London cant be one of the worst places in Europe BUT it does blow though. Stupidly expensive, dirty, probably the most rude people on earth, horrible food (bad fish and chips), rain, more rain and even more rain, oh and traffic. But there are good things like the sights, ale, good underground and more beer. Honestly, the only thing good about England are there tv comedies and they know how to make them!!!
I have friends who absolutely DESPISE London...but I like the place....There are lots of neighbourhoods to explore. I won't be going there any time soon though because the place is as expensive as shit....Damn!
I have told people for years, that the most boring city I have ever been to in Europe is Bratislava....BOOOORRRRIIINNNNG!!!. The movie HOSTEL actually improved the impression of Bratislava.
But my new winner for lousy place in Europe is Belgrade. It's Serbia, so of course, but shit. Poking yourself with a salad fork seems more entertaining.
My most underrated place in Europe? Slovenia. What an excellent country. Beautiful small and friendly. Intelligent and engaging people....However, they basically just threw their language together from all the languages around them. I don't know who could learn that shit. It has not basic sense at all.....to me, you Slovenians, to me.
[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2009, at 11:53 by Piecar ]
mmm... hard to point, but definitely NOT London is the worst! Yes, it's very expensive, but London is extremely interesting, beautiful and it's huge! I spent there intensive 1,5 month in 2008, searching it by feet, I can say I have seen pretty much. and if I'd have a chance to be there again - I'll be happy to return.
Actually, my European experience wasn't bad ever, but I agree that Bratislava is a bit boring,
Romania is amazing country - but Bucharest doesn't worth a stop (even can be interesting experience).
Czech was unfriendly, with strange mix of snobbism and xenophobia.
I adore Greece, but Athens didn't touch me at all.
Now I feel a little bit guilty saying "they are boring" or "it doesn't worth", except of Czech - even it is scenic, but the atmosphere was ugly.
From 1 - 5 in no special order....
Even though it's the world's cleanest capital city, Reykjavik. Just nothing to do after a day or two except what you've already done.
Bucharest. Probably Europe's hottest summer city (regularly 40c - 45c). Just filthy and so many buildings left to rot after they shot Ceausescu, including a less than 1/2 finished construction that was intended to be the world's largest public library.
London. So stupidly expensive for basic things like a short train ride and a drive through in your own car. Utterly putrid river and despite a congestion charge, always congested.
Skopje. Just awful.
Johannesburg. Without a doubt the unfriendliest city I have ever been to.
Nothing personal you all understand, just talking from my own experiences.
Bucharest - I agree, maybe not the worst but it's bad enough.
but London? ??? are you kidding? London is amazing! Yes, too expensive - but at another side there are lotsa things for free - more then i have ever seen in any other European capital.
About Johannesburg ...
... is it anything that i missed? How it came be Europe? Is not it in South Africa?
Zurich - I was expecting awesomeness but I got bored instead. It's not even particularly pretty. And the hostel was dire which didn't help.
Greece - the lack of hostels and nightmare of the bus system make it IME a nightmare to travel. With a friend as a roadtrip though it would be epic.
And on the London debate...I'm a hater. By far it's got more crowds than anywhere else I've been. The constant crush kills any sort of sense of enjoyment. Go to Berlin instead. And I'm English
I can't believe you guys! London is awesome! I visited for 3 days, and felt like I'd barely seen anything. In most cities, after 3 days, you feel like there's nothing left to see or do.
I can't think of a place in Europe that I hated, although Cardiff seemed kind of grungy to me, and Germany wasn't a very friendly place, when I was there. It might have been because I was in Munich right after the beer festival ended, and everyone was hungover... The Germans I've met when travelling, however, where super-friendly.
Athens - Dirty, dirty, dirty
Bratislava - Even the Slovaks from there make fun of it.