany is bigger than the Netherlands. I think Amsterdam is a bigger tourist draw than either Berlin or Munich. LtPowers 22:34, 5 November 2011 (EDT)
Make it a list of 10 cities and add Berlin or Munich. Seems very odd to me that no city of the biggest country of the EU is listed. I would vote for Munich due to the tourist draw Octoberfest and nearby Neuschwanstein castle. Also be careful with only going for merely the number of international arrivals per city when designing content of the ENGLISH wikitravel. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)
Agreed, a top 10 list sounds better than top 9 anyway —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)
The 7+2 rule forbids us from adding more than nine cities. Neuschwanstein Castle is already listed under "Other destinations", so all the more reason to include Berlin instead of Munich. I wouldn't mind swapping Athens for it, as most travellers to Greece will be going to islands (Athens really is not visited that much [5]). As the list is mostly for navigation, I think it would be an improvement if we'd replace Meteora with a Greek island (Crete? Rhodes? Santorini?) --Globe-trotter 12:09, 6 November 2011 (EST)
I think replacing Athens by Berlin or Munich makes plenty of sense for exactly the reasons stated by Globe-trotter. Berlin already attracted a million foreign visitors more than Athens in 2009 (Munich also had substantially more international arrivals) and with Berlin growing tourism and Athens/Greece having its well-known current issues I am sure that this spread got even bigger in 2010 and 2011. Sure, Athens has its cultural treasures, but so do Berlin and Munich. Regarding islands I would vote for Santorini as the most famous one. However, I am sure that Crete attracts more visitors due to size and lower prizes. —The preceding comment was added by ATLien (talkcontribs)
The "cultural treasures" of Germany (and indeed, virtually any country in Europe) pale in comparison to Greece's. LtPowers 14:52, 6 November 2011 (EST)
I'm not really sure—Berlin has history and culture written all over it, every street corner brings something from a different time period. However, the same counts for Athens, and comparing both on history and culture is pretty impossible. The only reason I suggested Athens to go was because the Cities section is mainly used for navigation, and by far most people who go to Greece go there for the islands. --Globe-trotter 15:07, 6 November 2011 (EST)
I think arguing whether Athens/Greece or Berlin/Germany is culturally more relevant and interesting is ust as futile as discussing if Aristoteles, Sokrates, Plato, Sophokles and Archimedes are more important than Kant, Gauss, Einstein, Bach, Beethoven and Goethe. Athens was a center of ancient Greece and has significant treasures from this time. However, it lost its importance with the rises of Rome and Constantinople / Istanbul and could never regain its former status until today. Berlin on the other hand is a rather young European metropolis, but it was one of the centers of European politics, art and science throughout the last 300 years. The reason I would replace Athens with Berlin are the following three: (1) Its size (it is more than 5 times bigger than Athens) and importance in current affairs and contemporary culture; (2) Its significantly higher number of international visitors (2.8 million in Berlin vs. 1.8 million in Athens in 2009); (3) Its uniqueness among the other world cities as a formerly divided city resulting in two different approaches to city planning and architecture still visible today. I have visited Athens several times and it is a beautiful place truly worth the journey. However, a list of the key European cities without Berlin is truly obscure! —The preceding comment was added by (talkcontribs)
Having been to neither city, I can't comment there. Athens seems to give us better geographic coverage, but I admit it is hard to argue against Berlin. LtPowers 21:39, 13 November 2011 (EST)
I'd switch out Central European Prague for Central European Berlin, rather than Athens. If only to avoid the wrath of the gods. --Peter Talk 11:42, 14 November 2011 (EST)
I'd rather lose Amsterdam, but I can't really articulate why. I have a perception of Prague as being very tourist-friendly, for some reason. I think it's certainly the most important of the former Warsaw Pact cities (not counting Berlin). LtPowers 19:41, 14 November 2011 (EST)
Geographic coverage would not be an issue: If Athens is dropped, there is still closeby Istanbul (culturally different, but with more international visitors) included in the city list. Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague are important destinations by themselves whereas Athens is a "smaller" destination (like Stockholm, Madrid, Lisbon, Florence, Hamburg...) while the islands are the true tourist draw of Greece. Let's make a call: I'd vote for replacing Athens with Berlin (and will hide now from the wraph of the gods). —The preceding comment was added by AlexE (talkcontribs)

(re-indenting) I agree with AlexE's points. Losing Prague would be a shame, as it's the only city representing the former Warsaw Pact countries. Besides Athens, Southern Europe is already well represented with Barcelona, Rome and Istanbul. Amsterdam I think is important in the list; it is a tourist magnet, and the only in both the "cities" and "other destinations" lists representing the Benelux. When losing Athens, though, I do think we should replace Meteora with a Greek island in the OD list. --Globe-trotter 13:23, 24 November 2011 (EST)

Could we agree on replacing Athens bz Berlin and Meteora with Santorini? AlexE 16:13, 24 November 2011 (EST)
I still hate to lose one of the cradles of Western civilization, with some of the most ancient sites in all of Europe. The Parthenon is, to me, the most iconic building on the continent, to the point where I think it'd make a better lead image than the Eiffel Tower. But I have to admit my knowledge of Greece is sparse, as I never would have guessed the islands were a bigger tourist draw than Athens. If that's the way it has to be, I'd suggest Mykonos rather than Santorini, though. LtPowers 10:35, 25 November 2011 (EST)
Is there a reason why we have to list a single Greek island? I'd be tempted to rather include the Cycladic Islands (including Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini, Milos,...) as a group, which would make sense since plenty of tourists visit multiple of them during a trip AlexE 18:52, 26 November 2011 (EST)
Is it fair to assume that this discussion is a deadend? AlexE 20:04, 5 February 2012 (EST)
No, just stalled. =) Despite my objection, I'm the only one arguing for Athens over Berlin, so go ahead and make the change. (I would still support replacing the Eiffel Tower lead image with the Parthenon, though) I also like your suggestion of linking Cyclades instead of a single Greek island. LtPowers 13:39, 6 February 2012 (EST)


I've cut down the history section as I felt it was more suited to a Wikipedia article than containing much of use to the traveller. On opening the Europe article we were met with a page of text, so I wanted to condense things, and this seemed a very good target. Andyfarrell 05:18, 31 October 2009 (EDT)

I'm not sure if I agree with this move. Just saying "Europe's got a lot of history" doesn't cover the information a visitor to Europe should/could be familiar with. Many visitors coming to Europe see its castles, so explaining some about the medieval time I think is important. Also, there are many buildings and city centres from the 17th Century which I think should be mentioned in the History section. Sure, it doesn't have to go into full detail, but I think it shouldn't just be deleted and turned into "yes it has history" and that's it. --globe-trotter 14:17, 9 March 2010 (EST)
And I think Cold War should be briefly mentioned as well. – Vidimian 14:30, 9 March 2010 (EST)
I think the history section of Africa could be taken as a good example. --globe-trotter 15:12, 9 March 2010 (EST)
I was just about to suggest the same. A good history section in a high level region should be fairly brief on the details, but serve as a good introductory outline of the region's history while providing pointers to specific city, region, and other destination articles of especial interest. --Peter Talk 16:54, 9 March 2010 (EST)


Since when is Turkey a part of Europe? -- 10:57, 21 November 2009 (EST)

Since the Byzantine Empire (330AD)? the Ottoman Empire (1299)? Attatürks reforms (1926)? it's admission to The Council of Europe (1949)? UEFA (1954)? OECE (1973)= or since the European Union accepted it as an official membership candidate (2005)? pick one, or look on a map? Or more to the point, because from a travellers perspective it makes more sense to group it with European countries, than with Iran, Iraq and Syria. --Stefan (sertmann) talk 11:35, 21 November 2009 (EST)
This really is an endless debate, but from a traveller perspective it's most logical to include Turkey in Europe, as its Mediterranean Coast is most popular, as well as Istanbul. More in common with Mediterranean Greece and Cyprus than with, say, Iraq or Syria. Globe-trotter 11:59, 15 December 2009 (EST)
I can think of no reason why we should not include Turkey in both Europe and Asia, as it is... in both Europe and Asia. --Peter Talk 06:57, 12 December 2011 (EST)

Other destinations[edit]

So I tried a "Other Destinations" list here as well. This is what I got for now:

Please some suggestions, which are absolutely missing, which should be removed? I'm not sure about how cool the geyser in Iceland is, maybe we could include something else impressive from Scandinavia (I am really not that well-known in that travel region). I also didn't include structures that are already in the cities list (Eiffel Tower, Aya Sophia, Sagrada Familia, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Akropolis, Red Square, etc.) Maybe a bit weird is that France is missing. Globe-trotter 18:48, 22 December 2009 (EST)

I'd probably replace Strokkur for the Blue_Lagoon, And I think Białowieża National Park really deserves a mention, probably over Chernobyl - I've been to a large number of European National Parks, and none of them even comes close to the splendour of that magical place. I think the Alps is too vague, and the skiing should get an expanded paragraph in the Do section instead. Getting this right is going to be a tricky endeavour. --Stefan (sertmann) talk 19:05, 22 December 2009 (EST)
I was actually looking for Bialowieza, but I had no idea about the name! And the Blue Lagoon looks awesome as well. Seems like good suggestions. Globe-trotter 19:17, 22 December 2009 (EST)
Just a few suggestions for consideration: Pompeii, Mont Saint Michel, Golden Ring. --Peter Talk 21:58, 22 December 2009 (EST)

I replaced:

Now maybe I'm still not happy with the Alps: it's a very popular travel destination, but it's geographically way too large. Maybe Cinque Terre could be replaced with Pompeii. I think the Golden Ring is stunning, but it might as well fit into the itineraries list. Globe-trotter 11:24, 23 December 2009 (EST)

Areas of great nature conservation importance are a weakness throughout Wikitravel and Europe is no exception. La Camargue should be an OD I think but the article is empty. The great Andalucian Biosphere and UNESC0 WHS of Donana National Park [6] has no article at all. Great to see Białowieża on the list though. --Burmesedays 11:53, 23 December 2009 (EST)
I don't think it's bad if the article is in bad quality. That just means we have some work to do :) Globe-trotter 12:36, 23 December 2009 (EST)
I would add the worldfamous 320.000 year old spears from a city called Schoeningen. Discovered in 1994 ,they are mankind's oldest weapons ever found and it is rewriting history books. —The preceding comment was added by Rwstock (talkcontribs)
Spears are not a destination. LtPowers 09:11, 27 November 2011 (EST)

Disputed territories list[edit]

I tried something new in the Regions list, to get rid of a big list of disputed and other territories. I changed the link of See also European Microstates into See also European Microstates, Dependencies and Disputed Territories. What do others think of it? Maybe we could also use this in other regions? Globe-trotter 12:57, 24 December 2009 (EST)

By plane[edit]

Can anyone figure out what is meant by "Western Europe is the largest air hub in the world"? I can't --Stefan (sertmann) talk 19:53, 19 January 2010 (EST)

Lead image[edit]

Some idea's for the tricky issue of a lead image for the Europe article

  • Mount Elbrus - Europe's highest peak
  • Trafalgar Sqaure - Most visited site in Europe according to Forbes.
  • Palace of Europe in Strasbourg (The EU buildings in Bruxelles probably won't work too well)
  • Vatnajökul National Park - The largest national park in Europe (but probably not very symbolic for the continent)
  • Hagar Qim, often thought to be the oldest "building" in Europe, if not the world
  • The Pantheon, thought to be the oldest building in Europe in continuous use.
  • Berlin Wall
  • A high-speed train crossing through some pretty, generic, landscape.

Feel free to add other idea's to the list, I was thinking we could find a consensus for the motif, and then hunt around for some nice pictures of it to nominate. Thoughts?

Most visitors to Europe focus on historical buildings/monuments and we can probably narrow the list to those. Some ideas:
  • Trafalgar Square, Palace of Westminster, Stonehenge
  • Eiffel, Versailles
  • St Peters, a Venice shot, Rome Colliseum
  • The Pantheon
  • Sagrada Familia--Burmesedays 19:53, 21 February 2010 (EST)
I think the Eiffel Tower is most iconic for Europe, and also the icon of the most visited country in Europe (and the world). --globe-trotter 20:16, 21 February 2010 (EST)
I'm for some typically small historic building.. stone built, green background, like you can stumble across anywhere across most of Europe. High speed train in landscape background would be nice.. I'm against trying to find the biggest, most visited, most iconic etc.. How can you ever choose between the Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, Westminster palace... ? --inas 20:22, 21 February 2010 (EST)
A generic Tuscany/Costwolds/Provence stone cottage is appealing I agree. My only objection would be that this would not necessarily scream EUROPE as an iconic building would. Which iconic building does not really matter much as long as it is one of the obvious, unmistakable candidates. Eiffel is probably the most obvious icon.--Burmesedays 21:11, 21 February 2010 (EST)
I agree with Ian. The iconic attractions can fill the rest of the article—it would be nice to find something less associated with one part of Europe, more associated with Europe in general. I'm having a hell of a time coming up with good pictures in this vein, though. This one [7] is nice, a French castle-like château. --Peter Talk 22:12, 21 February 2010 (EST)
Free Provence pics [8], Free Tuscany pics [9], Free Cotswold pics [10].--Burmesedays 23:45, 21 February 2010 (EST)
Searching images like that on Google is awesome! How do you do that? --globe-trotter 11:38, 22 February 2010 (EST)
Advanced Image search (just right of the search button) > Usage Rights > Commercial use --Stefan (sertmann) talk 12:44, 22 February 2010 (EST)
I added a picture of a castle/tower from the Cotswolds as the main image. It can always be changed later, or if there are disagreements. --globe-trotter 10:26, 28 May 2010 (EDT)

Here are a bunch I like for the article:

  1. Elbrus [11]
  2. St Basil's onion domes [12]
  3. Hagia Sophia mosaic [13]
  4. Parthenon [14]
  5. David [15]
  6. Cologne Cathedral [16]
  7. Dubrovnik [17]
  8. Madrid matador [18]
  9. Sognefjord [19]
  10. Venetian gondolas [20]
  11. Trevi Fountain [21]

And btw, I do think the Eiffel Tower would make the best lead img. --Peter Talk 12:37, 28 May 2010 (EDT)

I also think the Eifel Tower would be the best one. --globe-trotter 07:28, 29 May 2010 (EDT)
Nighttime images of the Eiffel Tower are protected by copyright (see so I'm not sure that the current lead is a good one. Could we use a daytime picture such as Image:Paris-eiffel-tower.jpg instead? -- Ryan • (talk) • 10:51, 4 June 2010 (EDT)
That judge ruling is some of the most remarkable I've seen in a long time. What's weird is that Wikipedia hosts pictures to that same tower in the dark at the right of that section, which would mean Wikipedia would breach copyright as well? Too bad, I thought this was a nice way to make the Eiffel Tower stand for all of Europe. --globe-trotter 11:03, 4 June 2010 (EDT)
The ruling is similar to that held for pictures of artwork or pictures of people - you can feature a nighttime picture of the Eiffel Tower as part of the landscape, but you cannot publish a nighttime picture of the tower where it is clearly the subject of the picture. The Wikipedia photos all feature the tower as part of the nighttime Paris skyline. And I agree, this seems to be another case of copyright law gone very wrong. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:07, 4 June 2010 (EDT)
So this would relate to the images in Loop Art Tour, which are also closed-up zoom images of art? We still feature them there. And would this one be allowed, as it is standing in a larger environment? [22] --globe-trotter 11:13, 4 June 2010 (EDT)
See shared:Talk:Image policy#Editorial use for a detailed discussion that covers this issue. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:27, 4 June 2010 (EDT)
I've switched back to the castle image for now - even Wikipedia won't publish nighttime images of the Eiffel Tower, and they tend to be much more likely than us to claim fair use rights, so I think it's best we avoid such images here. Please feel free to change this to any other appropriate image if the castle isn't preferable. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:48, 5 June 2010 (EDT)


Suggest the Scandinavia is replaced with Nordic. Scandinavia usually refers to the Scandinavian penisuala which is only Norway and Sweden, and incorrectly to the Nordic countries as a whole. Nordic would be a better way to describe these countries.

Scandinavia refers to Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the strictist sense, and is used that way in most of Northern Europe. English speakers however, happily slap the label onto the whole of "Nordic Europe", this has been discussed previously here and here. The compromise has been to use Scandinavia since it's a catchier and instantly recognisable name (Whereas nordic Europe is not), but introduce the region as Nordic Europe in the introduction of the article. You are welcome to debate the matter further, but i'd like to point out that there are a number of regular Scandinavian users here, myself included, who has signed onto this compromise, and we are all very much aware of nuances of the term. Stefan (sertmann) 07:01, 23 February 2010 (EST)

Schengen Visa Questions[edit]

This circumstances should be explained in the article:

1- If you need a visa to get into the Schengen area, can you apply for it in any embassy of a Schengen country? what about in the border/airport ? 2- For countries like Costa Rica, which do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area, do they get by default (usually) the 3 months stay? Can you get in and out of the Schengen area in the given time? if not, do you have to previously apply for a multiple-entry visa?

Daniel32708 23:21, 29 March 2010 (EDT)

Regarding Question 1 - If you are going to stay in just one country, you should apply in that countries embassy. If you will be in several countries but most of the time in a particular one, then you should apply for the visa in that countries' embassy, and last if you plan to just travel around without staying in a same place a long time, then you should apply in the embassy of the country where you arrive... I dont know how much they enforce this.
Regarding question 2- Once you enter the Schengen area, with or without a visa, you are considered to have one. So, if you get a 90 day visa-free, thats the equivalent as having gotten a 90 day visa. Anyways, if you go out of the Schengen area, you dont get the "counter" restarted, just paused. It gets restarted after 6 months.

Source: Any one has had experience on this? Daniel32708 23:46, 29 March 2010 (EDT)

Daniel: I'm not a visa expert but general rules are rather simple. You should apply at the embassy of the country you intend to visit first (or where your business partner is located). Most embassies nowadays have standard forms you need to fill in (e.g. ) and deliver to them. The validity starts on your first crossing of any Schengen border (usually the first EU airport). Wikipedia has an article about it too so links like your are usually commercial and seldom needed (beside you have spare money left)... jan 05:18, 30 March 2010 (EDT)

hey man, thanks for your reply. The only question I still have is regarding people who don't need a visa, and get 3 months of visa-free travel within shengen. My question is: Say I stay 2 months in Schengen, and then I go to Turkey for 1 month, when i come back to the schengen zone, will I still have 1 more month or will I be out of time? Daniel32708 17:46, 1 April 2010 (EDT)

112 emergency number[edit]

Could someone add a paragraph on the "112" emergency number (I'm not sure where to put it). In an emergency, you can call 112 for the police/fire brigade/ambulance services in all EU countries and many other European countries (e.g. Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine etc.) 09:14, 2 April 2010 (EDT)

Please plunge forward and add it yourself! It best fits into "stay healthy" section, I think. – Vidimian 12:09, 7 April 2010 (EDT)

Countries not listed by region?[edit]

Is there a reason that the countries are not listed in the regions template as "region1items", "region2items", etc? These work well on the other continents. The talk pages show ongoing debate about the breakdown, but I don't see anything saying the regionitems should be omitted. I can add unless they are omitted on purpose. Bill in STL 01:32, 8 August 2010 (EDT)

I see no reason not to include the countries as region items, --ClausHansen 01:50, 8 August 2010 (EDT)
Go ahead and see what it looks like. But it's IMHO less logical for Europe, because we already have regions like "Italy" or "Russia, Ukraine and Belarus", which are already just listing the country names. --Globe-trotter 17:51, 8 August 2010 (EDT)


" [23] will provide the most relevant information needed to prepare for extreme weather, expected to occur somewhere over Europe" Is it needful to add the website to the stay safe section? —The preceding comment was added by (talkcontribs)

I think Vidimian's straight removal might have been a bit premature, since it is indisputably an official link, as the service is provided by the national European Meteorological Services, which is an official EU agency, and an umbrella organisation for e.g. the Met Office. I also think it's pretty straightforwardly relevant, though I agree i could have been integrated better. --Stefan (sertmann) talk 19:32, 16 February 2011 (EST)
Oops, I guess I should have paid closer attention to whether the link leads to an official site or not. I've now restored it to "climate" subsection of "understand". Changes to wording or which section it should be put are welcome. – Vidimian 05:42, 17 February 2011 (EST)

Speed limit in Italy[edit]

I am removing the reference to Italy "boasting a 150 km/h speed limit on 6-lane motorways". In theory, it is legally possible for Italian motorway operators to post that speed limit on defined 6-lane motorway stretches if certain safety criteria are met. However, no operator has taken the responsibility of posting such a limit on any eligible stretch so far, with no plans to do it anytime soon. As of today, the highest speed limit in Italy is and remains the general 130 km/h limit on motorways. Faxre99 08:12, 19 August 2011 (EDT)


Added Helsinki to the list of cities as there was no other Finnish city in the current list. --OVK (talk) 11:06, 20 April 2013 (EDT)

I've removed it (and several others that have crept in over the last few months).
Did you not bother to read the lengthy discussions here or the HTML comment at the head of the "Cities" section that has read for a long time: "DO NOT CHANGE THIS LIST BEFORE reaching a CONSENSUS on this article's DISCUSSION PAGE!" ?
I wouldn't have thought you could find a consensus to place more than 50 different European "capital" cities here in an enormous list. I'll now spend some tedious hours going through to find the other cities that have crept in without reaching a consensus for their inclusion...--118dot93dot73dot30 13:45, 20 April 2013 (EDT)
LATER:It seems the rot of non-consensual changes set in with this edit about 8 months ago by an IP --118dot93dot73dot30 14:04, 20 April 2013 (EDT)

Balkanic countries[edit]

Since when Romania and Republic of Moldova are Balkanic countries. Especially Moldova, Romania is a Central Europe country.

Other destinations[edit]

Hi guys!

As suggested by IBAlex i am opening this discussion to see if i will be able to add Calabria in the "other destinations" paragraph. Calabria is in fact a larger region full of activities to do and places to see.... i suggest to use it to replace Alhambra, which is actually only a part of the city of Granada in Spain.

In this listing are listed regions, extended regions like Alps, Cinque Terre.... listing a city area like Alhambra probably is not fitting in. I hope to hear from you soon. —The preceding comment was added by Martinaondaroad (talkcontribs)

I think it would be nice to list one Other Destination per country, one that is not so known maybe, to make the reader curious to find out what else is there in that particular country. The above mentioned Calabria to me definitely sounds like a great addition to the list, but for Italy there already is Cinque_Terre, so which one to keep? For Portugal I would like to add Óbidos (after the article is written, but I will work on that). I will think of other destinations that would be interesting. Adzas (talk) 11:34, 5 November 2013 (EST)
The thing here is that we have to limit the number of cities to 9 per Wikitravel policies. From my perspective I will keep for sure: Alps, Cinque Terre, [Neuschwanstein Castle]], Stonehenge, Meteora. Białowieża National Park can also stay but I'm ok with changing it to other National Park in Poland or Oświęcim as this is a very popular destination among tourists. I don't know other destinations listed there that well which doesn't mean that they should not stay. Interesting places that I can add are Santorini or Tuscany. What do you think? Looking forward to some nice discussion here. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 20:26, 5 November 2013 (EST)
There are so many places that could be added to the list. Tuscany is perfect but I would say Chianti which is (in my opinion) the best part of Tuscany. There are many beautiful places in Ireland like Connemara, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher. Another nice area is the Loch Ness region in Scotland and the southwestern region of England Cornwall. Back to Italy, what about the Aeolian Islands? Or the Riviera del Brenta near Venice (but there is no article about it). Don't forget places in Spain, France and also central and northern Europe. I'll think of other destinations. Ciao, GiulioC (talk) 03:49, 6 November 2013 (EST)
I thought about the limit of 9, but there is so much to mention here, not going to be easy. I agree that we should keep Cinque_Terre, and definitely Santorini would be a great addition to the list. All mentioned places in Italy are also great but then there is no space for other countries. Talking about beautiful places, what about Hallstatt? The list is getting longer, not shorter, I would agree to replace La_Alhambra with another destination. Adzas (talk) 09:15, 6 November 2013 (EST)

Lisbon should be part of the top 10 cities list[edit]

Shouldn't Lisbon (capital of Portugal) be part of the top 10 list of cities? Portugal and Lisbon in particular are having a big rise in tourism in the last couple of years and winning prizes after prizes for the best destination in the world by the most respected and well known tourism agencies and organizations. Last years of 2010 and 2012 Lisboa was voted the best city to travel in the World and in 2011 and 2013 we were the 2nd best city. Magazines like Condé Nast, Lonely Planet and Globe Sports are placing Portugal as the best WORLD tourism destination for 2013 and 2014. I think Berlin or Moscow should be replaced, not because they deserve it, of course they don't, they are wonderful beautiful cities but they are not experiencing this rise in tourism and their hotels and accomodation conditions are not the best compared to Lisbon (particularly in Moscow).

Dear wikitravel admins and fellow users what do you think about a possible change on the top 10 list? —The preceding comment was added by PedroA (talkcontribs)

Thank you for your comments. I agree that Lisbon would be a great addition to the list (since I am living in Portugal and know how this place has developped into a great destination) but then the question remains (see above discussion), which city should be removed from the list? We need some input from others, let´s see. Adzas (talk) 04:51, 20 December 2013 (EST)
I would consider moving Moscow off. It's much farther afield from most travelers than Lisbon is, and many people do not want to go to Russia at all for safety reasons, whereas Lisbon is perfectly safe and (I hear) very beautiful.IBobi (talk) 18:52, 2 July 2014 (EDT)

The description of Lisbon says 'Europe's only coastal capital', which i guess is true if you ignore Dublin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Reykjavik, Helsinki, Tallin, Riga, Athens, Monte Carlo, Istanbul and Valletta. 12:02, 24 October 2019 (EDT)
And also Naples (Napoli). --Thomas.W (talk) 17:38, 14 November 2020 (EST)

Cannot have in top cities Copenhagen instead of Barcelona , Prague ,Vienna, Milan which all rocket the scores of arrivals[edit]

Top cities[edit]

How do you choose a few cities to represent a continent full of deep history and profound culture? This will change over time; but here's our "top cities":

  • Amsterdam — canals, Rembrandt and red lanterns, the epicentre of liberal attitudes
  • Berlin — the capital of reunited Germany since 1990, it was divided by force for 45 years during the Cold War and has emerged as a international cultural centre and an area of rapid development since the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Istanbul — the only major city to span two continents and a fascinating melting pot of East and West
  • London — Britain's vibrant capital, a true 'global city'
  • Madrid - Spain's capital city
  • Moscow — Europe's largest city is famous for its nightlife and the iconic Kremlin
  • Paris — the capital of romance (and France) on the banks of the Seine
  • Rome — the eternal city of seven hills and two thousand seven hundred years of history

Other notable cities[edit]

  • Athens - the Acropolis, ancient temples, medieval churches, early modern neoclassical mansions; the birthplace of Western civilization with a history of 3,400 years
  • Barcelona — Gaudi's cosmopolitan home on Mediterranean coast
  • Budapest — One of the most picturesque capitals of Europe
  • Copenhagen - Capital of Denmark is a beautiful city which sits in two islands: Zealand and Amager.
  • Prague — magical city with its renowned bridges spanning the Vltava River
  • Riga - the capital of Latvia, is beautiful of its architecture and medieval town.
  • Saint Petersburg - a magical city with beautiful palaces
  • Sarajevo - the capital of Bosnia, is a small city, but nice, because its museums shows nearly everything you want to hear about.
  • Tallinn - The capital city of Estonia, is a wonderful city with a medieval town and modern towers
  • Valletta - the capital of Malta, a true definition of "walking through history".
  • Vilnius - the capital of Lithuania, is an old city with a glorious history.
  • Venice - a city in Italy, when you can move only by sailing on it