Local traditions and culture in Europe

  • Happy holiday, Banja Luka!
    Happy holiday, Banja Luka!
    by Odiseya
  • Handsworth 'Mummers'
    Handsworth 'Mummers'
    by suvanki
  • Local Customs
    by toonsarah

Most Viewed Local Customs in Europe

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    GERMANY: Landshuter Hochzeit of 1475

    by globetrott Updated Sep 16, 2014

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Landshut is a small town north of Munich - and every 4th year they have a medieval festivity called "Landshuter Hochzeit von 1475" - 6000 participants in traditional costumes will perform a marriage that took place in Landshut in reality in the year 1475.

    Landshuter Hochzeit is the biggest historical event in Europe and it takes place every 4th year.
    The next such event will be in the year 2017.
    600.000 guests are attending these festivities with plenty of different events during 3 weeks, always from wednesday till sunday.
    Landshuter Hochzeit is NOT just like most of the other medieval-costumes-parades, it is the revival of an historic event that took place in Landshut in the year 1475 and all the people you will see in "Landshuter Hochzeit" play their part in these wedding ceremonies...
    www.Landshuter-Hochzeit.de

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo

    Things you would never think of . . .

    by Beausoleil Updated Oct 28, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you are headed to the British Isles including Scotland and Ireland, there is one silly little thing that may never have come to your attention. You have a long flight, drive to your hotel and are completely jet lagged. You check in, drag your luggage upstairs, make the silly key card work, enter your room . . . and the lights won't work. Nothing plugged into an outlet works.

    We first met this problem in Scotland in a rental house late at night with no one to ask. After digging my flashlight out of my luggage and searching around the house a little, I discovered each electrical outlet has a little switch on it. You switch the outlets on and off just like you switch the lights on and off. I pushed the button and voila! It's convenient if you don't want to unplug your appliance but if the outlets are behind furniture, it's a nuisance.

    So when you are greeted with a floor or table lamp that won't work, follow the cord to the wall outlet and push that little button on it. Magically, the lights come on. If you are charging phone or batteries, make sure the switch is on or you'll have a surprise in the morning.

    Note the switches in the center
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo

    Crossing Borders in Europe

    by Beausoleil Written Jul 10, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    As we all know, Europe is composed of many different countries with many different languages. In the good old days when you went from country to country, you had to go through an official border check and Customs. Since the EU and the Schengen Agreement, most of those are cute little abandoned Customs shacks by the roadside accompanied by a large sign telling you the name of the country you are entering.

    This means that for the most part, you do not have to stop; no one asks you any questions; there is no stamp on your passport and if you miss the border sign, you may not even know you have entered another country.

    Everyone in the world doesn't fit neatly into this scheme, however. Some countries require visas of other countries; some countries are in the EU but not in the Schengen Agreement and some countries just have different rules. It is your responsibility to figure out which category fits you.

    You can get a list of which countries fit each category here Interactive map of Schengen Countries

    To find out if you need a visa, check this web site: Do you need a Schengen Visa?

    Generally, if you are from the United States of America, you may stay within the Schengen area for 90 full days. Then you must leave for 90 full days. You can't just zip out and back in again. You must stay out for 90 days. Then you can repeat the cycle. If you plan to visit more than the 90 days, you must get a visa of some sort, student visa, work visa, some kind of visa. If you plan well, you can stay by spending 90 days inside Schengen and then another 90 days outside Schengen (England, for one, is not a Schengen country) and then repeating the cycle. It takes a bit of planning but may be worth it. Most of us go for shorter periods of time so it's not a problem.

    There's a pretty good explanation at the web site below. If you have questions, it is always best to contact the embassy of the country you want to visit.

    Entering Germany Entering the Netherlands Entering Belgium Entering France Entering Italy on back roads
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Raimix's Profile Photo

    Germany: too much accurate about time

    by Raimix Written Jan 5, 2013

    In Lithuania, even when I haven't been to Germany before, I have heard such sentence: as accurate about time as German or as punctual as German. Actually it seems the right thing, at least in my point of view. When arranging meetings, I never had to wait for anyone, also we had one funny situation with my host in Berlin, who is American. He arranged meeting at his place at 6 o'clock, so we were waiting and doorbell ringed just in time, looked like guest was looking for time, when to bell :)

    Was this review helpful?

  • Raimix's Profile Photo

    Ukraine: too much thinking about state's authority

    by Raimix Written Jan 5, 2013

    Ukraine could be very different, not only about people, architecture, but also about thinking about authority of country. Almost very day I have seen some kind of revolutionary groups about one or other decision of authority or simply supporting Western Ukraine leaders. I hope someday country will be more democratic and more independent from their neighbors, as I think it has big potency to do it.

    Was this review helpful?

  • DAO's Profile Photo

    THE BATTLE OF NOWHERE

    by DAO Updated Oct 25, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    Londonderry or Derry? As you approach a city with seemingly 2 names – you will see the battles commence. Both from the Republic of Ireland side of the border and inside Northern Ireland (UK) itself! There are many signs on the motorways (highways) and roads trying to tell you the direction and/or how many miles to drive to arrive at the second largest city in Northern Ireland. It’s an amazing historic and vibrant city that is also the 4th largest city on the Irish Island. But what is the battle?

    If you are Catholic – you will call the city ‘Derry’. If you are Protestant you will call it ‘Londonderry’. As I was driving along I saw most road signs with the LONDON part spray painted out. Even just when it said L’Derry – the ‘L’ was painted out. Fair play to vandals of a Protestant background. I saw a few signs where DERRY was painted out and I seemed to be driving toward London itself.

    And then there were the ultimate signs- both names painted out.

    The battle of Nowhere won!

    At least, given the death and pain, today the battle are with a spray can of paint, not an assault rifle in a crowd of civilians.


    If you would like some history – here it is!

    The official name of the city is Londonderry. Originally it was a village called Doire meaning ‘oak wood’ or ‘oak grove’ in Gaelic. In 1613, King James I granted the now city a Royal Charter and added ‘London’ when all of Ireland was part of an English, later United Kingdom. Interestingly the County Londonderry in which it resides in existed with the full name first. The County was created (there was never a ‘County Derry’) in reference to the London Livery Companies of the Irish Society. This was a venture that pioneered the colonisation of Northern Ireland.

    CONFUSION IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND! DERRY IN THE UK ? OR LONDON IN THE UK ? IN IRELAND THEY HAVE BOTH DERRY'S! (SOMETIMES) NOWHERE ! FINALLY EVERYONE AGREES
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • ardelean's Profile Photo

    Learning the Local Language

    by ardelean Written Jul 14, 2012

    I suggest that you have a look at the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/learn/index.shtml#which which will give you guidance on useful languages and also lead you to sites for learning those languages. It's easy to learn to tourist level.

    That said, many people speak or understand English in the tourist centres and outside, but soften your American accent, which many find harsh and grating. The French do not like to speak English, so you must know some French if you are gong to visit France.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Study Abroad
    • Business Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    ITALY: Carnevale di Venezia

    by globetrott Updated Apr 24, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Carnevale di Venezia / Carneval in Venice is a great annual event and the kind of carneval is a lot different there from other places in Europe: You will see a lot of great costumes of baroque and other historic times and almost all participants will wear masks like in my main picture here.
    The week before Carneval will also be quite expensive when booking a hotel there and for the ordinary tourists it will be very hard to find your way through the narrow streets around St. Marks-Square, because there are parades with thousands of participants and spectators standing along the way as well.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Photography
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    ITALY: post a love letter next to Juliets balcony

    by globetrott Written Apr 24, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Casa di Giulietta / the house of Juliet in Verona should be on the list of places-to-see for all lovers visiting Italy.
    In the entrance of the building, where you can see the famous (BUT false) balcony , where Giulietta Capelletti met Romeo Montecchi, you may stick your Love-letters on a wall , where you will find already thousands of other love-letters.
    To post your love-letters there is to be said to be some sort of a guarantee for a love lasting forever.During the day thousands , mainly male tourists are trying to touch the right breast of the statue of Giuletta, and get a photo as well while doing so.(you will see the statue in my 2nd photo right under the balcony)
    Look at this statue, that is completely cleaned by all of these touches, while the face is almost black.
    It is ment for good luck and ever-lasting love...
    There is NO guarantee, but maybe it will work, so why not trying yourself.
    During the day you may hardly ever find a quiet moment inside that lovely innercourt with the famous balcony and the statue of Juliet.

    Related to:
    • Gay and Lesbian
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    IRELAND: Kissing the Blarney Stone

    by globetrott Updated Apr 21, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Can I tell you a secret first ? WATCHING others kissing the Blarney-stone is a lot more funny than doing it yourself !
    Kissing the "Blarney-Stone" is an old tradition in Ireland and lots of tourists spread the word about it to all parts of the world, so this crazy custom is still going on !
    According to an old ledgends there is a magic stone on top of the castle, and who-ever kisses it, will get the gift of eloquence.
    "Blarney" is also an expression used for words that are used by someone in order to achieve something, without really meaning to do what he had promised.
    Queen Elisabeth I tried to force Lord Blarney to acknowledge her officially but Lord Blarney used a thousands words in order to avoid that...
    The Queen finally shouted : "That is all Blarney, what he says, he does not mean!!".
    Kissing the Blarney-stone is in fact not really easy : At first you have to step up to the very top of the castle, lay back, while a strong man will hold your feet. You have to bend backwards and kiss the stone that is a part of the stone-fence outside of the castle-brim. There is an iron-fence in order to make sure, you will not fall down, but of course you belongings - glasses, hat ect. may do so - see my pictures !!
    I have not done it myself, and psst, don't tell anyone : watching that scenery is a lot better than doing it yourself !!

    you have to climb up here first the stone seen from below young ladies will find a helper easily... lay down, bend back & kisssss this is the tower you have to step up
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Seniors
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    SCOTLAND - Traditional Highland Games

    by globetrott Updated Apr 21, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When in Scotland - check out the dates for " Highland Games "Highlandgames are a tradition since several hundred of years and you will see plenty of unique competitions like :
    Tossing the Caber - Tug of War - Pipemusic-competitions - traditional highland dances - different heavy-weight competitions.
    At the tourist information in Edinburg you will get a small booklet with all dates of Highlandgames of the year. - and on my link below you can search for highland-games all over Scotland in alphabetical- or chronological order !

    In my 1st & 2nd pic: Tossing the Caber

    This large and heavy piece of wood need NOT TO BE THROWN A BIG DISTANCE, but it has to be thrown in a way, that the side you hold has to go up the air, the other part has to touch the ground and the whole wood has to fall over in a straight way, that is as close as possible to 12.00 o'clock on the watch...

    Scottish Highlandgames: Tossing the Caber Scottish Highlandgames: Tossing the Caber Scottish Highlandgames:  Tug of War see the heavy weight thrown in right corner !
    Related to:
    • Adventure Travel
    • Photography
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    GERMANY: celebrate your wedding in a castle

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Maybe you are looking for a very special, romantic place for your wedding or other festivity ? The castle Kapellen-Stolzenberg can be rented for private festivities like Marriages etc. They have a nice chapel - you may see it on my picture on the right side of the castle, facing the river Rhine. Afterwards you may have champagne in the great reception-hall of the castle. For such occasions I am sure, you and your guests will be allowed to drive up to the castle by car. The carparking there is big enough anyway.

    In order to make a reservation for private festivities, you can apply here:
    Verein der Freunde und Förderer auf Schloss Stolzenfels
    56075 Koblenz - Rhenser Straße 33
    or use the Telephone & Fax-numbers below !
    Heiraten auf Schloss Stolzenfels

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Festivals
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    GERMANY: Veterans meet at the bridge of Remagen

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are some annual events especially for veterans of WW II in Germany: At the bridge at Remagen Several Veterans-meetings are held each year - you may check for more details on my link below !
    There is a Friedensmuseum / Museum for peace inside the famous "Bridge of Remagen" nowadays. That bridge was built in 1916-1918 and was called "Ludendorffbrücke" after an important German General in WW I. It became one of the most important bridges over the river Rhine with 2 high & fortified towers at each side, with windows into all directions and it was obviously from the beginning planned to have guards inside the bridge watching out for foreign troups already so shortly after the 1st World War.

    www.78thdivision.org/

    www.bruecke-remagen.de

    It might be the best to check ALL languages, because some of the events are not mentioned in the english translation of the webpage !!

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Seniors
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    GERMANY: Rhine River Lights / Rhein in Flammen

    by globetrott Written Apr 19, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Rhine-river-lights / Rhein in Flammen is an annual event that will take place at many places along the river Rhine, all at the same day. It is mainly a parade of various ships, daycruisers, hotelships and also some private ships. All of the villages will be lighted, Big bonfires will be burning at most of the castles along the river and fireworks will make the parade a special event, attracting thousands of people watching it from the banks of the river or preferably from one of the participating ships.
    In Remagen the event is called "Rhein in Flammen am Siebengebirge" and will take place on may 28th, 2011 at 09.30 p.m. ! NO entrance-fee, just come along and enjoy the great atmosphere ! The telephonenumber and link below is for Remagen only, but you may watch that event at other places as well !!

    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    GERMANY: medieval festivities in August & N.Y.E.

    by globetrott Written Apr 18, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness


    Mittelalterfest / a medieval festivity at the ruins of Hanstein - castle will be held each year, always at the 1st weekend of August : there is a medieval market, lots of people in historic costumes, knights fighting in tournaments, magicians, musicians with old instruments, meat will be cooked at the open fire etc.

    Klausenhof in Hanstein has a special festivity at New Years Eve : They celebrate it in medieval costumes and with candle-lights, traditional music and a dinner like hundreds of years ago.
    When you are able to understand german, take a look at their own description at the link below, because it is written in the style and spelling of the medieval times and it is a lot of fun to read it !

    New Years Eve in Klausenhof starts Dec. 31st at 07.00p.m.
    The price for the festivity is 50 euros per person
    children between 5 and 13 pay 30 Euros
    Including all drinks it is 90 euros
    (50 euros for children between 5 and 13)
    lodging is seperate and of course all of this needs a reservation !
    ------------------------------------------------
    Jahreswechsel wie im Mittelalter

    Lasset Euch zurückversetzen, in eine Zeit, in der man gar artig zu feiern wußte...

    Um die neunzehnte Stunde werdet Ihr mit einem Punsche am Feuer empfangen. Alsbald beginnt die ritterliche Tafeley im alten Wirtshaus, dass sich die Tische biegen.
    Bei Kerzenlicht und Kaminfeuer erfreut Euch Spielmann und Gaukler des Mittelalters mit "allerley Kurtzweyl" und Musik aus vergangenen Jahrhunderten. Hansteinisch Gebräu hell und dunkel, gekelterte Weine von roten und weißen Reben, geistig Getränk, Säftly und schäumend Wein werden Euch bis zwei Stunden nach Mitternacht gereichet.

    Pauschalpreis für die Teilnahme an der mittelalterlichen Silvesterfeier:
    50 Euro pro Person
    30 Euro für Knappen von 5 bis 13 Lenze

    Pauschalpreis einschließlich Getränken: (wie oben beschrieben)
    90 Euro pro Person / 50 Euro für Knappen von 5 bis 13 Lenze
    -------------------------------------
    you will see how to find this place, when you take a look at my page about Ruine Hanstein

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Food and Dining
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Europe Hotels

See all 131711 Hotels in Europe

Top Europe Hotels

Albufeira Hotels
363 Reviews - 685 Photos
Sorrento Hotels
653 Reviews - 1466 Photos
Palma de Mallorca Hotels
759 Reviews - 2013 Photos
Salou Hotels
170 Reviews - 301 Photos
Malgrat de Mar Hotels
40 Reviews - 56 Photos
Rome Hotels
12301 Reviews - 27568 Photos
Benidorm Hotels
446 Reviews - 773 Photos
Florence Hotels
5249 Reviews - 11835 Photos
Amsterdam Hotels
10465 Reviews - 22000 Photos
Torremolinos Hotels
443 Reviews - 1618 Photos
Paris Hotels
22946 Reviews - 56910 Photos
Nice Hotels
1857 Reviews - 3980 Photos
Sunny Beach Hotels
157 Reviews - 286 Photos
Montecatini Terme Hotels
47 Reviews - 110 Photos
Annecy Hotels
251 Reviews - 792 Photos

Instant Answers: Europe

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

8 travelers online now

Comments

Europe Local Customs

Reviews and photos of Europe local customs posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Europe sightseeing.
Map of Europe

Popular Countries in Europe

United Kingdom Local Customs  Italy Local Customs  France Local Customs  Spain Local Customs  Germany Local Customs  Greece Local Customs  Netherlands Local Customs  Portugal Local Customs  Ireland Local Customs  Belgium Local Customs  Switzerland Local Customs  Croatia Local Customs  Austria Local Customs  Sweden Local Customs  Poland Local Customs  Norway Local Customs  Russia Local Customs  Czech Republic Local Customs  Denmark Local Customs  Hungary Local Customs  Bulgaria Local Customs  Finland Local Customs  Romania Local Customs  Slovenia Local Customs  Cyprus Local Customs  Malta Local Customs  Iceland Local Customs  Ukraine Local Customs  Bosnia and Herzegovina Local Customs  FYR of Macedonia Local Customs  Estonia Local Customs  Lithuania Local Customs  Republic of Montenegro Local Customs  Slovakia Local Customs  Latvia Local Customs  Albania Local Customs  Republic of Serbia Local Customs  Luxembourg Local Customs  Gibraltar Local Customs  Monaco Local Customs  Belarus Local Customs  Moldova Local Customs  Andorra Local Customs  Faroe Islands Local Customs  Vatican City Local Customs  Svalbard Local Customs  Liechtenstein Local Customs  San Marino Local Customs 

More Countries in Europe

Europe Members Meetings

Sep 03, 2015 
planxty ventures "Oop North" (1)
Sep 04, 2015 
A weekend on the canal
Sep 05, 2015 
Drinks and a Chat
Sep 07, 2015 
planxty ventures "Oop North" (2)

see all Europe member meetings