Europe

Project Description

Visit Europe – Pick a Country

Visit Europe – Introduction

Europe is a popular tourist destination for North Americans and Europeans.  The establishment of the European Economic Union and the Schengen Zone have made it very easy to Visit Europe and move freely about the continent.  There are 26 European countries in the Schengen Zone and there is no passport control when crossing borders between these countries.  Croatia is not a member of the Schengen zone, but applies a similar visa policy.  The United Kingdom, Ireland and Russia are not members of the Schengen Zone and apply their own regulations.  There are 18 members of the Schengen Zone that are also use the Euro as their currency.

Visit Europe – Rail Travel

Use rail travel to Visit Europe.  For exact schedules, the ultimate source is the German site www.bahn.de.  It provides necessary information to visit Europe and  is provided in multiple languages.

Electrical Adapters for Europe

The Europlug Type C electrical adapter and the UK Type G, are all you need for your electronics when you travel through Europe.  The UK Type G is used in Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Let’s Visit Europe

Find information on countries in Europe, including the best time to visit and visa requirements.  The following countries will also have City Detail soon.

Visit Croatia – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit Croatia

The summer months from June – September are the best time to visit Croatia.

Croatia – Visa Requirements

A tourist visa is not required for most nationalities provided that you are staying less than 3 months.  Although not a member of the European Schengen Zone, Croatia nonetheless applies the European Union’s Common Visa Policy.  More than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Czech Republic – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit Czech Republic

The summer months from June – September are the best time to visit the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic – Visa Requirements

The Czech Republic participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements.  There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Czech Republic to Germany, Poland, Slovakia or Austria.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Czech Republic – Currency

Despite joining the European Union and the Schengen Zone, the Czech Republic has opted not to participate in using the Euro as their currency.  Be prepared to obtain Czech korunas at an ATM or use a credit card, as these are widely accepted.

Visit Denmark – Copenhagen

Best Time to Visit Denmark

Due to the influence of the Atlantic, Denmark has a temperate climate with winter temperatures hovering around freezing and cool summers with lots of daylight.   Summer is the best time to visit Denmark.

Denmark – Visa Requirements

Denmark participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements.  There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Denmark to Sweden and Germany.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Denmark Currency

Although Denmark is part of the European Union, it does not participate in the use of the Euro. Be prepared to obtain Danish krones at an ATM or use a credit card, as these are widely accepted.

Visit Finland – Helsinki

Best Time to Visit Finland

The summer months of June, July and August are the best time to visit Finland, because it is located so far north.

Finland – Visa Requirements

Finland participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements.  There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Finland to Sweden, Norway or Estonia.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Finland or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Hungary – Budapest

Best Time to Visit Hungary

The summer months from April to September are the best time to visit Hungary, but spring and fall offer a chance to avoid the height of the tourist season.

Hungary – Visa Requirements

Hungary participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements.  There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Hungary to Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Check the list of countries that do not require a visa at Hungary’s Consular Services site or search individual country status at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Hungary – Currency

Hungary does not participate in the Euro, so be prepared to acquire and use the Forint (HUF).

Visit Monaco – Monte Carlo

Best Time to Visit Monaco

July and August are the driest months and combined with the warm weather, make these the two most popular months for tourism.

Monaco – Visa Requirements

Monaco is not a member of the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa, but it relies on the rules of France for visa requirements.  If you can get in to France, there are no restrictions preventing you from entering Monaco.

Monaco – Currency

Monaco participates in the use of the Euro even though it is not a member of the European Union.

Visit Norway – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit Norway

July and August are the best time to visit Norway, because summers are short and cool at this northerly latitude.

Norway – Visa Requirements

Norway participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements, even though it isn’t a member of the European Union.  There are no border controls between members and no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Norway to Sweden and Finland.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  More than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Norway – Currency

Norway does not participate in the Euro, so be prepared to use the Norwegian krone.

Visit Poland – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit Poland

Poland’s weather is moderated in its northern and western regions by the Baltic Sea, but this is offset by a colder continental climate along its eastern border.  Temperatures are warm and comfortable in summer.

Poland – Visa Requirements

Poland participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements.  There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Poland to Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  For a list of countries that will not require a visa, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland or check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Poland – Currency

Hungary does not participate in the Euro, so be prepared to acquire and use the złoty.

Visit Russia – Pick a Destination

Best Time to Visit Russia

Summers are short in Russia, so June – August are the best time to Visit Russia.

Russia – Visa Requirements

A tourist visa is a requirement for many nationalities entering Russia.  Normally this is obtained through the company making travel arrangements or by using a visa service.  Express to Russia advertises visa invitations for a small fee, but you are then responsible for submitting their invitation, your original passport, application and passport-size photos to an embassy or consulate to get your visa.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Russia – Immigration Documents

When you enter Russia, you get an an immigration document.  One copy is retained at immigration and one copy must be carried with you during your stay.  Your copy must be shown in order to exit the country and to register at hotels, so keep this document in a safe and easily accessible place.

Russia – Currency

The currency is the Ruble, but US dollars are widely accepted.  St Petersburg and Moscow now have ATMs and credit cards are becoming more widely accepted.

Visit Slovakia – Bratislava

Best Time of Year to Visit Slovakia

The summer months from April to September are the best time to visit, but spring and fall offer a chance to avoid the height of the tourist season.  June and September are most likely the best time of year to visit Slovakia.

Slovakia – Visa Requirements

Slovakia participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements.  There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Slovakia to Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Check the list of countries that require a Slovak Republic visa at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Visit Sweden – Stockholm

Best Time to Visit Sweden

The summer months of June, July and August are the best time to visit Sweden, because it is located so far north.

Sweden – Visa Requirements

Sweden participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements.  There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Sweden to Finland or Norway.  Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe.  Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.

Sweden Currency

Sweden does not use the Euro, so be prepared to acquire and use the Krona (SEK).

Visit the United Kingdom – Pick a Destination

Best Time of Year to Visit the United Kingdom

The climate of the UK is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean.  Rainfall is quite common throughout the year, giving the British Isles the deserved reputation of being cool, cloudy and damp.  July and August are most likely the best time of year to Visit the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom – Visa Requirements

Many countries are exempt from travel visa requirements to the United Kingdom.  For a list of countries that require a travel visa, visit the UK government web site or check your specific country at VisaHQ.  For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  Those citizens who do require a visa can complete the application and pay the fee online at the UK’s web site.

United Kingdom – Currency

Although the United Kingdom is a member of the European Union, it does not participate in the use of the Euro.  The official currency is the British pound sterling (GBP).  Visitors will find a strong reluctance to accept any other currency.

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