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Europe Travel Tips & Resources

What to Expect When Traveling to Europe

Travel to Europe and you will be awestruck by its beauty, history, artistry and culinary diversity.

You will never run out of places to explore. Europe has an almost unimaginable wealth of attractions; the historic significance of Greece, the graceful canals of Venice, the majesty of England, the splendor of Paris, the pageantry of Spain and Portugal, the East-meets-West brew of İstanbul in Turkey. Everywhere you turn, you are surrounded by history, culture, and meaning. Whether you are returning to your favorite spot or taking a multi-country tour, you will be sure to fancy the mind and senses.

Places to Visit in Europe

Northern Europe

Northern Europe

Roughly encompassing the area north of the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, the nations of Northern Europe include Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.

There are many exciting places to visit in fascinating Northern Europe! Copenhagen is a cozy European capital, filled with stunning architecture and world-class museums. Nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills, Oslo, Norway’s largest city is a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of architecture, museums, restaurants and shopping. Stockholm encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. Helsinski the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks.

The Iberian Peninsula

The Iberian Peninsula

From paella and port, visit Spain and Portugal. Separated from the continent by the towering Pyrenees Mountains, the peninsula’s history and culture frequently evolved with a non-European character. Spain will seduce you with flavorful food, wine, art, climate and the grandeur of lively urban centers filled with glorious monuments. Portugal is a relatively small country that serves up a lot of magic. Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches all contribute to Portugal’s cultural identity.

Mediterranean Europe

Mediterranean Europe

Each year about 200 million visitors pour into Mediterranean Europe, making it the world’s top tourist destination. Mediterranean’s beaches are superb, but there’s more to the Mediterranean than the beach, and inland the region’s ancient landscape offers spectacular natural sights. The region’s celebrated galleries and museums house a considerable amount of the Western World’s art. Glorious Greek and Roman monuments bear testimony to this area’s unparalleled cultural legacy as a cradle of Western civilization.

France

France

Some 89 million visitors a year flock to France to feast on everything French, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world, France is often considered the gateway to Europe. France is about art, architecture, history and cuisine. It dazzles with globally recognized iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the modern emblem of France. France offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. France delights romantics with strolls down magnificent Parisian boulevards, picture-perfect villages, and fairy tale castles. The famous masterpieces of art at the Louvre take your breath away, as does the magnificence of the Palace of Versailles.

Traveler Resources

Common Costs
Adult admission to the Eiffel Tower (top floor) 24.00€
One-way train fare Barcelona to Madrid 30.00€
Pint of German Beer 3.50€
A plate of pasta in Rome 10.00 - 12.00€
Quick Facts
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Capital: No official capital
Largest Cities: London

U.S. Embassies & Travel Information

European Union

European Union Flag

Locate U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions in European nations:

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About the Area

The Euro (EUR) is the second most traded currency in the world after the U.S. Dollar. The currency symbol is €. It is the official currency of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU). These are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. You should carry Euros when you visit any of these countries.

Other currencies used in Europe are the Albanian Lek, the Armenian Dram, the Azerbaijani Manat, the Belarusian Ruble, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark, the British Pound, the Bulgarian Lev, the Croatian Kuna, the Czech Koruna, the Danish Krone, the Georgian Lari, the Hungarian Forint, the Icelandic Króna, the Macedonian Denar, the Moldovan Leu, the Norwegian Krone, the Polish Złoty, the Romanian Leu, the Russian Ruble, the Serbian Dinar, the Swedish Krona, the Swiss Franc, the Turkish Lira and the Ukrainian Hryvnia.

Travel Tips

  • The Schengen Area is an area comprising 26 European states that have officially abolished passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. 
  • If you are a US citizen with a US passport traveling to the Schengen Area countries for tourism or business, you will not need a visa as long as you spend 90 days or less in these countries.

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