Where is the Bathroom?
Asking the question, “Where is the bathroom?” anywhere in Europe will get you a look, and maybe an eye roll, that says, “Here’s another tourist.” The reason for the disgust was explained to me like this: If you want to take a bath, ask for the bathroom; if you want to take a rest, ask for a restroom; but if you need to pee, ask for a toilet.
As Americans, we have tried to cover up bodily functions by giving a nice name to the place where we relieve ourselves. In most of Europe, the place is called a toilet (Netherlands, Belgium) or toilette (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland).
You may have heard horror stories about foreign bathrooms...