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10 European Countries with the Most Tourists

Which countries in the continent of Europe receive the most tourists annually?
For the year 2016, according to the UN World Tourism Organization
Last updated: August 31, 2017
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# Arrivals
Country
82.6 m
France
75.6 m
Spain
52.4 m
Italy
35.8 m
United Kingdom
35.6 m
Germany
# Arrivals
Country
28.1 m
Austria
24.8 m
Greece
24.6 m
Russia
17.5 m
Poland
15.8 m
Netherlands
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level 70
Aug 31, 2017
The Vatican must also get a huge proportion of those 52.6 million who visit Italy - not to mention Italians who go there themselves.
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level 58
Sep 1, 2017
There's a lot more to Italy than Rome and the Vatican. I've only been to Lake Garda and the Tuscany - never to Rome. Then there's also Sardinia, Sicily, Milan, Naples, Venice... Since it interested me: About 8.7 m people visited Rome in 2014.
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level 66
Nov 3, 2017
If you've been to Italy but not to Rome you are missing out. It is a glorious, fabulous city.
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level 71
Nov 3, 2017
And I'll be there again in 8 days :-)
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level 71
Aug 14, 2018
And again in another 8 days!
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level 60
Sep 1, 2017
Usually these kind of stats consider overnight visits only, and Vatican doesn't really get those since most of the visitors stay in Rome.
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level 72
Sep 1, 2017
Even when counting day trips, the Vatican doesn't even come close.
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level 80
Sep 1, 2017
No hotels. So pretty much all (excluding personal guests of the pope, I suppose).
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level 67
Oct 20, 2017
Bit surprised Austria receives almost as many tourists as Germany considering the size difference of the two places, and how much more well known Germany is.
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level 57
Nov 3, 2017
27 of 28 million Austrian tourists are skiers.
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level 54
Nov 3, 2017
That's surprising since more tourists go to Austria in the summer (15,1 mio) than in the winter. Wonder what all those skiers are doing here in the summer ;)
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level 55
Nov 3, 2017
Glacier skiing in July ;-) Anyway, Austria is also a pretty country for hiking and Vienna isn't that uninteresting, too...
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level 56
Nov 4, 2017
They all go to Salzburg to sit in gazebos in dirndls.
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level 74
Nov 3, 2017
I thought the same thing. It might have something to do with the Vienna airport being the major airport for Slovakia and parts of Czechia and Hungary. In addition I wonder how much of it includes people doing weekend cruises on the Danube where Vienna is the point of origin or terminus.
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level 33
Nov 3, 2017
Is it actually so hard to believe that Austria is a nice country that knows how to invest into tourism heavily?
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level 38
Apr 12, 2018
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level 65
Nov 3, 2017
Yeah, it's all those 90 million Germans coming for a holiday.
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level 73
Nov 3, 2017
Austria surprised me, too. Lovely country, though.
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level 14
Nov 3, 2017
RUSSIA is why europe????????
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level 73
Nov 3, 2017
MEXICO are who asia;;;;
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level 57
Nov 3, 2017
I know several people who visited Russia. I don't know anyone who went to Poland... Poland ???? I could take Romania or Turkey, with beach holidays etc. But Poland ?
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level 71
Nov 4, 2017
I am guessing that a lot of the tourists are people that emigrated and come back home to visit family. While Poland is a beautiful country and has a fascinating history, I don't think it has the same destination draw as others on the list.
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level 73
Nov 4, 2017
I've been to Poland three times and met many people on vacation there each time I went. Lovely seaside area around Gdansk, Sopot, and Hel; tons of drunk Europeans filling up the hostels of otherwise lovely Krakow; WW2/Holocaust tourism going to nearby Auschwitz; and many other good reasons to visit in between those places. Plus, it's cheap and easily accessible from many big tourist source countries: sharing a border with Germany and Russia and having cheap flights coming in from France and the UK all the time..
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level 73
Nov 4, 2017
why are people always surprised by this? It's not even that high on this list. If you include domestic tourism Poland is actually #3 in Europe behind only the UK and France.
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level 39
Dec 5, 2017
Yeah, Poland was the only answer I didn't get. I've been there myself and it's a beautiful country but it isn't known as a major tourist destination. I expected Turkey, Romania (cheap beach vacation) or the Czech Republic (internationally famous for cheap beer) to be on the list instead.
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level 52
Nov 4, 2017
In what way is the UK part of the European CONTINENT???
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level 31
Nov 5, 2017
Because of It being close to the continent, it's the same with Indonesia, Japan, and The Philippines, it's all because of them used to be connected to these continents
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level 53
Nov 7, 2017
And things get ridiculous if you exclude islands from continents. Like how, say, Long Island wouldn't be part of North America.
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level 29
Nov 15, 2017
In that it rests on the same tectonic plate that forms the European continent, maybe?
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level 39
Dec 8, 2017
Oh, please don't use that argument! Trinidad and the ABC islands lie on the South American continental pate, but are counted as part of the Caribbean islands.
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level 32
Apr 12, 2018
Surprised Portugal isn't there
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level 37
Apr 12, 2018
Agree - surely loads more go there than Poland!! Thought Switzerland would also attract far more visitors than Poland.