Can You Drink Tap Water in Europe?

David Manley  ·  21 / 2 / 2017

The tap water is very safe and quite drinkable in our travel areas. In fact, we have been told by clients that the tap water in Prague is some of the best-tasting tap water they have ever drunk.

On the other hand, one of the most common causes of sickness while traveling is drinking contaminated water. It can cause diarrhea and in exceptional bad cases hepatitis A, typhoid, and cholera. So it is important to know in which countries it is safe to drink tap water, and in which countries you are better off sticking with bottled water. 

Which Countries Is It Safe to Drink Tap Water in Europe?

Enjoy as much tap water as you wish in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia. That means on any Go Real Europe trip.

If you will have a longer layover anywhere further east, such as in Russia or Ukraine, get yourself bottled water. It is never difficult to find a shop selling one. 

And of course, some people have sensitive stomachs, which can be upset by a simple change in their drinking water. In this case, bottled water may be a good idea anywhere you travel, even if only for peace of mind. But if not, your wallet and the environment will thank you for choosing tap water.


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