Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Europe
I lived in Naples for several years.
Although it's dirty and deteriorating, the city itself is very beautiful, and some places are truly special.
By the way, I must admit that many people are arrogant. They claim to be friendly and warm, but I encountered a lot of rude and impolite individuals who were often extremely intrusive.
The level of ignorance here is rare in other European cities, and it's very difficult to find people who can speak English, even at a basic level. Italian itself can be a problem for some, especially in certain neighborhoods.
Episodes of racism and xenophobia, sometimes even leading to violence, are quite common. These are based on personal and friends' experiences. I have seen people insulted or even attacked for having disabilities or physical challenges.
I have personally never had problems with robbery, but I am aware of many who have, and it's not unusual to see tourists robbed or victims of bag-snatching.
In my view, Naples is probably one of the most challenging cities to live in Europe due to poverty, unemployment, a lack of opportunities and services, and high levels of crime and pervasive violence. Despite all this, I still think the city is worth visiting, as I don't believe you would encounter major problems going there as tourists. Just avoid carrying too much money or expensive devices with you and stay alert.
In Russia, it is advisable for anyone within a city with a population over 100,000 to be indoors by 7 PM. Drinking in public is permitted, and to a Russian enduring a 9-month winter, beer is as commonplace as Kool-Aid is to someone from the USA.
Each March, Russian girls looking for extra vacation money for the summer often send love letters to romantics and spouse hunters on the internet. Scammers are not sentimental. It is purely about the money.
As for food, do not expect fine dining unless you are Andrew Zimmern. If you do not speak Russian, you may very well be refused service. However, international fast-food chains like McDonald's, KFC, and Pizza Hut will generally serve you well all over Russia.
It is best to purchase all your alcoholic beverages in a market. Never from a street kiosk. Furthermore, avoid drinking in a bar, even if it is run by Hindus, as they may quickly separate you from your cash.
There are numerous gangs in Moscow. The most powerful of them operates out of the Kremlin. Locals' attitudes can vary significantly with age. Younger ones may have a chip on their shoulder, while the older population may sport gold teeth. If you have dark skin, be prepared for potential trouble. With some luck, you might regain consciousness in a hospital within a week or two, only to lose it again upon seeing the state of the hospital and learning how much "gratification" the doctors, nurses, and others expect.
People will tell you it's safe, but the matter of fact is that it's really not THAT safe. People get beaten up by the police and the authorities all the time, and God forbid any homosexuals openly show their affections. They might get killed on the spot by someone. They would certainly get beaten up at some point. Murder is not as common compared to other post-communist countries, but it still does happen. Robbery, on the other hand, is more common, but the thing that is most troubling is larceny, and Belgrade does suffer from it very much.
I think Belgrade is the most dangerous city in Europe, by a clear mile. We can't forget that Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, or as locals call it, "the little Russia." Most of its inhabitants are racist and anti-Western oriented and would probably hurt anyone who speaks one of the languages commonly spoken in Western Europe. Just a year or so ago, a French tourist was beaten to death in the center of Belgrade just because he spoke French. My advice to you is, if you aren't Russian or Slavic, avoid Belgrade, for your own sake.
As a 16-year-old Sofian, I can tell you that I loathe this hole with all my heart. You can get robbed at every corner. You can step over fresh dog excrement on every street, even in the city center. Everywhere there are these unbeatably ugly Stalinist high-rise apartment blocks from the communist era that look as if they were part of a horror film set.
Worst sidewalks in the entire universe, dirtiest air in Europe, dumbest mayor ever, and of course, as everybody here has said, gypsies. Tsigani in Bulgarian, these people live on the edge of the acceptable, frenetically building illegal houses around Sofia's outskirts. The corrupted pseudo-police never do anything against them. That's why they terrorize the people, they steal, and also ride for free in the messy public transport. All of these unfixable issues contribute to the ridiculously harsh, prison-like atmosphere for those like me who just wait for the day when we'll get out of this hell on Earth.
Organized crime haven. Very dangerous.
Sarajevo is a nice city, however, it is true that you can get robbed easily. Whoever does visit the city should keep themselves in the downtown area and should not walk around the suburbs. The city is full of historical buildings, and I would call it the European Jerusalem. There is a diversity of different religions in one place, a city with good people ready to help at any given time. Like any other big city, yes, there are gangs, however, it is safe if you keep yourself in the old town. It is a beautiful city with a nice nightlife, nice restaurants, and nice food. You just need to get in contact with someone local and then you will discover the beauties of the city itself and the people that live there. True, it was much nicer before, but the war has done its damage. Many local people are not really from Sarajevo. A huge population migration happened during and after the war. In my opinion, it is a must-see city.
I am Bosnian, and I say Sarajevo is a very dangerous city, with much corruption and many poor people, which drives them to desperation. It is true that you can get robbed easily, or even murdered or kidnapped, and the police there are criminals too. They don't care if you get shot or robbed, etc. It is a beautiful city with nice clubs, cheap alcohol, and good food (great nightlife), but unfortunately, the city has a very high crime rate. Three days ago, there was a big shooting in Sarajevo. But like everywhere else, even in the most dangerous places in the world, if you don't look for trouble - don't stare at someone, flaunt expensive items, or be rude - you will generally be okay. Just be careful and polite because the people there have a different mentality, especially those who have experienced war. Try not to appear like a tourist.
Been there several times, and the bad rap is exaggerated. There are parts of the city where you don't want to go at night, but that's the same with a lot of cities, even smaller ones. It's not beautiful, but cozy. And there are a lot of creative designers, musicians, good shopping, great food from all over the world. In the central parts, there is a "bohemian" neighborhood which is multicultural, young, cool, and I would say rather safe to go even at night.
A lot of immigrants, aka "youth," in this city in Skåne. It's a real shame. Malmö used to be a great city, but ever since the social-democrats and moderates decided to enrich it, it's been crap. Here in Sweden, you always hear it mentioned when talking about crime, immigration, and violence. I recommend everyone to keep away from this hellhole of a city.
And to my fellow Swedes, I recommend voting for a party that actually cares about the Swedes and not just about the "New Swedes" next election, or you'll have yourself to blame when it spreads to your town.
Some total nonsensical comments on here. Glasgow's dangerous reputation comes from historical gang crime between youths that live on housing estates in the city's suburbs. Those who complain about growing up around crime are likely to live in areas like this, particularly in the east of the city. They are notorious to locals. The city itself continues to offer high levels of quality of life, particularly in the west of the city which has some of the most affluent areas in Scotland. Glasgow is rich in culture and beauty and was visited by over 3.2 million tourists in 2018. Do not believe everything you see in the media.
Knives are the big thing – easy to conceal – and the neds like to get up close and make it personal.
Mix this with drink and drugs in an already violent society, and it's all set to go.
Most people are friendly and welcoming.
Employment and poverty problems are the root cause. If you get a job, then most bosses will treat staff with contempt – long hours and basic wages. Basically, if you don't like it, then leave. There's plenty more idiots waiting to take your place.
This is a main problem in Glasgow, which just makes life harder for the ones trying to climb out of the poverty trap.
But there are some good employers.
Glasgow can be a great place to live if you're streetwise. You will be okay.
Stay out of scheme areas, which are gang areas, and leave the city centre well before closing time to ensure you get a taxi home. Finally, if you're asked what football team you support, say none.
Honestly, Tirana is not even that bad. Most of the people saying bad things usually are just people that don't like Albania. But obviously, there is the very strong Albanian Mafia. They are very similar to the early Sicilian mafia, very violent, hypersensitive, and hate traitors. I go to Albania every year, and I have never encountered the Albanian Mafia because I have no business with them. This is the same for anyone who goes there. You are not in danger unless you have business or bad history with the Mafia. Overall, since Albania's new prime minister has come into place, things have got a lot better. Crime rates have decreased, the city is looking better, and you can feel safe walking at night. The nightlife in Tirana is very nice.
Honestly, I have been there about 100 times because my country is on the border with Albania. Yes, I was in Tirana and everywhere in Albania. I was not so impressed, but the seaside is very beautiful. I was in Tirana with my school, and we were walking in the main square, Skenderbeu, when a homeless man was beaten by another guy walking next to him. Just a few meters away was a policeman. They never did anything! After the homeless man was beaten (and there are many of them), the police approached and asked if he was okay. So yes, as kids back then, we were shocked!
This place should be higher on the list. When I went two years ago, people randomly asked me on the streets if I was American and wanted to be f'ed. I felt extremely vulnerable everywhere I went. It may be safe for the locals, but not for tourists. Travel with men and a large group if you go. (And I dressed conservatively, so don't even try to think I deserved to be harassed by these scary people... And I'm Canadian.)
Considering that members of the Albanian mafia and the former Kosovo Liberation Army continue to dabble in organ harvesting, prostitution, and drug trafficking, it is not surprising that this city is on the list.
Modern Kosovo is the most dangerous place in all of Europe anyway.
You must be crazy to visit this place if you're a Christian. It's a decade since the Albanian Muslim mujahideen KLA Army slaughtered Serbian Christians and destroyed over 400 Christian Orthodox churches in Kosovo.
It is also known as a drug trafficking place between Afghanistan and Europe, thanks to the help of the CIA at Camp Bondsteel and American Zionist politicians like Joe Biden, Tom Lantos, etc.
It makes me worried to hear that my grandmother's hometown is so deadly. She says the crime is terrible there. Also, a war with Russia and Ukraine doesn't help.
Nothing dangerous in Donetsk, really... Just an average industrial city in Eastern Ukraine. Not much to see, but not dangerous, unless you go to the suburbs at night and show you are a tourist.
Do you know what is happening in East Ukraine? With the war going on in Ukraine, it is certainly one of the most dangerous cities in Europe.
Odessa is a very beautiful, but also a very dangerous city. There are a lot of robbers, drug addicts, and other unfavorable people in Odessa. Never walk here at night.
It's one of the most mafia-dominated cities I've ever seen. I had a terrible experience and got robbed by police mafia.
I never had problems in Odessa. The only problems are corrupt cops wanting to steal your cash.
This is the worst city and the worst people I have ever encountered in my 10 years of traveling around the world. From the moment you leave the airport, you will regret going to that city. Though Istanbul is a very good city to visit as a tourist, the people there are not nice. The taxi drivers will definitely cheat you around tourist areas like Taksim. I enjoyed the city but had a very negative experience with the people. I have been to a club in Istiklal and, because I am black, one foolish bouncer asked me to stay only by the bar. I nearly punched his face, but, man, he was stronger than me. I wouldn't take the risk. That was the first time I experienced racism in my life.
Europeans who visit "clean" areas might not have any problems and would say it's the "safest city," but you've got to live there to understand. It has a very big sexual crime problem. It is one of the worst places for a woman to be because of the Islamic, racist, and perverted attitude of people. Sellers always try to scam foreigners. People are under a lot of tension and always looking for people to beat up.
Gypsies and clandestine immigrants, whom I believe entered the country when their Labour Party was in charge, are selling drugs, pickpocketing, and the African lucky lucky men molest girls, but I heard that they are sending them back to their country now!
I have never experienced any problems in Milan. There are pickpockets, so watch out, but it's nothing more than that. It is a busy city and a bit overcrowded with traffic, but also extremely interesting, inspiring, and elegant.
From my point of view, as a person whom they call an "Asian bitch".
I faced sexual harassment on the bus, a pickpocket, and I lost my Blackberry at Duomo. There was also a racist conversation and gesture on the Milan subway green line.
The way they celebrate Christmas Eve was by setting off dozens of super-loud firecrackers. Policemen chased teenage gangs all night. It was totally scary. I vote for this city from the deepest of my heart.
I was there a week ago with my girlfriend and it felt very similar to Mogadishu in almost all the streets, except for the few central commercial ones. It looked as if it had been bombed recently. Nothing wrong happened to us, but there were lots of people giving us strange looks in some streets. We felt like someone would assault us at any moment. We left in the evening. I wouldn't like to be walking there late at night.
I'm surprised this and Corleone weren't on the list already.
No one even lives here! Everyone was evacuated due to the Chernobyl disaster, and now it's a dead zone! The only dangerous thing there is the radiation.
I don't understand why people would visit this place. I know that there's a limited amount of time that you can be in Pripyat, but you shouldn't risk it.
It's abandoned and overgrown. Did I forget to mention that it is full of radiation? No, nothing bad about this city.
I lived in Prague for two years and was beaten up bi-weekly because of the colour of my skin (Indian). I lived in Bratislava for a year, and the people there were just as horrible, slightly better than in Prague. I have since lived in Bucharest for four years, and it is literally my favourite place on earth. The people are absolutely lovely here. They are not racist. It is a cheap, safe paradise. I should also mention that I was born and raised in the UK, where the people are not too racist but very violent. I was attacked racially as a child, but since I've grown up, it's not been too bad. I've been working as a Doctor in the UK for almost a year now, and the level of violent attacks is insane.
Honestly, Bucharest, Romania, is not that bad. Most of the people saying bad things are usually just those who don't like Romanians. But obviously, there is the very strong Romanian Mafia. They are very similar to the early Sicilian Mafia, very violent, hypersensitive, and they hate traitors. I go to Romania every year, and I have never encountered the Romanian Mafia because I have no business with them. This is the same for anyone who goes there. You are not in danger unless you have business or a bad history with the Mafia.
Since Romania's new prime minister has come into place, things have gotten a lot better. Crime rates have decreased, the city is looking better, and you can feel safe walking at night. The nightlife in Bucharest is very nice.
The city center of Rotterdam is safe. There's nothing wrong with it. However, as soon as you enter the Southside, it starts to get dangerous. Heroin and crack addicts are everywhere. I have never felt safe there. The big problem is that there are more drug dealers than drug users, which means there are more intimidating drug dealers wandering the streets. Don't worry about them. They usually don't do anything. This is just like the young people who swear at you and call you names. You won't get murdered in Rotterdam. It is a city known for fights, stabbings, and sometimes shootings. Just make sure not to make contact with the addicts. They are unpredictable.
Though the inner-city center isn't that bad, many of the outlying neighborhoods of Rotterdam, much like Amsterdam, have seen significant migration over the last 30 years (North-Africans/Eastern Europeans), often leaving many neighborhoods looking a little run-down by comparison. Unlike Amsterdam, however, Rotterdam is not the Dutch poster child to tourists, thus leaving the level of control far lower than what Amsterdam experiences.
There are a number of minor slip-ups here and there, and the occasional junkie who wants to make a run with your cash, but that's to be expected. Though it's higher in Rotterdam than in the rest of the country, instances of hard violence and serious robbery are still very low. Just make sure to avoid the bad neighborhoods at night and to leave the loud, drunk hooligans alone. Don't draw their ire. Rotterdam isn't as bad as many other cities listed here. However, in comparison with the rest of the country, it's by far the most dangerous.
Salut from an East European bloke living here... There's not only high crime and zombie-like, stupid Arab youths trying to sell drugs, not only stupid car music and annoying street noise... there are also quite pretty small beaches and the Med Sea, nice parks with peacocks, wild parrots, and turtles!
France's elegance is mixed with almost third-world chaos, ghetto-like, yes. But this is a port town, a harbor, multicultural.
Too many migrants, yes, especially the North Africans, and this city is too crowded, but there's a lot of sunshine and nice panoramas from hilltops... For vegetarian people, it is a hard place, with little vegetarian or vegan culture, though...
If Marseille is not the most secure big city in France, there is a good historical reason for that. Marseille is a significant Mediterranean harbor, and about a century ago, Italians migrated there en masse, importing with them all the bad behaviors they have - gangs, corruption, drugs, robbery, larceny, and so on.
To the extent that, for a while in the last century, the first language in this big city was Italian. Today, it has changed, of course, but Italians are still there, and now with new competitors coming from Eastern Europe. Fortunately, here in Nordic countries, we have been spared from that. Marseille is like Naples but is really much more secure, of course.
I have seen several murder scenes on my way to work or while going out over the years. I have witnessed stabbings, football hooligan fights, gang fights, street robberies, crack smoking, and smack injecting on a monthly basis. If you live in zones 1 and 2 in London, then this is part of city life. I was attacked by six youths after my phone, managed to fend them off but got a black eye, cuts, and bruises. I was also attacked on my way home by two drunken men because they said I was giving them a dirty look. But that's nothing compared to a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the head over a bad drug deal while sitting in his car at the end of my street last year. Just one of many I can think of. Great city, but beware.
Bear in mind that London is one of the largest cities in Europe, counting the urban zone, and it has one of the largest populations of any city. That means there are many different areas within London: some places are extremely safe, while others are more dangerous. Stick to the centre or the wealthy suburbs, and you're generally okay. If you wander around certain parts of Tottenham, Brixton, and Peckham at night, just have your wits about you, and you should be alright. Don't let any stories of crime dissuade you from visiting, though. London has some amazing places.
Still on the subject of car parking in Nottingham, I read in the local press (April 2017) that almost 40% of people who challenged car parking fines in the city last year (2,814 out of 7,247 challenges) successfully appealed them. This is quite unacceptable and indicates how traffic wardens are behaving in such an irresponsibly ticket-happy manner. Nottingham City Council needs to give them a refresher training course because if penalty notices are issued like this, it will certainly put people off visiting the city by car. I am sure that many other people who have obediently paid their fines would have found, if they had taken the time and trouble to challenge the notices issued to them, that their notices were also spurious. It's just that people pay the fines because they do not always have the time or the inclination to challenge them as they should.
I live in Nottingham, Hucknall, and I'm 19. I have to say, you have your nice places and not so nice ones, just like any city. The bad places are really bad. Don't go walking around late at night. It doesn't matter if you act tough or you're just acting normal. You have the same chance of getting mugged or stabbed.
I remember as a kid, around 6 years old, my friend and I went down to River Lean. We saw a man sitting on the floor in the woods with a shotgun. We got so scared and ran like hell. He started shouting at us, but some people on the tram had seen him a bit earlier and called the police. When I was 13 to 17, I was scared to go outside because my friend's estate was so frightening.
Also, Holgate School was horrible. There were fights every single day, the outside classrooms got burnt down, and people brought knives to school. I wouldn't advise anyone to go roaming around towns unless you're a well-known local.
I also lived in a pub, and it was really nice. However, I've been in recently for a few drinks, and it's not as nice anymore. Lots of people are trying to prove what they can do. The city, on the other hand, is amazing. There are lots of shops, clubs, and bars. It has an amazing nightlife, and around Christmas, it becomes incredibly beautiful.
By the way, I ended up getting involved with some of the dangerous people in my town, and the things they do to people are not nice. My very own friends beat me up and put me in the hospital just so they could steal my bike and sell it for drugs.
Oh, and never go to St. Annes. It's a horrible place. My stepdad's brother was killed by a man with a crossbow in the forest. I think it's probably the most dangerous place in Nottingham. I'd hate to go anywhere worse than here.
I already think England is the worst country in Europe, and Liverpool is the worst city in England! The centre is being regenerated, but as soon as you leave the centre, you're greeted by slums in all directions, gloomy council tenements, and chavs. Everyone in Liverpool has a serious superiority complex and genuinely believes that because they're Scouse, they're God's gift to Earth. Arrogance prevails, and muggings are daily. And the worst accent in the world on top of it all! I'm from England and will never set foot in Liverpool again!
Liverpool is crazy. Go to the wrong area, say something out of place or do something they don't like, and trust me, you'll get shot or stabbed without a doubt. They do not mess about. It's horrible because most of the city is like that. The nice places are lovely though - you get absolutely no trouble. For instance, Allerton, Childwall, places like that are fine. But go to Croxteth, Norris Green, Toxteth, etc., and act up, and you'll get hurt - TRUST ME.
If you want to drink in some of the worst bars in Europe, Riga is for you. If you want to get ripped off, Riga is for you. If you want to go and have a fight, Riga is for you. If you want to get mugged, Riga is for you. If you aren't able to attract a beauty in the U.K. and want to pay to sleep with someone attractive (who has probably been with five other men that night), Riga is for you. If you want to visit a city so corrupted by its greed that it is prepared to prostitute itself and its women to the extent that even the staff in a five-star hotel offer to provide you with a companion for the night, Riga is for you. If you want to visit a city so corrupted by its greed that it is prepared to turn a blind eye to the astonishing level of violence aimed towards its visitors, Riga is for you.
When you enter a bar in Riga, you have little idea if it is a bar, a strip club, or a brothel. Worse still, you have absolutely no way of knowing if you are going to get ripped off or even leave the establishment in one piece. When you are walking from bar to bar, you are besieged by "party promoters," all of whom you cannot trust.
It can be difficult to meet a single stag party where one member of their group has not been assaulted in one way or another when walking between bars. The favorite trick of the locals is to hit or kick you in the head from behind, so watch your back!
Athens is a horrible city! With the economic crisis, it's becoming more horrible every day. Poverty, unemployment, racism, pollution, drug dealers, robberies, attacks, and whatever you could think of. If you want to stay just for two or three days, it's OK, but if you want to live in Greece, you should probably choose another city!
As a Greek living in Athens, sadly, I totally agree about the danger in Athens. Athens is great, but I would recommend staying for four days at most. Visit only the historic sites and follow the historical route (Plaka, Acropolis, Monastiraki, etc.). Only those. Then go and enjoy the islands. Omonoia and Syntagma are fine in broad daylight but become extremely dangerous at night. Other Athenian neighborhoods, despite having nothing to offer (trust me, I live in one of them), are pretty bad, but only late at night. Some parts of Piraeus are okay.
Athens is a very dangerous city, especially if you're African. There are lots of thieves, rapists, and thugs trying to start fights at night. If you're an American, please do not go there.