We have added a “Physical Map of Europe” to our collection. So what is a Physical map anyway and how would it differ from a “Political Map of Europe“?
Physical maps have virtually the same information as political maps however they are designed to show physical structures or land-forms such as lakes, mountains, seas, oceans, deserts, plains, forests, jungles and grasslands. This topographical depiction of a map better illustrates the physical features you would come up against should you be moving physically through the country or continent depicted.
Do not mistake a physical map of Europe with a topographical map of Europe. While once these maps are similar they are not exactly the same. A topographical map will usually use contour lines to show changes in landscape. These changes often relate to altitude.
With the year 2019 about to end we decided that it was time to add an updated version of our map of Europe. Physically, not a lot has changed from the beginning to the end of 2019. The Crimea is technically still part of Ukraine but it controlled by Russia and that situation doesn’t look like it will be resolved any time soon.
The map of the European Union (EU) looks like it will be changing in 2020 with Boris Johnson winning the recent UK election. Prime Minister Johnson has promised to bring on Brexit early in 2020 which means we will have to update the EU map due to the United Kingdom (UK) leaving. Experts are saying that this could precipitate a break up of the UK in the near future. Scotland and it’s population did not vote for brexit and did not reflect the rest of the UK in voting in conservative Members of Parliament. By the end of 2020 we could see the Scottish MP’s moving towards another referendum to leave the UK and this time all the experts are expecting the leave vote to win. The other constituency that didn’t vote for brexit and is starting to distance itself from it’s British brethren is Northern Ireland. Boris Johnson’s plan to put a custom border in the middle of the Irish Sea has put offside the british unionists in Northern Ireland and there are signs that there is growing support for a union with the Irish Republic. ironically, Boris in his efforts to move the UK from the EU may have put the final nail in the coffin of the United Kingdom as we know it.
The biggest changes in the year 2020 are likely to be in demographics. While this won’t change the look of a physical map of Europe or even the political map of Europe, what it will do is change the ethnic populations of parts of the European Union. Brexit will cause all sorts of ramifications for British people who have purchased houses, land and businesses in the rest of Europe. Many of these people will be forced to head back home to the United Kingdom.
It is hard to see how brexit is going to be good for economy of the UK and for that matter the economy of the EU in general. France and Germany are already eyeing off London’s claim on the European finance sector. Making it harder to sell goods and services into Europe which is Britain’s biggest external market place cannot be good for British business. Taxes and tariffs will be applied to most goods being sold into the EU from the Uk making them more expensive and making it harder for those goods and services to compete.
2019 was a turbulent year around the globe and 2020 is looking like it is not going to be much better. Here’s hoping that we are wrong. have good Christmas if you are celebrating it and have a fun and safe New Year. Love from the team at “mapofeurope.com”.
Europe Map with Countries
The map of Europe above has all the countries marked with borders and all major bodies of water such as the North Sea. Capital cities are marked for all countries and some other major cities have been marked also. We have the 10 smallest countries of Europe marked to the largest country in Europe. This is the latest 2020 map of Europe with countries and it shows the United Kingdom as part of Europe as Brexit has only caused it to leave the European Union in 2020 and not Europe itself.
Click on the Europe Map above to get a larger more detailed view
Map of Europe and information about the continent
We have added a map that is probably our best and largest. On Map of Europe we have termed our political map and although strictly it does not contain everything a political map should have it is close enough and is much easier to read than your standard Political map.
Europe is the sixth largest continent by land mass (approximately 3,997,929 square miles or 10,354,636 square km). Only one continent is smaller and that is Australia. The population is about 739,300,000 individuals, which makes it the world’s third most populated and it boasts some of the oldest civilizations of any continent.
Travelling Europe is one of life’s pleasures and due to the above mentioned civilization age, it boasts one of the oldest tourism industries also. Being so long established Europe caters well for every type of traveller.
Europe is made up of 20 countries. The smallest is Vatican City, which is virtually only a suburb of Rome. The largest country is Russia, although if we are talking about Western Europe, then that would be France.
So if you are travelling a good map of Europe is necessary. We do live in a time of smart phones that have GPS functions but it is still a good idea to have a paper map of Europe as a backup. They fold up to be quite small, so every backpacker should have on one in her or his backpack. If you find yourself outside of signal range or if the battery in your GPS or phone empties, you still have a way of knowing where you are.
The diversity of cultures in Europe is one of the key reasons it is such a popular tourist destination. If you are looking for lazy summer beaches then Croatia, Greece, Spain and France are just some of the best hot spots for that type of travel. If Skiing is your thing then you might want to get out the maps of Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and Slovenia. These countries have some of the best skiing in the world and some places you can ski all the year round. A good way to get to these ski fields is to travel by train as the train system in Europe is so good it is hardly affected by snow. buying a Eurail pass is the best way to go and here is a rail map of Europe to show you all the routes and destinations. We have also included a massive Eurail Map.
When looking at a topographic map of Europe you will notice that it is very mountainous and much of the wilder places are covered in arboreal forests. So if hiking is your thing then Europe is only quite willing to cater to your needs.
Some of the oceans and Seas that border the continent are as follows. The Barents Sea, Arctic Ocean and Norwegian Sea are to the north. The North Sea and Baltic Sea’s are more or less in the middle of the map. The Atlantic Ocean and the Greenland and Celtic Sea’s are off to the west of the continent. The Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean Sea’s lie to the south. The Black and Caspian Sea’s lie more or less to the east. Other naturally occurring borders are Ural Mountains and the Ural River and the Caucus Region (a group of countries, the best known of which are Armenia and Georgia).
Some Political information about Europe
There are about 50 countries that make up the continent of Europe. The largest being Russia and the smallest being Vatican City. Most countries in Europe belong to the European Union and use the Euro as currency. Click on the links below to learn more about each country.
Other physical features of the continent of Europe
The main rivers are the Danube, Rhine, Volga, Seine, Ural and Loire. The longest being the Danube. The main mountain ranges are The Alps, Pyrenees, Ural, Caucus and the Carpathian mountains. The highest mountain in Europe is situated in Russia and is called Mt Elbrus, it is 5642 meters high although the highest in Western Europe is Mt Blanc which is situated in France.
What the the Europe Map looked like in 2019 is below
Well it is that time of the year again. It is time to start thinking about what the Europe Map is going to look like in 2019. Last year in 2018 we speculated as to what the Europe Map would look like in 2018. We speculated about the UK leaving the EU or more importantly what that separation would look like. Well here we are in 2019 and we are still speculating.
Russia’s pressure on the Ukraine has not increased but has maintained at the same level, so we could see a change in that area of Europe in the near future. Turkey has not entered the European Union and doesn’t look like it will in 2019 or maybe ever.
With Donald Trump’s machinations in the White house and Vladamir Putin’s continuing resentment of the EU and Germany in particular, 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year.
We have finally done it. We have upgraded our oldest map post to a new and better version. Google will probably hate it like it hates the rest of this site but we won’t let that stop us. We aren’t really sure if this is a political map or not but it follows a similar format of the original, that is good enough for us. The next map we will be updating is our road map of Europe. Stay tuned!
Ye Olde Map of Europe
This is the oldest map of Europe we have on the site. It was the first map uploaded back in the late nineties. Yes MapofEurope.com has been around that long. We originally got this map from the CIA World Fact Book. Yes that site has been around even longer.
It is at about this time of year with the silly season fast approaching, that we take a look at how the borders of Europe have changed in 2016. We have had a pretty turbulent couple of years, with the war in the Ukraine and the refugee crisis. So we are going to put up a map of Europe 2016, as of the 13th of October 2016.
Europe hasn’t changed dramatically since the Balkan war in the eighties and nineties when Yugoslavia was broken up into Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia. The big and very controversial and it has to be said unpopular change is the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Shown on this map with a red squiggle around it. Although the Crimea has a majority of Russian speaking population it has always been considered to be a part of the Ukraine. In 2014 The Crimean people did have a referendum on leaving the Ukraine in 2014. The overwhelming vote was to leave, although there are rumblings that some of the voting was rigged. Russia fully integrated the Crimea into the Russian federation in 2015 and the status of the Crimea has be left in limbo.
So that is the map of Europe as it stands for 2016. Will it be the same in 2017. Maybe not. With Catalonia and the Basque country demanding independence we may see a redrawing of the European boundaries in 2017.
Above we have a massive map of Europe. The size of the map is 2500 pixels by 1761. To get the full view you need to click on the image and then click on the X in the top right corner. below are the Countries of Europe and the respective capital cities. Although we haven’t specifically highlighted the countries of the European Union Follow this link to see a map of the EU. We have now added a wonderful Physical map of Europe.
It is now 2019 and not a lot has changed. This map is probably still the best overall map of Europe on this site. Although we have added a map of Europe for 2019. We are making this page a big database of maps of Europe. So we are combining all the old maps onto one page.
While we believe the above political map of Europe is probably the best we have ever published. Here at MapofEurope.com we feel we need to bring our readers as many version of similar maps as possible. The CIA website has a massive database of maps and we have edited the large map at the CIA and cut out another version of a political map of Europe.
Even though it looks like this is a newer political map of Europe it really isn’t. It is just a portion of one of the oldest maps on the web.
Map of Europe 2018
We know we might be jumping the gun a little here by publishing what we think the 2018 map of Europe is going to look like but we are known for being impatient. However it is nearly 2018 already and the borders of Europe are not going to change a lot in that time.
The map of Europe above is huge so click on it and then hit the little icon in the top right hand corner to make it enlarge to full size. It has the names of all the European countries and shows the borders and capital cities. The map also shows many of the larger cities of the countries in question. Some notable non-capital cities are Geneva in Switzerland, Cologne in Germany, Bordeaux in France. Below we will list all the capital cities and the country they are the capital of.
A New Europe Map
This is the new 2018 Political Europe Map. Europe isn’t changing much at the moment. Not like in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The only change we can expect either this year or in the next few years is the United Kingdom leaving the EU. Russia seems to have curbed it’s expansionist ways. Although there is still some trouble in the Ukraine.
While the physical boundaries of the countries in Europe are not likely to change in the near future. Obviously the physical Europe map itself will not change at all. We do try to provide at least 2 updated maps every year.
Other countries that might change the face of Europe in the near future are countries like Hungary and Poland. Both these countries have elected a parliament that is somewhat antagonistic to the European Union. While Turkey is on the border of Asia and Europe. It has been trying to join the European Union, however recent changes to the political climate are making it’s inclusion look a bit shaky.
While not technically a political map of Europe in the strictest sense. This map tries to set a delineation between the European Union Countries and the rest of Europe. It also is an attempt to see how the other non European Union countries fit within the greater European region. Technically speaking go here, if you want to see a political map of Europe in the historical definition of the phrase. This area is mostly about conjecture and how Europe ties together as a continent. It will be updated regularly and this map may change and others will be added.
We will also be adding historically accurate political maps so as to show how politics progressed through you Europe over time. In researching this area we found some interesting and sometimes funny and sometimes serious events that caused unusual redrawing of the borders of various countries that make up Europe. Some countries were created and some were lost to time and the borders moved around quite a deal through out the 4000 years of European history. Politically speaking most countries started out as city states and then as one state or another became dominant, the others in the vicinity got swallowed up. One extreme example of this is the Roman empire which swallowed up huge tracts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East for that matter. It was all considered part of the Roman empire and eventually when the empire split up and slowly died certain geographical regions banded together to eventually form the countries of Europe. Some of these remain to this day and others have fallen by the way side. It will definitely be an interesting insight into how politics and culture work together at nation building. Stay tuned.
What countries are in Europe map?
There are a few definitions of Europe we can consider when answering this question. There is the EU (European Union) which is one definition of Europe but that is not encompassing enough for us. There are countries that Span both Europe and Asia like Russia which some want to put into Asia only. We do subscribe to this point of view either. Then there are countries like Georgia that aren’t transcontinental with Europe but are very European in the make up of the population and culture but are not officially part of Europe. Here at mapofeurope.com feel that all these countries should be given a chance to participate in the great experiment known as Europe. Below we have a comprehensive table of the countries that are within Europe.
Above we have a simple World Map with continents and Regions in different colors. Here at “Map of Europe” we realized that many users coming to our site wanted to look at a map of the world and the continents and regions.
World Map with Countries
We have a Political World Map below with countries outlined but we have been asked many times to breakout the continents in the map to make them more obvious. We have done this above and this image will become the foundation of our “World Map 2020”. The year 2019 has not ended so the final layout for the chart above has not been finalized. The above image is an easy to use learning guide for schools and colleges. This page will become a repository for all future maps of the world from now on.
Continental borders are a little ambiguous and fluid at the moment and we tried to cater for this by adding some regions.
Below is a list continental border anomalies.
Western Russia is marked as being part of Asia even though generally it is considered part of Europe. We did this because we felt there was room on the web for a simpler version of a world map, one that ignored some of the border ambiguities.
We have added the Middle East as a region. This was due to many users emailing us and asking how does the middle east relate to the rest of the world.
Australasia is marked in aqua and this region is sometimes referred to as Oceania. This is not strictly accurate but like we said above these matters are somewhat ambiguous. Strictly speaking the content is generally referred to as just Australia.
Egypt is marked as Part of Africa above. While this is strictly correct it could have also fallen in under the region of the Middle East.
This map is not meant to be a definitive or even strictly accurate depiction of the world. As we said earlier that tends to be fluid anyway. This map is meant to be a quick reference guide for students and teachers to use when doing geography or cartography on the fly.
Political Map of the World
A world map is usually a map of the surface of the Earth, which is often made utilizing any one of a variety of map projections. Maps of the world in most cases are either ‘physical’ or ‘political’, but there are exceptions to this rule. The goal of the physical map is usually to demonstrate attributes of geography like mountains, soil variety or even land utilization.
The most crucial function of the political map is to demonstrate territorial borders and political boundaries. These are not always clear cut but most political maps of the world will try and give you a best match fora certain point in history. Geological maps demonstrate not just the physical surface area, but attributes of the underlying rock, fault lines, and sub surface structures.
When travelling the world and taking advantage of cheap flights, it is important to get travel insurance. It will give you that extra peace of mind, knowing that even if you luggage doesn’t make it. You will not be left out in the cold. There are many types of travel insurance, so pick the right one for you. Some of the types that are most commonly used are Medical Travel insurance, Trip Protection, Luggage and Car Rental Protection and Delay coverage.
World Map for 2019.
Has much changed since we added World Map 2018 ? Not really. There are still wars raging in the middle east that threaten to change the face of the world map but borders have not been redrawn as yet.
There is still Putin’s Russia pressurising the Ukraine, which has potential to change the face of the world map and redraw some borders in Europe.
Africa is surprisingly stable for now and not much has changed on that continent.
China’s military is becoming more recalcitrant in the the South China Sea and some of the islands and atolls it has squatted on have the potential to change China’s borders but with an increasingly aggressive president in the USA, we might see some flash points in this area.
Here at Europe map, we now have a Europe Map for 2019.
It is basically a political world map although it does not use the traditional political map colors. Those colors are so 1995 anyway.
In this world map we include all the countries of the world and their related capital cities. It is a relatively large map at 2908 pixels by 1467 pixels. Also, it shows the relationship between the new Europe map and the other continents in the world. Another good reference for world maps is this page on Wikipedia.
Another thing that makes this map of the world stand out is that it includes all the little island archipelagos of the world. So if you are going to one of those remote holiday destinations like the Canary Islands. On this map you will be able to see where it relates to the rest of the world.
If you want to enlarge the map click on it and then click on the little “x” in the top right corner to get the biggest possible version of the map. You will have to scroll around it as it generally to large for most computer screens.
One of the new countries it lists is South Sudan, which is probably Africa’s most recent country. other non European countries that are listed are New Zealand, Mexico, Thailand and North Korea.
Here we have an updated map of all the intercontinental railway lines of Europe. 2019 is fast approaching and rail network will not be changing next year so we though we would put this up for those trying to play their European holiday in 2019.
There are a number of ways of getting cheap travel through out Europe and a Eurail pass in one of those. It will get you anywhere in Europe for a one off fee, depending on how long you are travelling for.
Although air fares can be cheap these day, you miss so much when flying. The train lets you experience Europe in a different and more involving way. You travel in the luxury you can afford and even meet people along the way.
Travelling by train around Europe can be a destination in itself, something you can’t say about plane flights.
This is a list of the ten (10) smallest countries within Europe. What constitutes a country can be debated and while this list is meant to be educational. It is also meant to be fun and is not sticking to the strict description of country.
Plus 6 more…
1. Vatican City
Technically Vatican City is considered a ‘sovereign city-state’ and is only 0.44 km2 in size. Not only is this the smallest country in Europe but also one of the smallest in the world. This is a country within a city. The Vatican is situated in the City of Rome. It is isn’t even big enough to be considered a suburb. That gives you some idea about it’s size. The head of the country is the Pope and population of about 800 people is mostly made up of clergy and supporting staff.
Monaco is famous around the world as the centre of luxury, opulence and gambling in Europe. It is only 1.95 km2 and is formally known as the Principality of Monaco. Like Vatican City it is also is a “sovereign city-state”. It is completely surrounded by France and has access to the Mediterranean Sea. The head of state is known as the prince of Monaco and it has a population of approximately 38,000 people.
3. San Marino
The Republic of San Marino is only 61 km2. It is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. It has a population of about 31,000 people and is a enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy.
the Principality of Liechtenstein is 160 km2 in area and has a population of about 37,000 people. One interesting fact about Liechtenstein is that it has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world. It is also infamously known as a tax haven. Recently tax avoiders who have been using Liechtenstein’s services have had their names leaked. This seems have facilitated a move by Liechtenstein to move away from that tax haven status.
Malta is made up of three different islands in the Mediterranean . The islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. Situated south of Sicily, the islands get very mild weather. It 316 km2 and has a population of about 418, 000 citizens. The capital of Malta is Valletta, which has a population of about 7000 citizens.
Andorra is situated on the border of Spain and France and has a population of about 85,000 people. It is a tax haven and known for cheap duty free goods. It is also known for it’s ski resorts. Land area is 468 km2 and has been an independent principality since 1278.
Luxembourg is a Grand Duchy that is situated on the borders of France, Belgium and Germany with a area of 2,586 km2. This landlocked country has a population of about 530,000 individuals. It has three official languages French, German and Luxembourgish.
Cyprus is an Island off the coast of Turkey which covers 9,251 km2. Ithas had a very chequered recent past, where Turkey and Greece fought a war to control it. These days it is relatively peaceful and is a tourist Mecca. It is peppered with ancient monuments and sites, so history buffs are catered for. It has also some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and for something different the visitor can go have a look at the demilitarized zone (the border between the Turkish and Greek areas).
At the time of writing this article Kosovo was Europe’s newest country and at 10,887 km2 is the second largest in this group of countries. Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008 although Russia and Serbia do not recognize the newly formed republic. The mostly Albanian population is friendly and very welcoming of tourists. The official languages are Albanian and Serbian, although many of Kosovo’s younger citizens understand English.
The small country of Montenegro is yet another former member of the Yugoslavian republic. At 13,812 km2 it is the largest of this group of small countries. A beautiful little country nestled on the Adriatic coast. You can be dipping your feet in the Adriatic one moment and an hour later you are skiing.
We have added a new Hungary map for 2019 as the old one was starting to show some wear and tear. it shows all the provinces, capital city, major cities and major roads.
As people generate more revenues these days, they are now getting more inclined to leisure activities. Leisure, nowadays, becomes more like a “necessity” for most people, and travelling has become one of the most popular among these recreational activities. In this light, a lot of countries have invested so much in their local tourism, and one of these nations would be Hungary – the house of the biggest thermal water system.
Hungary, or currently called as the Republic of Hungary, is a small country situated in the middle section of Central Europe. Bearing the crown as one of the oldest countries in Europe, Hungary, with Budapest as its capital and largest city, is a haven of beautiful tourist attractions, the home of the legendary Hungarian hospitality, fun-loving people, rich cultural heritage, splendid architectural infrastructures, and other insurmountable exciting activities which visitors can indulge into. Following the map of Hungary, Budapest is surrounded by countries such as Slovakia from the north, Ukraine and Romania from the east, Austria from the west and Serbia and Croatia to the south. Every year, as one of the thirty most populated tourist destinations of the world, approximately 8 million tourists from the different parts of the globe is attracted to travel Hungary each year.
Going to Hungary on a holiday or vacation will be worth all the time and effort; one can feel the serenity and revitalizing atmosphere so much that all the stresses and hassles of everything you have left behind on another country just drains away. Take a trip to Lemmenjoki National Park and Oulanka National Park and hike through their treks, you’ll really appreciate the beauty and power of nature in the imposing heights of the conifers and clarity of the lakes, you’ll even get to see Hungary’s national Bird, the Whooper swan!
Some of the attractions the guests would expect when they travel Hungary would include Roman ruins and ancient Turkish monuments, which are very convenient to visit since the edifices are found side by side. And among these breathtaking primeval buildings would include Castle Hill, which is often coined as Buda’s “old town”. With a little of touch of modern architectural designs, this centuries-old building has gone through a lot of renovations using vintage materials. Another famous landmark would be the Buda Royal Palace – a humongous building located at the southern end of the Castle Hill. Having been rebuilt 400 years ago, this antique palace now homes the National Széchenyi Library, Budapest History Museum, and the Hungarian National Gallery. Another famous tourist spot would be the Gellért Hill. Almost visible from everywhere in Budapest, this 14-metre monument is one of the memorable landmarks in the land. With a Freedom Monument on its peak, this monument symbolizes the country’s liberty from the supremacy of the Nazis. Among the other prominent “prides” of the city would include the Fisherman’s Bastion (often the first part of vacation tours), The Chain Bridge (the bridge that links Buda and Pest), the world’s second biggest Parliament, St. Stephen Basilica, The Great Synagogue (second largest in the world), Hero’s Square, Balaton – the largest fresh water lake providing a natural utopia for tourists, and the Margaret Island, where people can relax and enjoy great amenities, including a sport stadium, numerous tennis courts, an outdoor swimming complex, an open air theatre, Japanese and Rose gardens, early medieval ruins, two spa hotels and a beer garden.
As Hungary tourism marks a spot in the world of global travel, countless luxurious hotels, restaurants and cheap car rental services have sprung for the convenience and comfort of the guests. With numerous spectacular scenes to witness and with the presence of a lot of amenities within the locality for suitability, a vacation in Hungary would indeed be an escape worth remembering.
We have added a new Croatia Map. The old one has become a bit long in the tooth but does have some characteristics that the new map doesn’t. So we have included it below if you are here looking for that map.
This new map was added in 2019 and includes all major roads, provinces and larger towns and cities. The provinces and capital cities are included in the table below and are in population order.
Whether you intend to visit Croatia as a tourist or just for any other activities, you will definitely fall in love with the cities, the people and the country as a whole. This map of Croatia will help you discover its delights. The country is located in Europe and has a bigger population than most other European countries. The country is a member of the European Union and has for a long time been involved in major decision making processes of the union.
There are cheap flights available from major airlines to Croatia any month of the year. The cheap flights are available online and offline. Many airlines offer the cheap flights during the festive seasons or their respective anniversaries. It can sometimes be tricky to get the cheap flights but with patience and a little research, the cheap flights can be found without having to struggle.
There are many more Tourist Attractions in Croatia than in most other European countries. In fact Croatia is one of Europe’s premier travel destinations. They are located in different places within the country and they charge reasonably affordable charges for their services. Zagreb is one of the cities tourists will definitely fall in love with. The city is Croatia’s capital and has numerous museums and galleries for every art and history lover. Accommodations in Zagreb are not a challenge but compared to other cities and towns hotels and lodges here are slightly expensive. To find a good place to stay during your vacation or holiday, make early bookings. These can be done online or through your travel agency. With early bookings you can secure reduced charges and probably get the best room a guest house or a lodge has. All places rendering accommodation services treat their guests like royalty so you should not worry at all about when kind of treatment you will receive.
There are nice beaches on the coastline where all the fun begins. Here, one gets to sample all the seafood available and even have a chance to chat with the locals. The seafood can be served hot on the beach or if you like, you can make a room service order and enjoy the food in the privacy of your own room. There are also beach games like beach volleyball and beach soccer. Then there is the wonderful under water adventures that come along with scuba diving. If you have never tried under water experience, try it in Croatia. You will definitely love the experience. There are other lots of parks to enjoy all across Croatia. To find out more about the cool places in Croatia consult your travel guide agency.
Before you travel Croatia, make sure you know the kind of weather you are going to find there. Summers are mostly crowded with tourist flying to the coastal parts of Croatia while winters have fewer flights because of the cold weather. The best time to fly to Croatia is during spring when the weather is cool and there are cheap flights to most cities of Europe. Then make sure you find some time to chat with the locals. You will fall in love with them due to their friendly nature. Lastly get a map of Croatia so you will know where to go around.
Click on the image above to get a large version of the map of the European Union. The European Union is currently a conglomeration of 28 European countries, which we will list below. The map has included the United Kingdom. However due to the Brexit vote https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit, The UK will not be in the EU for much longer and at that point wel will be updating this map. The only hard border that will be affected by this is the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Currently the EU has a population of about 510,000,000 people and an area of 4,475,757 km2 but as mentioned above thie will all change soon. The EU started with the treaty of Paris in 1951 and was only made up of six countries. This being the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and West Germany and originated from the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and in 1957 at the treaty of Rome the European Economic Community (EEC) was brought into being. The Maastricht Treaty of 1993 brought into being the European Union as we know it today.
Spain is a lovely place to visit, with one of Europe’s best climates and friendly people to boot. A vacation to Spain will leave you with some amazing lasting memories. Travel around this wonderful country is easy. You can’t escape Spain’s history and culture even if you wanted to. It is simply everywhere. Spain wears it’s history proudly from the Basque region in the north to the borders of Portugal in the south. A summer holiday in Spain is something everyone should at least once in their life. The warm weather will even allow for you to backpack around Spain and if you cant get accommodation just camp somewhere. All you really need is a sleeping bag and a small roll up mattress, this is even better (safer) if you do it as a group. As with anywhere there are elements that could spoil your holiday so make sure to take out some good travel insurance. There are many good travel insurance companies around the web, so do some research and ask your travel agent to get you some quotes. However make sure you check as travel agents can often have incentives to push certain insurance policies and may not always be offering the cheapest or the best. A good map of Spain will not go amiss when travelling through this wonderful country.
Cheap tickets to Spain are always on offer. Budget airlines are constantly fighting each other for business. If you wait and time your purchases right you can get some incredible deals. Spain has one of the best train networks in Europe and rail is a viable alternative to flying. The beauty of rail is that it also lets you take in the magnificent vistas that the countryside offers, rather than just flying over the top of it.
Like France, every type of tourism is catered for. Scenic tourism, cultural tourism, historical tourism, relaxation and shopping. You can do one or more of these in a day. You could take in the historical sites of Madrid by day and then go out to some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes at night. Culture comes in many forms and Madrid has them all from bull fights and running with the bulls all the way through to opera. Madrid has been voted one of the worlds most liveable cities on a number of occasions and there is no wonder why. A gorgeous town with a wonderfully friendly population.
Here are some facts about Spain
Official name is the Kingdom of Spain. It is situated in central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Portugal and France. The Seas that border it are : Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscal and Mediterranean Sea. The land mass is 504,030 km/squared and a population of approximately 46 million people. The capital city is Madrid. Spain’s political system is a Parliamentary democracy and constitutional and the official language is Spanish.
In the map of Europe, you can actually see a lot of potential places one can have their dream vacation. One of the most popular countries that are known to give maximum satisfaction to foreigners is Serbia. Tourists in the place will get the chance to enjoy the national parks found in Belgrade. Mountain resorts are also widely available in the place that it leads the tourists to visit the country very often. In fact, it is claimed that Serbia possesses a terrific beauty of mountains, lakes, ski resorts and reservoirs. During summer, it is noticeable that there is a heavy influx of German, Italian, English and French tourists, while New Year is reserved for the Slovenian nationals. Also, one of the best characteristics of Serbian which lead people to visit the place more often is the hospitality shown by the Serbians towards the country’s tourists.
When you get to visit the map of Serbia, you will be able to see lots of Serbia destinations which would surely bring you a one of a kind vacation experience.
If you get to travel Serbia, you will be able to see the marvellous nature-endowed tourist destinations which no other tourist spots could parallel with. All you have to do is ride by a plane from London which would just usually take you about 2 hours and 40 minutes. However, it should be noted that the national airline, the Jat Airways, does not cater direct flights coming from the US. If you are coming from the neighbouring European countries, you can travel Serbia by rail or by road though bus, trains and buses. When you are in Serbia already, you could avail of the car rental services which are offered at a relatively affordable price.
With regards to the accommodation within Serbia, you can find concentrations of Deluxe and 5-star hotels in Belgrade and Novi Sad. The smaller towns offer hotels that are mid-price or owned and operated by the state. Furthermore, some of these state-owned hotels have been bought by private institutions and are refurbished to meet the current demand of the foreigners and tourist when it comes to comfort and style. Overall, the hotels in Serbia are collectively great. Prices of the accommodations actually vary being the 5-star class hotels, the most expensive. Aside from this, there are also small boutique hotels that can be seen in Nis, Belgrade and Novi Sad.
But there is more, if you are finding alternative places to stay in Serbia you can actually rent a Camper and roam around Serbia without hassle. A list of companies that offer camper truck rentals can be found on National Tourism Organisation of Serbia. There are also several inns and motels along the major roads of Serbia. Prices actually vary based on several factors like tourist season, location and the quality of service rendered.
If you have the desire to roam aroundEurope, never miss going to Serbia for this place would surely bring you the kind of vacation you have been dreaming of.
If you love travelling around the world, then you should not miss passing through Montenegro. Because of the scenic and beautiful attractions which the country offers which you will see in the map of Montenegro, the number of tourists and visitors who are coming to the place increases almost every year. In fact, tourism is one of the major industries which keep Montenegro a progressing country today.
Back in the 1980’s, the country is well known be a good tourist destination because of the combination of coastal and mountainous sceneries. Until today, the country receives a lot of international awards because of the beauty it possesses. Some of the recognitions which were awarded to the country include “50 Places of a Lifetime”, “Top 31 Places to Go in 2010″ and “10 Top Hot Spots of 2009″. In fact, the country is considered to be one of the fast growing tourism industries in the worlds.
Getting to Montenegro has never been this fast because of the presence of Montenegro Airlines, the national airline of the country. If you are coming from Paris, the flight would usually take around 2 hours and 40 minutes while from Budapest, it would just take you 1 hour and 10 minutes. However, you could still get to Montenegro by water, by rail or by the land.
Sightseeing in Montenegro would be more efficient and worthwhile if you get to have a car. To cater your need for car rental, there are lots of for hire car firms in the airport as well as in the maintown which are 24/7 ready to be of service to you.
To travel Montenegro would surely be a worthwhile and memorable experience to you and your family. For your comfortable and cozy accommodation needs, you may check in to some of the most luxurious hotels found in coastal areas which are rated from 1-star to 5-star hotels. The mountainous and coastal sceneries found in the country lead the hotels to be fully-booked all year round. This is why is strongly advised to have an advance booking or reservation to the hotels of your desire.
Montenegro has really lots to offer which is why many tourists keep on coming back to the place. In Kotor, you will be amazed with the ancient Venetian architecture, a clock tower which has already been present since the 17th century, the Cathedral of St Tiphun which is known for its glorious twin towers and museums. Just above Kotor, you will be able to take a mountain trek in Lovcen.
Montenegro is also proud to present the beauty within Ulcinj which is considered to the one of the most aged towns. Ulcinj contains the Renaissance Church Mosque and the Balsica Tower which really engrossed people to come again and visit the place. In Ulcinj, you could have day trips along the lengthy beach of Velika Plaza, go to Sasko Lake, scuba diving, Jet Ski, boat tours and kite surfing. In fact, it is deemed that Montenegro possesses the finest and the best beaches in the Mediterranean. With the place’s 2000-year old history, extensive fine sand beaches, rolling hillsides and hospitality of the Montenegrins, it is no wonder that Montenegro highly commend this place to be a great spot to have your family vacations. You will also enjoy other activities such as hiking, paragliding, rafting and biking in one of the UNESCO awarded World Natural Heritage because of the glacial landscapes, pine forests, deep gorges and high peaks, the Durmitor National Park.
With the country’s beauty endowed by nature, it is no wonder that Montenegro continues to be the emerging tourist destination in Europe today.
Western Europe as we know it, is a geopolitical construct that came into being at the time of the Cold War. Although references to West and Eastern Europe can be traced back to the Roman empire.
Shortly after World War 2 the alliance between the USSR and England/USA broke down and in it’s place rose the cold war. The two sides where named the East and the West. The west was made up of the Western alliance countries of Europe, including countries such as Spain, England and France. However in this stand off even countries not in Europe like the United States of America were considered part of the “The West”.
Eastern Europe was a conglomeration of countries that the USSR annexed and countries that were subservient to the USSR. most if not all of these countries were communist countries. Here we have a new map of Easter Europe.
Post Cold War, the terminology of Western and Eastern Europe remained, even though technically the lines between East and West were becoming blurry.
In the map above the countries in blue are considered western countries, although during the cold war Germany was split into East and West. The Green countries are countries that are becoming more and more Westernized and would probably consider themselves as part of Western Europe now. many of which have joined or are attempting to join the European Union.
The countries in Red above make up what is known as Eastern Europe. East Europe as a concept has been in decline since the end of the cold war. Many of the countries on the Western border of the above countries marked in red have either entered the European Union or are moving to join. Joining the European Union is conceptual a step to becoming a Western country. Countries like Slovenia, Poland, Bulgaria and even the Czech Republic. Look at this map for a more complete idea of the countries that make up Western Europe and a list of the countries trying to enter the European Union.
The end of the cold war saw the end of the many large conglomerations of communist nations. The biggest of these was the Soviet Union (The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) which was made up of countries such as Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Ukraine, Georgia and a number of other countries. so the map above is more of a modern representation of the countries that formerly made up East Europe. Other former Communist Nations that split up into smaller countries are as follows:
Yugoslavia – which split into Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.
Czechoslovakia – Which split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
So as you can see even though we still use the terms Western and Eastern Europe, they are quickly becoming an outdated concept and the boundary that separates East and West is blurrier than ever.
here we have a list of the countries that make up Eastern Europe.
Both the countries of Germany and Austria had decided in 2010 to not allow Google street view operate in the respective countries. This decision has made for a very unusual map of Germany and Austria. In the map above you can see that the countries all around have squiggly green lines all over them. These are the areas that a Google street view vehicle has managed to record.
One of the reasons that were given for this ban was that Google was recording personal information from wireless networks the vehicles encountered and the respective governments felt this may have been against some statutes.
Austria in 2011 lifted the ban on Google street view with the proviso that only photos are allowed and not video. However google did not venture back into the alpine country until 2017. Progress has been slow and so far only very little of the country has been added to the street view database.
We have added a new Slovakia map for 2019. It shows all the major roads, major cities, Capital city and Provinces.
Slovakia is a small country located in the Central Europe, south of Poland. Most part of the country is rugged and mountainous. Thus, it is a perfect destination for winter sports of all kinds. Bratislava is the capital city of this nation, where population is about 431,000 and still counting. It is the cultural, political and economic centre of Slovakia. This is where a large number of museums, galleries, theatres, universities and other cultural and educational institutions are found.
When you choose to travel Slovakia, you will come across with European style of museums like the largest Slovak National Gallery at Razusovo. This is where you can find the baroque and gothic art, which are truly remarkable. Historically restored both permanent and temporary art exhibitions are also set up in the following palaces in Old Town. Just to name a few, that would be Palffy Palace, Primate Palace, Mirbach and Zichy Palace. The history of Bratislava, especially during the 19th and early 20thcentury life in the city can be seen in one of the city’s museum on Primicialne. It possesses such a wonderful history that you can experience if you choose to travel this country.
If you are looking for a place to visit during this holiday season, consider Slovakia as your one stop destination. This is a not so big country when we speak about space area. However, this place can be good for recreational purposes because it is not overcrowded as compared to other popular countries. Aside from the ski resorts that are often visited by the locals on the south of the country, the capital city of Slovakia has a full directory of different pubs, bars and cafes. Search for a particular place to drink if you want to spend and enjoyable night with friends and families. If you want a martini darling or have some good taste of vodka, Cirkus Barok and Trafo Music Bar are places that you should pay a visit. If gaming is what you desired, sports and Guinness can be experienced at Dubliner Pub. There is certainly a type of activity, which you can enjoy with the different café districts at Bratislava.
Spending an active holiday would also be possible in Slovakia. This country now becomes one of the new winter destinations because of its fantastic site for skiing and snowboarding. If you are a winter sport lover, Slovakia is a good destination for you. Map of Slovakia will show that almost all mountains are suitable and most are properly equipped for a safe and enjoyable skiing, hiking and horse riding. Hiking in Slovakia Mountains is an activity that you should never miss being engaged into. High Tatras are stunningly beautiful and extremely challenging for adventurous and outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking trails on this area are approximately open from July 1 to October 15, depending on the weather.
The capital city Bratislava in Slovakia has a marvelous range of hotels and apartments that you can choose from. You will surely find a place to rest that will suit your budget. Looking for a hotel in Bratislava can be tricky during peak seasons of winter and summer vacations. However, you need not to worry yourself about it because there are other hotels around the place that will not command a much higher price. Therefore, when thinking about the next place to have a vacation, Slovakia is one of the top destinations that you should never fail to spot.
For 2019 we have added a new Albania map. The old one was starting to look a bit dated and a few things had changed since that map was drawn.
Words cannot describe the beautiful and almost untouched coastlines in Albania. You can walk across Europe and still come back to Albania for a wonderful beach experience. As you enjoy the silence and tranquility of the beaches, you cannot help but notice two great things other beaches fail to offer; privacy and solitude. It.s as if you are all alone in paradise with nothing to worry about. All you can see around you is but the blue waters and the stretched white sands across the coastline. One wishes the holiday and the vacation would last a lifetime.
The Albanian weather tends to vary from north to south as the country lies in latitude. With perfect summer temperatures of up to 24 Celsius (75 Fahrenheit), one can peacefully raft in the waters or just bask along the coastline. Temperatures during winter may be as low as 7 Â°C (45 Â°F) which is perfect for sightseeing. One of the coolest things you cannot fail to notice is the cool Mediterranean weather in the coastal lowland and the pleasant Mediterranean climate of the highlands. This weather characteristics completely alien to top European travel destinations.
Nature lovers will definitely fall in love with the rich biological diversity of Albania. The country is rich in both flora and fauna. A third of Albania is forested with over 3000 plant species growing in some of these forests. The forests are home to several mammals like the lynx, wild bears, wolves and foxes as well as the rare wildcat. Different bird species also inhabit the forests. A good example of such birds is the golden eagle which is Albania.s national symbol.
There are several car rental services in Albania where you can rent a car for few days to get around the city. The car rental services are offered at affordable rates and pricing depends on factors like the make of the car and how long you intend to hire the car. Other car rental services can also be found online through the respective car rental websites.
The Albanian cuisine is arguably one of the best you will come across in the Europe. It is a blend of the Italian, Greek and Turkish cuisine. The main dish is known asgjellÃ« and is always served with salads, mostly during lunchtimes which is Albanians main meal. In other areas especially along the coast and lakes, seafood is very common but still, you will not fail to notice the famous gjellÃ«. It’s almost like the Americans and pizza.
If you are visiting Albania for the first time, be sure of having your way around and enjoying you holiday or vacation. Travel Albania and have fun as the map of Albania is easy to follow. The Albanian people are friendly and will help you find your way around Albania should you get lost. With a population of over 800,000, Tirana, the Albanian capital city is an easy to go through city. Here you will find good hotels and people who speak good English, something that spices up you entire vacation in Albania.
We have added a new Slovenia map for 2019 as the old one was starting to show some wear and tear. it shows all the provinces, capital city, major cities and major roads.
Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe. This small green country has an area measuring 20, 273 km2 and has a population of 2 million. It is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, Mediterranean, Pannonian plain and the Karst. Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The city is the political, economic and cultural center of the country. Using an interactive map, you can find the hottest spots in town. You can also find what accommodation is available and where the main attractions of the country are located. This will give you a clear view on how to spend your vacation and how much budget you need to set for this trip.
The weather in Slovenia varies from season to season. Therefore, it is worth checking the weather when you are up for a travel to this country. The average temperature is above 20°C in July and around 0°C in January. This will give you an idea what type of clothes you should bring along, so that you can dress up and equip yourself appropriately. There are 3 climatic influences that meet in the country. You should need to know this basic information to make your travel in Slovenia more relaxed and undisturbed as possible.
When you are planning to travel, consider Slovenia as one of your next destination stop. You will really enjoy travelling here since this is a very safe country even late at night in the city. You would not find any difficulty when you are in need of something, from cash to medicines and even strolling around museums and galleries. Each has its own time schedule. This is also one that you should take note when heading for a travel in this green country. The usual opening schedule for museums is from 9 AM or 10 AM – 5 PM or 6 PM, from Tuesday to Sunday and closes every Mondays.
Visit one of the numerous information centres located throughout the map of Slovenia for free assistance and travel guide. There are about 83 centres available. If you need any information about a particular destination, this is the best place to go. Several tourist attractions await you in Slovenia. You can come across with different historical eras and know their rich, cultural and historic heritage by visiting the country’s museums, galleries and libraries. Never miss visiting places like Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle, Predjama Castle and Celje’s old Castle. These are must-sees in any trip to Slovenia.
There are plenty of suggestions if you are aiming to explore a specific part of the country, but want to know if it is worth visiting. Look for tips about what to do during weekends. Slovenia is the right place to go if you want to have an active and fun weekend. The capital city of the country that is Ljubljana is usually an essential part in a visit. This part should not be missed. It is so called a lively place in whatever season. From market to restaurant and cafes, you will surely have days full of fun. Travel Slovenia and you will be sure of finding something that will suit your taste and budget.
We have added a Poland map for 2019 and beyond. Below is a List of Provinces and some of the stats about those provinces.
Area Sqare Km
Visiting Poland would never be fun and memorable enough if you have not visited the Baltic coast and the Slowinski National Park. Poland proudly presents these tourist destinations in Europe because of the beauty and amazement they offer to the tourists. Moreover, in the map of Poland, you get to visit Pope John Paul II’s place of origin in Europe.
If you are the kind who is endowed with the passion for history, then you should travel Poland. To guide you with your traveling activity, you may take a look at the Map of Poland for it will surely lead you to places with overwhelming and awesome sceneries.
To get to Poland in the fastest way possible, you could avail of the service of Poland’s official airline, the Lot Polish Airlines. If you are coming from London, you will reach Warsaw, the capital of Poland, through a cheap ticket, within 2 hours and 30 minutes and from New York while it would take you around 8 hours and 30 minutes to reach Poland. However, you still have the option to travel by road, rail or by waters. For the best Poland vacation, it is advised that you should take the car rental services which are widely available in the airports and the main town of the country.
You need not to worry about car rental for they are actually rampantly available in the airports as well as in main town of Poland. Since this service is relatively expensive, you may take the bicycles for hire services.
For your accommodation needs, Poland is capable of delivering you the finest yet inexpensive hotels. These hotels are rated as 1-star, 2-star, 3-star, 4-star and luxury. However, you could also avail of motels, boarding houses and tourist hotels which would surely fit with your budget.
If you go to Poland, never miss going to Cracow for you would surely love the morning till dawn horse-drawn carriages, dance clubs and street performance of the Polish. Also, in this place, you will find lots of modern hubs such as bars, restaurants and music clubs. With these activities and attractions, it is no wonder that the place is flocked with a lot of tourists. You will also be amazed with the Polish culture and the way people treat their guests and tourists.
When in Poland, you will be able to differentiate the big old cities found in Warsaw from what is commonly seen today. It is notable that Poland presents with pride the cathedrals and castles which are found in the country’s different cities. Moreover, you will get to visit the birthplace of the well-known Nicolaus Copernicus who is known for his helio-centric theory. Also, while in Poland, you will get to visit the UNESCO Heritage Site Bialowieza Forest. There are also sea resorts and mountain resorts which is a great venue to do skiing and hiking.
For relaxation, recreation and refreshment activities, you may take a visit at the country’s Museum of Arts situated at Lodz Poland. This museum is a combination of modern and conventional facets of life. At the ground floor of the museum, you will find a café, named a MS Café, and a bookshop which will answer your desires for knowledge about Poland.
Quick facts about Monaco Location: Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy
Geographic coordinates: 43 44 N, 7 24 E
Area: “total: 1.95 sq km
land: 1.95 sq km
water: 0 sq km”
Land boundaries: “total: 4.4 km
border countries: France 4.4 km”
Coastline: 4.1 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm
Climate: Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Terrain: hilly, rugged, rocky
Elevation extremes: “lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Mont Agel 140 m”
Monaco Travel Guide and Destinations
If you are planning to go for a European vacation, why not spend some time to go to Monaco. It has lots of things to offer to every traveller from its multi-million pound of yachts to the bottomless flow of champagne and more. It is worth to spend your next holiday in Monaco.
Geography of Monaco
By looking at the map of Monaco, one can see that Monaco is found in Western Europe that borders the Mediterranean Sea on the Southern coast of France close to the border with Italy.
Getting to Monaco
There is no airport in Monaco, as the nearest airport is Nice-Cote d’Azur or NCE. To get there, you may travel Europe through the following:Monaco’s total population is 36,371. The ethnic groups in Monaco are the Italian, Monegasque and French. French makes the majority of its people. Their dialect includes English, Italian and French and the majority of their life and culture has been influenced by the French and Italian’s way of living.
Travel by road: Places like Cannes and Nice are 50km and 18km west of the country while the French or Italian border and Menton are 12km and 9km east of the country. There are 3 attractive roads though in between Monaco and Nice: Highway 98, Highway 7, and the Grand Corniche. Taxi can be available with a surcharge after 2200 and a usual tip of 15%.
Travel by rail: The train service includes daily and overnight trips running through the principality of all the neighboring towns.
Travel by water: Main harbors are at Condamine or Hercule portand Fontvieille. They are equipped in handling yachts of every tonnage.
Monaco is a perfect place to explore. Located at the Southern part of the Mediterranean Sea coast, the country offers a pleasing scenic wonders. Their tourist destination brims with natural beauty and historic spots.
Monaco- Ville – This is one of the best place to visit in Monaco which offers various places to go. It is an ancient city hall which includes ruins of the ancient dynasties which ruled the region before. The region also highlights the Oceanographic Museum found in the year 1910 by Prince Albert I. Chapelle de la Misericorde is also one of the ancient buildings of the region , Prince’s Palace and Saint Nicholas Cathedral may also be found in the region
The Monte Carlo – This region is known for its cosmopolitan culture and is one of the preferred places to go in Monaco having its colorful lifestyle which includes casinos, glamour, and residence of popular people.
The Fontvieille has recently become one of the key destinations in Monaco where wonderful mix of historical findings and scenic beauty are found.
Weather and Climate in Monaco
Throughout the year, Monaco maintains a mild climate with its hottest months in July and August with the coolest in January and February. Rainfall happens during the cooler months with an average of only 60 days of rain every year.
Clothes to wear
Lightweight clothes may be worn with a wrap to warm you during cooler summer nights. Light to medium weights have to be worn during winter. The beauty and historical places in Monaco is waiting for you. Travel Monaco and experience the culture of its people and a place rich in historical value. Do not forget to check out the best deals of cheap flights for this one-of-a-kind destination.
People always wonder about the thing that makes Istanbul, the largest city of Turkey one of the world’s famous cities in Europe. Perhaps it is important that such people travel to Istanbul so that they can experience, first-hand, the various cultural centers and other tourist attractions that exist there. You may not be able to understand why this city is also known as the alpha world city unless you make a personal date with it too. This Turkish city, as it is currently known spans a rich history which has been handed down from one generation to the next. It was initially the capital city of the Roma Empire, then Eastern roman (Byzantine) Empire, then the Latin Empire and finally the Ottoman Empire. During each of these empires, they left significant landmarks that shaped the history, culture, politics and economy of Istanbul.
In addition, the fact that Istanbul earned another status in 2010 as a joint European Capital of Culture and the European Capital of Sports in 2012 is an indication of the high esteem that Istanbul enjoys among European cities. When Istanbul’s historic sites entered into the UNESCO World Heritage List, it brought this city to an international stature and therefore it is worth spending your holidays there. When you travel to Istanbul, you will not miss to see older buildings and the historic peninsula which is built on seven hills and surrounded by 22 kilometers of city walls. Tokapi Palace is located on the largest of the seven hills.
People who choose to explore Istanbul and its rich tourist attractions are impressed with its warm summer Mediterranean climate although these climatic conditions are not uniformly distributed throughout Istanbul. There are some parts of the city (northern parts) which have an oceanic climate. If you are the kind of person that is averse to rain during summer, then Istanbul is the most ideal place for your holidays. A number of people might prefer winters probably because they would like to do research or participate in sports. Istanbul could be the most suitable place because it is not only cold and wet during winter but it is also snowy. The good news is that snow cover melts away after a few days and therefore you need not worry if you were only planning to have this new experience for a day or two.
Though autumn and spring seasons are also good because they are mild, you may have to consider twice before deciding to travel there. It can be wet or severely chilly. Temperatures also tend to be unpredictable. However, climate should not worry you as there are many things that will consume the cold. For instance, the Ottoman and Byzantine architecture will tell the whole story about the different rules by various empires. When you get there, you will be in a position to experience the Roman, Greek and the Genoese forms of architecture which have been able to stand the test of time. Tour farther and you will come across:
Mosques (the Hagia Sophia and imperial mosques)
Churches such as the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus, the Stoudios Monastery etc.
The Maiden’s (Leander’s) Tower
The Valens Aqueduct
The Walls of Constantinople
The Column of Constantine
Whenever people want to explore or tour a given city, they always ask themselves about the city’s utilities. It is important to note that the government has ensured all people are provided with clean water which is filtered and chlorinated. Most importantly, Istanbul has a well established sewerage disposal system in addition to its water supply system. Are you wondering whether you will be able to watch television or use your laptop? You need not blow off your head with worry because the city has a reliable electricity supply.
Your holidays can be hectic if a given tourist destination has not developed its transportation systems. It is imperative to point out that Istanbul has two international airports: Ataturk International Airport and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport which will ensure that you are shipped to and from Istanbul. In case you prefer sea transport, you could use commuter ferries so that you can have a rare experience of the panoramic views of the sea and surrounding sites. Alternatively, you could consider using the high speed catamaran seabus which connects between the Princes Islands and the city. Due to its well developed motorways and express highways, a visitor or tourist is able to travel easily without fear of being stuck in the traffic jam indefinitely. There are still many other means of transport that you can use in order to have a feel of Istanbul’s culture, museums and other recreation sites. It is advisable to select a means of transport that will easily and cost effectively take you where you want to go.
What makes Prague, which is the largest and capital city of the Czech Republic, different from other cities? Is it worth spending your holidays in or is it just an ordinary city with nothing for its visitors to experience? Although the city is popular for its temperate oceanic climate with warm summers, its chilly winters cannot be ignored. Most visitors are expected to exercise their discretion as they make their tour of the city during chilly winters or warm summers. It is impossible to dictate when all people should visit Prague. This is a city that has been in existence since the Gothic through the Renaissance and was at some point the capital of the Holy Roman Empire before the World War I.
Despite the fact that Prague has variously been a victim of war in the 20th century Europe, it never lost its cultural attractions which have arrested the attention of locals and foreigners. Each year people from all over the world come to explore some of its main attractions such as the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, the Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Petrin Hill and the Lennon Wall. If you have only read or heard about these exceptional attractions, it is high time you planned a tour for your forthcoming holidays. UNESCO does not include a historic centre such as Prague in its list for no apparent reason. Prague has all it takes to make a World Heritage Site; this is a status it earned in 1992 till today.
It is very hard to find a city that has at least ten museums in its custody. Besides, Prague has managed to keep its galleries, theatres, cinemas and other historical exhibits in a near pristine condition. Many scholars have commented that Prague is one of the few cities that value future generations and other visitors who would love to come to Prague and experience not only a change in climate but also a change in the attractions that the visitor is used to seeing in other countries. Since Prague has a rich history, it is increasingly becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is estimated that Prague receives at least 4 million international visitors annually.
Did you learn in your history class that the Prague Astronomical Clock whose installation took place in 1910 is the 3rd oldest astronomical clock in the world? When you tour Prague you will be able to see it still standing tall and strong. Can you imagine that this very astronomical clock is the only one still in its proper working condition? It is reported that students, scholars, journalists and scientists travel miles and miles just to study or see this amazing clock. It is a clear testament of the ingenuity and foresight that forefathers of science were capable of despite the limited resources that they had access to.
Other most popular sites that you can explore include:
With these and many other tourist attraction sites, Prague still holds a prominent position among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and the world. In Europe, it is hailed as the 6th most visited city after European cities such as Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Rome. It has been able to enjoy this position and reputation because it was not a serious causality of the World War II as compared to its counterparts in the region. Additionally, its architectural collections are still intact as they are varied too.
Studies indicate that some visitors come specifically to experience the fine sunny days and cool nights of summers. They do not mind the heavy rains that are characteristic of Prague’s summers. On the other hand, there are those who come to enjoy the cultural diversity of Prague since this city is among Europe’s top cultural centres. Some of Prague’s most popular cultural institutions include:
The Estates Theatre, which is remembered for providing venue to the premiere of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Don Giovanni.
The National Theatre (Narodni Divadlo)
Rudolfinum and the Municipal House, popular for Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra respectively.
People that have had a chance to explore or tour Prague can not stop talking about the city’s numerous galleries, concert halls, music clubs as well as cinemas. In fact, it has now become a popular weekend destination as a result of the recent introduction of Europe’s low-cost airlines. They simply cannot afford to stay away from Prague’s cuisine and beer as they travel to their favourite cultural sites or museums.
This map of Berlin shows all the major boroughs and suburbs they are broken up into. When travelling around Berlin make sure you always have a map on you as it can get pretty confusing.
Berlin is one of those iconic European cities. It was destroyed almost down to the last brick in WW2 and was rebuilt in communist minimalist style during the USSR occupation. It has bounced back since the reunification of Germany to become one of the most vibrant and liveable cities of the world.
Berlin’s tragic twentieth century history has done nothing to dampen the populations love of life and it has become one of the gourmet meccas of the world.
We have added the map above to give you an easy to reference chart of Berlin but we will be adding in a map of the best eating spots in Berlin in the very near future.
Here is a blank map of Europe. Unlike most other blank Europe maps we have made the oceans blue to distinguish them from the actual continental mass.
The assignment here is to try and name all the countries. You can either do this in a program like MS paint or you can print the map out and then hand write all the country names in.
New Blank Map of Europe
We are adding to our repository of European maps. While the above blank Europe map served the website well over the years we have come to the realization that the map is looking a touch dated now.
We will be adding many blank maps to this page and make it into one of the premier resources for blank maps on the internet.
What Other Maps Will be Added?
We will be adding other versions of blank maps of Europe. Also we will be adding a blank map of the world. This might be added here or a new page might be created to accommodate it.
Another consideration that will be taken into account is the possibility for blank maps of all the different countries of Europe. The format will be a blank outline of the country but also showing the territory’s, states, counties and shires.
Some countries like the United Kingdom is made up of semi-autonomous regions like Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England as well as shires and counties. Either a number of separate maps showing the different kinds of regions will be added or we will have one big map that can be drilled down into, to show the detail in greater depth.
Sizes are Important
Some feedback we have been getting from users has been that we are not providing enough different sizes. here at mapofeurope.com we have tried to offer large maps which have lots of detail. However with mobile becoming such a large influence on how users experience our website we have come to the realization that some smaller sized maps are required, both blank and detailed. Users still print our maps regularly so we are also working on maps of Europe that print easily into the different paper sizes particularly A3, A4 and Foolscap. Foolscap is still widely used in schools and other educational institutions so we have no plans to phase that paper size out.
Colors are Important
Blank European maps all have one thing in common and that is obviously that they are blank but some feedback we have received is that colors are important to our users. We will be offering a much wider variety of colors in our blank maps. Traditionally blank maps are comprised of varying shades of black, white and grey. These types of maps will be on offer here in the near future but we do feel that other colors and shades are needed. In the not to distant future we will be offering light pink and light blue blank maps of Europe. A new choose your own color map is also just over the horizon. users will be able to tailor the map colors to suit their needs.
The planet earth is broken up into regions we call time zones. They basically follow the cycle of the sun as the earth spins and different parts of the world face the sun. Humans need to sleep and we generally do this activity at night time. In this era of transcontinental corporations and business enterprises, time zones are more important than ever.
The world timezone map begins and ends at Greenwich a suburb of London in the UK. The map is based around what was formerly known as Greenwich mean time but is now known as Coordinated Universal Time. The World Map we have above is centred in Greenwich and to the left and right are the farthest points away from this line and are -11 hours away from Coordinated Universal Time. The countries in this furthest timezone are territories like American Samoa and the Jarvis Islands. Interestingly it is these tiny little countries that are the first to celebrate new years every year.
Each timezone is one hour in length so there are 24 separate time zones as there are twenty four hours in a day. You can see that the each timezone on the world map above is not straight. This is because time zones only apply to landmasses above the oceans and will generally try to take sovereign territories into account. Islands are generally included with the large landmasses that are nearby although in cases like Indonesia that is one big archipelago there are multiple time zones spread across the country.
How Many Time Zones Are There In Europe?
There are 4 time zones in Europe. The UK, Portugal, Ireland and Iceland are grouped together in the 0 UTC. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy Germany, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia are all grouped together in +1 UTC. Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Roumania, Bulgaria and Greece are grouped together in +2 UTC. Finally we have Russia, Belarus and Turkey grouped together in +3 UTC, although it is still debatable if Turkey is considered part of Europe.
There have been arguments to increase the length of each time zone to 2 or 3 hours. Pundits feel this would simplify things as it would reduce the number of time zones and countries like the USA would only have 1 time zone and just use daylight saving to adjust for daylight hours. Realistically this would actually just make things more difficult for individuals even if business would probably applaud the innovation.
Speaking of business and time zones. There are places around the world like Adelaide in Australia that should technically be 1 hour behind the large and influential cities of Sydney and Melbourne but have agreed to adjust the time zone purely for commercial reasons. So instead of being +9 UTC, for all intense and purposes Adelaide is +9.5 UTC.
The International Space Station is travelling at 17,500 mph (28,000 km/h) and can do 16 revolutions of the earth in a day. It is therefore passing through multiple time zones a day. Astronauts aboard the ISS log events against GMT/UTC just to simply procedures.
So here we have a map of all the major highways in Europe. There are no highway names as the map would not probably fit onto the website. It is just here to give you an idea of what countries are connected by the main road network. If you click on the map above it will expand and you will be able to see a bit better which countries are connected by these highways.
We have updated the maps and brought it into the 21st century. The old road map was quite frankly a little underwhelming but the new one is much clearer and we have deliberately made it a bigger size so when zoomed in you will get a better idea where you are heading.
We have included the old one below as we know that some people still use it.
How Many European Countries have Legalized Bitcoin?
45 European countries have legalized Bitcoin. 3 Countries are neutral on the legal status of Bitcoin. 6 Countries have provided no information on the legal status of Bitcoin. 1 country (Republic of Macedonia) has made bitcoin illegal. The table below shows what the status is within each European country.
Ont thing we for got to check in the original story was what is the Macedonian Denar worth in Bitcoin at the time of writing this edit it is worth 680101.34 Denar. So there is definitely still an exchange of Denar and BTC occurring. We do think Bitcoin Converter is one of the best sites out there for calculating BTC exchange rates.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Isle of Man
Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Moldova
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
The sea of green in the map and table above highlights that Bitcoin is legal in almost every country in Europe and is currently legal in all 28 member countries of the European Union. What does this mean for Bitcoin? It is here to stay. As of writing this article Bitcoin is on the verge of surpassing USD$8000.00 again.
Bitcoin has been here before. December 2017 it hit USD$19,783.06 then plummeted to under USD$6200.00 by February 2018. So yes, Bitcoin is volatile there is no denying that but what currency hasn’t been volatile at some point in its history? Bitcoin is still in its infancy, for example the USD has been around since 1785 and has had a volatile history. Eventually most currencies settle down and get into a groove and the market begins to trust it.
Judging by how many countries now accept that bitcoin can be exchanged for goods means that the magical trust factor is already starting to solidify around Bitcoin. This is different from Bitcoin being considered legal tender. Most EU member countries only accept the Euro as legal tender (except the UK). However, shops, pubs, petrol stations and more types of establishments are starting to accept Bitcoin as payment in exchange for goods and services and Bitcoin teller machines are sprouting faster than mushrooms after a summer shower.
Why is Bitcoin Illegal in Macedonia?
The Governor of the National Bank of Macedonia, Dimitar Bogov puts it like this:
“In Macedonia, the legal means for payment in cash and non-cash payment operations is the denar,”
This policy is futile. If a person has access to the internet then they have access to Bitcoin. It is suspected that hundreds if not thousands of Bitcoin transactions a week originate from Macedonia. So a subset of the Macedonia population is already circumventing these laws. If Macedonia wants to join the EU at any time in the future, then the denar will have to be dropped and at this point it is widely suspected that Bitcoin will no longer be outlawed. Some commentators that it may become legal long before that anyway. You can compare this map image to the standard map of Europe.
Brexit is the conjunction of two words Britain and Exit. It was coined by The Economist magazine back in 2012. It describes the anticipated split of Britain from the EU. Brexit is such a commonly used term that it has been added to the Oxford Dictionary.
Will the EU Survive Without the UK?
Yes, the EU can survive without the UK. The two questions that follow from this are. What kind of EU will remain and what kind of Britain will it be. While it is feasible that the split could cause the EU headaches and some initial teething problems. Eventually the EU will bounce back.
In the short term the statistical data will look bad for the EU. Experts believe that the EU will lose 16% of its GDP when the UK leaves the union. This is a straight out fact as that the is the proportion of GDP that the UK made up of the overall EU economy. The UK is the second biggest economy in the EU, under Germany but above France. So anyway you look at it that is a big statistical value to lose. When the UK leaves the EU economy for the first time since inception of the EU28 (the European Union with 28 member countries) will be smaller than the USA economy.
The flip side to this coin is that the UK since about 2007 has been a drag on the EU economy. Economic growth in the EU without the UK will actually be faster. The UK economy has been relatively stagnant since the (GFC) Global Financial Crisis. London’s financial markets were proven to be very vulnerable to the affects of the GFC and have not recovered well. The UK’s manufacturing and exports are predicted to grow slower than the EU in 2019 and 2020, so the overall effect on the EU economy of Brexit will be a positive one. Even if initially the numbers will look worse.
The European Union after Brexit will be a very different beast but probably a more robust, strong and progressive animal.
Will the UK Survive Without the EU?
Yes, the UK can survive without the EU. The UK economy is the 5th largest in the world. This is despite all the pains the UK economy suffered over the GFC. The UK government is attempting forge ahead with new trade pacts with countries like Australia but at the end of the day the EU is the UK’s biggest trading partner. this is not likely to change for decades to come. How will Brexit affect trade? The will be determined by the trade deal the Uk parliament can put in place with the EU. Currently they are not having much success in putting an kind of agreement on paper that is both acceptable to the UK parliament and the member countries of the EU. If this isn’t sorted then Initially trade will take a hit and possibly have a long term negative affect.
Brexit is a force for change in the world. Both the EU and the UK will initially feel some negative affects from the split but will these effects be long lasting? Only time will tell.
Click on the map of European undersea cables above to enlarge
Not much has changed in the world of undersea fibre optic cables in 2018. The map above is a snap shot from Submarinecablemap.com a great resource that keeps up to date on all the undersea cables that are being built around the world. The longest continuous undersea cable fibre optic cable actually goes from Europe to South Korea and stretches for 38624 kilometres.
While this map probably won’t interest everyone, it is one of those maps we like to throw into the mix for educational purposes. These cables keep the internet flowing and without the internet this site wouldn’t exist.
Above we have a map of Russia and the Ukraine showing the sight of the latest altercation.
The Ukraine has declare martial Law after Russia seized 3 military vessels near the Kersch Straight. Under the terms of a 2003 agreement, the Azov sea and its access point through the Kerch Strait are supposed to be shared by Ukraine and Russia. In 2014 Russia took control of Crimea and the agreement has slowly been eroding away. Russia now controls both the East and West coastline of the Straight and has built what many believe is an illegal bridge across the straights.The kersch Bridge is a 19km bridge that now straddles the straights and connects Crimea directly to Russia.
Russia has upped the protection of the straights since the building of the bridge and this has directly lead to the current altercation between the FSB a Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and 3 Ukrainian navy boats. Interestingly a strong reaction against Russia has been declared by most members of the United Nations. Even the US Ambassador Nikki Haley has condemned the action by Russia. Mike Pompeo, The US secretary of state is quoted as saying
“The United States condemns this aggressive Russian action. We call on Russia to return to Ukraine its vessels and detained crew members, and to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters”
We are in for some interesting times in the months ahead. Analysts are saying with less pressure from the United States and with Europe’s reliance on Russian Gas, the European Winter coming on Russia is feeling embolden to press some of it’s nationalistic claims. The feeling amongst analysts is that Russia will back off as summer comes around again.
While Greenland is technically closer to Canada than it is to Europe. It is an autonomous constituent country within the kingdom of Denmark. With a low population of about fifty seven thousand people, it is one the least populated territories on earth. The capital is Nuuk and most of the population is made up Inuit who began migrating from the North American continent about seven hundred years ago. Greenland was settled by the Norse a about a thousand years ago but most of the Norse either died out or interbred with the Inuit population.
Greenland has also the largest permanent ice sheet outside of Antarctica. Most of the map of Greenland you see above is just ice sheet.
You can click on the map above to get a visual relationship of the languages and the countries they are attached to. We recognise that the term “official language” can be somewhat debated. So what we have put together here is a map of the most spoken/official language of the countries of Europe.
Fr clarity we have added a table of the official national languages and also the spoken languages in a country. There are times we have to make decisions about language naming convetions mostly due to room on the map. The Balkan nations are packed together and leave little room for names. So in Bosnia-Herzegovina we have shortened the language name to Sebo-Croatian, which technically is not accurate.
We realise there are some inconsistencies in the map. An example is that we have listed Corsican as a language of Corsica but not included it in the table. We will be updating the table in the next few months to more accurately represent situations like these.
Here we have a map of Europe before the break out of WW1. As you can see there are some Countries that have remained relatively the same. Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy to name a few.
What is different is that there a number of Empires also on the map. These Empires do seem to encroach on existing countries. A few examples are The Austro-Hungarian empire has at this stage swallowed Croatia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The German empire has been pushed into parts of what is considered modern Denmark and also controls large parts of Poland. The Russian empire controls all of Finland, Parts of Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Georgia, Latvia and Estonia. The Otton Empire, by this stage has been pushed back into Turkey and is actually an Ally of the German empire in the First World War.
The other thing we can say that stands out on this map which you won’t find on a modern map is that, what is now the Republic of Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.
Hi friends, We have a new a updated for 2018 map of the United Kingdom (UK Map). Has much changed? No not really. The Orkney Islands are still in the same place and the Shetland Islands have not wandered off to the Americas. Internally the UK is basically the same although, there is still a chance that Scotland may separate from England due to this Brexit fiasco. If that does happen we will be rushing out a new map of the UK as soon as the dust settles.
What does this map offer that previous UK maps didn’t? This map is much larger and all the big cities and counties marked. Counties like Northumberland, Cumbria and Strathclyde. We have plans on adding maps of all these counties to mapofeurope.com.
This map also highlights the large motorways and railway routes that cross the United Kingdom. So it is a good travel companion for those tourists who are lucky enough to be exploring the UK.
List of World Cup 2018 Russia, Host Cities and Venues
Here we have a map of the host cities in Russia for the World Cup 2018. Below we have a list of the cities and the stadium names with the capacity of the stadium listed. The only city that has 2 stadiums hosting world cup events is Moscow. The two stadiums in question are Spartak Stadium and Luzhniki Stadium. Luzhniki Stadium is a monster and is Russia’s largest capacity stadium.
We collated income inequality stats into a graph and a map of Europe. This highlights which countries have income inequality issues. Not all European countries have been included. Notables like Russia did not have the data available as of time of publishing.
The formula that is used to derive the results in this article is “Income quintile share ratio”. This is the ratio of total income received by the 20 % of the population with the highest income (top quintile) to that received by the 20 % of the population with the lowest income (lowest quintile). Income must be understood as equivalised disposable income.
maybe swap the map and the graph i make the graph the featured image.
Bar Graph of Income Inequality Across Europe 2016-2017
The above graph and map is based on the table below.
Table of Income Inequality Across European Countries.
Here we have a table of the top 40 European countries ranked by Gross Domestic Product. This doesn’t only include European Union Countries but all the countries that are considered part of the continent of Europe.
Some interesting takeaways from this years European GDP figures are the following:
Romania went up one place to become the 16th largest economy in the European Union (EU) in 2017. In the full list of countries that are considered part of Europe it is at 19th place.
Russia is still going backwards but that doesn’t seem to be affecting president Putin’s popularity. he won the election easily.
The Czech Republic is still growing strong, it also surpassed Greece in 2017 but this was largely expected unlike Romania.
Balkan countries like Croatia that have been hit rather hard in the last few years seem to be on their way to recovery.
Here we have a Europe map with all the national dishes of the different countries listed. While lots of the dishes are endemic to certain countries. However this is not the whole story. Gastronomically speaking Europe would be better split up into food regions rather than countries. A good example would be the former Yugoslavia. It is now made up of many smaller countries like Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia and Kosovo. This region has many dishes that almost all these countries would consider their own. These foods would be Burek, Cevapi (Cevapcici) , pita, pljeskavica and a whole lot seafood dishes. We have attributed these dishes to the countries that seemed to be the most vocal about a dish being theirs. We may not have got this right every time but we have tried to be as accurate as possible.
Above we have a map of the Dishes of Europe and below we have listed them in a table with the country listed beside it. We recommend as a fun trip trying to eat each national dish in the native country. Although you might need a few trips 😉