Western Europe: The Ultimate Travel Guide by TourRadar gives you all the info you need to explore Europe like a pro. Learn some basics about the region and its countries, find out what you have to do & see once you arrive, when it’s best to travel and which food & drinks you definitely have to try.
Western Europe is a historically rich destination, responsible for birthing some of the greatest minds of our time. Walk the streets of ancient cities like Rome, spend your days sailing the Balkans, or breathe in the fresh Alpine air of Switzerland. Whatever activity beckons to you, Western Europe will not disappoint.
The region is home to over 10 different countries, each with their own unique culinary offerings, adventurous activities and impressive landscapes. Consider booking a tour that allows you to see many of the region’s best highlights, without missing the subtleties you can enjoy as a backpacker:
Remember to pack clothes appropriate for the region you’re visiting, and if you’re planning on travelling during peak season consider adjusting your expected travel times accordingly. Depending on the season you travel, pack everything from your swimsuit to your thermal hiking boots.
Throughout most of Western Europe you’ll be paying for things in euros but other currencies will include the Icelandic krona, Norwegian krone, Danish krone, Swiss franc, and the Pound sterling. Credit card and debit transactions are quite common, so simply consult your bank regarding the international transaction fees before you depart and you should be quite alright. Dining out doesn’t have to be expensive if you visit the right restaurants, and you’ll have to cross off the classics like wiener schnitzel, fried churro, waterzooi and rataouille. Be sure to sample the Irish stout beer, Guinness, while you’re at it too!
Perhaps the best part of Europe? You can explore it anyway you like! Whether you’re into the hop-on-hop-off experience provided by tour operators like Busabout ( or wish to indulge in Europe’s elegance via river cruise with CroisiEurope ( or simply just looking to let loose at Spain’s best parties with Stoke Travel ( there’s something for every type of traveller in Western Europe.
— About Western Europe —
The most common countries referred to as belonging under the umbrella of Western Europe include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and finally, the United Kingdom.
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