Travel Planning
Western Europe
Travel Planning
Western Europe

Western Europe at a Glance

Western Europe is home to the grand chateaux and cathedrals of France, the windmills, levies and canals of the Netherlands, the famous stepped roofs of Belgium, the walled fortifications of Luxembourg and the celebrated party lifestyle of Monaco. Come here to get your fill of food, culture and history.

France is the largest country in Western Europe. Paris with its landmark architectural features, distinct apartment buildings and romantic bridges over the Seine makes all the postcards. The French Riviera is home to high flying glitzy and glamorous types, year round good weather and beautiful Mediterranean beaches. The French Alps and mountainous regions teem with skiers zipping down the slopes. Further east lie the vineyards of Burgundy. In the north, medieval towns intersperse with green fields, cows and Atlantic facing beaches. Up the coast in Belgium, trendy cities thrum with the sounds of bicycle tires thwacking the pavement. History buffs wander medieval towns and foodies bite into Belgian chocolate. The Netherlands draws partiers to neighborhoods in Amsterdam and others to its city cafes and pristine countryside. Tiny Luxembourg offers castles, forts and mountain views. Monaco is a favorite play-ground for the rich and offers Mediterranean weather all year round.     

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  • France France
  • Germany Germany
  • Netherlands Netherlands
  • Belgium Belgium
Popular Places
  • Paris Paris
  • Berlin Berlin
  • Bruges Bruges
  • Amsterdam Amsterdam
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Major Airport Antwerp International Airport
  • Major Airport Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Passport / Visa Requirements

Many western European countries have signed the Schengen Agreement, which means that once inside their borders, travelers can move about freely. American visitors will need a valid passport to enter into Western Europe. Check the consulate's office, or the government website of the countries you'll be visiting to learn exact requirements. American citizens can also visit the U.S State Department website to learn more about travel requirements in western Europe.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Western Europe has mild, cool winters and warmer summers. Occasional storms blow in off the Atlantic Ocean.

Safety Concerns Crime varies by region and city in Western Europe. Keep a careful eye over your passport and other valuables.

Health Concerns Western Europe has clean drinking water. Reduce your risk for infectious diseases by washing your hands and practicing common-sense good hygiene.

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