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All About Europe

Visiting Europe is Easy

And the European Union (EU) has made the journey around Europe even simpler thanks to the euro, the single currency used by 19 EU countries, and the Schengen area that eliminates border formalities among more than two dozen European nations. There is much to discover and explore, so pack your bags for destination Europe.

What is the European Union?

The EU is a unique economic and political partnership among 28 diverse European democracies that together cover much of the continent. Emerging from two world wars that devastated Europe, the EU—the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize winner—is above all a peace project that has endured for decades with member countries united in their commitment to peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

The EU strives to uphold these values in Europe and beyond, to build and share prosperity, and to exert collective influence by acting together on the world stage. As a major economic and commercial power and the world’s largest donor of development assistance, the EU’s influence stretches far beyond its physical borders. In cooperation with partners like the United States, the EU works to achieve a more secure and peaceful world and to tackle global challenges ranging from poverty to disease to terrorism.

Prospective EU members include:  Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey.

Non-EU European countries, such as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein have concluded various agreements with the EU, including participation in the Schengen area.

Learn more about the European Union


Why Europe?
From ancient standing stones to towering modern skyscrapers, and from the icy slopes of the Alps to the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean, the 28 Member States of the European Union have something to entice you.

Whether it is Europe’s glittering world-class cities, the lush and varied countryside, the seashore or the mountains, Europe caters to all travel tastes in all seasons. And getting there can be half the fun. Of course, you can fly…but have you considered crossing the Atlantic by ship?

Once on the continent, the possibilities are limitless: driving the highways and back roads, navigating through Europe by canal, taking the train, pedaling your bicycle, or hopping on an inexpensive intra-European flight.

For many Americans, Europe represents history, heritage, culture, cuisine, and adventure. So, don’t hesitate—start planning your trip now. Did you know that U.S. citizens on vacation in the EU for under 90 days don’t even need a visa, just a valid U.S. passport?

For practical information, take a look at our travel website as well as others, like “Visit Europe,” that will help you discover Europe for yourself. You can craft your own trip according to personal preferences and set your own pace.