Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities in Europe
The Top Ten
Definitely the most dangerous city in Italy, if not Western Europe. Palermo, Sicily is also very bad. These cities are riddled with mafia.
I was living in Naples for some years.
Even if it's dirty and deteriorate, the city itself is very beautiful and some places are special.
By the way, I must admit that many people are arrogant. They say they are friendly and warm but I found a lot of rude and impolite people and they're often extremely intrusive.
The ignorance you can find here is rare in other European cities and it's very difficult to find people who can speak English (even in a basic way). Italian its self can be a problem for some people, especially in some neighborhood.
Episodes of racism and xenophobia, sometimes even resulting in violence, are quite common, based on personal and friend's experiences, and I saw people insulted or even beaten even for having disabilities or physical difficulties.
Personally I've never had problems with robbery but I know about many people having had this kind of problems and it happens quite often to see tourist robbed or bag-snatched.
Only place in the world where mafia works in tandem with the government
It s a fact London is very dangerous even under CCTV. It is statistically the most dangerous city of Europe, straight after comes Glasgow with knifes aggression. Foreigners can easily see the difference on the high level of violence compare to their other European countries. South west London is considering as safe because posh but It is not the case at all. French persons and others foreigners have stories to talk about this area. Blood, dangerous crazy people, junkies, extreme poor-less, fight, murder etc. We are witness of chocking and bad acts each week. I come from Paris an area consider as a bad one but I have never seen in Paris, what I have seen here in 3 months. That s crazy. I live Fulham, my neighbor was killed in his house, an old woman was sexually abuse in the street, 3 children were kidnapped, a man try to kidnapped myself, A girl punched a man, a man had a cheek cut and many more witnessed. When I come back around 8 pm from work there is more than 50 percent a fight or ...more
Whether you know something about Russia though besides that the American limited and controlled by state policy mass media and the European mass media with similar to Americas problem about everything connected with Russia. I doubt that that a half of those who expressed here their opinions at least once visited Moscow. I am from northern Europe and I lived in Moscow for 9 months and I with a confidence can say that Moscow is much quieter, cleaner and more civilized, than Paris (adored by tourists and where tourists are robed by hundreds of organized gangs and police simply not capable to fight with them, they won't even begin to look for your gone wallet or a handbag even if you will remain without passport, everything will be to spit on that fact (I lived there and I know that speak) Moscow in the same way is flooded by Asian emigrants, but behave they pretty well and I never faced aggression from any of them, in difference from Paris, where they constantly stick to tourists, ...more
HAve you ever been to Moscow to critic it?!
Moscou its really sad place to live, although its not even Europe
Lots of gangs. The most powerful of them operates from Kremlin. Locals depending on age have a chip on the shoulder (younger ones) or gold mine instead of teeth (older ones). If you happen to be dark skinned expect trouble - if you're lucky you will regain consciousness in a week or two, and loose it immediately when you see how hospital looks like and how much "gratification" docs, nurses et al expect.
It is transcontinental, so is much of the Middle East and Turkey, Cyprus and even Egypt.
Gypsies stealing from elder people, women and children; nationalistic movements and skinhead organizations trying to protect their country in violent ways; violent football ultras; aggressive and corrupted police; and the reason for all of the above is the corruption of the politicians and their connections with the mafia
Me as a Dutch person in Sofia lives here fantastic with no problems at all! The street dogs just want to have food and beg, the gypsies are 99% scum, will only rob you when you are small, elderly or a girl. Local hooligans and nationalists? For me that's a good thing and they will never bother you with anything and the locals are friendly (not always of course). Good and safe place to live for sure!
Sofia is not unsafe! It is actually a very safe city and if you are worried - taxis are extremely cheap. I used to live there for 6 months and walked at night numerous times from the center to Lozenets - I never had any incident. I also used to work in Lyulin - considered to be unsafe and I did not feel that at all. I saw a Gypsy once - I ignored her and she did not care about me anymore. All city center is with cameras. You should use the same precautions as in every other bigger city. The locals are really kind and they like foreigners.
Don't fail to mention packs of street dogs that killed three people in an year and mauled countless. Domestic dogs are also completely unregulated in practice, so there is also significant risk of being bitten by domestic dogs.
I have lived in Belgrade all my life and I think the city is generally safe. Sure, there are a lot of people that are hard cored nationalists, prone to pick-pocketing and yes there are gangs. But not all people are in Belgrade are bad and not all part of the city are dangerous. It's a shame that a lot of people don't visit Belgrade because of what happend in the past and what only a few people do. Most of the people leaving here in Belgrade are kind and friendly. Don't judge us because of actions of some idiots.
Belgrade most dangerous city? It surprised me!
I am not from Serbia, but I live in Belgrade for over 18 years and I have never been in any danger. I also know many foreigners coming to Belgrade with families and buying houses with the intent to permanently stay in Belgrade.
I am a foreigner. Belgrade is much safer than any US city.
Are you people crazy? Belgrade is very calm and safe city, just like every other city in Serbia. Every year thousands of tourists come to Serbia to visit Exit festival, sport events (like Davis cup two years ago)... and no one die or get hurt in terrorist attacks or something like like that. Only case when foreign tourist is killed is when couple of drunken mens attack one Toulouse supporter but that happens everywhere in Europe.
Sarajevo is nice city, however it is true that you can get robbed easy. Who ever does visit the city should keep him/her self in the downtown, should not walk around the suburbs. City with whole lot of historical buildings, and I would call it European Jerusalem. Diversity of different religions on one place, 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 your self in the old town. Beautiful city with nice night life, nice restaurants, nice food. You just need to get in contact with someone local and than you will discover beauties of the city it self and people that do live there. True it was much nicer, however war has done the damage. Lots of local people are not really from Sarajevo, huge population migration happened during and after the war. My opinion is a must see city.
I truly do not know what this city is doing on the list- I have never felt unsafe in Sarajevo, I have been there several times, and stayed for several weeks, and never, ever saw anybody being robbed. People are helpful, and the city is just amazing, as well as the nature around the city - I have been walking alone at night and nothing ever happened. I even forgot my credit card in a place, and had a guy running after me to give it to me, and this was at 3 am in a suburb. Having it so high on the list compared to London, Berlin, or Bucarest is just ridiculous!
Great city... If you acting like tourist, but stay in old town
Best city ever! Been there many times in the postconflict period, and I enjoyed it every second. People are very kind, hospitality is on a high level, beautiful scenery, many historical sites to visit, surrounding olimpic mountains, great nature, excellent and cheap food, beautiful women, event of the year is Sarajevo Film Festival - it litteraly revives city, lot of young people partying 24/7 11 days in a month of July or August. City of Sarajevo is also close to Mostar (Herzegovina) with monuments protected by UNESCO. It has acceptable quality public transportation service and a lot of cheap taxi services (there is a possibility that taxi drivers of "Sarajevo taxi" company might try to mug you and to make you overpay for some relation) so I propose that when you arrive by plane or bus or train to call Zuti taxi (eng. Yellow cab), Crveni taxi (Red cab), Samir&Emir taxi, or other excluding Sarajevo taxi. A lot of motels, hotels or hostels in the center of Sarajevo are offered with ...more
Poland should take over Kaliningrad
Organized crime haven. Very dangerous
This borders Lithuania and how is this dangerous
I spend 3 weeks and it was a awesome place I enjoyed every day 👍
The town is completely taken over by stupid immigrants, sadly...
What a dump! Seriously, If you are stupid enough to wander in there and not be immediately identifiable to the "locals" as an Arab or Somali... You gonna die.
Female? Gang rape. No way in hell are the police going to bother intervening or investigating if you are not Muslim.
Smell that? That's the schools, police stations, medical facility's being burned to the ground, it happens every single night.
Lots of nasty immigrant slums in the suburbs. Not a very nice place at all.
Murder rates are some periods higher than any other European nation. Plus it has the highest rape rate in Sweden, and therefore the WORLD.
Too many sexy women
Its one of the most mafia cities, I never seen like this one. I have terrible experience and got rub by police mafia.
The best sex I had in my life
Tough city, most people just looked pissed off while the rest look crazy.
Look, one comment sums Glasgow up perfectly. "Wrong place, wrong time."
Everything that goes down in Glasgow is avoidable and most times it isn't tourists that are targeted, unless it's specifically a nationality thing - which is completely case-by-case incident. Common knife crime is gang related therefore if you aren't from here, chances are you don't have a turf to 'defend.'
Here's a quick guide:
* Stay out of schemes. You don't need to be there. Scheme's are for residents and driving through that's why they're filled with council flats and local shops. They're also where knife crime is most prevalent. Besides, who's going to schemes when visiting Glasgow? Everything is integrated, so if you don't belong people will be confused as to why you are there.
* Don't wear football colours, just don't. If you're Glaswegian, fine because likelihood is you know how to get to A to B without causing trouble i.e don't go to Parkhead and wear a Ranger's top unless it's ...more
Too much drink. Too few jobs. Local attitude very low.
I'm from glasgow I'm 22 and got two slashes on my face and one on my leg, I'm not a trouble maker just through being mugged haha it can be a beautiful but scary place at times.
Some total nonsensical comments on here. Glasgow's dangerous reputation comes from historical gang crime between youths that live on housing estates in the cities 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.
The whole world has heard about the Albanian mafia... About drug trafficking, people trafficking, murder's, rape, etc...
They control over 40% of the worlds drug trafficking
They are deep rooted in the balkans since the 15th century
FBI reports say that the Albanian mafia is one of the top 3 mafia organizations in the world
Interpol reports say that the Albanian mafia is the second largest mafia organization in the world
I am an Albanian and haven't lived in Albania for 20 years and every time I visit although I look and sound like a tourist never had any problems there everyone is friendly. However, I still say that Albania is dangerous but not to genuine visitors, the only people that will be in danger in Albania are gangsters, show offs, and people with attitude problems (due to the Albanian pride not to feel inferior or second to no one) Everyone else will be more welcomed then visiting relatives go and check it out or ask anyone who has been there.
Albanians are very violent people, common guys Albanian Mafia is most violent mafia in the world. They are very brave men.
Honestly, the 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 and hypersensitive and hates traitors. I go to Albania every year and I have never encountered the Albanian Mafia because I have not 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 decreased, the city is looking better and you can feel safe walking at night and the nightlife in Tirana is very nice.
As an Englishman, I cannot understand why Pristina is so high up in this "most dangerous cities" list after the friendly welcome by local people given to the England football team and their supporters last Sunday (17th November 2019). It is quite likely that my next foreign holiday will be in Pristina and Kosovo now.
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.
Kosovo have very security.
Pristina's citizens are very friendly, they can help you with everything, and no one will disturb you even during night. Pristina has a great nightlife.
You know what is happening in the East Ukraine? With this war going on in Ukraine, it is certainly one of the most dangerous cities in Europe
It makes me worried to hear that my grandma's home town is so deadly. She says the crime is terrible there. Also with a war with Russia and Ukraine doesn't help.
The worst and the most dangerous city in Ukraine. The most brutal, violent and just scary crimes come from Donetsk. It should be in the top 10
Why is this not number 1? There's a war going on there!
No one lives in Pripyat. The only bad thing you'll find here is radiation
Donald Trump should go there to collect nuclear waste for overpriced nukes, and hopefully die in the process.
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!
This is radioactive it like its abandoned and Chernobyl is on the northern Ukraine so don't live there
Great city. Never felt unsafe there. Lots to do and see.
It is very safe, conservative and clean except for very few areas well known like any in the world.I stayed there for almost a month.I love it people are very friendly and helpful unlike other countries I visited.
In Istanbul you will enjoy friendly atmosphere, stay away from aksaray.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS IS EVEN ON THE LIST! It is a very safe city, compared to some other cities I went to, that had horrible drivers and it was so easy to get in a car crash any time! Istanbul is beautiful
This is the worst City and the worst people I have ever been to in my 10 years of travelling around the world. Since from the airport you will regret going to that city. Though Istanbul is very good city to visit as a tourist but the people there are not nice. The taxi drivers would 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 because I am black one stupid bouncer asked me to stay only by the bar. I nearly punched his face but men he was stronger than me. I wouldn't take the risk. That was the first time I experienced racism in my life.
I lived in Prague for 2 years and I was beaten up on a bi-weekly basis 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 Prague. I have since lived in Bucharest for 4 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 am born and raised in 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.
It's not dangerous if you don't go crazy and act normally. Actually, it's a very nice city, with good girls
Bucharest is not at all a dangerous city. I was born here and grew up here and in my 30 years of life I've never encountered any violence against me, although I was not always living in the good areas of the city. You can walk alone, as a girl, in the middle of the night and nothing will happen to you.
Gypsies are just noisy, they like to be together and listen to music and have fun together, but they are not a threat to anyone.
It is very safe, take this from a girl.
If you go to Bucuresti acting like an idiotic, British douche, you will most definitely experience some serious issues. The Gypsies are not an issue (unless you call them Gypsies - they're Roma) and the natives are educated, sophisticated, and hospitable. Whoever said this city used to be full of assassins and prostitutes has clearly never been - it used to be referred to as the Paris of the East. It HAS prostitutes, as most European cities, and assassins... It's not ruled by Ceausescu anymore, so calm down.
Gipsies and clandestine immigrants that I believe entered the country when their Labour Party was in charge are selling drugs, pick pocketing and the African lucky lucky men molest girls but I heard that they are sending them back to heir country now!
Never experienced any problems in Milan, there are pickpockets so watch out but it's nothing more than that. A busy city and a bit overcrowded with traffic but also extremely interesting and inspiring and elegant
Quite safe city, just pay attention to refugee and gipsies. Do not walk nightly around railway stations.
What are you saying this Is impossible Milan is the best city in Italy.
Was there a week ago with my girlfriend and felt very similar to Mogadiscio in almost all the streets except the few centric commercial ones. Looks like if it has been bombed recently. Didn't happened anything wrong to us but there were lots of people looking at us in strange ways in some streets. Felt like someone will assault us at any moment. Left off in the evening, wouldn't like to be walking by there at late night...
I'm surprised this and Corleone weren't on the list already.
Rotterdam is most bad city of holland and you will be insulted or assaulted if you are gay by marrocan people.
Though the inner-city center isn't that bad, many of the outlying neighborhoods Rotterdam, much like Amsterdam, has seen huge numbers of migration over the last 30 years (North-Africans/Eastern Europeans) - often leaving many of the neighborhoods a little run-down in comparison. Unlike Amsterdam, however, Rotterdam is not the Dutch poster-child to tourists, thus leaving the level of control far lower than Amsterdam would.
There are a number of minor slip-ups here and there, and the occasional junk that wants to make a run with your cash, but that's as to be expected. Though it's higher I'm Rotterdam than in the rest of the country, hard-violence and serious robbery are still very low. Just make sure to avoid the bad neighborhoods at night and leave the loud, drunk hooligans and the likes alone, don't draw their ire. Rotterdam isn't as bad as many other cities listed here in comparison. However, in comparison with the rest of the country, it's by far the most dangerous.
More then half of the cities youth is part of the street culture. It's not a very big city and the worst in Rotterdam is the south where you won't come as a tourist. Violence is normal in Rotterdam but you won't die.
Come there in the dark and you get stabbed and robbed for sure if you're not eureopean
Budapest was the city where we felt most uncomfortable in all of Europe (above Napoli/Naples and Barcelona, which also did not feel super safe, but we were also very careful in those locations, always on lookout for pickpockets, etc... We walked to a pizza place at midnight in the heart of Naples and didn't feel endangered for a moment. )
In Budapest, the problem is that it feels very corrupt, that everyone is in on a scam -- even the hired officials and "professionals." We were charged about $50 to go 1 mile (or less) in a taxi, all because we forgot to ask up-front first how much it would cost (the other taxis did not do this when we asked before getting in. But if you don't -- they charge whatever they want. )
When we took the subway, we had a ticket but forgot to get it stamped; we were accosted by the "subway police" (in official uniform) who then said he was going to have to fine us, but he was going to give us a "special discount" and would only make one of us pay ...more
Unfortunately, the crime level in Budapest is very big. Pickpockets, drug dealers, drunk and mad people everywhere !
I note the comments here about the taxi drivers, when I was in Budapest (admittedly a few years ago now) I found that there was no need to use taxis because the public transport system was so good, as was often the case in places that had been under communist rule in the recent past. The ticket inspectors (also the subject of some comment here) are vigilant but only doing their job. When one approached me on the metro, I had previously correctly validated my ticket and so there was no problem. However I did find you had to be careful with the waiters in some restaurants because when you had ordered the meal (or believed you had ordered the meal in full) and the waiter had taken the menu away, he would return a minute or two later and start asking questions like "do want bread? do you want salad" etc, etc and if you just said "yes, please" you could find that you final bill was about three times as much as what you had expected. After I had been caught twice like ...more
Not safe city at all.
Also lot of yids and gypsis !
If you are visiting Nottingham and park your car in the street in or near the city centre be very careful to get back to it before the time you have paid for runs out. Of the ten local authority areas in the U.K. that make the most revenue from parking charges and fines, eight of them are in London with Brighton and Nottingham being the other two. Although the government has advised that local authorities ought to give parking motorists just a few minutes leeway after their time expires before penalising them, this certainly does not happen in Nottingham and I have often seen traffic wardens lurking quite near my parked car when they see that there is only a minute or two left before my ticket expires, obviously being ready to stick the penalty notice to the screen as soon it does. Also be careful if you have to drive to the Queens Medical Centre in the afternoon and park in the streets near there. Some of the streets have a strange sign stating that parking is prohibited between 1 ...more
I live in Nottingham, Hucknall, and I'm 19. I have say, you have your nice places and not so nice, just like any city. The bad places are really bad. Don't go walking around late at night, and it doesn't matter if you act big, 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, me and my friend went down River Lean, and we saw a man sitting on the floor in the woods with a shot gun, we got so scared and we ran like hell, he started shouting at us, but some people on the tram saw him a bit before and called the police, and as a kid, when I was 13 - 17, I was scared to go outside because my friends estate was so scary. Also, Holgate School was horrible, fights every single day, the outside class rooms got burnt down, and people brought knives to school. I wouldn't advice anyone to go roaming around towns unless you're a well known local. I also lived in a pub, and it was really nice, but I've been in recently for ...more
(7th July 2019) Just to conclude my comments on the Mariam Moustafa case, last month the six girls involved in the vicious attack on Mariam Moustafa which led to her death the previous year were sentenced. As I expected, justice was not done in this case, because only one of them received a custodial sentence - eight months youth custody, but she already had criminal convictions for robbery, assaulting a police officer and attempted robbery, so maybe the sentence was to compensate for lenient treatment she had received in the past for those crimes. All of the other girls were sentenced to community orders and the like. These sentences are not the right punishment for what happened to Mariam. I find it hard to believe - and I expect anyone else would too - the pathologist's view the the stroke suffered by Mariam which finally led to her death was totally unrelated to the violent assault she suffered from these girls, and it would be interesting to know whether his report was just ...more
Beware of pickpockets in Nottingham! My teenage son had his phone picked from his pocket one Saturday evening in October 2018 when he was waiting at the counter of a fried chicken restaurant near the Old Market Square. Although there is a conveniently located city centre police station at the top of Maid Marian Way, he could not go there and report it at the time because the police station is open only from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.(! ). Indeed the police station looks as though it is closed altogether on Saturdays and Sundays, with all the police vehicles parked up outside. (But at least there are often some policemen on duty on Sunday mornings - in the speed camera van at the bottom of the A610 Bobbers Mill Bridge, no doubt waiting to catch people coming off the M1 and going to events in the Albert Hall.) And so we had to go to the police station to report the stolen phone the following Monday morning. However when we tried to report it as a theft the man on duty at the desk ...more
I have been to this city many times and I've never encountered any crime. Military and police is everywhere though.
I agree, military and police is everywhere. But that just makes the city safer. ^^
"It's full of Nazis" What?! No it is not. I am originally Edinburgh and have lived in Riga for 18 months and have never been or felt threatened, experienced or witnessed any crime. The worst thing you will experience is beggars around the central market.
If you want to drink in some of the worst bars in Europe, Riga is for you. If you want 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 pull a beauty in the U.K and want to pay to sleep with a good looker (who has probably slept 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 woman 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.
Beautiful city, awesome people! Well, most people who writing here never go abroad, I believe that they even not 19 years old. Nothing bad I could say about Riga. Yes, there is some parts of city in bad condition, but it's everywhere like that - Berlin, London, Paris etc.
Nazi? Com'on.. Stop watching T.V. people! Go there, enjoy and feel free!
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 owing to get ripped off or even leave the joint 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 had 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!
Paris is a big white hole. I lived in the suburbs for a year and prior to that lived in London. La scar -french chavs in segio taichini track suits with chavs dogs trying to look hard. Ethnic tensions that are verging on a race war. My Gfriend and I were a mixed couple me white and she black and we got nothing but trouble the whole time. A girl who I was working with got raped and I was mugged by Arab gangs twice! I saw violence everywhere. The list is endless. Dirty with nasty and rude people. Hello on earth. Avoid this place. It may of been nice 30 or so years ago but now it's a hole.
Again, it is the Muslim people. They are the problem! The biggest mistake the Western world could have done was to allow Muslims HORRIBLE people! TERRIBLE!
The major problem of Paris is the pickpockets, only in crowded touristic areas and not everywhere like certain people here try to argue.
Those pickpockets, robbers etc.. Are mainly coming from Eastern Europe and Italy, like in lots of big touristic city, and why more in Paris because it is enough close to those countries and easy accessible.
For the rest Paris is Paris, the most visited ans beautiful capital city in the world.
And I want to thank French people, from the heart of any American citizen, for Lafayette and Statue of Liberty. ;-))
Paris really went down in my estimation when I saw that tape on you tube ("shocking moment woman is robbed at cashpoint..." which indeed showed two girls (who looked like gypsies) attacking and robbing a woman who was taking money from a woman at a cashpoint machine. The most disgusting thing about it was not that detestable crime, but the way the other people waiting to use the cashpoint just stood there and watched it all, without offering to help the woman or step in at all. If people in Paris react like that when someone is being violently robbed next to them, then they deserve to have streets that are not safe to walk in and public transport not fit to use. Contrast that video with another on YouTube ("mob owns purse snatcher") which shows what happened in a city in China when two youths on a motorbike snatched a bag from a woman pedestrian. At least in that city the local people showed themselves to be good citizens and good Samartians who certainly will not stand by and watch, ...more
Pickpocketers everywhere. Watch out! People will often try to distract you while they (or someone they are working with) take your money/phone/purse. They also will slash purse straps, take phones out of pockets, etc. So beware where your stuff is. The further you are from the center, the more dangerous, especially at night. But the tourist areas in the center can be just as dangerous for pickpocketing as in the day. The Louvre is a big spot for pickpocketers! Watch out for children too - they often are the ones doing the pickpocketing or distracting, especially at the Louvre since they get in free. And don't give money to beggars on the street, as many are faking it or are setting you up for someone else to come by and rob you.
Athens is one of the safest cities / capitals in the world. It used to be just a short time ago when people literally walked "every" and "any" street in the capital at any time without a second thought. Today with the masses of illegal immigrants that seek asylum/refuge in Europe enter the gates of the country and along with them the ills of having to accept the record number of illegals is what makes Athens today a city that is still VERY safe but like any other large city, have people use common sense and not walk into unknown territory which may be prone pickpockets etc. Despite the growing number of criminal acts, these are mostly crimes that equate to stealing/pickpockets and the like. Under no circumstances should anyone say that you are not safe in Athens. It is FAR from the truth and it is either ignorance or a lie. Drug addicts and gypsies are not criminals. Gypsies are people that are found in every single country of the world and they are to be singled ...more
Athens is a very safe city. In fact I believe its one of the safest cities in the world and believe my I have travel a lot. The Greeks are notorious when it comes in protecting the tourist since most of them live their life out of incoming tourism. There are a few problems from minorities in the downtown center of Athens but really you don't have to go there because there isn't much going on anyway.
Actually, I felt safer in Athens than in the city I live in (London). It was not only a very beautiful city, but also clean and people were mostly friendly and helpful. It's a shame they have some issues with immigrants but sadly all capitals do..
I am an African-American and been to Athens Greece and I not only had no problems, but I loved the place and I took my 1 year old with me as we were on vacation.
Very safe city if you act as a normal person. Being robbed is the most dangerous thing can happen to you, even on the worst district. And make clear that Cañada Real Galiana is a gypsy camp. Even the most peaceful village in the world is dangerous if you get laid with the Butcher's daughter without permission.
Was in Madrid for 4 days, was robbed by local youths on first night... I was drunk, alone, and did not know my way around these mazy streets. So I blame myself as with those factors involved, you can be attacked in any city... Over the next 3 days though, I actually grew to love the city (and made sure I knew my way home! ). The people are beautiful and the history of this city is so interesting and I would never have this city on this list.. I have travelled to many cities across Europe, and although I was robbed here, it is probably my favourite city in Europe.
Madrid is one of the safest cities in Europe! I always feel safe here and there is little to no trouble on a night out. The chances of getting mugged are exactly the same as if you were to take a walk to your local supermarket.
I have been there a lot of times in my vacation and I can say for sure that the city is secure. No problem at all. People are great and you can have a great time. Be careful with the robs, specially on the subway, they are very tricky and stole you everything in 1 second, without you notice. But I'm pretty sure you wont be robbed, unless you act like a really lost tourist using map in crowed areas and stuff... In that way you will caught atention...