After traveling and living throughout Europe for nearly a year, we’ve seen a majority of the cities that we’ve set out to see. Following our visits, our perception of many cities has changed dramatically. For example, prior to departing on our RTW trip, who would have thought Vienna would rank as our #1 most dangerous city in Europe?
Never in a million years would we have linked Vienna with personal safety concerns. However, learning first hand that military surplus stores that use to sell 200 units of pepper spray a year, now are selling 200 units of pepper spray a day, it quickly changed our perspective. Additionally, during the few days we were in Vienna the Chief of Police was quoted telling women, “Women should in general not go out on the streets at night alone.“ This does not sound like the Vienna, nor the Europe, we envisioned visiting.
The world seems to be getting exponentially more dangerous. Based on recent events and upcoming summer holiday planning, we wanted to share our opinion on what you may expect when visiting Europe. We decided to rank each major city that we visited from the most dangerous to the least dangerous. We also added a personal risk rating. Of course, your opinion may vary, but remember this is based on our own personal comfort levels and experiences. No matter WHAT always follow your GUT.