Europe is vast, and attracts a lot of tourists who don't always know the unspoken rules of every given destination. To be fair, travel can be pretty overwhelming! But to prepare yourself for the biggest differences between Europe and America, you might want to check out these stories from tourists. Read on to learn what to expect when traveling.
- 15 VOTES
The Cities And Buildings Are Incredibly Old
From Redditor u/Diogenes_Shadow:
History. I followed a tour of American tourists into the church in downtown. Question gets asked: Is this the oldest church in town? Heard reply:
"(Chuckle) Oh no, the old church is on the north side of the river. This church was built in 1310."
Just a different perspective on history.
- 24 VOTES
Small Drinks Are Actually Small
From Redditor u/HutSutRawlson:
When I ordered a small drink, it was actually small.
- 33 VOTES
You Have To Pay To Use Public Toilets
From Redditor u/CustosClavium:
The difficulty of finding a public toilet, and then having to pay to use it.
I went to Rome in September. Walked miles and miles checking things out, drinking tons of water to stay hydrated, and not a toilet to be found.
- 44 VOTES
They Don't Put Ice In Their Drinks
From Redditor u/SluggoDog:
Lots of stuff freaked me out in Germany.
No ice, having to pay for water, no ice, trains that take you anywhere, and especially no ice.
But one night I’m flipping through the TV, and I came across this show that was obviously a comedy, and it had the strangest puppet character. I was mesmerized for two hours watching this show that I couldn’t even understand. Finally figured out the main character was a damned depressed loaf of bread.
Got back home and watched every episode I saw there on YouTube with English subtitles.
- 51 VOTES
You Can Drink Beer Anywhere At Any Time
From Redditor u/CregSantiago:
You can drink a beer anywhere, any time. I mean, I woke up in Berlin and bought a bottle of beer at a small breakfast stand in a park; it was like 6 am.
- 61 VOTES
There Is An Abundance Of Inexpensive And Very Good Wine
From Redditor u/somafm_addict:
In Italy: The abundance of inexpensive and very good red and white wines. Amazing!
Amsterdam: Most things are designed to be practical. The people are polite and practical as well. No large, fancy cars.
Both places. The facts that I could jump on a train and get to most places in Europe was really cool.