Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities in Europe
The Top Ten
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.
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
I really wonder who those people are writing all these bad reviews. To me it seems like either fat white americans or other european white-collar-sit on the desk all day-people who lost connection to actual life and reality. Probably peole who live in suburbs or rich people communities without any sense for anything else besides their little world..
I've spent 6 days in Napoli with my girl in 2018 (my second time after 2013), both looking like dumb tourists with backpacks 50% of the time. She lives in London, me in Berlin.
Napoli is an amazing place to visit, offers great cultural depth, the best food, affordable everything, amazing weather, great sights and the ocean.
It's proper italian and I mean it.
All these people saying the northern italy is so much better don't want to see real italy in my opinion.
Outside of Napoli you can visit the volcano Vesuvio and the lost city of pompeii. You are in a good place to go further south as well to go into proper food ...more
Naples is a hole. I've never met a group of people more rude than here. People are so arrogant and inconsiderate with the locals finding anyway possible to rip you off. Granted I did meet some educated younger generation kids who were very in tune and actually had a soul. Very dangerous at night especially around the main train station and Port. I'd suggest to just go straight to see the tourist attractions here and get out of here!
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
Russia: Anywhere within any city with a population above 100,000 be indoors by 7pm. Drinking in public is allowed and beer to a 9 month winter Russian is same as koolaid for anyone from the USA.
March of every year Russian girls need extra vacation money for summer vacations and send love letters to romantics and spouse hunters on the net. Scammers do not lament, it is just about the cash money.
Food: Do not go there for fine dining unless Andrew Zimmern. If you speak no Russian they may very well refuse to serve you. Mc Donalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, etc will however do you well all over Russia.
Buy all your booze in the market; never at a street kiosk. Do not booze in a bar even if run by Hindus. They will separate you from your cash quick.
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.
All these comments make me laugh! It is the capital of the most corrupt country in Europe, de facto controlled by a dictator, so it’s not surprising that it is on the list!
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.
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!
Went there a few years ago and found it cosy, atmospheric and like a hidden gem in Europe. But I also was accompanied by a man who lives there so he was my guide. That felt safe but as I said I didn't feel insecure, I just noticed there were a lot of beggars sadly
Travelled to Sofia in 2016 and after travelling in Western Europe for 3 weeks, actually felt the safest of all the countries I had been, I was super surprised. It is a radical and unimaginable improvement since I was there in the early 2000's! Fantastic place to go!
People will tell you it's safe, but the matter of fact is that it's really not THAT safe. People get beat 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 beat up at some point. Murder is not 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.
Always been able to walk anywhere freely and safely ever since I was a kid. You never feel unsafe, unwelcomed or intimidated. There are NO bad parts of town. I live on and been all around North American Continent for last 20 years and I visit Belgrade every year and you guys don't know what are you talking about. The life starts after 8 pm. At 2am you go for some food and you can hang around anywhere without being bothered. I cannot wait for the day I give up all the western goodies and go back there to live "dangerously". You put it on the list in front of Tirana, Napoli and Marsej.?!?!? SHOULD NOT BE ON THE LIST
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.
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 thus would probably hurt anyone who speaks in 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.
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!
I am self bosnian and I say Sarajevo is very dangerous city, with much corruption and poor people, that drives them insane. It is true that you can get robbed easily, murdered, kidnapped and police down 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, nice food (good nightlife), but unfortunely the city is very high with crimes. For 3 days ago, it was a big shooting in Sarajevo. But like everywere else, even in the most dangerous place in world, if you don't look for trouble ( don't stare at someone, flash with something, have expensive things, be rude etc). Just be careful and nice, because people down there have a different mentality, especially those who have been in the war. don't look like a tourist down there.
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
This borders Lithuania and how is this dangerous
Organized crime haven. Very dangerous
Poland should take over Kaliningrad
I spend 3 weeks and it was a awesome place I enjoyed every day 👍
Been there several times and the bad rap is exaggerated. There are parts of the city where you don't want to go night time but that's the same with a lot of cities even smaller ones. It's not beautiful but cosy 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 hell hole 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 "Newswedes" next election, or you'll have yourself to blame when it spreads to your town.
A total dump and getting worse cause of massive immigration from the third world. Very dangerous in several areas of the city. Do not walk home alone after the pub. Many gangs and many robberys and shootings. Not a safe place for women eighter due the high amount of sexual crime. (This is a severe problem in the whole country.)The city serves as a very good example of the dangers of uncontrolled immigration.
Immigrants who live here are forced to live in poverty and lack acceptance from the Swedish population. That is how dangerous people are systematically created. Segregation and poverty. In some regions they separate the Muslim immagrant sand Swedish students. Swedish people act very entitled and call immigrants terrorists and rapists.
Its one of the most mafia cities, I never seen like this one. I have terrible experience and got rub by police mafia.
I never had problems in Odessa. Only problems are corrupted cops wanting to steal your cash.
Tough city, most people just looked pissed off while the rest look crazy.
Too many sexy women
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.
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
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 to an already violent society and its 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 your street wise you will be ok.
Stay out of scheme areas which are gang areas and leave the city centre area well before closing time to ensure you get a taxi home.
Finally if your asked what football team you support say none.
Lots of nice people but so many youths who pull a knife. Center is good but beware of plenty violent drunks who don't appear to be from the schemes. Avoid lanes in center and don't go near any schemes as its not safe. Lots of nice people in the schemes but they don't even go out in local area. Football idiots all over also. Use your wits as its normal city problems you will encounter. Great vibe though in Glasgow. Stayed for 3 years at university and always my 2nd home. Ps I'm from Manchester and it's not much better.
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.
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.
Well honestly I was there like 100 times because my country is on the border with Albania, and yes I was in Tirana and everywhere in Albanian, not so impressed, but yet very beautiful seasides. I was in Tirana with my school and we were walking on the main Square Skenderbeu, when a homeless guy got beaten by a guy that was walking next to him and just few meters away was a police they never did anything! After a guy beat the homeless ( there are a lot of them) police approach and asked the homeless guy if he is ok. So yeah we as a kids back then were shocked!
Crazy Albanians, be careful don't look at people directly and stare at them or you mean "you wanna mess with me". Most of kids have sharp items but here it's a tendency to use heavy irons and logs that crush you. Has the highest violence/kill rates in family, robbery, street in all Balkan. If you look no trouble and stay in the right place there is a low chance you will encounter any of this bad things.
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.
You must be crazy to visit this place if you're a Christian. It's a decade ago when the Albanian Muslim mudzaheedin KLA Army slaughtered Serbian Christians and destroyed over 400 Christian orthodox churches in Kosovo.
It is also known as a drug traffic place between Afghanistan/Europe thanks to the help of CIA at Camp Bondsteel and American Zionist politicians like Joe Biden, Tom Lantos etc.
Please remove Prishtina from the list. You guys don't know nothing about Prishtina if you say its dangerous. The city is very good and people are very friendly especially to tourist. There are a lot of international people worki g there and there are no problems or dangerous at all. These who are writing bad are some serbians while their country is nacionalists and don't like forieng people.
Nothing dangerous in Donetsk really... Just an avarage industrial city in Eastern Ukraine. Not much to see, but not dangerous, unless you go to the suburbs in the night and show you are a tourist
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.
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
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
I don’t get why people would visit this place. I know that there’s a limited amount of time that you can be in Pripyat for but you shouldn’t risk it.
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!
Donald Trump should go there to collect nuclear waste for overpriced nukes, and hopefully die in the process.
I got to say I went there once and I hated it so I changed the flight and took of as fast as I could
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.
Europeans who visit "Clean" areas might not have any problems and would say "Safest city" but you've got to live there to understand. Has very big sexual crime problem. One of the worst places for a woman to be because of Islamic and racist and pervert attitude of people. Sellers always try to scam foreigners. People have very big tension and always looking for people to beat up.
The only good thing in this city is the Saint Sofia temple.. Other than that horrible place. Dirty, dangerous, unsafe for women, thieves, provocative locals, rude taxi drivers and people ready to take advantage of you as soon as they realized you were a tourist.. Would I go there again? Hell no.
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.
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
From my point of view, a person whom they call "Asian bitch".
I faced a sexual harassment on the bus, a pickpocket and I lost my blackberry at Duomo, and racism conversation and gesture on Milan subway green line.
The way they celebrate Christmas Eve was squibbing dozens of super-loud firecrackers. Policemen chased around teenage gangs all night. Totally scary. I vote this city from the deepest of my heart.
Quite safe city, just pay attention to refugee and gipsies. Do not walk nightly around railway stations.
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.
Honestly, the Bucharest Romania is not that bad... Most of the people saying bad things usually are just people that don't like Romanian. But obviously there is the very strong Romanian Mafia, they are very similar to the early Sicilian mafia, very violent and hypersensitive and hates traitors. I go to Romania every year and I have never encountered the Romanian 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 Romanian'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 Bucharest is very nice.
Attacked in the Victoria area by a group of guys who were shouting that "English people didn't belong in Romania and that Romania is for Romanians." This was around 10 on a monday night. They smashed my phone and sunglasses. One of my friends was also attacked in a bathroom at a bar in the center. Luckily, she was okay and someone else intervened. Tons of stray dogs also pose a risk. I've lived in cities around Europe and would say that this is one of the most dangerous. It has a veneer of being safe but if you stay long enough you will see through that very quickly.
Looks like the English got a taste of their own medicine in this one.
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.
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.
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.
The city center of rotterdam is safe nothing wrong with it, but as soon as you enter the southside it starts to get dangerous. Heroin and crack junks everywhere I have never felt safe there, the big problem is that there are more drug dealers than drug users what means there are more scary looking drug dealers wandering on the streets, don’t worry about them they ussually don’t do anything, just as the young people who swear to u and call u: kanker homo. U won’t get murdered in rotterdam. Rotterdam is a city of fights stabbings and very sometimes a shooting. Just make sure not to make contact with the junks the are unpredictable.
This city has maybe 3 good areas and the rest is full of street culture. Woman won't be raped and it will be safe for them unless they are scare of men chatting them up and say annoying things. Guys can easily get sucked in the street culture here and everybody knows violence here allot which makes the vibe in te city grimy. Things are more about fighting and crime and not allot about killing. In general people can walk anywhere if they act confident. There is almost nobody I know that didn't spend some time at the police station. The city is awesome for the rest and getting better and better! It used to be more fktup here.
Various gangs of young Moroccan, Surinamese, Turkish etc. that are really dangerous and control most of the city. But I have to add that if you're not going out when it's night it's actually pretty safe, especially in the north. I'd advise you to stay out of the South side of Rotterdam though, especially Bloemhof, Hillesluis, Tarwewijk and the neighbourhoods around it. The South side has a really bad reputation and has the highest crime rates in the entire country next to Bijlmer in Amsterdam and Schilderswijk in Den Haag.
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
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 this, I made the ...more
It is not true at all. I am from Budapest. I grew up there. You just have to watch out with pickpockets, like in any other big city.Obviously, if you walk alone in bad parts at night with your brand new mobile phone when you're not experienced in the city of course can be that you get into a situation but in this case do not ever travel to nowhere! You can not know where you can get into trouble it depends on the situation and on the person as well.. A lot of cops are walking around the city! It is a lovely place, must to see and the Hungarian culinary is world-wide famous!
Having commented about the Budapest taxi drivers, metro ticket inspectors and waiters, I should add that I found Budapest to be a very sedate, civilised and cultured city, and the streets and public places there felt very safe indeed, as though you could walk around alone all night and never come to any harm. (I found the same to be true of Vienna.) I was particularly impressed by the displays of Roman relics in glass cases in the Budapest metro stations, and was amazed that these were never vandalised or stolen.
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 take the trouble to challenge them as they should.
In Nottingham now posters on bus shelters indicate that 3,005 people were fined for littering in the city last year, so if you are visiting do beware of the "litter police" here (and in many other places in the U.K. now). Of course nobody should condone or tolerate littering, but when you examine things in more detail you find that the vast majority have been guilty of dropping cigarette butts (most of them), spitting, feeding birds or letting a young child in a pushchair drop something. Instead the "litter" police should be targetting children going to and from school who are the main culprits dropping sweet papers or drinks bottles and tins everywhere, instead of leaving it to people like myself to challenge them if I see it, as I do. Also they should really challenge people coming out of pubs at night throwing down litter or half eaten meals from takeaway food shops. (By contrast, dog mess is less of a problem now due to dog owners nearly always clearing it up.) If the "litter ...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
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 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. ^^
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.
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!
The majority of stag parties travelling to Riga from the U.K. consist of blokes who probably come from council estates that look similar to Riga and hang around in the pubs that most would avoid anyway. I have no doubt that if these stag parties went round three or four pubs in one of our local U.K dodgy areas then they would find more trouble than they find in Riga. The stag parties in RIga are often renowned for boasting about the fights they had managed to get into and the prostitutes they had notched up!
The city has few historically poor neighbourhoods, which are not so far away from city centre and that's why there is a feeling of not so well-off people walking around, although these might just probably be some random Russian neds, but due to particular areas' run-down look, the city gives a feeling of not so safe place, even though the general level of crime has decreased dramatically there, still you should better avoid walking alone in the night in the areas to the south and east of city centre.
Only place in Europe I got into a fight (and I spent a while in London! ). Sat down in some dirty fast food place, kinda like a McDonald's near Notre Dame. Sitting there with my wife eating when this dirty Algerian Muslim walks up and takes my food. I jumped up and he starts threatening me and screaming at me that I'm a tourist. Other than that, gypsies all over the place running scams up and down every street. Can't fault the French though, they were friendly, as were some of the former eastern bloc workers in the city. Got helped out by quite a few of them. Not sure if I felt really unsafe but definitely held my stuff closer to me here than anywhere else in the world, always felt like I was going to be robbed.
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.
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
Not dangerous but there are some con men trying to sell worthless stuff to you, sometimes with the intention to take your wallet while they try to humour you... Be aware of women asking if you've seen their "lost ring" as u start helping them to look for it they try to take things from you... Well Paris is a big big city and you'll have to know things like these happen even if it's a shame. Paris is also the most lovely elegant breathtaking places in the world to visit. Jaime Paris! So it's not dangerous at all, just be ware of thieves
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 out as being ...more
Athens is really one of the safest capitals in the world. Despite its problems with illegal immigrants. I've been living in Athens for over 20 years and changed several neighborhoods. I lived in the most crowded part (Kipseli) for the first 3 years and it was probably the best time of my life - vibrant, filled with people from all around the world, not violent at all and everyone was very friendly. Then I moved towards Nea Ionia and Iraklio and now living Voula.
Yes, Athens has some crime but compared to the crime you face on daily basis in top destinations like Paris, London or NYC, what we have here is just banter.
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.
As a Greek who lives in Athens, sadly I totally agree about danger in Athens. Athens is great but just to stay for 4 days tops. Visit only the history sights and the historical line (Plaka,Acropolis,Monastiraki etc). Only them. Then go and enjoy the islands. Omonoia and Syntagma are great in broad daylight but EXTREMELY dangerous at night. Other than than Athenian neighborhoods besides having nothing to offer (trust me I live in one of them) are pretty bad. Just late at night though. Piraeus is ok in some parts.
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.
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...
Not born in Madrid but have lived in Madrid for the lást 10 years and I am so happy to live in a city which has all that you can expect: great museums, theaters, concerts, sports (football the best league in the world, basketball the esconde best in world after the NBA, great hand ball, great tennis, great cycling with 75 km circuit for bycicle around the city; excellent transportation system one of the bests in the world, excellent hospitals, low crime rate, great restaurants both for tapas and luxury dining, healthy food (not hamburger and sandwiches), beautiful monuments, you have the mountains to go treking just 1 hour away where you can ski in winter with lots of snow. You also can visit nearby places such as Toledo, Segovia and Escorial. In summary forget about some of the cities they advertise here which are so boring and come to Madrid to enjoy life and above all freedom where all races and gays, handicaped can enjoy life in peace.
Bloody awful city - anti-tourist, particularly anti American. Awash in graffiti. Population wouldn't help anyone in distress, as the preference is destruction. No respect for the person or property. Institutional employees could give Hitler lessons! Pushy, pushy, and of course it always helps to shout. Will NEVER be back.