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Welcome to euromost.info an independent free thinking European travel  guide giving 40 city guides & travel information for for visitors to Europe  It  includes information on air rail road & sea travel in Europe including and a city guide for 40 cities in Europe. These European city guides offer detailed airport and public transport guides for the city and a national country profile page. A sample of general site information is given below.  There are also  special travel guides with information and advice for visitors to visit Auschwitz Memorial Museum & Birkenau Srebenica.

European City Guides & Europe Country Profiles:

These are travel guides with business and tourist Information For Central Eastern Northern Southern and Western Europe, the Baltic States Scandinavia and Russia  

There Are Europe City Guides For:

AmsterdamAuschwitz Birkenau Memorial Guide, Barcelona,  (Beijing City Guide) Belgrade ,  Berlin,   Bratislava,  Bucharest,  Budapest, Chisinau,   Copenhagen,  Dubrovnik, Erfurt, Gdansk, Helsinki Kiev, Krakow, Leipzig, Ljubljana, Minsk, MoscowOsloParisPrague, Reykjavik, RigaRome, St Petersburg, Salzburg , Sarajevo, SkopjeSofia, Srebenica Memorial Guide,  Stockholm, Tallinn, TiranaVatican CityVienna Guide, Vilnius, Warsaw, Zagrebe, These guides are also accessible via the scrolling text links at the top of each page. 

There Are European Country Profiles For:

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Rep. Denmark,  Estonia,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Holland, Hungary,  Iceland,  Italy,  Kosovo,  Latvia,  LithuaniaNetherlands,  North Macedonia,   Poland   Romania,   Russia,    Serbia   Slovakia,   Slovenia,,  Sweden,   Ukraine    

Important Note: Some city guides and country profiles include links or the urls of other good travel information sites . However visitors should note that issues such as terrorism crime,  personal safety and tourists traps  and not addressed by promotional sites such as accommodation or tourist board sites.  As most cities have these issues we post this information uncensored! We welcome contributions from visitors  on ant of these issues.  Please see contact us  above. A sample of general site information is given below.

European News Items – Europe Travel Information

euromost.info is not a news agency but we will publish news items that may be of importance to anyone planning to travel to or actually travelling to European destinations.  Information in these reports is gathered from a range credible sources in-order for it to be accurate, factual and wherever possible politically neutral.  Please note that a news report following a red heading is published as a travel advisory item – ie a travel alert or travel warning for anyone visiting or intending to visit the city, region or country concerned.  

UK Primeminister’s Bid To Hold Third Brexit Vote Fails

Two votes in the last two months rejected Thersa May’s  Brexit Deal’ by 230 and 149 votes. In the run-up to the results both votes were described as being ‘meaningful’.  These votes were not meaningful from the British Premier’s perspective as they did not produce the result sought.  Consequently Thersa May was considering holding a third meaningful this week if there were indications indications that enough dissenters in her circles might change their mind  enable her deal to be approved. 

On Monday 18th March the Speaker in the British House of Commons who’s  role is to  similar to that of an umpire said that the Prime-minster could not represent to Parliament a proposal that was the same proposition or  substantially the same as one the that had already been rejected by the Parliament. 

This means that the Prime minster will now have to ask the EU for an extension of the Article 50 deadline beyond March 29th. Her request will have made on Thursday this week and it will have to explain how any extension granted could or would lead to a successful conclusion of negotiations.  The request would have to be approved by everyone of all the  other 29 ,EU countries.   If it was not approved the UK would have to leave the EU on March 29th without a deal. 

If it was approved it would have to include an end date acceptable to the EU and the UK.  Thersa May would probably prefer a short extension of a few months and the EU would probably want it to be a much longer period as the negotiations would have to start again  in-order to achieve an outcome that was acceptable to the EU and the British Parliament.  If there was no agreement on the period of the extension the UK would have to leave the EU on March 29th without a deal.

The main reason for the deal being rejected was the EU proposal of an Irish Backstop constructed to ensure that the peace progress in Norther Ireland continues post the British exit from the EU.  The proposal was agreed to by the British Premier in December but not acceptable to the MP;sin the  Parliament. 

Last week the British Parliament also voted to reject leaving the EU without a deal a or holding a second referendum on whether the UK should stay in or leave the EU.  However the complexities of British politics and Britain’s present negotiations with the EU mean that even these decisions are not written in stone.  Editorial Comment

Latest Brexit Travel Information Travel arrangements by air, rail and sea between the UK AND Europe will inevitably change after Brexit which is currently expected to be on March 29th. The changes will be more significant and immediate if there is no transitional agreement (ie a hard brexit) about future relations between the UK and the European Union. Please see the Brexit Travel Information and news page. >>>

Brexit Solution With No Backstop!  The UK & the EU could, if the politicians and power brokers on both sides think outside the box, come to a democratic Brexit deal which honours the 2016 referendum result and the wishes of the UK electorate without the need for an Irish backstop or another referendum – full details

Three Dead & Eight Injured In Dutch Tram Gun Attack 

A man who opened fire on other passengers aboard tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht shot dead three people and injured eight others some of them seriously.

After the shooting which happened at 10.45 local time the gunman ran off.  The area was locked down schools and Utrechr University were shut and  security was increased  at stations airports and mosques.   A photo of the suspect taken by the tram security cameras just before the attack was released to media platforms  with a warning to anyone seeing him not to challenge him. 

After several hours he was trapped in a building about 2 miles from ls were closed and security was increased at airports and mosques while counter-terrorism police worked to locate the suspect. A photograph of him was posted on social media by police, who warned people against approaching him.  Armed counter – terrorism office were seen patrolling nearby by streets and raid premises.  After several hours he was trapped in a building and finally arrested in the early evening.   

He was named by police as 37 year old Gokmen Tanis from Turkey.   He was known to the police having reportedly been suspected of being connected to the Islamic State Group whilst he fighting with  rebels in the Russians republic of Chechnya.  Though his background and the hallmarks of the attack suggested that he was a terrorist attack the local prosecutor said at a press conference on Monday night that his actions may have been due to family issues and they were keeping an open minded about what motivated him. 

The French Revolution Continues Next Saturday (23rd)

Last Saturday saw the eighteenth consecutive weekly protest in Paris by ‘Yellow Vest’ demonstrators who are protesting  against President Emmanuel Macron pro-business reforms.  In recent weeks these demonstrations have been smaller in the number of protesters on the streets and they have been mostly peaceful. However last Saturday compared to the previous week the number of protesters according to the French Ministry of Interior increased three-fold to circa 10,000.  French Security Services estimated that around 1,500 people on the demonstration were organised criminals and militants intent on rioting so as to damage, steal property and attack the police.  

Some of the Rioters set fire to a bank and  others set fire to two newstands and lit street fires. Several prestigious shops  on Paris’s Champs Elysees Avenue were broken into and ransacked. 

Stones were thrown at riot police in front of the Arc de Triomphe monument   Police deployed tear gas and water cannon to disperse the rioters. 230 protesters were arrested. More demomstrations are expected this coming weekend.  

Visitors to Paris should be aware that the over the past four months the protests on any Saturday may be located at several locations and occur simultaneously at random times.  They often occur near well known tourist attractions such as the Eiffel which which may be closed or be forced to close at short notice.  They also occur near government buildings and transport hubs such as major railway stations. 

New Boeing Planes Grounded Across Europe & Worldwide

The aviation authorities in the United States and Canada have fallen in line with counterparts in European and across the world and grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 and and Max 9 jet aircraft.  Concerns about the safety of these has arisen following two of them crashing in five months. The first crash last October occured shortly after take-off on a a Lion Air flight Jakarta, Indonesia, killed all 189 people on board.  On March 10th shortly after take-off an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa,  crashed killing all 157 people on board.  The model of planes on both flights was  the Boeing 737 Max 8. 

On March 13th The US Federal Aviation Administration grounded both models of the as there were similarities in the physical evidence at the scene of both crashes and analysed satellite data at the time of the crashes. 

At the time of grounding there were 350 of these planes (which reportedly use 14% less fuel than their most comparative models)  operating worldwide.  In Europe 15 of these planes were in service with the holiday company TUI.  These planes have been withdrawn from service and replaced by other aircraft in the company’s fleet without any adverse affects on schedules.  However it is understood that present situation will be of serious concern to Europe’s biggest airline Ryanair who are thought to have placed and order up to 110 (for delivery over the next five years)  of a higher capacity of these planes known as the  Max 200.

Christchurch’s Cold Calculated Killer Causes Concerns About Far Right Extremists Across Europe.

European security agencies including those in France Bulgaria Turkey and the UK are understood to be investigating a visit in 2017 to Europe made by the Australian Brenton Tarrant who has been charged with murder following the the shootings at the Mosques in Christchurch New Zealand.  He is believed also to have visited  Bosnia, Croatia Herzegovina, Montenegro Pakistan and Serbia. 

50 people were killed and another 50 injured in Tarrant’s  attacks  when he went on a shooting spree at the Al Noor Masjid Mosque in the eastern Christchurch prior to him driving to the Linwood Masjid Mosque and opening fire again.  In a manifesto he published on social media  shortly before the attacks he claimed he was going to avenge the death of Europeans killed in terror attacks and that his inspiration for this came Anders Breivik – the far-right terrorist who in 2011 shot dead 69 children on a Workers’ Youth League holiday on the Norwegian island of Utøya.  

In the UK  a man was arrested for posting support on social media for the terror attack the attack.  At the same time the Sunday Times newspaper claimed that a secret Cabinet Office assessment viewed that the far right in some parts the UK could pose a greater threat than those that they oppose. 

Europe Weather Summary For Week From 18th March

The wet and stormy weather of last week will be replaced by calmer and drier weather across western and southern Europe with temperatures generally between 14c to 21c in the sunshine.  Scandinavia and eastern regions of central and northern Europe will gradually become less cold with any snow turning to rain before drier and milder weather moves in.  However some areas in eastern Europe namely the Ukraine Belarus and Russia may remain cold throughout the week with wintry showers at times.  

Sicily’s Mount Etna Volcano Eruptions Latest Update

Sicily’s  Mount Etna volcano eruptions have subsided though there still explosions inside the volcano. No significant emissions of volcsnic have been reported for a month.  However the volcano is still the source of very minor earthquakes which are being felt up to 40 km away. There have been six of these on the 16th and 17th March all with a magnitude 2.0 or below  The volcano is the worlds  most active volcano.  Travellers to the island though should be aware that the present the relatively calm situation may change.

Ongoing Travel Alerts  & Warnings For Europe:

The Ukraine: Politically unstable state  where violent demonstrations can occur anywhere.  In the east and south of the country pro-Russian separatists are fighting a civil war with Ukrainian Government Forces particularly in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.  Also best avoided are the  Kharkiv Region and the cities of Dnipropetrovsk Mykolayviv & Odessa.  More 

The Crimea:  Formerly  Ukrainian province under Russian control since March 2014 . Many western governments advise their citizens.to avoid this country/ More

Other Advice: There also is important advice for visitors to other European Countries and cities plus advice for that visitors intending to visit Moldova Chisinau and Transnistraq should consider. More.

Macedonia Renamed As ‘North Macedonia’

A 28 year dispute between Greece and Macedonia came to an end on January 25th when the Greek Parliament voted by 153 votes to 146 votes (with 1 abstention) for it’s northern neighbour Macedonia to be renamed North Macedonia’. The dispute began in 1991 with the break up of the former Yugoslavia when the area now known as Macedonia declared it’s independence from Belgrade.  The declaration offended many Greeks who felt that the new state was staking a claim on Greek territory with same name.

In June 2018 the Greek and Macedonian prime ministers  agreed the new name for the province. The Macedonian Parliament has ratified the agreement and the Greek Parliament is expected to do so this week.  The end of the dispute between the two countries  paves the way for progressing Macedonian aspirations to become an EU member state and joining of NATO.   

Hungary Steps Up It’s Hostile Immigration Policy

The Hungarian Government is opt out of a proposed United Nations migration pact as it believes the accord will pose a threat to the world.  Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said in an interview to Euronews that the text of the pact  text was “biased and unbalanced” and “tries to portray migration as something good by definition and as a fundamental human right, which it is not.”

In an interview with Euronews, Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said his country was leaving talks to make a pact because the text was “biased and unbalanced” and “tries to portray migration as something good by definition and as a fundamental human right, which it is not.”  Hungary’s right wing government is  openly hostile to refugees and the willingness of the majority of EU  countries to provide support for those who arrive in Europe.   In 2015 the Hungarian Government erected metal fence along its southern and eastern borders to stop refugees and migrants entering Hungary.

The Hungarian exit from the UN accord mirrors President Trumps decision in 2017  not to take part in it.

WHEN THINGS GO WRONG AT AIRPORTS !

It always advisable before leaving for any airport to check with the airport website that flights are taking off and landing normally. This obviously would apply if your airport has had problems such as drone attacks or if your airport or airline is experiencing operational problems such as adverse weather or industrial action.

The problems at Gatwick Airport  have been determined by the Civil Aviation Authority (CIA) as an extraordinary situation which is beyond the control or responsibility of airlines. This means you cannot claim compensation from the airline. You may where delays are over three hours submit claims with receipts for  for ‘reasonable’ expenses such as food, drink and hotel expenses to your airline but because of the CIA ruling some airlines may contest their obligation to pay.

If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a full refund.  Alternatively you can accept the offer of an alternative flight with the same airline.  Your airline may also offer to book you a seat on another airline. Either way if the alternative flight is more expensive than the one your booked your airline will cover the difference in the cost.

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Overview of Main Euromost European Features:

Features Index A list of all the useful supplementary features not on this page! more

For a list / index of euromost European City Guides  and European  Country Profiles please see links above.
 
112-999  Index – Advice Before You Travel – Advice For Women – al Qaeda Terrorist Threat In EuropeCrime & Personal Safety In Europe, – Assistance & Advice In An Emergency   – Free Emergency EU Medical Treatment  Travel Alerts Europe– Other Relevant Travel Alerts

Auschwitz Birkenau Travel Guide This guide contain  special travel advice and information for those going to visit  the Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps more

Advice For Women Travellers As an increasing number of women go solo this article focuses on culturally inappropriate clothing, unwanted male attention, personal issues, date rape and how these pitfalls can be avoided. more

Air Travel Guide This extensive links to every euromost air travel feature including the airport guides in the UK and the rest of Europe which include links to the flight arrivals and flight departures boards, new airline routes, air security pages for Europe and the US, , the black listed airlines guide, flying  phobia and individual airline information pages, air travel news in which we may very occasionally publish special offers and cheap flights if they are genuinely cheap more

Cabin Luggage Information Feature That  clarifies what you can and can’t take into the aircraft cabin and the maximum dimension of the bag or case more

Clubbing Guides For Europe The European clubbing guide features a clubbing guide for clubs in most European capitals with club reviews and information on the music another the admission and drink prices including the rip off ones!  more

Coach Services In Europe The coach travel section of euromost includes details on European Coach Networks & Services across Europe  There also is information on European coach tours in central and Eastern Europe more

Consulate Information For Europe Contact information for European embassies and consulates in London. These consulates can answer specific questions visitors from Britain may have about a proposed trip to their country or provide  assistance and advice to their own nationals in the UK more

Cruises in Europex Our European Cruise guide includes information on cruises in the Arctic in and around the North Pole, the Norwegian Fjords, The Baltic States, the East Med & West Med and on the River Danube and The Rhine. – many of which once only the playground for the rich – cruises are now within the reach of us all. more

Emergency Medical Help Assistance For Eu Citizens The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is FREELY available free to all citizen over the age of 16 who are nationals national citizens of all  European Union Member States It is also accepted in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Holders of this card are entitled to the same  freeemergency treatment that they would receive at home more

European Airport Guides These are posted individually and linked with a relevant city guide. They include essential airport information and live links to the home page, flight arrivals & flight departure boards of the airport. There are also over 100 links to smaller airports across Europe. more

European City Guides In the euromost collection there are 40 Europe city guides all with have information on the city’s history public transport sightseeing attractions restaurants clubs nightlife and accommodation.  Most popular cities guides are shown in red        

Europe Country Profiles: These contain information on the respective country’s economy currency population and recent history. Where relevant there is additional info on local travel including by air and road, important health issues such as risks of drinking local tap water and the country’s susceptibility to earthquakes or tremors. These country profiles are attached to the relevant city guides.

The 31 european country profiles are Albania Austria Belarus Bosnia Bulgaria China Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Holland Hungary Iceland Italy  Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Sweden & the Ukraine. full index

Rail Services In Europe The European rail guide includes travel pages offering  general information on European rail Networks & Services across Europe iand features on the Orient Express & the Trans Siberian Express  more

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR UK VISITORS & ENGLISH SPEAKING VISITORS TO RUSSIA DESTINATIONS

The attempted murder using a nerve agent in and English town of a former Russian  Spy (who was also a double agent)  left him, his daughter and a police officer seriously ill and endangered hundreds of innocent citizens.  The subsequent allegations of who was responsible for this has  heightened the already strained political tensions between Russia and the UK with both countries expelling diplomats of the other from their own. The extensive media coverage in both countries has portrayed the other country in a very bad light. Consequently visitors from the UK and Europe to Russia, and vice versa, may not feel entirely comfortable or safe when travelling around.

Currently there is no indication that tourists from  either country would be attacked on their visit because of recent events or because they were Russian or English speaking.  The citizens of both countries are peaceful, civil, law abiding, appreciate the importance of tourism and do not want a Cold War. Thus the political views and rhetoric of Theresa May or Vladimir Putin what ever their strengths and weaknesses maybe are extremely unlikely to translate into violence.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London have issued the following statement for British nationals currently in Russia or due to travel in the coming weeks;   ”’ due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time; you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publically on political developments; while the British Embassy in Moscow is not aware of any increased difficulties for British people travelling in Russia at this time, you should follow the security and political situation closely and keep up to date with this travel advice”.

If you’re in Russia and you need urgent help (call 007 495 956 7200 or 007 812 320 3200 if you’re in North-West Russia. If you cannot connect to this number, please call +44 1908 516666. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Russia, call 020 7008 1500.

If you are a Russian Federation national in the UK and you need urgent help contact the Russian Embassy at 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7229 6412.  Or go to their website www.rusemb.org.uk/   You can also contact their Consular Office on +44 (0) 203 668 7474

TERRORISM & ACCIDENTS  IN EUROPE  –  FREE EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FOR EU CITIZENS

If you a national or naturalised citizen of any country in the the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland you can apply to your government for a free European  Health Insurance Card. If you are taken ill or injured in any country who is a member of the above organisations and can produce this card when admitted to hospital  for emergency medical help and not charged for the treatment.

The European Health Insurance Card is only valid for people with medical emergencies who have been taken ill – have had an accident – or who have been a victim of crime or terrorism.The scheme does not cover people with problems from an existing conditions – dentistry or cosmetic surgeries. Neither does it cover the cost  of repatriating the card holder back to their home country.

In some countries it may not cover the cost of treatment after an accident in a dangerous sport such as bungee jumping or  skiing.   You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more.

European Country Profiles

Travel guides with business and tourist Information For Central Eastern Northern Southern and Western Europe, the Baltic States Scandinavia and Russia   

FREE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR EU CITIZENS

if you a national or naturalised citizen of any country in the the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland you can apply to your government for a free European  Health Insurance Card. If you are taken ill or injured in any country who is a member of the above organisations and can produce this card when admitted to hospital  for emergency medical help and not charged for the treatment+.

The European Health Insurance Card is only valid for people with medical emergencies who have been taken ill – have had an accident – or who have been a victim of crime or terrorism.
 
+The scheme does not cover people with problems from an existing conditions – dentistry or cosmetic surgeries. Neither does it cover the cost  of repatriating the card holder back to their home country. In some countries it may not cover the cost of treatment after an accident in a dangerous sport such as bungee jumping or  skiing.   You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more.
You should consider taking out travel insurance to cover you for these and other issues – but read the small print and make sure you understand what your liability is and the excess levels are before signing up ! more.

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