Weird Laws in Europe That Everyone Should Know
Do you know, from building sandcastles to wearing bikinis to taking home gravel, you can expect to face fines of hundreds of euros. Therefore, knowing the laws of the countries that you are going to travel to will help preventing troublesome situations. Here are some weird laws in Europe countries that you should know about before traveling.
It’s Illegal to Kiss at the Train Station
France is the top travel destination as well as one of the most romantic countries in the world. Don’t be surprised to see couples kiss everywhere. However, kissing in the train station is forbidden. There is this puzzling ban because, in 1910, a couple before parting hugged each other for so long that the whole train had to depart slowly to wait for this young man.
Since then, in order to ensure trains do not miss schedules because of a similar incident, stations across France have introduced a law banning kissing on the station platform. However, they still set up special “kissing zones” where lovers can stay together for a little longer.
Note Your Gasoline
Running out of gas is often a rare and undesirable situation for many people. Nevertheless, the German government considers this an illegal act if you leave your car out of gas on a motorway reserved for cars. Also, the government prohibits walking along these roads.
Driving with Flip-flops is Prohibited
Not as much as gasoline, but the Germany government is especially sensitive to sandals or flip-flops. Driving while wearing these flip-flops is considered offence in this lovely country.
Don’t Take Pebbles on the Beach
Lalaria Beach on Skiathos Island, where the movie Mamma Mia! was filmed, is full of beautiful white pebbles. Visitors love them and often bring them back as souvenirs. Concerned that this could destroy the beach, taking away pebbles is banned and violators can be fined up to 775 euros.
No High Heels
In Greece, many historic buildings, such as the Acropolis of Athens, forbid visitors from wearing high heels. The ban was put in place to prevent the destruction of ancient structures caused by the heels.
Don’t Feed the Pigeon in St Mark’s Square, Venice
Italy has one of the weird laws in Europe, including feeding pigeons. Indeed, you can be fined if you feed pigeons in the famous St Mark’s Square in Venice. This law was introduced to reduce the overcrowding of pigeons here and to avoid damage to the historic buildings here. Currently, if you are caught feeding pigeons, you can pay a fine of up to 700 euros.
Bikini Ban in Sorrento
Recently, the Sorrento resort in Italy banned guests from wearing bikinis for “indecent” and issued a fine of 500 euros for violators. This law also includes topless ones.
Ticket to Venice
From 2023, visitors will have to pay a fee of about 3-10 euros to visit Venice. Those who deliberately “evade fees” will be fined up to 300 euros.
No Pooh Bear T-shirts
Pooh bear with full body yellow fur and no pants. Because of this, Poland has issued a ban on the appearance of this bear’s images around playgrounds and schools. To avoid trouble, it’s best to leave your Pooh bear t-shirt at home when visiting this Eastern European country.
No Smoking in Public
You may think this is weird, but it’s true. Portugal bans smoking in enclosed public spaces. Violators will be fined up to 750 euros.
Let’s Camping at Home
Camping in the wilderness is banned in this country, with fines of up to 600 euros. Actually, there are exceptions, and there are considerations for different situations. You should do more research, or ask the officials in your area before camping in this country.
Don’t Ride Ox When Drunk
It would be remiss to visit Scotland without tasting the famous whiskey. But before you raise a glass, you should know that Scottish law prohibits certain acts of drunkenness. To be precise, an 1872 law states that people are not allowed to be intoxicated while riding an ox, horse, carriage, or steam engine.
You Aren’t the Builder, so NO Sandcastle, Please!
Want to build sandcastles on Levante beach in Benidorm? You will need to apply for a permit first. Otherwise, you will be fined up to 150 euros. Last but not least, smoking, sleeping, and using shampoo or body wash on the beach can also cost you hundreds of euros.
Enjoy Beer, But not in the Public
Travelers who want to drink beer while out walking in Madrid or Barcelona beware. Yes, drinking alcohol in public is prohibited in these cities, with fines of up to 600 euros.
Be Polite Guys
The beautiful city of Barcelona will not be friendly and benevolent to you if you give a spit, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Indeed, spitting is a prohibited practice in this city.
LOL, Clothes are Inconvenient for Climbing
No one would think that a person can go without clothes when climbing, but this happened in a Swiss canton. A lot of people complain about tourists who are naked when climbing mountains, specifically related to German tourists. So in 2009, the state enacted a special ban, according to which no one is allowed to climb mountains in the nude.
Don’t Drink So Much Water
Because you aren’t allowed to urinate after 10 p.m. This is one of the strangest and weirdest things in Switzerland that makes many visitors feel excited. The reason for the ban is to avoid making a lot of noise, affecting other people’s sleep. Even, some buildings regulate that toilets are not flushed after 10 p.m.
Fortunately, this ban is only in the village of Bravuogn, not in the whole of Switzerland. This village has the most appreciated beauty in Europe, so tourists come here a lot. Because the image of the village is spread too much online, people will feel bored and do not want to visit the village anymore. Thus, a ban on photography was issued.
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I had never heard any of these! No kissing at the train stations is definitely a different kind of law!
Waaa, first time to know about these laws and they are indeed weird. Thank you for sharing them though!
Hihi…this is why I have problems with the law, on many occasions. How is it illegal for me to kiss somebody at the train station?
I love Winnie the pooh 🙂 It’s bad they have that law no pooh bear shirts 🙂
Angela Ricardo Bethea
Those are some interesting laws and some I would even think would exist in the first place like the kissing ban in France train station to be honest. Definitely learned something new.
Wow, it is interesting. Swizerland laws are really strange. When I was pregnant I went to bathroom like 5 times during night!