The safest places to travel in Europe are countries where you are prepared and vigilant. Safety is mostly a matter of preparation and this is true no matter where you are. It is important to prepare yourself with knowledge of the country and region you are visiting. Know the geography. Know the customs. Know the hospitals and police stations. Most importantly, know the laws and understand how they can protect you.
Traveling today is something that takes vigilance no matter if it is to a different, city, state, country, or continent. It is important to be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are, how you got there and how to get back to where you are staying. Note the location of the nearest police station and hospital to your hotel. Ask locals and hotel staff advice on where to go if there is more than one selection.
Knowing the people and the customs for the country is just as important as knowing the laws. Knowing the customs regularly practiced in a country is like understanding the bylaws, they help to enforce protocols and laws in that land. Even though many countries in Europe have laws and customs similar to those in America. However, there are critical differences that you should understand in the event that something happens. Who is liable in the face of an accident is a vital piece of information needed to keep yourself safe. Knowing what agency to report an issue to is also helpful to make sure you take care of your problem in a timely matter. Perhaps you are in a country or situation where the embassy can help you better than a local police entity.
Safety is a big issue in todays world. This is even more true for the world traveler.The country you know the most about is the safest country for you.