The first European Hitchgathering was initiated as The Project 888. It took place under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on 8 August 2008. The following year's Hitchgathering 7-9-10 was organised in Ukraine and followed by the 6-8-10 gathering in Portugal. 5-8-11 was the fourth edition of the annual European Hitchgathering and took place at the beach by Kara Dere near the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. In 2012, the gathering was named 4-8-12 and took place on a farm in Ambraziskiai, Lithuania.