where I might have a chance of seeing some meteorites last night I came across this.
(https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/6/e1600377) The article was published in 2016.Due to light pollution, the Milky Way is not visible to more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans.
We can probably nitpick a bit about the numbers but the message is clear. There are large areas of Europe where there is basically no visible nightsky. If you are very lucky you might spot a couple of the brightest stars and Venus or Jupiter once in a while. Even if you are one of the lucky 40% who can "see" the milky way in Europe you are likely to have a poor view.
We once went to Tenerife in the winter hoping for a nice night sky as it boasts being home to many major telescopes. We drove up Teide late at night. We were thoroughly disappointed. While the sky directly overhead was good, the light coming up all around played havoc with the rest. I can only assume it has gotton a lot worse in the last 10-15 years.
In my travels last night I used this site https://www.lightpollutionmap.info and found a relatively good spot north west of Rothenburg/Tauber about an hours drive away. I was quite surprised to discovered that a lot of the little towns in that darker area are acting quite deliberately - the street lights all turned off late at night. I didn't see any sign-posting saying what the hours are. Most private houses did likewise. I don't know how widespread the initiative is in the area but I will certainly go by again in the daytime and ask around. If I am here in the winter, I will definitely head out there again to view the night sky when there is no moonlight. It is a small area so around the periphery of the visible area you could see the lights of various towns but at the least the overhead was quite nice.
I wonder how many people even know the names of some of the characteristics used in the "Bortle Dark-Sky Scale". Sad.