Language: English is widely spoken.
Visa: South African passport holders do require visas.
Time: Western Europe GMT + 1 (Apr to Oct +2)
What things cost (These are approximate prices and may vary according to hotels and seasons)
Bottle of water: EUR 3 in a restaurant
EUR 0.50 in a supermarket
Glass of wine: EUR 5 to EUR 15
Beer: EUR 3
Soft drinks: EUR 3
Coffee / tea: EUR 3
Average meal: EUR 20 to EUR 35
Europe experiences a high season in mid-summer and again in mid-winter. Expect large crowds in the warmest months of July and particularly August. In the ski season excellent snowfalls are recorded in January and even February. December is always busy in locations such as Paris, Prague and the Austrian and German cities with quaint Christmas markets.