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Solo travel in europe: best places to travel alone + tips.

Are you looking for the best solo travel destinations in Europe?

Then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve visited most European countries over the past three decades, many of these as a solo traveller.

To inspire you to   plan your next solo trip to Europe, I’ve pulled together an awesome list of the best destinations. To make it as varied as possible, I’ve reached out to fellow travel writers for their suggestions.

Read on to discover the best places to travel alone in Europe and solo travel tips, including how to get around and how to stay safe.

woman in sunglasses and hat in front of the rhine valley which is one of the best places to travel alone in europe

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My Top 10 Solo Travel Destinations in Europe

1.  anywhere in italy.

f lucca view and flashpacker

Italy is an amazing solo travel destination , especially if you are travelling alone for the first time . It was one of the first countries that I visited as a solo traveller more than 30 years ago and one to which I have returned more times than I can count.

There is a well-worn tourist trail, and English is widely spoken in tourism hotspots and by younger people. And the familiarity that comes with unconscious immersion in the country’s food and culture makes Italy a super easy country for the novice solo traveller.

For centuries, Italy’s landscape, history and food have drawn travellers from across the globe (for me, add  Italian coffee bars  and  gelato! ). The famous  hilltop towns of Tuscany  draw travellers from near and far.

Italy is every Renaissance fangirl or fanboy’s dream with world-famous art and architectural treasures too numerous to count. From Rome to Rimini,  Urbino  to the Uffizi, Cortona to  Carrara’s marble mines , there’s something for everyone.


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2. Anywhere in Spain

curved colonnaded facade of plaza espana with tiled alcoves in seville pain

Spain ticks many of the boxes for an ideal solo travel destination . 

It has natural beauty in spades with wide, sandy beaches, rugged rocky coves and a highland plateau, straddled by dramatic mountain ranges.

Thanks to decades of mass tourism, it has an extremely well-developed infrastructure. There are accommodation choices to suit all budgets, restaurants are plentiful, English is widely spoken and the train network is extensive. 

One of  the things that Spain is most famous for  is its rich historical heritage. Its UNESCO-listed sites include  Granada’s majestic Alhambra Palace ,  Seville’s Cathedral  and its  Alcázar palace , Antoni Gaudí’s work in  Barcelona  (including the jaw-dropping  La Sagrada Família ) and  Tarragona’s Roman ruins  (to name but a few).

And don’t write off the Canary Islands for your solo trip.  They offer so much more than sun-and-sangria beach flops, from hiking in the Anaga Forest of Tenerife to exploring the magical world of César Manrique in Lanzarote.


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3. Anywhere in Portugal

deep canyon of valley of the nuns madeira with village at bottom

Portugal is one of the cheapest solo travel destinations in Western Europe.

Although not as well developed as that of its Iberian neighbour, Portugal’s travel infrastructure does allow independent exploration with its rail network covering major tourist hubs. And as Portugal is a relatively small country, this makes travel more manageable if you only have a few weeks to spare.

Like Spain, it has a temperate climate and abundant natural beauty with a long beach-lined coastline, a mountainous north and the lush Duoro River valley, home to the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. 

The sub-tropical island of  Madeira is one of the best places I have visited as a solo traveller  in recent years.

Finally,  Portugal has been ranked as the third safest country in the world,  welcome news if you are a female solo traveller. 

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4. Ghent, Belgium

old grey stone turreted building by side of canal

If you are a solo traveller looking for a less-touristy alternative to Bruges in Belgium, book your ticket to gorgeous Ghent.

Bruges may be better known, but Ghent has a cityscape to rival its busier neighbour with red-bricked gable-roofed buildings and monumental Gothic spires overlooking meandering canals. It’s a delight.

Hit the highlights of this medieval city on a free Ghent self-guided walking tour , taking in the famous Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in St. Bavo’s Cathedral, and climb the UNESCO-listed Belfry for a bird’s eye view of Ghent. Take a boat tour along the canals and, as evening falls, join a local for a beer tour of the city (highly recommended!).

A broad range of places to stay in Ghent and the excellent value Ghent City Card help to keep things affordable. It is a friendly and safe city with locals, students and tourists alike enjoying its attractions, bars and restaurants.

5. Reykjavik, Iceland

an icelandic horse close up in snow covered field

Reykjavik is a superb solo city break  and is a good jumping-off point for Iceland’s outstanding natural wonders. 

Take a  day tour of the  Golden Circle , a 300 km circular route that loops from Reykjavik into central Iceland, to explore the country’s rugged interior. Soak your cares away in the milky waters of the  Blue Lagoon  whilst sipping on a cool Icelandic beer. 

Iceland’s crime rate approaches zero and, as a solo female traveller, harassment is also rare. It is easy to book excursions online or via one of the agencies in downtown Reykjavik, and Iceland is also a mecca for outdoor activities.

Whilst it’s safe to say that Iceland isn’t the most budget-friendly destination, there are tips and tricks for cutting costs when you visit Iceland .

6. London, England

telephone boxes

I may be biased, but my home town of London has a cultural scene that is second to none. There are world-class  museums , including Tate Britain and Tate Modern , a theatrical and musical landscape to accommodate all tastes, excellent restaurants and, of course, a lively drinking culture. 

There is no shortage of  things to do in London as a solo traveller . 

Meet fellow travellers on one of the many  walking tours  – I recommend one of the London street art tours. Or tick off many of London’s landmarks by taking a stroll along the Victoria Embankment or the South Bank. 

Or see the sights from the water by taking a  boat ride along the Thames  (for the more adventurous you can ride in a RIB!). This is a great way to fully appreciate London’s magnificent bridges .

On those rainy afternoons (and we do get a few of these!), visit a museum or gallery, get a bargain ticket for a  theatre  matinee performance, see a new  cinematic release  or an old classic or linger over a book in a coffee shop.

Finally, if you want a break from city life, take one of the many  easy day trips from London , including Bohemian Brighton, the golden dunes of Camber Sands , the dreaming spires of Oxford and the Georgian splendour of Bath.

7. Rhine Valley, Germany

panoramic view of roofs of bacharach germany with church spire and rhine river and vineyard

Are you a solo traveller searching for a perfect mix of legend, history and beauty? Then start planning a trip to the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley, also known as the Rhine Gorge.

The good news is that you don’t have to fork out for an expensive cruise to experience this idyllic section of the Rhine. It’s easy to explore Germany’s Romantic Rhine Valley on public transport.

Base yourself in Boppard and use local trains and buses to visit Burg Rheinfels , one of the mightiest castles on the river, Bacharach and Oberwesel .

And when the sightseeing is done, there’s the region’s excellent food and wine to savour.

8. Highlands of Scotland

green valley with lake reached from fort william to glencoe

Studded with deep lochs and soaring mountains, the Scottish Highlands is blessed with some of the most dramatic scenery on the planet. 

Better still, its abundance of outdoor activities provides ample opportunities for solo travellers to meet other people. If you prefer solitude, solo hiking is relatively safe as long as you don’t too far off the beaten path.

And if you love train travel as much as I do, you’re in luck. From catching the Caledonian Sleeper from London to the magical Harry Potter scenic train between Fort William and Mallaig , there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring trips.

Base yourself in Fort William to ride the Jacobite steam train and visit glorious Glencoe . Make the lovely city of Inverness your second base, the jumping-off point for Loch Ness and the historic Culloden battlefield.

9. Provence, France

cassis-provence-boats inport

The ease with which you can explore  Provence by train ; fields filled with fragrant lavender; ancient Roman ruins; picture-perfect walled medieval cities and some of the best food and wine in the world. These are just a few reasons why this region of France is perfect for those who are travelling alone. 

During a week in Provence, you can explore the ‘three As” – the historic cities of  Avignon, Arles  and  Aix-en-Provence . If you are a history buff, visit the amphitheatre at  Orange  and the sensational  Pont du Gard , the tallest aqueduct bridge in the Roman world.

Moving south, spend a day in revitalised  Marseilles , visiting the MuCEM, Marseille’s Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, before relaxing in the quintessential Provençal portside town of Cassis.

And, of course, in summer there are the lavender and sunflower fields in full bloom.

10. Kraków, Poland

massive head sculpture in old square in krakow

If you are looking for a budget-friendly solo travel destination with a first-rate bar scene, Kraków could be just the ticket. This is a city that hasn’t sold its soul to tourism, and where it is possible to feast on a meal for 15 PLN washed down with a glass of craft beer for 5 PLN (around 4 GBP). 

Join one of its excellent  free walking tours  – I loved the one exploring  Kraków’s Royal Road  –  to meet like-minded travellers. However, the whole city has a social vibe.

Reflect on Kraków’s tragic past by visiting  Kazimierz , the city’s old Jewish Quarter, the former Jewish ghetto in  Podgorze  and the neighbouring  Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory.  For many people, the chance to take a  day trip to  Auschwitz   is reason enough to visit Kraków. 

For something a little different, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the  Wieliczka  Salt Mine , a labyrinthine network of tunnels lacing through the mine’s salty depths. Just 12km south-east of Kraków, this is an easy day trip from Kraków. 

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11. amsterdam, the netherlands.

bicycles at side of canal in amsterdam

Amsterdam has a large and vibrant community of travellers, be they leisure travellers or freelance digital nomads.

People hang out at hostels or connect with each other through communities such as Couchsurfing or Meetup. Couchsurfing events are a great way to meet locals in addition to fellow travellers (I remember joining a meet-up of Spanish-speaking folks in Amsterdam, which was such fun!).  

In addition to this thriving community, Amsterdam is also home to tons of  museums.   If you have even a little curiosity regarding history or art, you can spend hours here, not really caring about having company. 

Getting around Amsterdam is easy and it’s a convenient base for day trips to other Dutch cities. The excellent tram network, comfortable buses and cycling infrastructure are a real boon for a solo traveller in Amsterdam.  

The best sights in Amsterdam are the museums and  Dam Square . The  Jordaan area  is also a good place to spend an evening chilling in cafes and pubs. 

If you feel more adventurous, cross the river and go to the  Noord region  to enjoy the  I AM HOLLAND experience  and  Adam’s Lookout . The former experience gives you an epic virtual tour of The Netherlands, while the latter offers a stunning view of the city. 

By Umang of Travelmax

12. Athens, Greece

classical greek temple of the acropolis in athens

Athens is friendly, welcoming, easy to get around and home to spectacular attractions.

With relatively cheap flights from Europe and beyond, some great hostels and an excellent range of bars, restaurants and cafes, Athens is an amazing destination for solo travellers taking a weekend break and for those travelling more extensively across Europe.

Choose centrally located accommodation in Athens so you can easily walk around the top sights.

These include the  Acropolis  (and Acropolis Museum), the  Ancient Agora, Monastiraki, Plaka  and  Syntagma Square.  Thankfully there are so many options within this area that you won’t be hard pushed to find a decent hotel or Airbnb.

Athens also has some awesome  tours  that you can take (e.g. Local Food Tours, Street Art Tours) which are a great way to interact with both locals and other travellers.

As Athens has both easy-to-use public transport and taxis, you’ll be able to explore the city safely. There are also some fun day trips that can be taken as tours out of the city.

By Chrysoula of Athens and Beyond

13. Belgrade, Serbia

entrance to old fortress in belgrade serbia

If you’re looking for the perfect solo travel destination in Europe, you really can’t go wrong with Belgrade, Serbia.

The capital of Serbia has lots to offer visitors and it is a great place to visit alone. There are countless  things to do in Belgrade over two or three (or more!) days  and the atmosphere of the city, along with the gregarious nature of the locals, make it ideal to visit on your own.

Belgrade is a popular city amongst backpackers and there are countless hostels throughout the city, where it is easy to meet other like-minded travellers.

There are also numerous free walking tours of the city’s neighbourhoods. Ideal for meeting others while learning about the destination.

Belgrade locals are also easy-going, sociable and easy to talk to, so you never truly have to feel alone when visiting this dynamic city.

Some of the top sites in Belgrade include the fascinating  Old Town , the wonderful pedestrian street of  Knez Mihailova  and, of course, the sprawling  Kalemegdan  fortress park overlooking the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. There are also a number of interesting  museums  where you can learn more about Belgrade’s history plus a great nightlife scene to experience.

By Maggie of The World Was Here First

14. Bruges, Belgium

display case of chocolates

Picture-postcard-perfect Bruges is an idyllic destination for those travelling alone in Europe and an essential part of any Belgium itinerary .

It is picturesque, safe, easy to get to and there are lots of things to do. As it is a compact and walkable city, it is simple to navigate.

Bruges is famous for its meandering canals that lace their way through its perfectly preserved medieval centre , its magnificent Belfry , world-class museums and, of course, Belgian beer .

But for my money, one of the best things to do in this charming city is to take a self-guided Bruges chocolate tour . Belgium produces some of the finest chocolate in the world, and this is the ideal place to try the best of the best from the city’s artisan producers.

15. Brussels, Belgium

detailed sculpture of figures on a pillar with gable roof buildings in background

The Belgian capital is one of Europe’s liveliest cities. With just one day in Brussels , you can soak up its medieval architecture and stuff yourself silly with beer, waffles and chocolate.

The UNESCO-listed Grand Place is at the heart of Brussels’ city centre and is lined with porticoed and frilly, late medieval buildings. This is also where the city’s Christmas market takes place.

On the eastern side of the city, old architecture gives way to sleek skyscrapers, including the headquarters of the European Union .

Lovers of cartoons should follow the Comic Strip Walk or visit the Belgian Comic Strip Centre .

Brussels is also the best base from which to visit other Belgian cities. Ones for your bucket list include lovely Leuven and its botanic garden ( De Kruidtuin Leuven ), Mechelen and Hasselt (don’t miss the Jenever Museum and Japanse Tuin Hasselt ).

16. Budapest, Hungary

panoramic view of bridge across river leading to an old town in budapest hungary

There are so many great places to travel alone in Europe and Budapest is one of them.

Budapest is a safe city to visit, even at night. However, as with any big city, take precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

Also, Budapest is easy to navigate. The trams and buses are simple to use, there are lots of helpful maps that will guide you from place to place and the majority of the signs are written in English.

Budapest has great hostels and hotels, world-class attractions and first-rate restaurants and pubs that won’t break the bank. As a solo traveller, you can find anything within your budget.

Some of the most iconic things to do in Budapest include the  Parliament House ,  Dohany Street Synagogue ,  Fisherman’s Bastion , the  Jewish Quarter ,  St. Stephen’s Basilica , the  Chain Bridge , and  Szechenyi Spa Baths .

By Disha of  Disha Discovers

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17. Cologne, Germany

faux medieval buildings and church spire of cologne old town

For a German city with a rich historical legacy, visit Cologne.

It is best known for the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral , one of the greatest churches in Christendom, and its toilet water, Eau de Cologne .

Germany’s fourth-largest city is also home to the busiest railway bridge in the world, Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke), which is smothered in love locks. The other highlights of Cologne include its 12 great Romanesque churches , the Old Town ’s squares and buildings and its insanely popular Chocolate Museum .

Last but not least, don’t leave town before trying the local Kölsch , the delicious local brew which has a hoppy and slightly sweet taste.

18. Copenhagen, Denmark

boats parked along canal

Denmark’s capital city is effortlessly cool.

Copenhagen has the lot. A historic city centre with cobbled streets and candy-coloured gabled houses; a cutting-edge design scene and trendy shops, bars and restaurants.

Paying your respects to The Little Mermaid is pretty much obligatory but manage your expectations. At just four feet tall, she is a little underwhelming.

One of the best things to do in Copenhagen is to take a canal cruise from Nyhavn and Ved Stranden, allowing you to see the city from a different perspective. With its crayon-hued houses, the former rough sailors’ district of Nyhavn has been transformed into the poster child of Copenhagen.

Finally, for a different side of Copenhagen, stroll through the hash-perfumed community of Freetown Christiana . There are not many cities that have a main drag called Pushers Street.

19. Dubrovnik, Croatia

red roofed houses set on a hill rising from harbour in dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the gem of the Adriatic coast in Croatia. As it’s not a dangerous city, you don’t need to take special safety precautions; just use your common sense like anywhere else and you will be fine.

With all the great  things to do in Dubrovnik , you will be busy all day long with sightseeing.

Be sure to  walk the city walls  around the  Old Town.  The views from there are incredible and with the ticket, you can also visit  Fort Lovrijenac  just outside the Old Town.

Fans of  Game of Thrones  will recognise many of Dubrovnik’s sights from their television screen. One of the best activities in Dubrovnik though is just wandering around its narrow streets and enjoying the atmosphere of the town.

The city is very popular among tourists, especially in the summer season, but once the crowds are gone Dubrovnik is bliss.   

By Kami of Kami & The Rest of the World

20. Dublin, Ireland

people walking across small iron footbridge over river

By day and by night, Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, has a diverse range of attractions to offer. As a solo tourist, you will feel right at home and have a packed  Dublin itinerary  exploring the city, its culture and top-class tourist sights.  

The must-see attractions include the  Guinness Storehouse  with an unbeatable view of the Dublin skyline from the Gravity Bar,  Trinity College  and the medieval manuscript of the Book of Kells and the latest treasures found in the  Chester Beatty Library .  

Dublin is designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Join in the fun at the  James Joyce Bloomsday Festival  in June, or visit the  Museum of Modern Literature  to get a taste of Irish Literature at its finest. 

If you want to learn more about the country’s history, visit Kilmainham Gaol , the birthplace of modern Ireland

Ireland’s capital is an excellent base for  day trips  with many locations to choose from, so you won’t have to bother renting a car. From Howth Harbour outside the city centre (reachable by train) to the Cliffs of Moher or to the Giant’s Causeway, you will be spoilt for choice! 

In the evenings, you can enjoy some great  live music  in the many pubs around the city. There is always music in  Temple Bar,  but it can be very touristy. 

Try some of these other pubs for a more authentic atmosphere. Don’t worry about being by yourself, it is very easy to strike up a conversation with most Irish people! 

By Emer and Nils of Let’s Go Ireland

21. Frieburg, Germany

pretty narrow cobblestone street lined with old buidlings under a blue sky

Hugging the western edge of the Black Forest, sunny Freiburg im Breisgau is the perfect destination for the solo traveller wishing to combine a cultural city break with first-rate hiking. has a lot going for it.

This university city has a compact Old Town (Altstadt), a magnificent Cathedral, a handful of first-rate museums and more cafes and restaurants than you can shake a stick at. It is also an excellent base from which to explore the Black Forest.

Although it was extensively damaged by Allied bombing raids in World War II, its Old Town has been faithfully restored and is home to a number of fine medieval buildings. The city even has a resident crocodile!

If it’s an easy walk in the Balck Forest that you are craving, a short bus and tram journey will bring you to the Schlauslandbahn Cableway. From the top station, 2.5 km to 8.8 km walking trails offer sensational views over this iconic German landscape.

22. Glasgow, Scotland

ornate fountain in a square with a red brick building

As a solo traveller, do you want to visit a city that is friendly and welcoming, gentle on your wallet, filled with fun people and dotted with amazing things to do? Look no further than Glasgow, Scotland.

The city’s slogan “People Make Glasgow” could not be more true. The locals are super friendly, whether you need help with directions to want to meet new people in the pub. 

There are numerous budget-friendly accommodation options from great hostels to quirky boutique guest houses. Most attractions and museums are free to visit, which makes it easy to soak up as much of Glasgow’s history, art and culture as possible.  

Glasgow has also many fantastic green spaces and a colourful  street art  trail with massive murals. There are several street  food markets , cool  shops  filled with local designs and of course endless  pubs with live music  and banter.  

I highly recommend taking a  history tour with Glasgow Women’s Library  and looking into the city’s historic involvement with the slave trade, signs of which can be seen in street names and buildings around the city. 

And that’s just in the city.

Glasgow is also a great place to base yourself if you want to take  day trips to the Scottish countryside.  Other cities like Stirling and Edinburgh are within easy reach. Beautiful castles, stunning Highland scenery and several Scottish islands are on your doorstep.  

All of this and more makes Glasgow a perfect place to visit as a solo traveller.

By Kathi of Watch Me See

23. Gothenburg, Sweden

suspension bridge spanning a wide river with sea birds

Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg is an underrated destination compared to the capital, Stockholm . But as the world’s most sustainable destination four times in a row, it’s a European city that will  inspire any solo traveller .   

Gothenburg is a very walkable city, filled with beautiful  botanical gardens , local  designer shops , and a strong Swedish  fika  culture. Gothenburg is a paradise for foodies and has a much more affordable price tag compared to Stockholm. 

With free walking tours, it’s easy for solo travellers to make friends and explore quaint neighbourhoods such as Haga, which is famous for baking the largest cinnamon rolls in Sweden.  

The best time of year to visit the city is December for the Gothenburg  Christmas markets . This is when the whole city turns into a festive winter wonderland. 

Gothenburg has four Christmas markets, but the main one is Sweden’s largest and is found at Liseberg Amusement Park. Liseberg is an icon in Sweden and includes thrilling rollercoaster rides, a seasonal ice skating show and over 80 Christmas stalls and shops.

By Roshni of The Wanderlust Within

24. Helsinki, Finland

brightly colored buildings large white cathedral and boats along the seafront in helsinki finland

Modest Helsinki, or  Finland , might not be at the top of your list when considering places for a solo Europe escape, but it should be. 

Tucked away in the northeast of Europe, Helsinki is an enigma; an excellent secret destination full of local charm and personality but minus the crowds. A short vacation with a difference. 

Not only is it wonderfully weird and completely original, but it is utterly welcoming to everyone. And it is oh so safe! Helsinki is one of the safest cities in the world, and you can walk everywhere during the day without worry. 

Finns are shy, reserved and independent, and love to spend time alone. However, this adds to Helsinki’s appeal as a solo travel destination since most of its attractions can easily be undertaken by one person. 

Dining alone , drinking coffee, sauna, you name it; being solo here is completely normal. And, especially as a female traveller, it would be unheard of for someone to come up and harass you for being alone. 

Strolling around Helsinki is like being in an outdoor museum of architecture, with an eclectic mish-mash of magnificent neoclassical architecture, art nouveau constructs, and modern design. Inside top highlights include the  Kiasma Museum , the  Löyly Sauna , the  Amos Rex , and the  Moomin store . 

And don’t forget to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed  Suomenlinna Island Fortress . You might not know much about Helsinki before visiting, but you’ll never forget it afterwards.

By Jordan of Inspired by Maps

25. La Valletta, Malta

large harbous with small island with castle built from warm stone in valetta malta

La Valletta, the capital of Malta, is a great European destination for solo travellers.

It’s delightfully compact, with stone buildings piled on top of each other higgledy-piggledy. The entire Valletta peninsula is only a couple of kilometres long, so you can easily explore the whole city on foot. Just be prepared to climb lots of stairs.

Most locals here speak fluent English, so it’s easy to make new friends

Valletta’s role as the headquarters of the Knights of Malta from the 16th to 18th Centuries is a very important part of the city’s history, and many of its best sights relate to this period. The knights’ armoury can be visited inside the  Palace of the Grand Masters , though the palace now serves as the parliament and president’s office, most of it is off-limits.

St. John’s Co-Cathedral  doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the interior is covered head to toe in marble and frescoes and is incredibly ornate. If you love art, be sure to visit the  Cathedral Museum , which displays two paintings by Caravaggio, who was once a knight himself.

And Valletta is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of this small island nation. Across the harbour from Valletta are three other cities:  Birgu, Senglea  and  Bormla.

Most locals here speak fluent English, so it’s easy to make new friends.

Finally, don’t leave Valletta without trying some of the  traditional Maltese foods  like bigilla and pastizzi .

By Wendy of The Nomadic Vegan

26. Lyon, France


Lyon may be a big city – it is France’s 2nd or 3rd, depending on your source – but that is precisely what makes it perfect for the solo traveller: an abundance of choice. 

If you’re new to Lyon, go see the  murals . These are scattered along the edges of the  Old Town , as well as here and there throughout the rest of the city. They not only look realistic, but are huge and provide a strong sense of Lyon’s personality. 

Lyon is considered France’s gastronomic heartland and if you believe French food is sublime, Lyon is amazing when it comes to  food . 

There are plenty of great restaurants but try a  bouchon , a typical Lyonnais eatery. If the heavy fare is daunting, head for  Les Halles Paul Bocuse , a covered market filled with shops that sell every kind of food you could expect to find in Lyon, and more.

Wandering around  Old Lyon  is always a pleasure, as is visiting the  Roman Fourvière  Theatre. But for an intriguing view of Lyon, two things should grab your attention, both related to silk, of which Lyon was for years France’s main supplier. 

The first is the  traboules  in the old town: these are ancient tunnels that allowed weavers to carry bolts of silk from building to building without getting them wet when it rained. 

The second must-see sights are the silk establishments on the  Croix-Rousse hill ; these are shops, or old buildings where workshops were once located, topping it off with a visit to the  Maison des Canuts , the silk museum. 

France is a safe destination for solo travellers and Lyon is no exception. That said, it is best to stick to the more touristed parts of town after dark. It is, after all, a major city.

By Leyla of  Offbeat France

27. Munich, Germany

aerial view of medieval buildings and church in munich germany

Bavaria’s capital has a friendly, supportive small-town feel but, at the same time, it is metropolitan enough to nurture a thriving traveller and ex-pat scene.  Munich has a good choice of accommodation  and its public transport is excellent and easy to navigate, allowing you to explore every part of the city. 

Here are some of the must-dos in Munich: 

Munich Beer Halls.  Everyone knows the Hofbräuhaus, but there are quite a few others that are not quite as touristy, like the Paulaner, or the Weißes Brauhaus. 

What is great about these beer halls is that they usually have community tables that you share with others. That makes it easy to connect with other guests and chat.  

Swimming in the Isar.  If you travel to Munich in the summer, pack your swimsuit and go to the Isar Beaches. That is where the locals hang out and it is easy to connect with others.  

Go on a Walking Tour . Munich has a lot of history and a walking tour is fun, inexpensive (sometimes even free), and you can meet other travellers. To get some non-touristy recommendations, ask the guide for his favourite bars and restaurants 

Pro Tip:  If a restaurant is busy and does not have empty tables, it is customary to join a party already seated. Simply ask if the seat is taken, and if they nod in approval you can join them.

This is a great way to find some company during meals if you are travelling alone. 

By Maria of Europe Up Close

28. Nuremberg, Germany

old covered chain bridge with small tower over river with reflections

Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is both a wonderful destination for solo travellers in its own right and a fabulous base from which to explore Bavaria by train.

Nuremberg Old Town is home to magnificent medieval buildings, a thousand-year-old castle, Germany’s tiniest (and some say tastiest) bratwurst and one of the country’s biggest and best Christmas markets. But Nuremberg is perhaps best known for its dark Nazi past, as the city where Hitler liked to throw a really big party.

Easy day trips from Nuremberg include UNESCO-listed Bamberg , home to the smokiest beer on the planet, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber , the medieval city that inspired the Disney animation Pinocchio .

29. Paris, France

large elegant building by the side of the river in paris france

France is a fabulous solo travel destination and Paris is no exception.

Easy public transport, many people speaking different languages and an abundance of fellow travellers help make Paris a great city to visit solo.

It’s also a relatively safe city to visit if you are travelling alone. You can easily walk around many of the popular neighbourhoods and take the metro at night without feeling uncomfortable.

Paris’s top attractions include a visit to the  Eiffel Tower , browsing the many museums like the  Louvre  and  D’Orsay ,  people-watching  at one of the hundreds of cafes, and strolling down the  Champs-Elysees .

And don’t forget to grab a baguette and a bottle of wine, and enjoy a picnic in one of the many lovely  parks .

Some other great things that you visit in Paris are the  Catacombs  – if you dare! –  and the stunning churches that dot the city, like  Sacre-Coeur  and  Saint-Sulpice .

So, make sure you plan at least  four days in Paris  for your next solo adventure. It will be epic!

By Stephanie of The World As I See It

30. Prague, Czech Republic

an old stone bridge in prague at sunrise

Prague is one of the prettiest medieval cities in the world and one of the best places to travel solo with lots to see and do.

Take a  walking tour . Several companies offer free walking tours of the old town, the castle and even some lesser-known neighbourhoods, and this is a great way to meet other people who are travelling alone.

Enjoy a beer at  Letna Park Beer Garden  or  Strahov Monastery.  Both places offer spectacular views of the city.

Visiting a quirky museum like the  Beer Museum  (which includes a beer tasting), the  Chocolate Museum or the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians , where you learn the darker side of Prague’s history.

Along with things to do during the day, Prague has an excellent  nightlife and food scene  worth checking out. If you want dinner and a show, you should book a  medieval dinner show  or a  dinner show with traditional Czech dancing .

If you want to party, Prague has a few  pub crawls  worth checking out.

With its colourful architecture, cobblestoned streets and countless things to do you are bound to have the best time exploring Prague on your own. 

By Marika of  Clumsy Girl Travels

31. Pristina and Prizren, Kosovo

people crossing a stone bridgein the old town of Prizren in Kosovo

If you are travelling alone in Kosovo, make sure you visit its capital, Pristina, and its cultural heart, Prizren.

Solo travel in Kosovo feels safe,  the locals are friendly and welcoming, especially at local cafes such as Half&Half Cafe in Pristina.

Hostels are well maintained and also very cheap. Bus routes between key cities are not only very budget-friendly but easy to navigate.

Pristina,  Europe’s newest capital, is trendy and home to underrated street art and to a diverse range of eateries, including modern and vegan cafes. Look out for the National Library, one of the world’s ugliest buildings, and the Bill Clinton statue (yep, he’s quite the hero in Kosovo!).

More cultural gems include the Cathedral of Saint Mother Teresa.

In  Prizren,  the Prizren Fortress has spectacular views over the city. There are also many museums to learn more about European, and more specifically Balkan, history.

Nature lovers and keen hikers can also take a day trip to the scenic trails of Peja or to one of the less well-known national parks.

By Cass of Cassie the Hag

32. Reims, France

stone statue of a smiling angel at notre dame de reims cathedral

Reims is one of the loveliest cities in France, known for its magnificent cathedral and its champagne houses, all of which are UNESCO-listed.

Beneath Reims is a labyrinth of 200 km of caves that provide the perfect environment for the second fermentation of champagne. This is the shared real estate for the city’s champagne houses.

It’s very easy to put together a DIY champagne tour of Reims , even if you are travelling alone. From the Disneyesque Champagne Pommery to the elegance of Taittinger, there’s a champagne house for everyone (and far worse ways of spending a day).

With flying buttresses a-plenty and an enigmatic smiling angel, Notre Dame de Reims is one of Europe’s great Gothic cathedrals. This was the coronation site for most of the French kings and its architecture set the mould for cathedrals to follow.

33. St. Petersburg, Russia

buildings along riverfront in st petersburg at sunset

Due to the ongoing geopolitical situation, travel to Russia is not currently recommended. For current travel advice, check the advice of the UK FCO here .

St Petersburg in Russia is not only a gem of a city but is also one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Some of the major costs for solo travellers are taxis and hotels. However, St. Petersburg has an excellent public transport system that is easy to navigate.

Furthermore, the city has lots of hostels where it is easy to meet other travellers.

There are lots of solo travel-friendly things to do.

First of all, St. Petersburg is full of interesting  museums  that you can explore at your own pace. The most famous of these is the  Hermitage,  where you can easily spend a whole day.

As well as the museums, there are the 18th and 19th-Century  palaces of the Romanov tsars  and their families. These  European palaces  are not only worth a visit because of their opulent and extravagant rooms inside, but also for their beautiful palace gardens.

St Petersburg is a year-round destination. Visit in the summer for the long nights and to see the bridges open up over the Neva River. Go to  St Petersburg in winter  for cold, snowy days and the beauty of the frozen Neva.

By Ellis of Backpack Adventures

34. Salzburg, Austria

the rooftops and spires of the city of salzburg

With an abundance of stunning architecture, a pretty old town and its connection to some musical icons, both classical and modern, the Austrian city of Salzburg is a wonderful destination for solo travellers. And the city’s excellent public transport connections to Austria and beyond make it one of the best places to visit in Europe.

Top sights in Salzburg  include the  Cathedral,  the 12th Century  Residenz ,  Mozart’s Birthplace  and  Hohensalzburg Fortress , an imposing castle atop a hill overlooking the city.  All can be found close to the  Old Town  in the compact centre of the city.

Getreidegasse  and  Linzer Gasse , two of Salzburg’s most famous streets, are the places for retail therapy or to find the perfect souvenir. Amongst the shops and boutiques, you’ll find one of the city’s specialities on sale, a chocolate ball with a marzipan centre known as a  Mozartkugel .

A short walk from the Old Town, and across the Salzach River, the  Mirabell Palace  and gardens are well worth a visit. Most visitors flock to the steps in front of Rose Hill to re-enact a famous scene from  The Sound of Music .

Salzburg can be easily explored alone on foot, on a hop-on-hop-off bus, or even by horse-drawn carriage. But if you’d prefer some company, the Tourist Office offers a number of guided city tours every day. 

By Carolyn of Holidays to Europe

35. Sibiu, Romania

beautiful main square of sibiu romania with brightly coloured buildings

Sibiu, a small city in Romania’s southern Transilvania, is an ideal destination in Europe for the solo traveller. 

First and foremost, Romania in general, and Sibiu in particular, are super safe.

Walking home alone at night is not a problem, even as a solo female traveller. There are people who will approach you at restaurants and ask for money if you’re sitting outside, but there are no aggressive tactics employed.

Sibiu is small and pedestrian-friendly, important if you’re not partial to taking public transportation. You’ll be able to walk amongst its colourful buildings and get lost in the winding cobblestone streets of the  Old Town 

There’s no shortage of things to do in Sibiu, including  restaurants  serving delicious food, an impressive number of  museums  and  open-air markets . You’ll never be bored in the European Cultural Capital in 2007.  

If you’re partial to nature, Sibiu is located in the Carpathian Basin. There are plenty of hiking and trekking options nearby, not to mention some gorgeous green parks.

Finally, the people of Romania are very friendly and English is widely spoken among the younger generations.

By Jade of The Migrant Yogi

36. Split, Croatia

blue sky throughvestibule of Diocletian's Palace, Split

For my money, Split is one of the most extraordinary cities in Europe. Over the millennia its UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace has morphed into the tangle of churches, chapels and houses that now form Split’s medieval hub.

This is truly living history, not some dry, roped-off archaeological site.

Game of Thrones fans are also in luck. Some of its scenes were filmed in Diocletian’s Palace and a Split Game of Thrones tour is on offer.

Split is also home to one of the most bizarre museums I have ever visited ( Froggyland ) and a supermarket that is UNESCO-protected.

As this is a popular port of call for cruise ships, it’s good to get off the beaten track in Spilt . Away from the day-trippers, there is a wonderful walk along the Marjan Peninsula to Telegrin, its highest point.

37. Vienna, Austria

child in red coat at stall in xmas market

For elegant cafe culture with a twist of Mozart, Vienna is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

With its imperial architecture, magnificent museums, classical music scene and cafes galore, Austria’s capital is a superb destination for the solo traveller at any time of year. 

Take a journey from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance by exploring the vast collection of the  Kunsthistoriches Museum . Visit  Schloss Schönbrunn , one of the Hapsburg Empire’s palaces, in all its gilded glory. 

But perhaps the jewel in Vienna’s crown is the UNESCO World Heritage site of the  Belvedere Palace , home to Gustav Klimt’s  The Kiss  (1908).

Finally, if you are visiting  Vienna at Christmas , don’t leave the city before washing down a plate of  Bratkartoffeln  with  glühwein  (mulled wine) at one of the city’s  Christmas markets . 

38. Wroclaw, Poland

ornate medieval building in square in wroclaw poland with clock face

Wroclaw, Poland’s 4 th  largest city, is a hidden gem in Central Europe and is an ideal solo travel destination for several reasons.

First, it’s easy to get there, whether you want to fly in or prefer taking the bus or the train.

Second, it’s safe. I wandered around in the evening and never felt unsafe. A close friend who calls Wroclaw home swears by the city’s safety too.

Third, it’s just so easy to walk around and explore. You can use public transport (trams & buses), but it’s easy to see  Wroclaw’s main sights  on foot as they’re located within walking distance of each other.

In the heart of Wroclaw Old Town lies the  Market Square  with beautiful merchant houses and a monumental  Old Town Hall . Many visitors to Wroclaw enjoy tracing the famous  Wroclaw dwarfs.

Walk through Butcher’s Street  and then stroll all the way to the lovely  Tumski Island  with its impressive  cathedrals . 

This beautiful city doesn’t attract many visitors, yet there’s so much to see and do in Wroclaw.

By Veronika of Travel Geekery

Best Places to Travel Alone in Europe: Natural Wonders

39. bansko, bulgaria.

cancle car with the waord bansko going past the houses of a town

Bansko is Bulgaria’s largest  ski resort  and one of the cheapest places to ski in Europe, perfect for making your holiday budget go further . But this mountain town is so much more than a ski resort. 

Bansko is located two hours from Sofia and 2.5 hours from Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, and is served by great public transport connections. There are lots of places to stay here; self-catering accommodation, small family-run hotels and larger ones too, some with pools. 

There are two great co-working locations here in Bansko and, as such, the town has a great social life for solo travellers. With co-living spaces and hostels available, plus apartments for US$180 a month, there are cheap options for places to stay as a single traveller.

The town is easy to navigate on foot and there are great  hiking and mountain biking  activities with superb groups on Facebook for visitors to find out about activities with others. 

Eating out is cheap, with a great selection of Bulgarian  mehanas , alongside more international foods. You’ll also find takeaway and delivery options too. 

From May onwards there are free  outdoor festivals , including the  Bansko Jazz festival , which has run for more than 20 years.

By Sarah of  Lets Grow Cook

40. Lake Bled, Slovenia

man rowing boat across lake with church in background

Lovely Lake Bled is the jewel in Slovenia’s crown.

This picturesque corner of Europe has many of the ingredients for a perfect solo travel break.

Slovenia is cheap by European standards, it’s relatively safe and has a good travel infrastructure.

Lake Bled has an abundance of walking trails, a castle perched on a hillside and an enigmatic island to visit. Traditional boats plough the turquoise waters of the lake, but if you prefer to confine your travelling to dry land, there’s the super scenic Bohinj Railway .

Lake Bled is a mecca for outdoor adventure enthusiasts and joining an organised tour to go canyoning / underground kayaking / ziplining / river rafting (delete as appropriate) is a fantastic way to meet other travellers.

If food and wine are more your thing, join a wine-tasting session – Slovenian wines are very quaffable – and don’t leave town before biting into a slice of feather-light Lake Bled Cake.

41. Lake District, England

snow capped hills reflected in a still lake

The North of England has a reputation as being extremely friendly, and the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is no exception.

Full of quaint towns and villages, the Lake District is very visitor-friendly. Base yourself in a small town such as  Ambleside  or Windermere to be in the best possible location.

The main activity for most visitors is  hiking , something that can easily be done as a solo traveller. Views around the Lake District are spectacular, so don’t forget your camera.

Local buses mean it is easy to get from town to town.

You can also travel to a lot of the lakes by steamer boat. These traditional ferry boats are a great way to see the scenery from a different angle.

Or rent a bike and explore some of the  cycle trails .

If the sun is out, you will find everyone sitting in the afternoon in a scenic garden, enjoying a traditional English roast. Wander alone into any old English pub in the Lake District, and you are sure to make friends in a matter of minutes.

By Demi of Around The World With Her

42. Northern Norway

a fjord in norway with mountains reflected in water

From Arctic-connected  Tromso  up to  Bodo , the “gateway to the North”, Northern  Norway  is brimming with natural wonders. But why is it an excellent place for a solo traveller?

Well, I usually prefer going to big party destinations, like Madrid or Berlin, together with friends. But when it comes to nature destinations, I prefer going alone, especially if it is something challenging like mountainous Norway.

Norway allows you to test yourself, and somehow, after returning home, you feel stronger.

Northern Norway connects world-famous mountain views and small comfortable towns. But you don’t need to just visit tourist places. 

Unknown fjords are just as beautiful. If you go alone, you can easily choose routes, hike difficulty, and type of landscape according to your preferences and fitness.

If you go to Northern Norway, make sure you visit Tromso, the centre of Arctic Exploration and Saami culture. Make it on a ship through the  Northern archipelago  and long  Raften Pass.  And visit the jewel of Northern Norway – the Lofoten Islands . 

By Alexander of Engineer On Tour

43. Zermatt, Switzerland

The Matterhorn at Riffelsee

If you are yearning to hike amongst mountain peaks, one of the best places to travel alone in Europe is  Zermatt.  

The appeal of the town itself and the relative ease with which you can explore its surroundings make Zermatt a fantastic solo travel destination at any time of year. 

The star of the show is the mighty  Matterhorn , piercing the sky above the town like a harpoon tip.

To get the best view of the mountain, take a ride on the Gornergrat Railway. From here, there are also great  hiking trails  through mountain valleys and along woodland paths scattered with pine cones, accompanied by the soundtrack of gurgling mountain streams and distant cowbells.

To reach Zermatt, take the  Glacier Express   from St. Moritz, one of the world’s great train journeys. 

Visas for Europe travel

Many non-EU passport-holders enjoy visa-free travel within the Schengen Area for up to 90 days every six months. The Schengen Area consists of 27 member countries , most of which are in the European Union (EU).

Post-Brexit, the UK is not a member of the Schengen Area.

From 2025, US citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS prior to their trip towards Europe.

Travelling around Europe

red and white drivers cabin of a tgv train in france

Europe by train

There are few things I like better than travelling by train , especially in Europe. Its rail network is vast, connecting major cities and scenic spots in an eco-friendly way.

For the most part, European trains are reliable and have spacious seating, Wi-Fi and dining cars. Stations are usually located in the heart of the city (and are sometimes destinations in their own right).

I have been lucky to ride on some of Europe’s most scenic routes, including the Glacier Express and the Jacobite Steam Train . But you don’t have to buy a ticket for these iconic trains to experience treated to ever-changing landscapes.

group of 4 people sitting around table on the glacier express switzerland

European rail passes ( Interrail / Eurail passes ) can unlock the joy of train travel in 33 countries. But always compare the price of the train pass with that of point-to-point tickets for your planned itinerary to figure out if an Interrail pass will be good value .

Many countries have their own rail passes – the Swiss Rail Pass is a good one – or you can just stick with point-to-point tickets.

You can book ahead using the websites of individual train operators, RailEurope or Omio . For local routes, I’ve found that it is often easier to buy a ticket from a self-service machine at the station.

Europe by bus

For the places that trains don’t reach, there are buses.

Tickets are often – but not always – cheaper than train or airfare, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious travellers. The flip side is that bus travel might take longer than trains.

FlixBus and Eurolines operate affordable services connecting Europe’s major cities. To search across multiple operators, head to Omio .

Europe by air

Budget airlines like EasyJet and RyanAir operate cheap flights across Europe.

However, getting around Europe by air would not be my preferred option. Aside from the lack of sustainability and the stress of flying in the 21 st Century, you don’t get a sense of the landscape unfolding as you travel from A to B.

That said, there are times when flying might be the most feasible option. You can check flight timetables and prices here.

Europe by car

Again, this one isn’t for me. I am not a happy driver, it’s a lonely experience and hiring a car can be extortionate as a solo traveller.

But I have rented a car in the past and it’s hard to beat when it comes to flexibility and the ease with which you can access remote areas.

With the exception of Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland,  Malta and Cyprus, European countries drive on the right.

If you are a non-E.U. citizen, make sure that you confirm that your license will allow you to drive in Europe. As automatics are in short supply in Europe, make sure that you book in advance if you can’t drive stick.

Europe Solo Travel Tips

Safety tips for female solo travellers.

If you are a female solo traveller you might be wondering if it is safe to travel alone in Europe. And while some countries are safer than others, broadly speaking the answer is a resounding “yes.”

That said, there are actionable steps you can take to stay safe when travelling alone. The bottom line is to take the same precautions that you would at home and keep your valuables safe (I use this theft-proof day pack when I travel)

Here are my top tips:

  • Choose accommodation in a good area of town
  • Share your itinerary with someone at home
  • Don’t flash your valuables (better still, keep them locked in your hotel safe)
  • Trust your gut; if somewhere doesn’t feel right, leave
  • Go easy on the booze and never leave a drink unattended
  • Never, ever tell strangers that you are travelling alone

Meeting people on a Europe solo trip

Loneliness is a common fear amongst solo travellers . But the good news is that there are failsafe ways to meet people when you are travelling alone.

Being open and friendly and taking an interest in people goes a long way.

Although my hostelling days are behind me, I have made lifelong friends whilst staying in hostels.

group of people eating sitting around table

Nowadays, I find that an organised activity is an excellent way to make friends on the road. I make most of my bookings through GetYourGuide , largely because they have a broad portfolio and most activities come with free cancellation within 24 hours of the event.

Tips for dining out alone

Solo dining is not something I relish. However, I’ve done this so many times that I have developed these tips and tricks for eating out alone .

Bring a prop or two, exude confidence and enjoy every morsel.

Booking hotels in Europe

Choosing the right hotel is important when you are planning your solo Europe vacation. You want somewhere that is affordable, comfortable, welcoming and, above all, safe.

I book around 80% of my accommodation in Europe via . When the price or cancellation terms are better, I will book directly with the hotel.

Solo Travel in Europe: Final Thoughts

I hope that these recommendations inspire you to plan a future trip to Europe. It’s an easy part of the world to visit as a solo traveller and has enough diversity to satisfy most people.

If you are not sure whether you are ready to explore Europe independently, why not join a  group tour ?

As well as being a relatively hassle-free way of travelling, there are many other  benefits of a group tour  as a solo traveller. There are lots of  group travel companies  out there but two companies that I have used and can recommend are  Exodus Travels  and  Explore Worldwide!

You’ll have an expertly curated itinerary and you often gain valuable insights into the country, the people and its culture. Generally, there’s safety in numbers. Finally, if you fear the dark spectre of loneliness, there’s the reassurance of ready-made travel companions.

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45 Best Places to Travel Alone in Europe – An Epic Bucket List!

Places to travel alone in Europe

Want to take your solo travel experience to the next level? Then consider visiting all the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Beautiful snow-capped mountains, national parks, fairytale castles, memorable train routes, plenty of beautiful historic cities with their rich medieval old towns, turquoise beaches along the coastline with prettiest towns, forever bustling metropolitan cities, and delicious cuisines – These are what awaits you in the heart of this continent. 

European cities have some of the best transport , excellent hostels , plenty of fabulous walking tours , a lot of day trips, and friendly travellers that will make you feel welcome as you backpack in Europe. 

In this post, lovely globetrotters share the best destinations for solo travel in Europe – what makes these cities special, what to see and do and where to stay.

So grab your cuppa, sit back and start picking cities for your European bucket list from this comprehensive list!

Best Places to Travel Alone in Europe

1. amsterdam, netherlands.

Amsterdam, the pretty capital of the Netherlands, is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe, hands-down.

You can walk along the canals getting lost, navigate your way through the museums, taste the tasty fries, plan pretty day trips , explore the lovely cafes or witness the glitzy nightlife – whatever you wish to do, you can do it all alone and have super fun.

Places to travel alone in Europe

I spent about a week in this beautiful town, strolling along the canals lined with pretty flowers. If you are looking for a lovely place for Instagram shots, you will find plenty of opportunities here.

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The best way to explore Amsterdam is to do it Dutch style, rent a bicycle or go on a guided bike tour . Trams are another way to get around the attractions in the city.

You can easily spend from a day to a week in Amsterdam visiting the famous coffee shops, historical museums, and old towns and enjoy the crowded nightlife of the city.

Be sure to follow the general solo travel safety tips and remember to be mindful of your belongings, and you will be all set to have fun in Amsterdam!

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, the capital of the Czech, is one of the most visited cities in the world.

It is also one of the best places to travel alone in Europe not only because it is safe, but it is very comfortable to get around the city, and there are so many attractions and things to do here.

solo travel in Europe

Expect to see a lot of travellers no matter when you visit this city. Especially at the iconic Charles Bridge, where it is hard to find a spot to stand and capture or admire the beauty of the town at any time of the day!

Don’t forget to climb to the top of Prague Castle, Budapest where you can witness stunning panoramic views of the city.

Astronomical clock Prague

The charismatic old town is one of the most ancient in Europe, with the famous landmark being the Astronomical clock, which is at least 600 years old. Did you know? It is the largest and oldest functioning clock in the world.

Recommended: Prague: 3-Hour Walking Tour of Old Town & Prague Castle

3. Budapest, Hungary

With a rich history, stunning architecture, and fantastic cuisine, it is not surprising that Europe is one of the most-travelled destinations in the world.

With the perfect combination of affordability, history, and social atmosphere, Budapest is unquestionably one of the best solo travel destinations in Europe! 

Best places to travel alone in Europe

Most travelers believe that traveling to Europe will break the bank, but that is simply not true. One of my favourite European cities, Budapest , is the perfect example of that.

In 1873, the cities of Buda and Pest merged to form the current capital of Hungary, Budapest. The Buda side of the town is where most of the residential areas are. 

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On the other side of Pest, is where all the action happens, including many of the iconic ruin bars that Budapest is famous for.

These ruined bars are built on the old abandoned buildings left behind after World War II and have attracted tourists to visit from all over the world. 

Budapest quotes

Besides the historic ruin bars, Budapest has many historic buildings scattered around the city. My favourites are the Turkish baths left behind by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th to late 17th century.

The Turkish baths (Don’t miss Rudas Baths) are the best way to relax after a tiresome day of exploring Budapest.

Recommended: Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

Where to stay in Budapest?

The downtown Pest is one of the popular neighbourhoods in the city, which has plenty of hostels and hotels.

If you are staying in one of Budapest’s friendly and social Hostels(I recommend Hostel One Budapest ), then it is inevitable that you will end up at the original ruin bar, Szimpla, for one night.

Contributor – Sean Lau, LivingOutLau

4. Munich, Germany

One of the most beautiful, laid back, and yet activity-filled cities a solo traveller can spend a city break in is Munich .

Known for its architectural prowess and museums one after the other, there is just so much one can do and see, making it one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

If you are into history, there are 42 museums you can visit, including the world’s largest science and technology museum (Deutsches museum).

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For the artistic spirit in you, there are 14 art and design museums for you to enjoy. And then there’s the BMW museum if you’re a car enthusiast – a mix of old-world and modern displays of transportation. 

And, of course, what’s a german city without a beer museum? Visit the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum to learn about the art of brewing and the history of Oktoberfest.

solo travel in Europe

When in Munich , biking around is a must. The city is Germany’s bicycle capital, and people enjoy riding their bikes, not just because of the beautiful surroundings, but also because it is easy to go around. 

Early mornings, when the sun has just risen and the bakeries have opened, and you can smell their freshest bread, that’s an ideal time for you to enjoy the city around, yes, you can rent a bike. – Explore the old town by zigzagging through the many delightful passageways.

Then idle around the parks, more notably the English garden, to watch people and enjoy the greeneries. Then enjoy a pork knuckle and beer at the famous Hofbräuhaus in the evening.

Recommended: Munich: Old Town & Viktualienmarkt City Walk in German

Where to stay in Munich?

For a cosy stay in Munich, I recommend the Eurostars book hotel .

Conveniently a few minutes away from Munich’s central train station, less the hustle and noise, and an excellent breakfast meal to keep you going for the day.

Contributor – Marie, Our City Travels

5. Vienna, Austria

Known as the ‘capital of music’ and located in the very heart of Europe, Vienna is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

It is one of the most exciting and culturally diverse cities to visit. And one of the safest as well. Austria is rated among the top five safest countries in Europe. 

Vienna offers plenty of opportunities to meet people from all over the world, such as numerous social events, crazy nights out and more.

The city is full of non-Austrians – may it be ex-pats, exchange students and thousands of travellers. It is so culturally diverse that often in the streets, of London you might hear so many other languages but German. 

Places to travel alone in Europe

Some of the most famous sights include the historical city centre, the Schönbrunn and Belvedere palaces, and the local “Disneyland”, a.k.a the Prater. 

If you want to go out for a drink, I recommend Travel Shack – a bar where English is accepted as the ‘official’ language, and there’s no way you wouldn’t find people to talk to and share some crazy travel stories over a couple of shots. 

If you want to know more about other places to explore, but you’re also on a tight budget,  Vienna offers many things to do for free . 

Recommended: Classic Vienna: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Where to stay in Vienna?

The Hostel I always recommend to people is the A&O Hostel at Hauptbahnhof – very reasonable prices, a wide variety of single/double and dorm rooms and a good location for exploring the city. 

Contributor – Lyubomira, Bulgarian On The Go

6. London, England

London is a fabulous city to travel and explore solo in Europe. For one, as the capital of England, you’ll get a sense of history like nowhere else.

There are 42 free museums to enjoy here, among the plenty of the best free things to do in London – you’ll be able to lose yourself in the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert for days alone! 

London’s transport system is simply excellent – the underground and the red double-decker buses are a trip to take in themselves, but the hop-on hop-off buses will also give you a grand tour of London. 

You can also try the guided walking tour of London .

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You can’t miss taking a trip in an iconic London Taxi, seeing the capital from the sky in the stunning London Eye – or perhaps head to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral for a birds-eye view of the city.

The tours given by Beefeater Guards at the Tower of London are superb and when you’re done you can head to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard.

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Even head into the public gallery at the House of Commons at the Mother of all Parliaments.

Find a pint of English bitter at a traditional London pub, where there’s always someone who will start a conversation with you – and be sure to try London’s original street food – the famous  Pie, Mash and Liquor  at London’s oldest remaining pie shop, Manzes.

Where to stay in London?

There are plenty of hostels and hotels in London, so finding a place is easy.

Clink78 is a superb hostel for solo travellers – this old courthouse turned Hostel is located in Kings Cross – safe facilities, a bar of its own and a free walking tour of London.

Contributor – Sarah Carter, A Social Nomad

Solo Travel Destinations in Europe – Spanish Cities

Spain is a favourite for many solo travelers. It is not a surprise given the ease of travel, safety and fun ambience found in the cities, not to mention the gorgeous attractions and delectable food. Here are some of the Spanish cities that rank high among the best places to travel in Europe.

7. Seville, Spain

If you’re looking for a safe, delicious, and culturally-rich solo travel experience, I highly recommend spending 3 days in Seville, Spain! Seville is the birthplace of tapas and flamenco and is also the sunniest city in Europe.

You can, therefore, picture your time here filled with relaxing strolls in colourful neighbourhoods and many exquisite meals. 

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Also, the architecture in this city is simply breathtaking. Famous landmarks such as Plaza de España and the Royal Alcázar showcase a beautiful mixture of Renaissance and Moorish architectural styles and are decorated with gorgeous Azulejos (ceramic tiles).

They also provide great insight into the history of Andalusia and the impact left by the Muslim rulers who reigned the city for over 500 years!

Some of the must-see attractions of Seville include Plaza de España, Alcázar, the Cathedral & its Giralda Tower, and Casa de Pilatos. Book a guided here .

I also highly recommend watching a flamenco show and enjoying traditional tapas at Espacio Eslava, one of the best restaurants in town!

To cool down from the scorching hot sun, you can also try some refreshing local drinks such as tinto de verano (which is similar to sangria) and rebujito (a sherry mixed with Sprite). 

Where to stay in Seville?

If you fancy a pool with a view, then stay at EME Catedral Hotel — the view of the Giralda Tower from there is simply incredible!

Contributor – Jiayi Wang,  The Diary of a Nomad

8. Madrid, Spain

A proper solo travel European bucket list would not be complete without Madrid, the lively Spanish capital.

Not only does it feel safe to wander around on your own, but the city is also incredibly easy to get around (thanks to the extensive Metro system), can be enjoyed at every budget, and offers something for every type of traveler.

I think that the real magic of this city is discovered when strolling through its streets freely, but there’s no shortage of sights and attractions.

Amongst the top places to visit in Madrid are the magnificent Royal Palace, the beautiful Retiro Park, the internationally famous Prado art museum, and the main squares Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol.

Retiro Park in Madrid

But beyond the touristic must-sees, you’ll find plenty of  alternative things to do in Madrid .

From secret gardens to less-known museums to quirky walking tours, this city is just waiting for you to discover its hidden gems.

Last but not least, let’s not forget about the food.

Madrid is home to a mix of fantastic tapas bars and Spanish restaurants, the cutest cafes, and even Michelin-starred restaurants. If you don’t fall for tourist traps, you’re in for a culinary feast in Madrid.

Recommended: Best of Madrid: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour in Small Groups

Where to stay in Madrid?

Hostal Maria Cristina offers a perfect location near Gran Via street, comfortable and clean rooms, and 24/7 reception.

Contributor – Or Amir,  My Path in the World

9. Toledo, Spain

One of the best places to travel alone in Europe is Toledo, among the top towns in Europe with the most historical sites per square meter.

No wonder it is popular to go on a  day trip to Toledo  from Spain’s capital city, Madrid.

However, the quaint town deserves more than a day. The historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits on a hilltop along the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, the Tagus River. 

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A few landmark bridges cross the river and connect to the old town, Puente Alcantara and Puente San Martin.

You should go on walking tours to get the most out of the medieval city.

Some top spots to see are Catedral Primada, El Alcazar, and Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes. There are also several museums to explore, the most valuable being El Greco Museum.

Toledo is a town that doesn’t stop surprising, and the best way to get to know the city, after doing one of the free walking tours is to let yourself get lost in the narrow streets. Let yourself wander and enjoy every corner of the old town.

Where to stay in Toledo?

Agapo Home is a reasonably priced yet simple guest house sitting right by the main square, Plaza Zocodover, and the owner is amiable.

Contributor – Linn Haglund, Brainy Backpackers

10. Alicante, Spain

Alicante, the capital of Spain’s Costa Blanca region, is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe. It is a tranquil coastal town that also boasts plenty of things to do .

This charming town with a rich history has become a popular getaway destination for many locals and foreigners.

The reason for being so popular is that Alicante gets 3,000 hours of sun per year while the temperature doesn’t drop below 18C. 

Being the region’s main town, you can also visit gorgeous little neighbouring cities, such as Javea, Benidorm, Villajoyosa, and Altea, to name a few. Moreover, you can make a day trip to Torrevieja to see Spain’s pink lake! 

Pink Lake in Alicante

The major Alicante attraction is the Castle of Santa Barbara, nestled on top of the hill overlooking the town and the coast.

The fortification is believed to be one of the most massive medieval fortresses in the country, dating back to the 9th century when Muslims ruled the Iberian Peninsula.

The road towards the castle goes through a picturesque Santa Cruz neighbourhood featuring little white-coloured houses adorned with multicoloured windows, doors, balconies, and flowers.

Additionally, the city has several beautiful churches and cathedrals for you to check out.

The Basilica of St. Maria was built in the Valencian Gothic style, while the Co-Cathedral of St. Nicolas is a Roman Catholic cathedral. Both of them have been constructed over the old mosque.

Alicante also satisfies art lovers with its excellent selection of art and history museums and galleries.

Recommended: Alicante: Seven Secrets of Alicante Discovery Tour

Contributor – Baia Dzagnidze,  Red Fedora Diary

11 . Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Jerez de la Frontera is one of the top places to travel solo in Europe.

It is a lovely Spanish city located in the south of the country, in Cadiz province, and a beautiful destination to be explored on your own because it is a very safe city, even at night.

Jerez de la Frontera is not a touristy city, being a bit outside of Andalucia’s beaten path itineraries. 

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Many people prefer to skip Jerez and head to Cadiz, which is a shame because this city has many things to offer its visitors.

However, the city maintains its authenticity because there are not many international tourists around.

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Jerez de la Frontera is known for three things: one of the best equestrian schools in the world, the production of sherry and the birthplace of flamenco.

Even if you spend  one day in Jerez de la Frontera  you will still get to know a little about its fantastic atmosphere. 

Walking around the old town of Jerez is a beautiful way to experience the local way of life in the city. Often, locals will start conversations with you, especially if you are traveling by yourself.

Jerez de la Frontera is one of the budget-friendly destinations in Spain . If in Malaga you would pay 5-7 euros for a tapas, in Jerez, expect to spend around 2 euros for the same thing. 

Some great ways to meet locals in Jerez are by going to cafes or attending flamenco shows in Penas. A Pena is a community hall where the locals gather at the end of the week to watch artistic performances.

Recommended: Jerez: Historic Center Guided Tour

Where to stay in Jerez de la Frontera?

Most of the hotels in Jerez are small and cheap. During my trip to Jerez, I stayed at Hotel Joma , close to the city’s fish market.  

Contributor – Joanna,  Andalucia in My Pocket

12. Murcia, Spain

One of my favourite cities for solo travel in Europe is Murcia. I ended up staying there for more than a month! It may not be the classical touristy town in Southern Spain.

However, it has a great atmosphere. It’s thus perfect to get in touch with the local population and spend some unforgettable days and nights! Indeed, Murcia’s nightlife is well worth diving into.

Some of the  best things to do in Murcia  are visit the impressive Catedral de Santa María, marvel at the luxurious interior of Real Casino de Murcia, have a café con Leche at Plaza de las Flores and visit the Museo Salzillo.

If you want to get a bit off the beaten track and enjoy some beach time, I recommend Murcia’s best beaches at Costa Calida, such as Playa Honda.

Contributor – Paulina,  Paulina on the road

13. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, a top destination, is also among the best places to travel alone in Europe.

And not without reason. Every day there are events and meet-ups all over the city, where you can not only get in touch with other travelers but also with the locals, drink and celebrate together.

But also don’t miss the beach when you visit Barcelona . Again, you can either enjoy the time alone or join others.

Everyone can participate in the volleyball games on Barcelona beach all year round. So you can quickly and effortlessly meet new people.


There are countless attractions in the whole city that you should discover. Among them, of course, Sagrada Família, known all over the world. The famous basilica is one of the most important and significant in Europe. 

But every visitor to Barcelona should also have seen Park Güell.

Here you can not only discover great attractions by designer Gaudí but also experience one of the most beautiful parks in the city with incredible views of the city.

Moreover, you also have the opportunity to experience many of the attractions together with others on a guided tour.

Such a trip can also be a bike tour through Barcelona. As you can see, as a solo traveller in Barcelona, you will not feel lonely.

Recommended: Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

Contributor – Vicki Viaja

14. Malaga, Spain

If you are looking for a great European destination for a solo trip, go to  Malaga  in Spain!

With excellent proximity to the airport, fantastic nightlife and stunning beaches, this beautiful city offers a real Spanish mix of action and relaxation!

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Spend a day at Playa la Malagueta, stroll along the promenade Palmeral de las Sorpresas or watch the sunset from Alcazaba.

There are many great things to do for a solo traveller in Malaga. This part of Costa del Sol has much to offer, including a number one excursion in this region – a day trip to Ronda.

Traveling alone  is not a shame, but an excellent opportunity to explore amazing cities in Europe while having fun and meeting new people at your own pace.

Spending time only in your company does not have to be boring; on the contrary, a vacation alone can be one of the best we’ve had so far!

R ecommended: Malaga: 3-Hour Complete Walking Tour with Tickets

Contributor – Darek, Darek and Gosia

Best Places to travel alone in Europe – Cities In Italy

Italy is home to some of the best places to travel alone in Europe. Whether it is the scenic Tuscany or Sardinia, the country beckons hundreds of thousands of travelers every year.

15. Cagliari, Italy

Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and a great European destination for solo travelers. It is safe and packed with incredible sights.

Quickly reached via several budget flights from Italy and the rest of Europe, Cagliari is a mid-sized city with a lot to offer any time of the year. 

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With historical walks, archaeological sites, museums and art galleries, churches, hikes, nature reserves close to the centre of town and a variety of beaches for all tastes and a thriving nightlife, this is a city that you are bound to fall in love with.

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One of the  best things to do in Cagliari  is to explore its historical centre, made up of 4 distinct and interconnected neighbourhoods – Castello, the former citadel;

Stampace, where the working class used to live in Medieval times; and Villanova, founded in the 13th century and also packed with lovely bars. 

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If you want to enjoy a breathtaking sunset, head to the terrace of Via Santa Croce in time for the show. A popular bar – Libarium – prepares excellent cocktails and is a favourite local hangout spot. 

If you need to catch your breath and get out of the city, take a bus to Calamosca and hike to Sella del Diavolo for splendid views of Poetto Beach and Molentargius Nature Reserve.

It is an easy short hike that you can easily reach from the centre of town and is safe to do on your own.

Recommended: Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

Where to stay in Cagliari?

An excellent place to stay in La Dolce Cagliari, a lovely bed and breakfast located in Stampace, close to all the main attractions.  

Contributor – Claudia Tavani,  Strictly Sardinia

16. Brescia, Italy

Brescia is one of my favorite cities in Italy and way too underrated. 

First of all, it has a strategic location in the Lombardy region at the foot of the Italian Alps, close to many other exciting cities, such as Milan and Verona and in between the lakes of Iseo and Garda, which makes it one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Second and not less important, the city boasts a wealth of historic buildings and remains of the Roman empires, world-class museums and the famous castle towering over the vibrating cobblestoned historical centre.

The entire city is an open-air museum embraced by a spectacular mountain backdrop. 

There are many interesting walks that you can do without leaving the city, like Monte Magdalena or around the Castles.

Start from Piazza Della Loggia the beating heart of Brescia where you will see its impressive arched columns, marble statues, and domed roof.

Look up, on the opposite side, and you can admire the beautiful decorative clock, above an arched walkway leading to the next plaza, Piazza del Duomo, through a narrow cobblestone road. 

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You will get to the Broletto, the old town hall, and the magnificent Duomo, the main Cathedral.

If you continue your walk via dei Musei, you will see the majestic Piazza del Foro and Santa Giulia Museum, where a permanent installation dedicated to the history of Brescia, is always paired with a new temporary exposition of modern art. 

Every time I go to Brescia, there is always something new to discover. Brescia is also very close to exciting ski resorts in the Alps.

My favourite is  Ponte di Legno  a cute little town at one hour’s distance from Brescia, where you can ski in winter and take long hiking trips in the summer. 

Garda lake and Iseo Lake are also at 30 minutes distance and offer a great day trip, not to mention vineyards for wine and cheese tours and fantastic hiking in the nearby hills.

The tourist centre located in the Piazza del Duomo can offer great information on tours and local itineraries. 

Contributor – Isabella, Boundless Roads

17. Perugia, Italy 

Up in the hills of Umbria, Italy, you can find a city that combines history with the modern vibe of a cosmopolitan student city: Perugia.

Many people recall the town from the infamous Amanda Knox case, but, in recent years , it has become one of the best places to travel solo in Europe. 

Why do I believe Perugia is a perfect city for a solo traveler?

It’s easy to find always someone friendly to meet and to guide you around the city, being a small city with people from all over the world. Also, it is a safe place that you can get to explore on a budget. 

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There are plenty of things that make Perugia a fantastic place to visit if you’re traveling solo.

Perugia has a few festivals worth visiting during the year, and there is another treasure open all year long that you should visit at least once in your life: The Perugina Chocolate Factory.

The Perugina Chocolate factory is where the classic Baci Perugina chocolates are made. The factory offers a tour of their museum, and you can get to see how the process of making the chocolate.

In October, the city hosts the Eurochocolate festival, in which, as the name suggests, you can try many delicious types of chocolate during a week at a street festival.

Last but not least, in July, the city hosts Umbria Jazz, a Jazz festival where musicians worldwide meet to perform on one of the genre’s most prominent stages.

Recommended: Perugia: Private Walking Tour

Where to stay in Perugia?

There are a few hostels that make the stay budget-friendly, but if you want to stay somewhere where you feel that chocolate energy the city has to offer, my suggestion is the  Etruscan Chocohotel.

Contributor – Brenda Gisselle, Traveleira

18. Rome, Italy

Rome might seem like an obvious choice when it comes to finding the best places to travel alone in Europe, but with so many things to see and a history that pops out from every corner, it could intimidate and discourage those traveling alone.

Nothing could be further from the truth, Rome is a welcoming city with sunny and easygoing people, always willing to help.

Rome in general, but especially the historic centre is extremely safe, there are certainly pickpockets like in every big city, but going around alone late in the evening has never been a problem.

From the Colosseum to the Pantheon, from the Imperial Forums to the Circus Maximus, from Villa Borghese to Trevi Fountain, five days can be filled only with the most famous attractions. 

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To get to know the city a little more deeply, however, you must not forget to visit the areas where the Romans live.

Rome is a city for walking in, do not miss spending an afternoon in the streets of Trastevere, a Saturday morning in Campo Dei Fiori during the food market, and a long night of dancing in Testaccio.

Aperitivo, a tradition imported from Milano, is now extremely common in Rome. In the city centre, you will not have difficulty spotting the trendy or traditional bars to join the locals.

Recommended: Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

Where to stay in Rome?

The neighbourhood, Monti, is another unmissable spot at any time of the day: for shopping, dinner and drinks, and even a spot to find your hotel like the hotel Grifo, a little gem in the heart of Monti.

Being close to the train station makes it an even more strategic location.

Contributor – Clotilde,  A Princess Travelling With Twins

19. Milan, Italy

Milan is often overlooked by visitors to Italy, often using it only as a transport hub before heading off to places like Venice, Florence, and Cinque Terre.

The city has a lot to offer – from artistic sights like the Milan Duomo, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy, to Leonardo’s Last Supper, the Brera Art Gallery, and more. 

Recommended: Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

However, few know that the city has a quirky, edgy personality.

It’s one of the best destinations in Italy for street art, there are attractive bohemian neighbourhoods like Isola and Chinatown and a vibrant cultural scene with lots of art and design galleries.


Milan is one of the great destinations for solo travel in Europe as it’s straightforward to get around, thanks to excellent public transport and bike-sharing networks.

And budget-conscious travellers will find there are  many free things to do in Milan .

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As far as Italian cities go, it’s also not overrun with tourists – if you visit off-season, most people you’ll see drinking and eating at outdoor restaurants and cafés are locals.

And a great variety of bars, restaurants, and clubs means you’ll always be able to find the kind of scene for you. 

Finally, Milan is also well located for many day trips – Lake Como and the Alps are less than an hour away, so if you want to escape the city for some nature, you can easily do so!

Recommended: Milan: Skip-the-Line Guided Walk and “The Last Supper”

Contributor – Margherita Ragg, The Crowded Planet

Best Places to travel alone in Europe – Portugal, Scotland, Ireland & Croatia

20. porto, portugal.

Lisbon gets most of the attention as the top travel destination in Portugal, but Porto has just as much, if not more, to offer solo travelers.

You can taste the famous Porto wine, wander the narrow winding streets of the Ribeira district, and visit  some of Porto’s museums .

There’s also lots of fabulous street art in the city, so keep an eye out for it during your explorations, or perhaps join a street art tour.

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The Douro river dominates the city, and the vast, double-decker Dom Luís I bridge that crosses the river and connects Porto to the smaller town of Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side.

While cars use the bottom deck, the upper floor is reserved for trams and pedestrians, making a stroll across the bridge enjoyable. 

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For even more spectacular views, you can also take a short boat ride along the river, passing by more bridges and the beautiful terraced vineyards that the Douro valley is known for.

Statistically, Portugal is the third safest country in the world, and violent crime is scarce here.

Just take the usual precautions to protect your valuables from theft, and you won’t have anything to worry about when exploring on your own. 

Recommended: Porto: Walking and Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks

Where to stay in Porto?

Gallery Hostel is a boutique hostel that offers a free walking tour as well as an evening meal — both of which are great opportunities for meeting other travelers.

Contributor – Wendy Werneth,  The Nomadic Vegan

21. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal (and its biggest city), is not only beautiful, but it’s also one of the best places to travel alone in Europe. Lisbon is a very safe city to visit as a solo traveler.

It has a lot to offer, from historic yellow trams and colourful mosaics to delicious pastries that you won’t get enough of.

Its neighbourhoods, Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama, are beautiful places to stroll around while enjoying Lisbon’s fantastic architecture, stunning panoramas and the city’s many historical attractions.

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It’s a great place to explore on your own, and the locals are amiable too. Don’t forget to try Portugal’s most beloved pastries at the Pastéis de Belém bakery, which is famous for having the best pastries in town.

There is so much to see and do in Lisbon that it can take several days to see everything this city has to offer, but if you have more time, another beautiful thing about Lisbon is its many day trips. 

The most popular ones are Sintra, where you’ll find palaces, the Cascais fishing village and the walled town of Obidos. But there are many, many more so make sure to check them out if you’re planning a longer stay in Lisbon!

Recommended: Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

Contributor – Laura Meyers,  Laure Wanders

22. Braga, Portugal

If you have been dreaming of a lovely countryside trip to the north part of Portugal, going to the city of Braga will for sure make your dreams come true.

Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and is known as Portugal’s religious centre and the archbishop’s seat.

Thus, it is no surprise that the city houses more than 30 churches, parishes and convents spread around the city. 

Some of the most famous among them are the Cathedral of Braga, located in the old city of Braga.

The Cathedral of Braga is the oldest religious building in Portugal and will stun you with its interior covered in pure gold.

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Another prominent religious building in Braga worth your visit is the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary.

It holds the most beautiful Baroque stairways depicting biblical scenes among its 577 steps leading to the massive church on its top. 

Just 20 minutes of walking from Bom Jesus do Monte is the Sameiro Sanctuary, known for its incredible views over Braga and a serene place for prayers.

Right in the heart of the old city of Braga, you will find some of its most prominent landmarks. For example, Arco da Porta Nova is one of the oldest city gates of Braga, dating back to the 13th century. 

Another landmark worth your visit is the Church of Santa Cruz, which as per the legend, might help you get married the same year. You have to find the 2 roosters on its façade!

Recommended: Half-Day Braga City Tour

Where to stay in Braga?

A hostel I would suggest is the Collector’s Hostel , which is located 5 minutes away from the Cathedral of Braga. In addition to that, you receive great service and a nice place to stay.

Contributor – Alexandrina Nikolova, Earthosea

23. Inverness, Scotland

Inverness is the capital of the Scottish Highlands and is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Often overshadowed by the bigger cities in Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Inverness is the perfect destination for solo travellers looking to get closer to nature.

The city itself has a lot on offer. Complete with an 18th-19th centenary old town, solo travellers can hire a bike, visit several local art galleries, see the local marina, and even go river rafting down the River Ness.

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My favourite attraction is Fort George, the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain.

Fort George was built after the battle of Culloden in 1746, the last pitched battle within the British Isles, which effectively saw the end of the Jacobite uprising.

Within a short drive from Inverness is Wester Ross, Torridon, the famous  Speyside Whiskey Region , Aberdeen and Banff, the Great Glen and the start of the North Coast 500, to name a few!

From here, solo travellers can enjoy hiking trips, day trips into the heart of the Scottish highlands and a base to plan adventures around the heart of the Scottish Highlands .

Recommended: Inverness: Guided Walking Tour

Where to stay in Inverness?

Guesthouses and BnBs are very popular in Scotland. Bazpackers is a very friendly Hostel, perfect for solo travellers.

You can also stay at Culloden House. Lyndon Guesthouse is my luxury hotel choice. This is my favourite in Scotland, with friendly hosts and a central yet quiet location.

Contributor – Graham Grieve, My Voyage Scotland

24. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is an ideal city for solo travel in Europe because Scots are super social and lots of group activity options happen daily in Scotland’s capital.

Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town or the city’s underground to learn about the history of the city and the scary tales of grave robbers, the plague and why locals used to shout gardyloo out their windows.

If you are a Potterhead, you will want to jump on a Harry Potter locations  tour to see which street is said to have inspired Diagon Alley, the graveyard that influenced character names and The Elephant House toilets. Don’t ask, just check.

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If you want to learn a little while you enjoy a tipple, consider a group whisky experience class on the Royal Mile. Clear the head by walking up Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for the best views over the city.

The most jumping pubs for backpackers are The Globe (cheap drinks, quizzes, live sports), Whistlebinkies (live music) and Stramash (food, live music).

Like any city, it’s advised to be cautious about walking alone at night and to avoid walking through parks and back streets.

Recommended: Edinburgh: Old Town History and Tales Walking Tour

Where to stay in Edinburgh?

Since you’re travelling alone, you’ll probably want to book a room at a social hostel in the Old Town or near Princes Street in New Town.

Castle Rock is one of the top-rated in Edinburgh for its friendly staff, comfy beds, daily social activities and prime location.

Contributor – Gemma and Ronan, Everything Edinburgh

25. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Visually, Dubrovnik is a beautiful UNESCO-listed city with loads of things to do and see within the Old City Walls.

The city is known for its stunning old town, you can spend hours wandering around the streets. Also, the wall walk is trendy. To miss the crowds, be there early in the morning. 

I visited Dubrovnik as a solo traveller, and I loved it. Dubrovnik is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe with so much on offer.

For starters, it’s incredibly safe, but it can get busy, so like with any tourist destination be aware of pickpockets, but crime is low, and the people are friendly.

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There’s a wide range of tours available, including free walking tours, which is a great way to meet other solo travellers.

There are also more specific tours, including the Game of Thrones tour and kayak tours around the coves and nearby Lokrum Island.

You can take a whole day trip over to Lokrum Island, there are boats which you can get from the Old Harbour to get there.

On the island, there are some great hidden sunbathing spots, although, look out, you might stumble upon the nudist beach!


If you want to find solitude and get away from the crowds, Dubrovnik is surrounded by stunning beaches and parks and smaller fishing towns like Cavtat.

Recommended: Dubrovnik: Old Town Walking Tour

Where to stay in Dubrovnik?

The best place to stay is either inside the city walls (although this can be more pricey) or just outside (which is cheaper).

There are so many styles of accommodation suiting every budget ranging from hostels, boutique hotels and apartments.

Contributor – Becki Rendell,  Meet me in Departures

26. Split, Croatia

In the south of Croatia, overlooking the clear blue waters of the Adriatic sea, the historical city of Split is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

The city is absolutely gorgeous and safe. It can easily be visited on foot, and if you feel like meeting new people, many day tours are on offer to the nearby islands of Hvar and Brac. 

The pedestrian city centre, found in place of the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace, is an incredible open-air museum recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979.

It’s the best place to go out at night and enjoy the many restaurants and bars and get a taste of the famous Croatian nightlife!

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But Split isn’t just about the party. It has also a lot to offer whether you are interested in architecture, history, sunbathing, or outdoor activities. 

Solo travellers will find cheap or free things to do  around, such as hiking the Marjan Park, sailing to the gorgeous nearby islands, visiting the Roman ruins of Salona, or simply taking it easy at the beach and getting a tan!

If you plan on spending more than a weekend away, you can easily base yourself in the town to then take day trips to the beautiful villages of Trogir and Omis, Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina or even get your Game of Thrones addiction to the next level by visiting all the places the series was filmed in the area such as the Kliss Fortress!

Recommended: Split: 1.5-Hour Diocletian’s Palace & Old Town Walking Tour

Contributor  –  Jenny,   Tales from the lens

27. Zagreb, Croatia

Formerly known as a stopover city for tourists rushing to Croatia’s coast, Zagreb has truly transformed into a destination in its own right.

Over the past decade, Croatia’s capital has seen an impressive visitor boom thanks to its thriving cafe culture and fun-loving vibe.

A destination bountiful in beautiful architecture, fascinating museums, and an explosion of seasonal events, Zagreb offers everything a Central European capital should, sans the crowds.

Zagreb’s walkable centre is teeming with exciting things for solo travelers to explore. During the summertime, Zagreb comes alive with countless festivals and activities.

From free live music events held in the Upper Town’s private courtyards to nightly concerts on the Strossmayer Promenade, the city is buzzing with things to do. 

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When visiting in the summer, grab a drink at Swanky Monkey Garden. This relaxed, terraced courtyard cafe is a favourite for travelers and locals alike! 

For a  taste of Zagreb’s local life , head to the antique market held every Sunday at British Square. You can peruse the stalls for unique souvenirs there, or grab an espresso at a nearby cafe and watch the locals haggle over family heirlooms.

Recommended: Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

Where to stay in Zagreb?

For those looking to be in the heart of all the fun and to connect with other solo travelers, consider booking your stay at Swanky Mint Hostel , right next door to Swanky Monkey Garden.

Contributor – Olivia, The Travel Philosophy

28. Galway, Ireland

Galway, a lively city located on the West Coast of Ireland, is the perfect destination for solo travelers because there is no shortage of fun activities to keep you occupied, and you’ll meet friendly people everywhere you go. 

While the whole of Ireland is known for its pub culture, the  pubs in Galway  are on another level.

Whether you’re in the mood for an afternoon tea with traditional Irish music and spirited conversation with locals at Tig Coili or a party ’til they close kind of night at Quays or something in between (O’Connors or Taaffes), there is a Galway pub for you. 

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But don’t worry, the pubs aren’t the only place to listen to phenomenal musicians, head to Quays Street to listen to the buskers dotting this cobblestone street. 

Galway also boasts an amazing foodie scene where you can, of course, find your traditional Irish food but also delicious farm-to-table style meals from places like Kai Cafe or Ard Bia at Nimmo’s. 

While the beauty of Galway comes from its vibrant culture and the people who call it home, it also comes from the fact that Galway’s doorstep is access to famous Irish landscapes.

You could take a day trip from Galway to the Aran Islands to seemingly step back in time or a tour to Connemara. 

But, you don’t even need to leave the city, a simple walk down Salthill Prom along Galway Bay at sunset will provide you with sweeping views. 

Recommended: Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Where to stay in Galway?

Once you’re done exploring all that there is to do in Galway, I highly recommend The Nest Boutique Hostel located in Salthill for a safe, quiet, and friendly place for a good night’s sleep. 

Contributor – Katie Minahan, Just Chasing Sunsets

29. Dublin, Ireland

One of the best places to travel alone in Europe is Dublin, Ireland. Not only is it an amiable city, but it is also safe and easy to navigate. With a host of things to do, and places to eat and stay in, Dublin has it all.

Getting from the airport to the city centre is easy on public transport as you can take Dublin Bus into the city or one of the dedicated airport hopper buses. 

Once in the city centre, most things are walkable, and the two main shopping streets are wide and pedestrianised.

Getting your bearings should be easy enough, particularly if you jump on one of the city sightseeing buses.

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Like all cities, Dublin has a range of things to do to suit every solo traveller.

Guinness Storehouse is a must to discover the history of the famous black drink and to see 360-degree views across the city from the Gravity bar while sampling some Guinness. 

History buffs should visit Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library, two of the  best free things to do in Dublin , and visit Trinity College for the Book of Kells, Dublinia and Christchurch, EPIC Museum and Kilmainham Gaol.

If you like sports, visiting Croke Park and doing a stadium tour is recommended. If you like nature and the outdoors, then head to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest walled public park, where you can see the Wellington Monument, Papal cross, the People’s Gardens, and, if you are lucky, you might see some of the residents herd of deer around the football pitches of the 15 acres near the Papal Cross.

Dublin is a great city for solo travellers. Your only problem will be narrowing down everything you want to see, visit, and do in the city.

Recommended: Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

Where to stay in Dublin?

If you want to be in the heart of Dublin, choose a hotel or Hostel around Merrion Square, near St Stephens Green or at the IFSC along the banks of the River Liffey.

For accommodation check out the Hilton Garden Inn or the Gibson in the IFSC on the north side of the city, or the Alex Hotel or Mespil Hotel on the south side.

Contributor – Catherine Jordan,  Travel Around Ireland

Best Places to travel alone in Europe – Scandinavia

S candinavian countries are not on many people’s Bucket List because they are incredibly expensive. Although this is true, it is possible to travel on a budget in these countries.

These places are home to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, including the northern lights phenomenon, fjords and vibrant old towns.

30. Oslo, Norway

One of the best places to visit in Europe as a solo traveller is, without a doubt, Oslo, Norway.

Known for its ancient Viking history, cutting-edge architecture, and stunning setting on the Oslo Fjord, you’ll fall head over heels for Oslo in just a few hours!

Oslo is one of the safest cities in Europe, so you won’t need to worry about safety as a solo traveller.

What’s more, public transport in Oslo is super easy to navigate, and surprisingly affordable. In fact, despite what you might have heard, with a bit of careful planning Oslo can easily be seen on a budget.

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To get a flavour of the city, stay 2 days in Oslo.

This is plenty of time to check out the world-famous Viking Ship Museum, take a tour of some islands in the Oslo Fjord, marvel at the unusual Oslo Opera House and admire the bizarre sculptures at Vigeland Park. 

For a unique experience, head to the Oslo Fjord Sauna, which overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

Get there at sunset for the best views! Follow up your sauna trip to the beloved Kaffistova to try the best Norwegian meatballs of your life.

Recommended: Oslo: Best of Oslo Walking Tour

Where to stay in Oslo?

If you want accommodation in Oslo that won’t break the budget, stay at the Smarthotel Oslo .

For just a few extra kronor than you’d pay to stay in a dorm at a hostel, you can get your own private room here! It’s right in the city centre, with clean and basic facilities.

Contributor – Ella,  Many More Maps

31. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark, is a fantastic destination for solo travellers in Europe. Besides so many things to see and do in Copenhagen, it’s a highly safe city with a compact and well-lit city centre. 

In Copenhagen, public transportation is clean, efficient, on time and accessible 24 hours a day.

The transportation system in Copenhagen is easy to follow, with signage and announcements in English and Danish. Over 90% of Danish citizens speak English as a second language. 

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Finding activities on your own is easy in Copenhagen, a city full of history and museums.

While in Copenhagen, pay a visit to Rosenborg Castle, built by King Christian IV and the location of the Danish crowned jewels.

Today it’s a museum with each room displaying different artefacts from Danish history. 

Solo travellers also love the Danish History Museum, which walks you through the history of Denmark from prehistoric times to The Viking Age through the Danish Golden Age and Modern Denmark. 

Another great activity in Copenhagen is taking a canal boat and gazing at the beautiful attractions and landmarks from the waterways that cut through the city centre. 


Lastly, solo travellers should visit Tivoli Gardens, the amusement park in downtown Copenhagen.

It’s located between City Hall and Central Station, and it’s a gorgeous urban pleasure garden with over 30 amusement rides, including some thrilling roller coasters. It inspired Walt Disney to create his own park; you’ll see why when you visit.

Recommended: Central Copenhagen: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

Where to stay in Copenhagen?

In all Copenhagen hotels and restaurants, the staff will be fluent and conversational. This is especially true if you stay at one of Copenhagen’s premier hostels like CPH Downtown Hostel .

Contributor – Derek Hartman,  Everything Copenhagen

32. Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish capital is one of the best cities in Europe to travel solo. Stockholm is famous for its picturesque old town – Gamla Stan, with colourful buildings, cobbled streets, and the iconic Abba Museum. 

But there is so much  more to do and see in Stockholm .

The city has a vast network of cycling lanes, which is perfect for a solo visitor. You can safely get around by bike and save money and the environment.

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What I love the most about Stockholm are its museums.

The city has some of the most excellent and fun museums I have visited. Skansen is the largest outdoor museum of this kind.

It’s like a medieval village built on one of the islands, with different houses, churches and windmills. 

Vasa Museum showcases a 17th-century ship that was salvaged from the sea! And finally, the Fotografiska museum displays 35 exhibitions a year, often gripping and thought-provoking. 

Head to Fotografiska museum in the evening and grab a drink in the onsite bar; who knows you may make some new friends or at least have an interesting conversation.

Recommended: Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

Where to stay in Stockholm?

I recommend staying in Lady Hamilton Hotel , which has a quirky décor, cute rooms and serves amazing breakfast including organic, homemade jams, fresh eggs and bread.

Lady Hamilton Hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm’s old town – Gamla Stan and features a lot of beautifully preserved antiques throughout its premises. 

Contributor – Mal Hellyer, Raw Mal Roams

Offbeat Destinations for Solo Travel in Europe

Below are some of the best places to travel alone in Europe, a few of which are off the tourist radar yet, like the ones in the Balkans.

Some of these cities are becoming increasingly popular among backpackers, especially in Poland, which was unheard of a few years ago.

33. Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem is well known for its rich religious importance and history, but people don’t know that it’s an easy-to-navigate city and is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Located just a short train ride from other great cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem is the ideal travel destination for solo travelers.

There is a direct train from the airport to Jerusalem, taking only half an hour and costing about 5 dollars.

All the main sites in Jerusalem run in a straight line and are primarily within walkable distance from each other! 

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From the Old City to the iconic Jerusalem food market- you can find it all within 20 mins walk of each other! In the Old City, you can find holy sites for multiple religions, shop in the bazaar, see some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city and try some of the  best Jerusalem’s food .

Shuk Machne Yehudah market also becomes the hot spot for drinks at night, with market stalls turning into bars!


While you’re in Jerusalem, be sure to find time to explore some lesser-known sites like the botanical gardens, and the biblical zoo, or take a stroll on the old train tracks.

Don’t miss a meaningful tour of Yad LaKashish, it will inspire you! You can take a quick day trip to the beaches in TLV or to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. 

Recommended: Jerusalem Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Where to stay in Jerusalem?

If you stay at the Abraham Hostel you will find tons of group excursions to join and an ideal location in the centre of Jerusalem, just minutes from all the main attractions.

Contributor – Jazzie Morgan,  The Israel Bites

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34. Tirana, Albania

When solo travel comes to mind, Albania is probably not the first thought for many people but it turns out that it isn’t one to be missed at all!

The capital city of Tirana is a great introduction to the country as there are many things to do there by yourself. 

There are many great things to do in Tirana, especially things that are off-beat since the country was a communist state for over 40 years there are a lot of interesting history museums to visit.

Bunk Art 1 & 2 are really not to be missed during your time there. You get a first-hand look into the bunkers that were built for the leader and the officials.

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A great day trip out of the hustle and bustle is to catch the cable car to Mt Dajti to catch a beautiful glimpse of the city above. There’s also a national park so there are lots of great hiking opportunities as well! 

You will soon find that Albanians are some of the most friendly and helpful in the world which is why Tirana is one of the best places for solo travel in Europe.

Travelling alone is a new concept for many Albanians so they are always extremely welcoming, especially if you travel alone! 

Recommended: Tirana Walking Tour

Contributor – Anita, Travellling Balkans

35. Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina is a great city to visit if you’re looking for things to do in Kosovo or the wider Balkans region. Not only did I feel safe here as a solo female traveller, but I also found the locals incredibly friendly.

There are many quirky attractions to visit in Pristina, primarily within walking distance from one another. For example, there is a Bill Clinton statue and many Clinton posters around the city. 

In fact, you’ll feel particularly welcome if you’re a solo traveller from America or England, due to the part Clinton and Tony Blair played in ending the conflict in Kosovo 20 years ago. So much so that ‘Tonibler’ and ‘Klinton’ are now male first names in Kosovo!

Elsewhere in Pristina, you can visit the Newborn Monument, unveiled in 2008 when Kosovo became Europe’s newest country after claiming independence from Serbia.

The National Library of Kosovo is worth a visit due to its infamous title of ‘ugliest building in the world’, as is seeing the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Mother Teresa and enjoying a coffee in one of the city’s trendy cafes. 

Recommended: Pristina: Private 3-Hour City Tour

Where to stay in Pristina?

I stayed in Hostel Han , which was super chill and friendly when I visited in the off-season.

Accommodation and food in Kosovo are incredibly cheap, making it a perfect spot for solo travellers on a budget. 

Contributor – Cassie Bailey, Cassie the hag

36. Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania and one of the best places for travelling alone in Europe. It is quite a safe city, and the weather is nice from April to October. 

Bucharest is known for the Parliament palace, the second-biggest building in the world.

This is also the most visited attraction in town, but you can wander around in its many parks or visit the old town.

You will find a mixture of old and new and in such a small area you can discover hundreds of years of history! 

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Among all these pieces of history, you will discover charming boutiques with hand-made clothes, so be ready for some shopping.

And after you get tired, choose one of the numerous coffees or pubs for a little break.

Here you will find the most modern coffees and pubs in the city.

And if you like books, Carturesti Carusel is a perfect choice for you: a library in an old building with coffee on the last floor.


Other attractions in the city that deserve your attention are the Romanian Athenaeum, a beautiful concert hall, and the Village Museum.

And if you are more of the “show me secret gems” type, take a tour of the Bellu cemetery.

The capital of Romania can be a great host, so don’t let her wait for you!

Recommended: Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Contributor – Corina Preda, Another Milestone

37. Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is the second-largest city in the Czech Republic and the capital of the Moravia region. It presents a perfect combination of a modern city with a long history.

Brno was voted as the 6th most popular student city in the world. It is surely one of the best places to travel alone in Europe because the Czech Republic ranks among the TOP 10 safest countries in the world.

You will find here remarkable places, as well as delicious food, cosy cafes and world-famous beer, which isn’t just great but also very cheap!

Also, public transportation is cheap, easily accessible, and takes you anywhere you want.

Once you are in Brno, visit a city centre with Brno’s famous dominants – the Špilberk Castle, a massive baroque citadel with extensive casemates, and another iconic building of Brno – Petrov Cathedral. 

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Another very impressive place, that should be on your list, is St. James Ossuary, which is the second-largest ossuary in Europe! 

If you find yourself a fan of modern architecture, you shouldn’t miss Villa Tugendhat, which was built in the functionalist style and is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Check also more places and cool things to do in Brno.

Recommended: Brno: Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Where to stay in Brno?

If you want to experience a unique-style accommodation, pick Internesto Apartments Downtown . A nice hostel option in the city center is Hostel John Galt . 

Contributor – Adriana, Czech the World 

38. Gdansk, Poland

Gdańsk is an outstandingly beautiful city in the north of Poland by the sea. It is great for a solo trip and I recommend you to spend at least a weekend in Gdańsk .

In most cities in the world, Old Town is the most beautiful part with cobbled streets and lovely buildings. Well, Gdańsk is a little different. Here, the Old Town may be the oldest – but the prettiest part is called the Main City. 


In the Main City, you will see some of the most famous landmarks, like Długa and Długi Targ Streets, Main City Hall, Neptune’s Fountain and Saint Mary’s Basilica. At the bank of river Motława, you will see the Crane – the biggest and the oldest port crane of Medieval Europe.

The mechanism of treadwheels powered by humans was able to lift up to two tons 27 meters up or 4 tons 11 meters up!

If you are interested in World War II, Gdańsk will also be fascinating for you – the first battle of the war took place on the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdańsk! 

The city is important not only in the world’s history but also in the history of Poland itself. The first independent trade union in a country under

Soviet Union’s influence came into being here. “Solidarity” (“Solidarność”) played a central role in ending communist rule in Poland. You can also see a great Solidarity museum here.

Recommended: Gdańsk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour

Where to stay in Gdansk?

While in Gdańsk, it is best to pick a hotel close to the Main City, for example, Stay Inn Hotel .

Contributor – Dorota Balcarczyk ,  Weekendowka

38. Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff, Wales is a beautiful safe capital city and is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

A compact alternative to London, it balances 2000 years of history with demand for 21st-century creature comforts:

British pubs, contemporary speciality stores nestled in an 1850s arcade of walkways, Victorian boutique hotels (such as the centrally-located Thistle Parc Hotel) and a Millennium waterfront stadium hosting soccer tournaments and concerts.

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And the piece de résistance? A city-centre castle.

A towering stone wall separates busy city streets from Cardiff’s most visited attraction – an actual castle restored to its last incarnation: a lavish Victorian gothic masterpiece of opulent murals, gilded architectural detail and stained glass windows. 

The ‘newest part,’ now opened to the public for tours, was once owned and renovated by the wealthy Bute family in the 1800s.

But save your Instagram efforts for what’s beside the Victorian castle: the remains of a Roman Garrison thousands of years old and the remnants of a smaller central castle, standing since Norman times. 

Cross the actual drawbridge (yes, over a mote) and climb the narrow stone staircase to what was once the king’s living quarters.

Then imagine a Game of Thrones moment complete with fire-breathing dragons and damsels crying for help from towering castle spires.

A good place to learn about Wales is the National Museum Cardiff focusing mainly on natural history.

It’s particularly proud of its humpback whale skeleton and the world’s largest leatherback turtle specimen.

Also, pop culture fans will appreciate the three-hour Dr Who location tour or two-hour walking tour.

Recommended: Cardiff: Doctor Who Walking Tour

Contributor – Sherri Telenko,  Dogtrotting

39. Interlaken, Switzerland

If you’re a solo traveller visiting Europe, the lovely town of  Interlaken, Switzerland  is the perfect destination.

Nestled between two beautiful lakes, and at the foot of the Bernese Alps, Interlaken has much to offer no matter what your interests.

Most visitors head to Interlaken to enjoy an excursion to Jungfraujoch, one of the country’s most-visited mountains, but there are many other natural wonders in the area that are well worth visiting, too.  

Glaciers, gorges, rivers, lakes, alpine gardens and mountains – lots and lots of mountains – are what make the area around Interlaken so spectacular.

Cruise boats, cable cars, trains and hiking trails all give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings.

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Adrenaline junkies love Interlaken for the wide range of adventure sports on offer.

With everything from paragliding and skydiving to bungee jumping and jet boating available, the ‘adventure capital of Europe’, as it’s known, will really get your heart racing.

If you prefer a more relaxed style of trip, Interlaken has you covered, too.

A 10-minute funicular ride to Harder Kulm offers incredible views from the Two Lakes Bridge, there are plenty of shopping opportunities, a speciality chocolate shop that offers chocolate-making workshops, and wellness centres where you can unwind in the healing waters.

Recommended: Express Walk of Interlaken with a Local

Where to stay in Interlaken?

As one of Switzerland’s most popular holiday resorts, there are plenty of choices when it comes to hotels.

I recommend the Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage which is close to Interlaken Ost train station and the Harder Kulm funicular station.

Contributor – Carolyn, Holidays to Switzerland

40. Strasbourg, France

A holiday in France usually congers images of Paris’s Eiffel Tour, the beaches of the Côte d’Azur, or the vineyards of Bordeaux.

But our favourite part of France is the Alsace, especially the canals and medieval half-timber homes of Strasbourg, which is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Strasbourg offers a window into one of the world’s great cultural fusions, as this is where French and German cultures meet (and often they also met on the battlefield).

This history has created a delicious cuisine that marries French techniques with hearty German ingredients in a rustic style. 

Famous dishes include tarte flambée – similar to pizza but without tomato sauce, Choucroute – wine-pickled cabbage stewed with sausage and vegetables, and Baeckeoffe – the best casserole filled with leftovers you will ever eat.

Traditional Alsacian restaurants are called Winstubs, and our favorite is S’Kaechele near Petite France. 

But if you wonder  what to do in Strasbourg  besides eating, we recommend getting lost in the winding streets and medieval half-timber homes of Grande Île, the canal-ringed city centre. 

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The heart of this is Strasbourg Cathedral, perhaps the world’s best example of late Gothic architecture. Tour the incredible interior, and then climb the tower to admire views of the Rhine valley and Vosges mountains.

You should also take two tours of the city – a walking tour to see it from the streets, and then a canal tour to see it from the water.

The highlight of both tours is the unique architecture, canals and locks of Petite France, the most iconic part of Strasbourg.  

But you will also see the city’s evolution from the medieval city-state, to France, to Germany, to France, to now the European capital it is today.  

Recommended: Alsace Half-Day Wine Tour from Strasbourg

Contributors – Mike and Derek,  Robe Trotting

41. Krakow, Poland

Known as one of Poland’s largest cities and a popular destination for a variety of historical reasons, Krakow is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

Krakow is home to the most significant main square in Europe. The square is surrounded by hundreds of cafes, restaurants, museums, boutique shops and much more.

The very centre of the square has a large building called Sukiennice which used to be an old cloth hall. Today, you can stroll the interior and find Polish gifts, treasures and garments for sale.  

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Krakow is a relatively budget-friendly city and includes plenty of free things to do , and the food is phenomenal and quite inexpensive.

There are dozens of hundreds of restaurants in the town, and many will have typical Polish cuisine, which must be tried.

In the city itself, there is the Wawel Royal Castle that is worth visiting.

There is also a dragon’s dungeon nearby, which takes you down to the Wisla River, where visitors can catch a boat ride or stroll the riverside.   

Outside of the city, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is a popular destination.

Booking a tour is required and can be done on location if it isn’t too busy. Auschwitz is also located close to the city and is worth a visit, though pre-booking is also recommended.  

Recommended: Krakow: 3-Hour Guided Old Town Tour

Where to stay in Krakow?

For accommodations, the Mosquito Hostel is a great one as it also helps organize tours outside of the city. For a more authentic feel, though much pricier, stay at Hotel Stary.

Contributor – Diana, Travels in Poland

42. Athens, Greece

Most people think of Greece as a romantic destination , but it’s actually it has many of the best places to travel in Europe .

Athens, Greece’s hip capital, is full of tons of great history to explore during the day. But it also has great nightlife, so solo travelers can socialize and have fun with locals and travelers alike. 

Seeing the Acropolis is on most people’s bucket lists, but there’s a lot more to Athens than just the Parthenon.

You can check out the city’s amazing museums, hike up Mount Lycabettus for amazing views, and visit some of the city’s delicious tavernas. 

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If you want to get out and explore a bit more of Greece, Athens is a great place to use as a base to see some of the nearby islands like Hydra and Aegina.

You can also take day trips from Athens to Delphi, Meteora, Cape Sounion, and Mycenae. 

Recommended for you: 35 Most Beautiful Places In Greece You Should Visit

There are also tons of great things to do in the city that are a little more off-beat, like exploring the great street art in Athens and visiting younger neighbourhoods like Exarchia. 

Recommended : Historic Athens: Small Group Electric Bike Tour

Where to stay in Athens?

There are a lot of different neighborhoods to stay in, but I like Plaka if you want to be near the Acropolis for easy access to the city’s main sites.

However, the Athens Gate Hotel is a little further out, but it is one of the best hotels with Acropolis views in the city. 

Contributor – Stephanie Craig, Sofia Adventures

43. Cologne, Germany

If you’re a solo traveler who loves beer, history, and lively festivals that combine the two, Cologne, Germany might be the perfect city for you! 

Even though the city is small, you won’t run out of things to do and is definitely one of the best cities in Germany you should visit.


Take a tour of the looming gothic Cologne Cathedral or take a walk along the Hohenzollern Bridge for a unique view of the city.

If you’re an art enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the Ludwig museum to see classics like Picasso and rotating exhibitions of modern art. 

During the parades, the people on the floats throw flowers and chocolate candies out into the crowd.

In the evenings, the streets turn into one big all-night dance party. Even as a solo traveler , I was able to make friends quickly during the joyful Cologne Carnival . 


But the most memorable thing to do in Cologne is to participate in Carnival.

Each year in mid-February, the streets of downtown Cologne are closed off for a multi-day festival.

Beer tents are opened on every street corner selling famous Cologne Kolsch and everyone attends parades in full costume.

Recommended: Cologne: Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

Where to stay in Cologne?

Looking for a place to stay as a solo traveler? The  Cologne Downtown Hostel is close to the city center and all the main attractions in Cologne.

The rooms are simple but you’ll love being just a short walk from the Cologne Cathedral and the popular pub and restaurant areas. 

Contributor – Nicola Rae, See Nic Wander

44. Lucerne, Switzerland

If you are a nature lover and looking for one of the best places to travel alone in Europe, visit Lucerne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland.

This small Swiss city is located at the north end of Lake Lucerne where the River Reuss flows out of the lake.

You can come to see this picturesque town all around the year.

However, if you want to see the stunning Swiss Alps in bright sunshine, pristine lakes, colourful flowers and medieval old town, April is the best month to travel to Lucerne. 

Lucerne is one of the safest European cities and extremely popular among solo travellers. Lucerne is a walkable city.

However, the best way to get around Lucerne is with the Tell Pass, which gives you access to travel on all modes of public transport. 

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Lucerne has plenty of things to offer its visitors. The Chapel Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Lucerne.

This 14th-century wooden bridge was partly burnt down and later rebuilt and restored. You can take impressive pictures of the Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower. 

If you plan to travel  Lucerne in two days  don’t skip The Lion Monument, which is just a 10-minute walk from the Chapel Bridge.

This significant monument was created in dedication of Swiss guards who lost their lives during the French Revolution. 

You can stroll along the promenade in Lucerne on a sunny day or go for a scenic boat tour in Lake Lucerne and enjoy a relaxing time with a beautiful view of the turquoise blue lake, and historical monuments, stunning landscapes along with the Panoramic view of Lucerne city.  

Recommended: Lucerne: Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

Where to stay in Lucerne?

I will highly recommend you to stay in the Youth Hostel of Lucerne if you are a solo traveler or a budget backpacker. 

Contributor – Trijit Mallick, Budget Travel Buff

45. Cork, Ireland

The lively city of Cork is an ideal choice for solo travel in Europe to get an authentic impression of Ireland.

Cork is Ireland’s second-largest city and offers visitors a wide range of superb attractions in the city itself and in the nearby areas.

One of Ireland’s best-known attractions, Blarney Castle, is located a short 25-minute bus ride from Cork. It’s probably one of the most popular day trips from Cork .

Feel free to kiss the famous Blarney Stone if you want to brush up on your eloquence. Otherwise, you can happily spend a few hours wandering in the magnificent gardens that surround the castle. 

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The Crawford Art Gallery and the Glucksman Art Gallery at University College Cork are definitely worth adding to your itinerary and as a nice bonus, both are free of charge.

You can also saunter around the grounds of the impressive college and visit the north wing of the Quadrangle to see carved stones featuring ogham (an early coded form of the Irish language).

Without a doubt, Cork is one of Ireland’s best foodie destinations. Solo travellers can wander through the English Market in the city centre and sample many mouthwatering locally produced products.

Or if you fancy watching the world go by, visit the Farmgate restaurant for a bird’s eye view of the market below.

Recommended: Cork: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Where to stay in Cork?

After a busy day of sightseeing, you can relax and unwind in The River Lee Hotel , situated on the banks of the River Lee and only a 5-minute walk from the heart of the city.

Contributor – Nils, Let’s Go Ireland

46. Paris, France

No Bucket List is complete without mentioning Paris, which is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe.

It is renowned for its share of petty crimes like other big cities, along with being expensive and crowded, but these are the things that add character to the ever-glamorous city of France.

One of the best ways to see a lot of Paris in a short time is to hire a bike and ride along the canal and Arc De Triomphe.

Recommended: Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Hotel Arés is the cutest little boutique hotel a few minutes walk away from the Eiffel Tower, the best thing to do is watch it sparkle at night. 

Recommended : Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access W/ Optional Summit Access

Because everything is so small and cosy you will fit right in wherever you go it’s the perfect place to wander alone and get lost in the culture.

This area of Paris is quite safe, need to be aware of the usual pickpockets that are all over the world and obviously do not display valuables.

Contributor – Manpreet Kaur, Hello Manpreet

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20 Best Places To Travel Alone In Europe

By Jessie Festa. This guide to solo travel destinations in Europe contains affiliate links to trusted partners!

Looking for the best places to travel alone in Europe ?

Then this post can help!

As an avid solo traveler, I’m always researching fun, interesting, and safe places to confidently travel on my own.

Since I know many people in my community do too, I reached out to some of my favorite bloggers to see where they think the best destinations for solo travel in Europe are — and this post shares their responses!

Below, you’ll find 20 incredible places for a Europe solo trip, including a mix of popular cities and lesser-known spots. For each, you’ll also snag local travel tips and recommendations to plan the perfect solo vacation.

So if you’re trying to decide where to travel solo in Europe, keep reading!

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Once you’ve grabbed your seat, keep reading to learn about traveling to Europe alone.

Not sure where to travel on your own when visiting Europe ? Consider adding the following places to your ultimate solo travel Europe itinerary !

1. Riga, Latvia

Riga is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe

Is traveling alone fun ? It can be, especially if you visit this unforgettable city.

When it comes to solo European travel , I am absolutely obsessed with Riga, Latvia, which is also one of my favorite solo female travel destinations of all time.

Not only is it safe with relatively low crime rates, but it’s walkable, affordable, easy to get around, and easy to use as a base for visiting other places in the country by public transportation.

Riga is also a green city that blends lovely parks with architectural beauty and opportunities to explore fascinating (and sometimes dark) history, from the Riga Free Walking Tour to the KGB Museum to the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.

If you like history, Riga has numerous museums dedicated to exploring its past as a USSR country as well as its place in WWII when it was occupied by Nazi Germany. That being said, you’ll find plenty of cultural institutions focused on other topics like the Riga Art Nouveau Museum and the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE.

Beyond museums, there are endless things to do when traveling Riga solo . Treat yourself to a massage and soak at ESPA (the facilities are included with a treatment!), do a sunrise paddleboard at Cenas Tīrelis Preserve with SUP Adventures, wander Old Town and take in a view from the top of St. Peter’s Church, and have a local beer at Labietis Brewery on the hip Aristida Briāna (Street).

There is also the Old Town Hall Square, a cobbled 13th-century market square that was destroyed during WWII and now features reconstructions.

Beyond the city walls, a few fun day trips for solo travelers include the medieval town of Cēsis, the seaside destination of Jūrmala, and the beautiful Kemeri National Park.

-Jessie Festa from Jessie on a Journey

Riga Travel Resources

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2. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe

The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is one of the best places to solo travel in Europe . This city has everything — culture, beaches, food, and nightlife — to enjoy on a short or a longer trip. 

When traveling solo in Lisbon , one must explore the Old Town (city center) area and go on a walking tour to learn about the unique Pombal architecture, which was built throughout the city after the massive earthquake of 1775. 

Be sure to also visit the stunning neighborhoods of Chiado, Baixa, and Alfama. Spend half a day in the historic Alfama and soak in those city views from the various miradouros or viewpoints. My personal favorite is the Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

Other must-explore attractions in historic Lisbon are the Castelo de são Jorge, Lisbon Cathedral, and the Commerce Square. Take a moment to ride the Tram 28 as well as the Santa Justa Lift to admire the city from above. Lisbon is known as the “City Of Seven Hills,” so don’t miss a chance to explore.

From the historic city center, make your way to the neighborhood of Belem and check off the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, and of course the iconic Belem Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery . These two attractions are very popular so ensure you set aside a full day and book tickets in advance to explore the neighborhood.

As a solo traveler in Portugal , you can easily take a train to Sintra on a quick day trip and explore the beautiful Pena Palace. It is completely safe to stay out at night. The local public transportation system is safe and affordable, as well. 

-By Mayuri from 2 Day Itinerary

Lisbon Travel Resources

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3. Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany is one of the best solo travel destinations in Europe

Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany is one of the best places to travel solo in Europe . This quaint university city has a vibrant young population which means there are plenty of modern amenities and trendy cafes — a cool and unexpected contrast to the beautiful historic streets.

There is a great deal to do in Freiburg. Thankfully for solo travelers, much of it is within walking distance from the city center and free or cheap.

Within the old town, enjoy medieval architecture such as Martinstor and Shwabentor, the two remaining medieval gates, and the 13th-century church. The church, named Freiburger Munster, has a striking gothic structure and Romanesque architecture.

It’s also worth visiting the market on the Munsterplatz Square below the church. This is the perfect spot to pick up a souvenir or enjoy a traditional “bratwurst” hot dog. They even have vegan ones!

Other traditional food worth trying is Flammkuchen, a sort of French pizza; Raclette, a Swiss dish; and fried potatoes. 

The traditional food is characterized by a mix of specialties from Germany, Switzerland, and France since Freiburg lies near the border of all three. Wash it down with a wine from one of Freiburg’s local vineyards, too.

One of the best things to do here is walking just over a kilometer up Schlossberg (Castle Hill) to see the amazing views over Freiburg and beyond.

And for real nature-lovers, you won’t want to miss hiking in the nearby Black Forest. You can easily take a day trip to nearby Shausinland, a mountain just outside the city, for some great panoramic views over the forest, too.

-By Cass from Cassie The Hag

Freiburg im Breisgau Travel Resources

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4. Seville, Spain

Seville in Spain is one of the best places to solo travel in Europe

As Europe’s hottest city, Seville blazes away in southern Spain as both the home of flamenco and the setting for the passionate opera Carmen. It’s also one of the best places in Europe to solo travel.

Christopher Colombus received both permission and funds for his history-changing voyage here in the delicate walls of the Real Alcazar. He recruited his sailors from the district of Triana and routed the wealth from the Americas back along the Guadalquivir to Seville, making it one of the most important cities in the world at the time. 

As a result, it’s bursting with architectural charisma from the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) to the white walls of the Santa Cruz quarter to La Giralda, the distinctive tower attached to the largest cathedral in Seville.

The city center is very compact and so it’s great for solo travelers. As well as amazing architecture and tapas, the local vibe involves chatting to anyone and whiling away the hours in cafes and bars so it’s a very non-threatening place to meet people or to sit on your own with a book. 

Make sure to cool off from the heat in the ice baths at the Baños Arabes, try salmorejo rather than gazpacho in one of the tapas bars (it’s the local favorite), and catch an evening performance of Carmen in one of the gardens near the Plaza España.

-By Abigail from Inside The Travel Lab

Seville Travel Resources

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5. Prague, Czech Republic

Add the Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic to your solo travel Europe itinerary

When it comes to the best destinations in Europe for solo travel, it’s hard to beat Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague is nicknamed “the heart of Europe” and it’s not only gorgeous, but it’s one of the safest cities in Europe.

It’s also a smaller city and incredibly easy to navigate on foot, making it simple to wander around and take in the main sites like the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and the Lennon Wall. 

Many of the locals speak several languages, including English, making it quite easy to meet people and get directions when necessary.

Pro tip: If you’re interested in meeting other travelers, try dining in one of the many outdoor restaurants in Old Town. 

The clustered outdoor café tables are the perfect place to enjoy some casual dining and a pilsner while taking in the stunning architecture of the “City of a Hundred Spires” and chatting with other travelers. In winter, it’s also a great spot to sip some delicious hot grog, a Prague specialty that is similar to a hot toddy.

Traveling solo in Prague is also relatively inexpensive, especially by European standards. You can book a night at the 5-star Kings Court Hotel , just steps from Old Town Square and Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock, starting at $112/ night. 

Visitors looking to explore more of the Czech Republic should check out some memorable day trips from Prague, too, like Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora (aka The Bone Church), Terezin Concentration Camp (heavy but important), and Karlovy Vary , a world-famous spa town.  

-By Jenn from Sick Girl Travels

Prague Travel Resources

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6. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen in Denmark is one of the best places in Europe for solo travel

Ah, Copenhagen. Home of hands-off cyclers, long canals, the longest pedestrian street in the world, hipster spots packed with perfectly groomed beards, and very tall humans. To top it all up, the Danish capital is a godsend for solo travelers. One might even say it’s the best place to solo travel in Europe – especially for first-time solo travelers.

It’s as safe as a city gets! Even if you take a stroll into one of the “rough” hoods, you’ll still feel safe. People respect traffic lights to a T. You can go at it on your own, even at nighttime, and you’ll be just fine — though, of course, always keep your eyes open and assess your surroundings. 

Also, Copenhagen hosts people from all over the world, and 86% of Danes speak English fluently, and many also speak a third language like Spanish or German.

Moreover, you can bike everywhere. Biking is the way to tour the city, especially as bike lanes are typically separate from traffic. Copenhagen pioneered the art of city cycling, and visitors can truly see how ingrained in the culture this is.

Over spring and summer, you can enjoy the longest days of city touring . As a proper Scandinavian country, daylight changes drastically between seasons. During this time, days are super long. Plus, it never gets extremely hot. So, if you enjoy long days of solo touring, you can keep going for as long as you want — which is sometimes hard if you are with a travel companion! 

Danes might not seem too social, but they are super curious. When you are on your own, striking conversation can be somewhat challenging. Danes are very respectful of someone’s personal space; however, if you start a conversation, you’ll find they are very curious. 

When traveling alone in Copenhagen , do visit the Freetown of Christiania to understand some of the values many Danes hold up “high”.

Also spend a day at the Tivoli Gardens , one of the first amusement parks in the world. The park changes its theme and decorations every season, and it’s a stunning wonder in the middle of the city. It’s not open year-long, so check the dates beforehand.

And of course, tour the city streets like crazy! Exploring Copenhagen is an absolute joy. It’s packed with cool neighborhoods like Vesterbro and Christianshavn, huge parks, posh streets, palaces, canals, and museums.

The best part? As soon as the weather gets a tad good, everyone goes outside for a beer and a catch-up with friends — which makes Copenhagen very lively and fun! 

-By Martina from The Global Curious

Copenhagen Travel Resources

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7. Athens, Greece

The Acropolis in Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site & a top Europe solo trip attraction

What comes to your mind when you think of Greece? Like most people, I bet you see it as just a romantic destination, but what you probably don’t know is that it has some of the best places in Europe to travel solo.

The capital of Greece, Athens, has loads of interesting history to explore during the day — as well as great nightlife, so you can socialize and have fun with travelers and locals alike.

Apart from seeing the Acropolis, which is usually at the top of most people’s Athens itineraries, you can also hike up Mount Lycabettus for beautiful views, visit some of the city’s delicious tavernas, and check out some interesting museums like the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Museum of the City of Athens.

And if you wish to explore a bit more of Greece, then consider visiting some of the nearby islands — such as Aegina and Hydra –- and take some trips from Athens to Delphi, Meteora, Mycenae, and Cape Sounion.

What about what to eat while in Athens?

Well, there are many fantastic cuisines you can try while in the city. I’d suggest you have a taste of the traditional Greek salad, also known as Horiatiki. It’s made with tomato, green pepper, cucumber, Kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese.

If you’re the type that likes to explore different dishes, then you can also check out saganaki, Greek bouyourdi, dolmades, and souvlaki.

In terms of where to eat, visit Tzitzikas kai Mermigas, which is a downtown restaurant that is centrally located near Syntagma Square. It’s a very popular restaurant for both locals and tourists.

Finally, you can lodge at Athens Gate Hotel , which is one of the best hotels in the city with Acropolis views. But if you want to stay close to the Acropolis to enjoy easy access to the city’s main sites, then you should consider the Plaka neighborhood.

-By Theodore from Foodies Family

Athens Travel Resources

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8. Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck in Austria is one of the best solo travel destinations in Europe

Innsbruck is a much smaller and lesser-known gem of Austria but it’s definitely a place I would add to your solo travel Europe itinerary. I visited it during a solo trip to Austria and it became my favorite city, beating even Vienna and Salzburg. I’d even go as far to say that it’s one of the best solo travel destinations in Europe.

Located in the Alps, this is also a popular destination for winter sports. Its small narrow streets, beautiful Old Town, colorful buildings, and gorgeous mountain backdrop will melt your heart. It also features some wonderful modern and imperial architecture and even just wandering through its streets is totally worth it. 

Being a university town, you will find a lot of young people in the city to chat and meet up with.

Austria is also a safe country to visit, with a very low crime rate. It’s one of the safest places to solo travel in Europe . On top of that, cities in Austria are very easy to navigate, finding convenient accommodation and transportation is never an issue, and communicating in English is very easy. 

Plus, it doesn’t have to be an expensive place to visit. Things like using public transport, eating local food, and getting an Innsbruck City Card will for sure help you achieve that.

In terms of things to do in Innsbruck, make sure to hop on Nordkette Cable Car to get to Hafelekar Peak, visit the Golden Roof, get to the top of the Town Tower, and visit Swarovski Crystal World. 

-By Diana from Travelling With Diana

Innsbruck Travel Resources

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9. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of the best places for solo travel in Europe

I honestly feel safer traveling solo in Barcelona than in Paris. Don’t get me wrong, Paris is great; but between these two cities that I constantly travel to, Barcelona always wins!

I first traveled to Barcelona in 2012 and fell in love right away. From that trip, I decided to visit every year and spend at least one month there. When you’re traveling by yourself, Barcelona just gives you that warm welcome — like you don’t need to worry about anything.

What I love about traveling solo in Barcelona is how easily you can meet people, especially if you stay in hostels. I literally made friends in the first hour of checking into my hostel in Barcelona as everyone was so sociable in my dorm room and I know very well that it’s because of the vibe of the city. It just makes people naturally happy and friendly.

Barcelona is also a young city and many young professionals and digital nomads from the European Union choose to live here. It won’t be difficult to meet people!

I am also fluent in Spanish so it was easy for me to go around Barcelona by myself. It doesn’t necessarily mean it will be challenging if you don’t speak the language but I always tell people that Spain is the best country to learn Spanish, which, by the way, is different from learning in Latin America. I must warn you that not everyone speaks English well but you’ll get around!

If you are also traveling solo on a budget , Barcelona is cheaper than most western European countries. When I stay here for a month, I pay less than €1,000 EUR for a studio in the city. Beer is around €3 EUR and I can get my daily coffee for less €2 EUR. 

When it comes to things to do, Barcelona never runs out. What I love the most about this city is that you can easily go to the beach — which is unlike many other European cities in the west! If you’re looking for a solo beach trip , it’s definitely a top pick.

Don’t skip Barcelona when you’re planning your solo Euro trip. I promise it’ll be worth it!

-By Trisha from PS Im On My Way

Barcelona Travel Resources

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10. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm in Sweden is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe

Stockholm, Sweden is a must-see destination for solo travelers with its reliable public transit and affordable hostels.

Whether you’re traveling by foot or vehicle, places in the city are simple to get to. Plus with English being spoken by 90% of the city’s population, you can easily communicate with locals. 

So, why embark on a Stockholm solo travel adventure?

The synergy of historic and modern architecture is what draws most travelers. Plus, I felt safe and comfortable traveling solo around the city.

Apart from exploring the city on foot, there are five things you must do in Stockholm:

First, check out a preserved 17th-century Swedish warship inside the Vasa Museum.

Then, tour the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Swedish royal family.

Next, travel back to the mid-1700s in Gamla Stan with its medieval architecture, streets, and alleyways. 

Then, learn how the locals live through a free walking tour in Söder, one of Sweden’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Finally, walk through the Brunkeberg Tunnel, an 1886 tunnel that stretches out to 231 meters (758 feet). 

If you haven’t fallen in love with Stockholm yet, here’s another reason:

Stockholm is considered one of Europe’s most sustainable cities and a global role model for its efforts to combat climate change. 

In fact, the Arlanda Express train that connects Stockholm Arlanda International Airport to Stockholm Central Station runs on 100% renewable energy and most of Sweden’s buses run on biogas.

-By Rasika from Bae Area And Beyond

Stockholm Travel Resources

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11. Krakow, Poland

Krakow in Poland is one of the best places in Europe to travel alone

Ever since my trip to Krakow last summer, I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that they quite simply have to visit. Although I completely fell in love with Poland as a whole, Krakow in particular stood out as a fantastic solo travel destination. 

Boasting one of Europe’s largest central squares — which was largely undamaged during the war — Krakow really is one of the most stunning cities I’ve ever visited.

Not only that, Poland is still one of Europe’s truly affordable destinations, where you can get a fantastic meal for PLN 30-40 (~US $8-$10). I recommend trying restaurants like Smakolyki and Szalone Widelce for delicious homemade food.

Although Krakow is Poland’s second-largest city, its main center is surprisingly compact. Personally, I love walking around a new city to get my bearings, and Krakow always felt like an easy and safe place to do so. It has a relaxed and friendly vibe with so much to see and do!

The main market square in Krakow’s Old Town is a fantastic place to start your solo trip. Head up the tower at St. Mary’s Cathedral for a bird’s-eye view of the square, which is dominated by the old Cloth Hall where you can pick up a variety of souvenirs. 

A little outside the Old Town, stunning Wawel Castle is a truly impressive sight. Strolling around the beautiful grounds is completely free and you can pick and choose which parts of the castle you want to pay to enter. If you’re looking to hang out with the locals, head to the hillside underneath the castle facing the Vistula River at sunset.

Also, take an afternoon to soak up the atmosphere in Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish quarter. You’ll find lots of lovely artisan shops and numerous cafes and restaurants in the area. And, if history is your thing, a visit to Schindler’s Factory Museum is well worth your time. 

There are a few good day trips within easy reach of Krakow, too. Of course, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is an obvious choice, and a very poignant experience if you decide this is something you’d like to do. You’ll likely join a tour for this, so it’s a great activity as a solo traveler.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is another unique day trip option, and can easily be visited independently by bus from Krakow and then joining a guided tour there.

-By Joannda from A Zest For Travel

Krakow Travel Resources

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12. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges in Belgium is one of the safest places in Europe for solo female travelers

Bruges is a lovely medieval city in the West Flanders Provience of northwest Belgium. The cobbled streets, tranquil canals, and beautiful medieval buildings bring you straight into a fairytale place that’s perfect for exploring solo.

Known as one of the most picturesque cities in Europe, you can’t leave your camera home when visiting Bruges. The reflection of the buildings in the canals can be perfectly captured on a sunny day or at night when the lights reflect in the water. 

The city is also small enough that you can walk everywhere. That is a huge benefit when traveling alone so you don’t have to figure out public transport or negotiate for a taxi.

Another great way to see the city is to cruise the waterways by boat. 

The canals of Bruges make their way through the historic city center and stretch off into the city beyond. Boats depart from several jetties in the city throughout the day and evening and captains provide information and anecdotes about Bruges.

Another one of the top things to do in Bruges for solo travelers is visiting the Belfry Tower and making the 366-step climb up. From the tower, you’ll have a superb view of the Bruges skyline.

Looking for something beautiful? The Lake of Love is a serene spot in the middle of Minnewater Park. The beautiful Lover’s Bridge makes it a perfect photo spot as well.

For the market lovers, on Wednesdays in Bruges there is a local market. During the winter months, this square transforms into a winter wonderland with a yearly Christmas market. 

When exploring a historic European city, you can’t miss visiting a church. Bruges has the Basilica of the Holy Blood which is a beautiful Renaissance building. It is best known for a small vial that is kept there which contains a cloth with the blood of Jesus Christ on it.

For the best season to visit Bruges you can either go for springtime when the Loppem Castle gardens are in bloom or winter if you’re a Christmas market lover.

Weekdays are also better than weekends if you want to avoid the crowds.

Note that the official language of Bruges is Flemish (similar to Dutch), but English is spoken almost everywhere. 

-By Ilse from Digital Travel Couple

Bruges Travel Resources

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13. Lyon, France

Lyon in France is one of the best cities in Europe to travel alone

The third-largest city in France has a population of over 700,000. Lyon is known for gastronomy and silk, as well as for being where the Lumiere brothers invented photographic equipment that created the first projector cinema. 

One of the main reasons Lyon is a great place to visit for solo travelers is it’s an easily walkable city that is safe and has plenty of sights to see. The city is a beautiful place for solo travel in France as it has lovely cobbled streets and historic buildings. 

Lyon is home to some of the most famous landmarks in France, too, such as the World Heritage Lyon Cathedral, Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière (for the best view across Lyon), and Musée des Beaux-Arts. The latter has exhibits of famous European artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Matisse and is built over a former Benedictine convent.

Additionally, Lyon is one of the best places for solo travel because it’s close enough to Paris and easy to get to. Solo travel in Paris is also worthwhile.

But, that’s not all.

You can get around on foot alone without being hassled in Lyon, and many of the attractions are free to visit. English is also widely spoken, and it’s a fantastic city to see if you’re on a budget.

It’s not just about sightseeing, though, as Lyon has so much going on after hours, whether you want to go clubbing, have fun dancing until dawn, or relax by the pool.

Love to eat?

Lyon is a city for foodies, with a high concentration of Michelin-star restaurants and lots of great spots to party at night. Head to the Vieux Lyon area for pubs and to mingle with an English-speaking crowd. Along the Rhone, some riverboats serve as nightclubs, lounges, and wine bars. 

There are also several festivals in Lyon, including the Fête des Lumieres or the Festival of Lights, which turns the city into a magical fairyland of twinkling lights.

For those who love shopping, Lyon offers everything from designer boutiques to street markets selling local produce. If you’re looking for a unique item, head to one of the many antique shops or flea markets around town.

In short, solo travelers will feel right at home in this cosmopolitan French metropolis. It’s truly one of the best places to travel solo in France . Whether you have time for a  weekend in Lyon  or a longer trip, make sure to visit this incredible city!

-By Christina from

Lyon Travel Resources

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14. Istanbul, Turkey

The Hagia Sophia Istanbul should be on your solo travel Europe itinerary

With its vibrant food scene, incredible history, and picturesque sights, budget-friendly Istanbul in Turkey is easily one of the best cities in Europe for solo travelers. 

Formerly the capital of the Byzantine Roman Empire, Istanbul has a plethora of historical sites that are easily accessible on foot or by public transport. Make sure not to miss the Hagia Sophia , Blue Mosque , and Suleymaniye Mosque in the Sultanahmet area, as these architectural wonders are so beautiful they’ll take your breath away. 

Once you’ve had your fill of history, jump on a bus to Balat, a quaint neighborhood with colorful houses, cobbled streets, and a lively cafe scene. It’s perfect for a relaxing afternoon in the city! 

Alternatively, head to the Grand Bazaar — one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world — to get your shopping fix. Just remember to haggle when you buy something; this is a Turkish tradition after all!

Istanbul has some fantastic farmer’s markets, too. If you happen to be in the city on a Wednesday, don’t miss the sprawling market in the Fatih District which sells spices, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables. 

In the evenings, take a leisurely stroll around the Galata Tower area, which is packed with lively cafes, bars, and bakeries, all of which are great places to strike up a conversation or while away the time with a drink or a book. 

Those traveling Istanbul solo should also make sure to indulge in at least one Turkish breakfast — an extravagant meal with a minimum of 10 different dishes, though sometimes more than 30. It’s an introduction to Turkish food and culture that is like no other. 

By the way, Istanbul has a great variety of accommodation options, from fancy hotels to apartments to simple BnBs, meaning that solo travelers have plenty of choices on where to stay. In my opinion, the Cihangir, Beyoglu, and Sisli areas are some of the best neighborhoods. 

One of the main reasons that this city is so brilliant for solo travel is the super friendly local people who are always more than happy to recommend places to visit and food to try. Sitting down with an Istanbulite over a cup of Turkish çay (tea) is one of the best ways to get to know the city and if you’re lucky, they’ll tell you about some under-the-radar places to visit, too!

– By Sasha from Mog And Dog Travels

Istanbul Travel Resources

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15. Valencia, Spain

Valencia in Spain is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe

Want to experience life as a local in Spain? Like exploring on foot? Love great food? Then consider Valencia, Spain!

A little less visited than some other cities, Valencia is a great solo destination if you are looking for a more authentic Spanish experience.

Plus, Valencia really does have it all when it comes to things to see and do.

The city center in Valencia is historic with tiny streets, cobbles, landmarks, and historic buildings to explore.

Hungry? The food market is an absolute must for delicious treats and there are plenty of squares and courtyards with cafes to enjoy. The food is fabulous, with the best orange juice in Spain from Valencian oranges.

The historic center is hugged on two sides by the old river which is now a public park. Complete with sports areas, gardens, and water features, this is a fantastic place to walk and see local life happening around you. The park leads from the historic center to the City of Arts and Sciences complex with its futuristic buildings in a stunning park setting.

In March, there is the crazy Fallas Festival where teams compete to see who can make the loudest noise with the same amount of gunpowder as each other. There are daily heats in the main square and the festival builds up to an incredible finale where the huge figures made by local groups are set on fire, signifying the end of winter and the start of spring.

The Fallas Museum offers fascinating insight into the history of this event and the hidden meanings behind the figures, which often make strong political statements. Each year one figure is chosen by locals to be saved for the museum.

Valencia is very friendly, with a large town rather than a big city feel. Its smaller size makes it easy to get around on public transport and on foot.

Finally, I would recommend seeing Flamenco in Valencia. The smaller venues mean the emotion of the dance is even more powerful.

– By Melanie from The Professional Traveller

Valencia Travel Resources

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16. Bologna, Italy

Bologna in Italy is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe

If you’re a solo traveler looking for one of the best places to travel to in Europe, look no further than Bologna, Italy. 

Although Bologna is a very old city, dating back to the 9 th century BC, it’s a remarkably young city demographically because of the historic University of Bologna, which happens to be the oldest university in the Western World. The students of the university, founded in 1088, infuse a vibrant buzz and energy into this beautiful city.

Need a change of scenery for a day? Or maybe some world-class wine for a weekend? Bologna is just a quick 45-minute train ride to the more popular and touristy Florence and the Tuscan countryside. 

The other large cities of Rome (2 hours 15 minutes) and Venice (1 hour 45 minutes) can be reached pretty easily and quickly by train, making Bologna a great hub for traveling all over Italy’s main attractions.

Stroll through the miles and miles of porticoes — which is just a fancy word for “covered walkways” — in and around Bologna (almost 30 miles in city proper) and visit some of the major landmarks like the iconic dual-leaning towers. These are very matter-of-factly nicknamed “Due Torri” and are protected from anything Mother Nature can think of.  

If you’re up for a quintessential Bologna experience involving some good exercise, walk the longest uninterrupted portico in the world!

A total of about 2.3 miles of covered walkway leads you from the historic city center all the way up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, which overlooks Bologna from atop its perch. Along the way, you’ll pass under 666 arches — the meaning of this devilish number has been speculated for years — many of which contain paintings, sculptures, or chapels.

In addition to the rich historical sites, many believe that Bologna is one of the premier “foodie” cities in Italy — if that can even be a thing. And no, we aren’t talking about bologna sandwiches!

But in all seriousness, the food in Bologna is some of the best in Italy! Think Parmesan, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, tortellini, and tagliatelle al ragù — which you may know better as spaghetti Bolognese. Yum! They all call this region home so you can only imagine the options that await.

With more affordable prices than some of the other major cities, you can enjoy a variety of mouthwatering food at a food hall near the city center.

Don’t forget about the local craft beer movement, either! There is a budding craft beer scene where travelers can make small talk with the Bolognese over some cold local beers. 

– By Samantha and Chris from Boozing Abroad

Bologna Travel Resources

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17. Madeira, Portugal

Madeira in Portugal is one of the best solo travel destinations in Europe

Madeira — which is one of my favorite solo travel destinations in Europe — is a relatively remote island in Portugal. Closer to the African continent than to Europe, it is an autonomous region and a well-developed archipelago comprising four islands.

The island is a true hidden gem, and they call it the “Hawaii of Europe”.

And for this reason, the destination is known for its cliffs and dense rain forests that offer unique landscapes. It is a true heaven for photographers and hikers. Madeira is known for its endless trails — which are some of the best hikes in the world — waterfalls, and scenic mountain peaks.

Lately, Madeira has become a hub for solo travelers and digital nomads. The government has been going to great lengths to make it such a destination, and they succeeded.

Funchal, the main city of Madeira, offers a unique charm for independent entrepreneurs. Being financially very affordable and safe, the city has attracted thousands of nomads, especially after the pandemic.

Madeira has lately even opened a digital nomad village. It offers unique opportunities for independent entrepreneurs in terms of stay, networking, and great internet. Launched in mid 2021, the villages witnessed more than 5000 registrations from 90 countries.

-By Achraf from Walk Beside Me Blog

Madeira Travel Resources

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18. Cinque Terre, Italy  

Cinque Terre in Italy is one of the best places in Europe to travel alone as a woman

The Cinque Terre in Italy is a picturesque, compact, and activity-packed destination for solo travelers to consider.

The five villages of this UNESCO World Heritage site are built around coves and beaches with the jewel-box-colored houses seeming to cling to the cliffs. Below is the Ligurian Sea and rising behind the towns are olive groves, orchards, and ancient defensive fortifications.

The Cinque Terre is not accessible by car, and trains, buses, and walking between the towns make for an interesting and hassle-free holiday. The infrastructure is good, trains run very frequently, and English is spoken fluently in many hotels, hostels, restaurants, and by tour companies.

The crowded coastline doesn’t lend itself to large hotels or resorts — the largest ones are up in the hills rather than in the towns themselves — and it is likely as a solo traveler that you’ll meet fellow travelers in the small and charming hotels in the five towns.

Solo women travelers find it safe and it’s common to see women hiking and dining alone in and between the five towns. This also makes it one of the best places in Europe to travel alone as a woman .

Hiking and walking is the reason most people love the Cinque Terre National Park. Trails wind between the five towns, linking them together. These paths all have their own names.

Even seasoned travelers to Italy will fall in love with the country again when they walk through olive groves, fragrant orchards, and past wildflowers with the sparkling sea down below.

Swimming and boating trips are also wildly popular, but so too is visiting the towers, castles, and churches that can be found along the Cinque Terre coastline.

-By Monique from Trip Anthropologist

Cinque Terre Travel Resources

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woman visiting the Paros Island windmill in Greece while traveling Europe solo

19. Paros Island, Greece

Paros Island is one of the Cyclades’ gems and the perfect paradise for solo traveling. Traveling to Paros Island is relatively inexpensive with round trip flights from Dublin , Ireland at around $470 — which is great, because Dublin solo travel is also a great experience.

But, back to Paros.

On the island, you’ll find a wide variety of accommodation options to fit all budgets and socializing preferences, from camping to luxury hotels.

Paros is often described by locals as a more authentic Santorini — and that is exactly what it is. It’s just as beautiful, too.

You can experience this authenticity while roaming the towns of Parikia and Naoussa. Parikia is a typical town with traditional white houses and small touristy streets. You can also watch a beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean Sea from the windmill at the beginning of the Promenade.

Naoussa is another town you should visit. With its port and restaurants right by the water, it is the perfect place to have dinner and enjoy some time by yourself. Recommendation: Order a gyro while you’re there!

While on Paros Island, it’s also recommended to visit the many beautiful beaches. Some of the beaches you should check out are Santa Maria Beach and Golden Beach. Paros is also the perfect place to snorkel or have a drink on the beach.

As for transportation, you have a couple of options on Paros. You could rent a car — although when traveling solo, it can feel like it’s too high of an expense for just one person.

Alternatively, you can take the bus. Paros’ bus system is well organized and inexpensive and take you around to the most famous beaches and towns.

If you want to explore more of the island, you can rent an ATV. ATVs are very common on the island, are easy to drive, and you just need a regular driver’s license to rent one. They are also rather inexpensive and can be rented for one or several days.

Finally, Paros is extremely safe for solo travelers. The locals are very friendly, helpful, and often love giving visitors recommendations.

-By Mary from Be Right Back

Paros Island Travel Resources

Click here for a list of top-rated Paros Island tours .

Click here for a list of top-rated Paros Island hotels .

20. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia is one of the best places to travel alone in Europe

If you’re wondering what the best places to travel alone in Europe are, I highly recommend getting Ljubljana in Slovenia on your radar.

Not only is the city beautiful, clean, and one of the safest places in Europe for solo female travelers , but the Center District is car-free, which leads to a peaceful atmosphere for exploring the local restaurants, bars, cafes, and markets.

Ljubljana is known for its architecturally-interesting bridges, many museums and cultural institutions, and lovely Ljubljanica River running through the Center District, which adds to this city’s charm — especially when you sit outside with an inexpensive glass of wine or beer. TOZD Bar is a nice place to do this at.

A few other must-have Ljubljana experiences for solo travelers include taking a tour with Watermelon Ljubljana Bike Tours, exploring local eateries with Ljubljananjam Foodwalks, wandering the nature trails around Rožnik Hill, and viewing the experimental art at Metelkova City.

In terms of day trips, getting out into nature is a must! Visit the beautiful Lake Bled in the Julian Alps and hike in the nearby Triglav National Park, do a homestay in the Slovenian countryside , and enjoy one of the many hiking trails in Slovenia .

Ljubljana Travel Resources

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Solo Travel Europe Tips

To help you make the most of your time traveling solo in Europe, here are a few helpful tips.

– Know how to meet people. One of the biggest fears people have when planning for solo travel in Europe is how to overcome loneliness .

The truth is, there are many ways to meet locals while traveling as well as other travelers, such as taking group tours and free walking tours, booking experiences that take you into local homes, attending local meetups through sites like, and going to places frequented by other travelers like bars and cafes.

Fun fact: While traveling solo in Prague I actually made a friend at a local money exchange!

-Consider places with excellent public transportation. Traveling solo means you won’t have anyone to split cab and car rental costs with. Being able to get around by bus and train makes for a more budget-friendly solo trip.

You should also look into a Eurail Pass, which can help you save money if you’ll be traveling around Europe solo by train.

-Pick a travel destination that can also be a great homebase. This may be a personal preference, but for a place to be one of the best places in Europe for solo travel this is a requirement. I like being able to have more time in a place to meet people and get to know the destination.

That being said, I also appreciate places from where I can do day and weekend trips without having to move all of my things constantly. For instance, if traveling solo in Ireland , Dublin is a great homebase.

-Ask your hotel/hostel for an annotated map. In terms of solo travel safety , I recommend always asking your hotel to mark up a map to show you where it’s safe to walk alone and where it’s not. Or, at the very least, ask them to tell you and just note it in your phone so you’re aware.

-Pack important travel safety items. When it comes to travel safety gear , I’m never without a personal alarm . Moreover, knowing how to avoid pickpockets with things like Clever Travel Companion pickpocket-proof garments and hidden-pocket scarves is wise.

A group tour is a great way to meet people when traveling solo in Europe

Tours In Europe For Solo Travelers

One great way to meet other people while traveling solo in Europe is to book group tours. A few highly-rated Europe tours include:

  • Amsterdam Alternative Culture Walking Tour with Local Food Sampling
  • Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
  • 3-Hour Berlin Street Art Tour
  • Athens All Included: Acropolis and Museum In a Cultural Guided Walking Tour
  • Small-Group Wine Tasting Experience in the Tuscan Countryside from Florence

Click here for a full list of tours in Europe .

Renting A Car In Europe

For many destinations in Europe, it can make sense to rent a car, especially if you’ll be exploring remote areas or beautiful countryside places.

Recommendation: Use Discover Cars to quickly compare your rental options.

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Public Transportation In Europe

Getting around Europe by train, bus, or ferry?

Omio is a must! I use this tool for all of my public transportation needs when traveling Europe.

The site is straightforward and user-friendly — and you can pre-book your tickets in advance at a discount.

They even offer flight and car deals!

Hotels In Europe

Looking to pre-book hotels for your Europe solo trip?

Click here for a full list of European hotels !

Prefer self-contained stays? 

Click here to check out unique local rentals !

You can also use the map below to search for local stays. It’s set to Paris, though you can easily change it based on where you’ll be traveling solo in Europe:

Europe Travel Insurance

When visiting Europe solo — or anywhere else in the world — it’s wise to get travel insurance.

One of the  best travel medical insurance for travelers  is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country.

Additionally, SafetyWing is budget-friendly and offers $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

Click here to price out travel insurance for your trip in just a few clicks .

Best Places In Europe To Travel Alone As A Woman [Bonus Guides]

The following guides can help you plan an incredible Europe solo travel itinerary!

Solo Travel In Paris: A Romantic Guide For One

Here’s What Happens When You Travel Latvia Solo

Slovenia Travel: Local Ljubljana Experiences For Solo Travelers

Solo Travel In Prague: How To Have An Amazing Trip On Your Own

Solo Trip To Amsterdam: How To Have An Amazing Time On Your Own

Rome Solo Travel: How To Have An Amazing Time Traveling Rome Alone

50 Fun Things To Do In London Alone

Best Solo Travel Destinations Europe FAQs

Still trying to decide where to travel alone in Europe? These questions may help you decide!

Q) What are the best places for solo travel in Europe?

Some of the best solo trips in Europe include Riga in Latvia, Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany, and Innsbruck in Austria. But that’s just a few options – much of Europe is ideal for solo travel.

Q) What are the best European cities for solo travelers?

When it comes to solo travel to Europe, some of the best major cities include Prague, Copenhagen, Athens, Istanbul, Barcelona, and Lisbon.

Q) What are the best European countries for solo travel?

Some of the countries you’ll want to consider for your solo trip to Europe include Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

Q) Is it a good idea to travel Europe alone?

Absolutely – it’s a great idea! Solo trips to Europe are incredibly rewarding – and fun! Most European countries are ideal for solo travel with endless things to do and great public transportation for getting around.

Q) Can you travel to Europe alone as a woman?

Yes! Solo traveling to Europe as a woman is both easy and safe, especially to the destinations listed above. Just keep your wits about you and use common sense and you’ll have a great time.

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This guide is incredibly helpful for europe traveller’s. Thank you for this great resource.

I guess all of these places are worth visiting as what I read in your blog. Thanks for sharing these beautiful European places. This is very helpful and informative for every traveler and tourist who wants to visit and travel to Europe 🙂

We were just in San Sebastian, Spain last year with our oldest daughter who was playing soccer in the Donosti Cup. We started off in Barcelona, went to Madrid, and then made our way over to Hondarribia. It was an incredible trip!

You have so many great places on your list, but Slovenia and Portugal are up there for me! Cheers to great travels!

For solo travelers, Prague stands out in Europe. It’s safe, affordable, and rich in culture and history. The city’s walkable layout and friendly locals make it ideal for those exploring alone. Plus, Prague’s stunning architecture and vibrant nightlife offer a perfect blend of exploration and entertainment.

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The best places for solo travel in Europe

By Anna Hart

The best places for solo travel in Europe

The good news is that this is a continent that particularly lends itself to solo travel . The journey itself tends to be relatively short and straightforward, tourism infrastructure is robust, there is a healthy variety of accommodation and price points, and most cultures are incredibly welcoming to travellers. Here’s our edit of the 10 best destinations in Europe for solo travellers this year.

Amsterdam Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Forget the Dutch capital’s reputation for stoner tourism and stag do's. For solo travellers in search of a city break in Europe , Amsterdam ticks all the boxes, as a genteel, safe, progressive and friendly city. Start by wandering the elaborate canal network, lined with narrow, pleasingly wonky townhouses with gabled facades, a legacy of Amsterdam’s 17th- century golden age. Or take off on two wheels, joining the locals on the city’s comprehensive network of well-marked and off-road cycle paths. You’ll find Rembrandts and Vermeers at the Rijksmuseum , Jackson Pollocks and Andy Warhols at the Stedelijk modern and contemporary art museum , and get your fill of Van Goghs at the Van Gogh Museum , all housed within the museum district. The city’s large freelance population makes for friendly, buzzy cafés and bars like CT Coffee & Coconuts , and surprisingly affordable accommodation comes courtesy of hip hotels like the Hoxton and poshed-up hostel, Generator . And now Londoners can get there in under four hours on the Eurostar .

Read our travel guide to Amsterdam

Tresco Scilly Isles

Tresco, Scilly Isles


For island life without the hefty price-tag and carbon footprint, the Scilly Isles are fast earning a reputation as a subtropical paradise with all the friendliness of a village. Tresco is a particularly great choice, with affordable cottage rentals or the 16-room New Inn for pub grub with a pool. Apart from the spectacular white sand beach, there’s plenty to do solo on this island, most of it best navigated by bike. The main sight is Tresco Abbey Garden, a horticultural gem established in the 1830s that now houses over 20,000 exotic plants from around the globe. The Valhalla Collection, within the grounds, displays ornate figureheads salvaged from ships wrecked around the island. The windswept, rugged north of the island offers dramatic hikes, or you can hire a kayak from Tresco Sailing Club and explore rocky coves by sea. Round off a perfect day by dining on Mediterranean dishes like crab linguine at the beachfront Ruin Beach Café.

Read our travel guide to Scilly Isles

Lake Bled Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia


Mountain resorts don’t come much more photogenic than Lake Bled, a pristine aquamarine lake accessorised with a tiny island that, in turn, is artfully decorated with a medieval castle. Throw in the Julian Alps and the Karavanke as backdrops, and it’s no surprise that Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort. But providing you avoid the busy peak months of July and August , Bled makes for a dream destination for solo adventurers, with an abundance of adrenalin-spiking activities like kayaking, canyoning, skiing, mountain-biking, climbing and more. A straightforward two-hour bus trip from the capital, Ljubljana (itself brilliant city-break material if you want to stir some culture and cuisine into your action-packed adventure , Bled particularly shines for its independent and family -run restaurants and hotels. Stay at chic Vila Mia in a restored period mansion, or go for the grande dame Vila Bled , spend your days out on the lake or in the forest, and round it all off with a seafood platter at the informal local favourite, Oštarija Peglez’n.

Read our travel guide to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ericeira Portugal

Ericeira, Portugal


Portugal is blessed with a famously friendly surf scene, welcoming both pro-surfers and newbies alike. And Ericeira, an easy 35km trip from Lisbon, is considered by most Portuguese wave-chasers as the best spot in the country. Book into the homely and affordable Magic Quiver , run by surfers for surfers, and you’ll immediately find yourself part of a beach-bum crew, right in the heart of Ericeira’s historic heart. As well as rooms and beach shacks, there’s a shop and a deli, with lessons and rentals also available, so you’re all set up from the start. Vira Copos is one of the liveliest bars in town, with jazz wafting out into the streets most evenings and a friendly crowd. For serious surfers, Coxos point break to the north is one of Europe ’s most legendary surf locations, but not particularly suited to beginners. But with around 40 beaches within easy reach of town, there will be something for all levels.

Read our top 5 boutique hotels in Portugal

Budapest Hungary

Budapest, Hungary


Hungary’s Danube-straddling capital is both grandiose and edgy, with a cracking menu of activities and goings-on around town to ensure the solo traveller is never really alone. Budapest and Berlin continue to spar for the crown of nightlife capital of Europe , but Budapest’s artfully dishevelled ruin bars and come-as-you-are clubs have a refreshingly friendly doors -wide-open policy compared to their Berlin counterparts. Budapest also lays claim to one of the most community-oriented hotels on the planet, Brody House . With artists’ studios, café bars and leafy courtyards, Brody House and Studios beautifully demonstrates how a warm and inclusive atmosphere can coexist with a hipster vibe and cultural cred. Begin your night with street food and beers at Szimpla Kert on Kazinczy Street, a hotchpotch of bars and food stalls within a former mansion. Then follow the crowds to A38 , a cultural venue in a former Ukrainian coal ship. Alternatively, if you’re feeling fancy, £30 will get you into a velvet-lined box at Budapest’s elegant Opera House . By day, soak away the sins of the night before at the maze of communal baths in the Gellert Spa , stroll among the city’s baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau architectural gems, and eat your way through the afternoon on a gastronomical tour of Central Market Hall .

Read our travel guide to Budapest

Munich Germany

Munich, Germany


Bavaria’s capital famously offers awe-inspiring architecture , hefty cultural clout and centuries of tradition as well as possessing a youthful spirit and easily navigable city centre. For travellers, this makes for a tourist-friendly city that rarely feels touristy, except during the annual beer-swilling Oktoberfest. Bayerischer Hof is the historic grande dame hotel; the Louis Hotel the design-led upstart, and both place you an easy stroll from the Altstadt’s epicentre, Marienplatz, as well as historic churches, hipster bars and traditional restaurants. A pilgrimage to the city’s most famous beerhalle, Hofbräuhaus , founded in 1589, plonks solo travellers at sharing tables with locals and international visitors alike. The palatial Residenzmuseum is a great place to trawl through treasures of the past, while the Pinakothek der Moderne contains one of the world’s largest collections of 20th-century and contemporary art.

Read our travel guide to Munich

Palma de Mallorca Spain

Palma de Mallorca, Spain


For a Mediterranean island break that isn’t dominated by families or honeymooning couples, Mallorca’s capital, Palma , should be top of your list. Yes, you get turquoise waters, sunshine, whitewashed buildings and tapas, but the town is also a hub for Macbook-toting digital nomads, lending this island idyll an unexpectedly cosmopolitan, creative and collaborative vibe. Affordable Airbnbs abound, but Hotel Tres , a stylish 41-room boutique hotel within the remains of the 16th-century royal palace, ups the glamour with hot-tubs overlooking the Gothic cathedral. Well-positioned hot-tubs aside, there’s not much danger of overlooking Palma’s cultural pedigree, thanks to the city’s prominent architectural flourishes, like the coral-hued 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Arab fortress of Almudaina and clifftop medieval fortress of Castell de Bellver . Venture west along the promenade and you’ll find Es Baluard contemporary art museum, showcasing 20th-century masterpieces by Picasso, Miró and other Spanish Surrealist names. Informal and social dining is found at the Mercat de l’Olivar , or join the queue to grab a pastry at century-old Forn del Santo Cristo . Tapas is a birthright in this town, so after dusk, head for La Taberna del Caracol for the city’s best tapas; be sure to order snails, the local speciality.

Read about Palma: the rising star of Mallorca

Aarhus Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark


Copenhagen’s cool credentials can’t be disputed, but for solo travellers , the Danish capital can be a little impenetrable. A far better bet is Aarhus , Denmark’s cultured, coast-cuddling and historic yet young-at-heart second city. Crowned European Capital of Culture in 2017, Aarhus offers culture-craving city-breakers the rainbow-topped art museum ARoS and a thrillingly varied roster of festivals throughout the summer, a highlight being the family-friendly forest-based film festival Film i Skoven . The vibrant Latin Quarter is the place to dine with locals down cobbled streets; tucked away down a graffiti-strewn alleyway, S’vineriet delivers New Nordic cooking at its best. Cool downtown Airbnbs allow you to live like a (chicly Scandinavian) local, but to make the most of Aarhus’s coastal setting, book into the luxurious historic Villa Provence for a beachfront retreat just a 15-minute bike ride from town.

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Bologna Italy

Bologna, Italy


For food-obsessed solo travellers, the lively historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy offers all the riches of other Italian cities with fewer of the hassles. Bologna , nicknamed ‘the fat one’ thanks to its status as culinary heavyweight, is more affordable and walkable than the likes of Florence or Rome, and a large university population keeps it both grounded and free-spirited. This is a place to wander medieval streets and marvel at arched colonnades, Renaissance fountains and inviting piazzas all over town, and then perhaps make a pilgrimage to the wineries and farm-to-table restaurants in the surrounding countryside. The family-run Art Hotel Commercianti , housed in an 11th-century building, places you close to Bologna Cathedral, Piazza Maggiore, Via dell’Indipendenza and, best of all, the food markets of the centro storico, particularly the Quadrilatero. The fact that the most spectacular dining in Bologna is generally found at informal shared-tables osterias, like local hangout Osteria dell’Orsa is another blessing for lone travellers, because nobody knows (or cares) if you’re dining solo.

Read our travel guide to Bologna

Glasgow Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland


British cities just don’t come any friendlier than Glasgow, and for solo foodies, the sharing tables culinary scene in Finnieston makes eating out a thoroughly social experience. A decade ago, Finnieston was an unremarkable residential neighbourhood in the shadow of the gothic spires of Glasgow University. Today, it’s one of the most exciting culinary destinations on the planet. The grand tenement flats (built to house workers at nearby factories and dockyards) are now home to microbreweries, seafood restaurants, bohemian cafés and poshed-up pubs at street level, but Glasgow’s famously friendly, fun-loving and unfussy spirit prevails. The current hot ticket is Alchemilla with a Middle Eastern-influenced menu of sharing plates courtesy of Yotam Ottolenghi protégée Rosie Healey. Or book a Finnieston Food Crawl , and eat your way down Argyle Street with a starter of seared scallops or venison tartare in The Finnieston, venison or rump steak in The Gannet, and a Dark Matter Spiced Rum treacle tart at Porter & Rye steakhouse. Beyond the food scene, Glasgow’s West End is dotted with quirky bookstores, tiny tearooms, vintage stores and artists’ studios. Finnieston’s The Hidden Lane Glasgow is a community of more than 100 makers, musicians, start-ups and designers, and the vintage stores on Ruthven Lane are well worth a snoop.

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The 17 Best Places in Europe for Solo Travelers

11/07/2017 by Kristin Addis 37 Comments

Here are the best places in Europe for solo travelers, especially solo female travelers! Travel bloggers share the best Europe destinations and why they are perfect for women who travel alone. Check out the list if you are planning your solo trips to Europe | Be My Travel Muse #solofemaletravel #europetraveltips #europesolotraveltips

I’ve lived in Europe for over four years now and during that time have had the pleasure of exploring lots of it myself, and have hosted several of my solo traveling friends who pass through my home city, Berlin.

Considering our favorites and remembering which places we disliked or wanted to avoid in the future, it usually came down to how safe we felt, how social it was, and how welcoming the locals were.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of some of the best places to consider if you’re traveling alone to Europe, and I asked a few of my fellow solo female traveling bloggers to share their favorites as well. Some are big cities and some are natural areas, from the coast to the mountains and everything in between.

These are the best spots for solo travelers in Europe:

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Iceland is the perfect place to travel alone for three big reasons: it’s popular so there are other solo travelers around, it is the safest country in the world, and it is probably the most beautiful country in the world too.

When I was in Iceland, I noticed that the locals would leave their cars running when they went into the grocery store – that’s how much they trust each other! I was also astounded by how often I had full cell phone coverage. I had initially planned on being disconnected the whole time while out camping in Iceland but in the end I felt like if anything happened while I was out driving on the ring road , it wouldn’t be too hard to find some help.

The only downside is Iceland is pretty darn expensive. However if you do day trips from Reykjavík , plus stay in a hostel, you’re bound to find someone to split things like car rental costs with.

Check out my Iceland guide for more info.

Berlin, Germany

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I love Berlin so much that I moved here, feeling instantly like part of the energy and intrigue upon landing in this quirky and artistic city.

Because of its promise of fantastic night life and counter culture , lots of young people come here with the intention of socializing. Whether out at a bar or nightclub or while taking one of the free walking tours, I find that meeting people in Berlin is easy. No matter what kind of person you are and what you’re looking for, you can find your tribe here.

Check out my Germany guide for more info.

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Granada, Spain

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“I loved wandering around the city centre in Granada, and felt safe even at night. It’s easy to make friends in hostels or even in bars, because everyone goes out for tapas and you don’t feel out of place standing or sitting alone at a bar having a drink and some food, as opposed to needing to have a whole sit down meal alone somewhere else.

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You can visit the Alhambra and spend as much time there as you like without having to worry about anyone else! Since it’s a more touristy area of Spain you don’t really need to worry about a language barrier either.” – Sonja of  Migrating Miss

Barcelona, Spain

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“The cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the perfect place to visit if you’re a solo female travel. Spain in general is an inexpensive country, and Barcelona is no exception – from food, shopping and even using public transportation, Barcelona is a relatively cheap city to visit if you’re on a budget!

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Although Barcelona is a big city, it’s very safe to visit – I traveled solo in Barcelona last November and felt completely safe when I was out at night.. I also believe Barcelona is a great place to visit because of the rich: history, art, food, culture, etc. – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Barcelona!” – Paula of Curly Hair Adventures .

Bologna, Italy

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Bologna is fantastic for two reasons: the food and the locals. I found some of Italy’s bigger cities to be stressful with all of the cat calling and the constant vigilance I had to keep over my backpack, but Bologna is different. Probably thanks to it being a university town, it feels safer and has a nice community of couchsurfers (which is how I met some wonderful people), au pairs, and students.

The locals in and around Bologna have been incredibly welcoming and friendly to me, and I will probably never get over how delicious the food is there.

Check out my Italy guide for more info.

Stockholm, Sweden

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“Stockholm combines a pretty, walkable city centre with a very safe, egalitarian environment. The streets are clean and tidy, and in this country where women have long been treated as equal to men, a solo woman is nothing to be remarked upon. There is plenty to see and do: a historic centre with pretty winding streets, royal palaces to lose yourself exploring, and gorgeous islands a ferry ride away from the city centre where you can hike to your heart’s content, or just sit on a rocky shoreline for hours with a good book, undisturbed.

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The light summer evenings mean it’s not dark until well after 10pm, making it a safe place to wander after dinner, too. It’s somewhere I keep going back to.” – Jil of Reading The Book

Lisbon and Porto, Portugal

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“I’ve done a long solo trip across Europe where, most of the time, I felt pretty safe. But Lisbon and Porto were special because they’re extremely laid back and the people are very friendly.

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As a solo traveller, I felt extremely safe – and there were so many random acts of kindness. I even spent a night couch-surfing with the loveliest family in the mountains surrounding Porto who not only made me feel safe, but very welcome. Lisbon and Porto are very budget-friendly, the architecture is stunning and the food is delicious. The bars and cafes have character in both Porto and Lisbon. And the sunset in Lisbon is memorable – and it’s free!” – Namrata of Ecophiles.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Upon landing in Edinburgh I just couldn’t help but like the welcoming and easy to navigate city. I found the locals to be approachable and easy to talk to, and happy to help if I was lost or needed some guidance. Even in the evening, it feels safe to walk around.

Plus it’s the perfect jumping off point to explore the rest of Scotland, a country that I’ve heard and seen from photos is breathtakingly beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of it someday.

Montenegro, All Over

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“As my plane was landing at the Podgorica airport, I was already gobsmacked. Montenegro looked GORGEOUS! I booked tickets here on a whim without much of a plan and within moments, I was patting myself on the back. Montenegro is full of friendly people and I never at any point felt unsafe during my stay.

I traveled up north in the Tara region to adventure down the canyon’s rapids, down to Ulcinj to chill on the beach and hung out in the old city of Kotor. Prices were perfect, I had my own apartment with a sea view in Ulcinj for $23 USD a night (during shoulder season) and I had a two course meal with wine for 11 USD. Montenegro is a great place for solo females wanting some adventure or just a beach to chill out at.” – Nina of Where In The World Is Nina .

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam is a fantastic choice as a solo traveler simply because almost everyone who visits Europe goes there. Communication is easy because the Dutch are generally fantastic at English, and it’s pretty small and compact and therefore easy to get around.

I spent hours, literally hours, exploring the various art museums there as well – a perfectly delightful solo activity. Basically, there is a lot to do and a lot of potential to meet others in a place as popular as Amsterdam. If you go in the spring, be sure to enjoy the tulips as well.

Oh, and you can get stroopwaffles there – delicious caramel waffle cookie things. Need I say more?

Budapest, Hungary

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“ Budapest is a fantastic European city for solo female travelers . It’s incredibly budget friendly with low-cost boutique accommodation, delicious local food and wine that is a fraction of the cost of other European capital cities,

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and wonderful experiences that are also affordable such as thermal bath spa days, exploring ancient castles, walking in historic districts to admire architecture, and frolicking in beautifully maintained parks. I’ve been to Budapest alone twice and never felt threatened during my trips. I met many other solo female travelers on wine cruises on the Danube river and at the many ruin pubs.” – Lola of Miss Filatelista .

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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You can’t hope to meet a friendlier bunch than the people in Northern Ireland. Even if you don’t feel like drinking alcohol, it’s as easy as walking into a pub and just becoming part of the conversation. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a group of new friends just by walking into a pub for lunch or dinner.

Northern Ireland is beautiful as well. Belfast is a great spot to start your explorations from, especially if you are a Game of Thrones fan !

Geneva, Switzerland

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“I was drawn to the French Alps nearby, but thought the city itself was actually the perfect place for an independent trip (especially the first one), because it is a very international city, meaning you won’t feel out of place no matter where you’re from. Most people in the city speak English so communication is not a problem. While Geneva is known for being an expensive place, public transportation is free (if you stay in a hostel or hotel), and the city is also filled with water pumps you can use.

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Finally, there’s plenty to do in Geneva, even for a short break, and you get a city, lake, and mountain break all at once.” – Victoria of Vic Advisor

Zermatt, Switzerland

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For those who love the mountains and hiking, but don’t want to be on a trail all alone, heading to a popular area like Zermatt, Switzerland, can offer a nice combination of solitude in the mountains and people to meet.

On the popular trails, don’t worry, you won’t be the only one. They are also hostels in town where you can meet other travelers to hike with.

Check out my Switzerland guide for more info.

Avignon, France

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“I went there for my first solo trip after quitting my job to focus on the blog and my photography business. Avignon is a convenient and culture-filled destination in France’s Provence region. Its compact, walled center is easily walkable and bustling at most hours of the day with locals enjoying wine in the sidewalk cafes and squares or hanging out on trendy (and cobblestoned) Rue des Teinturiers.

Must-visit spots include the vibrant indoor market, a local distillery producing pear brandy with the pears grown in the bottles, and the Palace of the Popes—now a UNESCO World Heritage that housed seven Popes in the 1300s when controversy cause the papacy to leave Rome. Thanks to great train connections, Avignon is also an ideal location from which to explore nearby towns in Provence.” – Laura of Travel Addicts .

Skicircus, Austria

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If you’re looking for a winter ski spot that feels less uppity and more welcoming, take a look around Austria, particularly Skicircus . The nice thing about skiing in Austria is how social it is, and how cheap it is to ski and stay there. I was blown away that a lift ticket for access to over three major ski areas and over 270km of slopes in Skicircus was only €51. The same ticket would’ve probably been pushing $200 in the US.

Austria also has a pretty unique Apres-ski scene, my favorite of which was called Goaßstall in Hinterglemm – a literal goat stall blasting German Schlager songs, which everyone likes to sing and dance to together. You’re going to meet cool people there. It’s almost a guarantee.

Check out my Austria guide for more info.

Prague, Czech Republic

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“Prague is a perfect destination for solo women, even for those just starting out. Of course, you still have to be cautious of your surroundings and not walk around drunk at night (even though I did that at a certain age), but overall, it’s very safe here. The public transport works great and Uber does too, so you don’t have to rely on taxis. Plus, you can easily communicate in English in most places. Prague also offers plenty of cool hostels where you can meet like-minded travellers. It’s great to visit in any season, be it summer or winter .” – Veronika of Travel Geekery

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While my search is far from over, those are a few of my favorites for traveling alone in Europe. These are places where I felt safer, had an easier time meeting people, and enjoyed the scenery or the city vibe the most.

What are some of your favorite spots?

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About kristin addis.

Kristin Addis is the founder and CEO of Be My Travel Muse, a resource for female travelers all around the world since 2012. She's traveled solo to over 65 countries and has brought over 150 women on her all-female adventure tours from Botswana to the Alaskan tundra.

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Nigel William says

11/07/2017 at 7:14 am

Hi, Kristin! Yet another great article I really enjoyed reading! These are some very interesting trip suggestions, so I hope more women will feel motivated and encouraged to take a solo adventure to one of these beautiful places. of course, safety is probably a first thing that comes to mind when it comes to solo travelling. I was wondering, what would you advise to women who are planning to go on a trip alone?

Kristin says

11/07/2017 at 11:32 am

Just do it. Like Nike.

11/07/2017 at 10:46 am

I agree so much on Berlin and Barcelona – although in Barcelona you’ll have to look after your stuff especially well! It was cool to see Montenegro included as well, I’m planning on heading there and around next year so it’s good to know I won’t be the only one, haha. I know it’s a classic but I would add Krakow to the list, it’s such an easy place to meet awesome people.

True there are so many pickpockets in Barcelona. Thanks for the Krakow suggestion!

11/08/2017 at 2:50 am

Quality stuff as usual Kristin, like how you included a few of ya fellow solo travel gals in the post.

Tends to be the bigger cities in this list, even as a lad, I find them safer to walk around. Especially at night…I find everything feels safer if I can at least see one human, regardless of how far in the distance…people = security? (not for everyone I realise, but would think it’s a common theme)..

11/08/2017 at 1:51 pm

Thank you! It’s weird, I do feel safe walking around Berlin because there are always people around, even when it’s dark, but I always feel safest in a tiny village. Then I know it’s pretty much all good.

Ijana Loss says

11/08/2017 at 5:10 am

I love Europe for traveling because of the awesome hostels, there’s a really awesome hostel culture there where you can meet lots more cool travelers. Thanks for the reminder about skiing in Austria! I loved the articles you wrote about it but then had kind of forgotten about it until now lol, I need to get down there

I love how cheap it is! And cozy, and social.

11/08/2017 at 5:23 am

Great list! Europe has so many wonderful and unique cities; I can’t wait to explore them all!

11/08/2017 at 6:07 am

Travelling to Athens on a solo two.weeks.

Did my first solo trip to Edinbutgh last year after getting your thoughts on where to go on my first solo adventure kirsten.

Nina Ragusa says

11/08/2017 at 11:37 am

Thanks for including me and Montenegro, Kristin! 🙂 LOVE this list. I was a solo traveler for four years and I still do here and there! I think Europe is also a great start if someone hasn’t done it before. It’s pretty easy. I started in SE Asia which is another great area but maybe a bit shocking for some!

11/08/2017 at 4:05 pm

I think Galway (and all of Ireland!) are great for a solo traveler! Especially a first time (American) solo traveler who might be nervous about the language barrier in other places.

11/09/2017 at 6:10 am

I noticed this statement “Considering our favorites and remembering which places we disliked or wanted to avoid in the future, it usually came down to how safe we felt, how social it was, and how welcoming the locals were”. I know you all promote a positive environment on the blog which is awesome, but other than cat callers in some cities in Italy (so obnoxious, you’re not the only ones I heard this from), are there places you would avoid in Europe for the reasons you listed? Or is it just the general, “avoid touristy areas” or “depends on your experience, use your gut to find the right place”? This would be useful to know since I know several people who travel to Europe and would appreciate such advise. In some cases, they go to certain places not by choice (for work) and if it is a place to normally “try to avoid”, what could someone do to make lemonade out of lemons? I guess every city/place has its highlights/lowlights, even if overall “below average” or “above average”. You even blogged about being robbed in Berlin (an “above average” place) once and how there is a bit of poverty there, but love the place and positives far outweigh any negatives (plus helping a city thrive and citizens caring for each other can help poverty). I don’t intend to spread dirt on any place based on your info, I will be tactful about it and just provide the info to help my friends/colleagues (I can cite the blog as good PR 🙂 ). Thanks so much! I invite any other readers to comment too, please.

11/09/2017 at 6:13 am

For me, it’s less that I feel the places not listed are bad or should be avoided, it’s just that the ones on this list are particularly nice when alone for various reasons. Sometimes touristy places can be really cool, like Berlin or Amsterdam.

And yeah, I got pick-pocketed here AND YET still think it’s amazing and still love it! It’s a sad truth that in most major cities in Europe pickpocketing is rampant.

11/09/2017 at 11:30 am

Oh okay. So, there really isn’t a specific list of places to avoid, it is just part of the vetting process where the ones listed here are ones that are stand-outs from the rest, whether having a strong social vibe, being safe, or having friendly locals or “all or some of the above”. I guess depending on which of the three is top priority would define favorite and least favorite places which is why it is great you got some different viewpoints in this post. I will certainly, in addition to your blog suggestions, when traveling ask about these three points before visiting abroad myself (and when recommending places to others), makes common sense. And certainly in every city there are places you like better than others (seems like there are good and bad bus stations, that really mattered when I was in the Middle East). Thanks for the quick response!!!

John Burris Jr. says

11/09/2017 at 9:33 am


11/14/2017 at 3:38 am

Hi there kristin! Just found your blog today & absolutely loved this post, found it very helpful so thank you for sharing! I am planning on doing some Solo travelling for the first time next year & won’t lie I’m a little daunted! Its not the travel so much that worries me, I’m very content with my own company, its only the worry of being unable to communicate/internet connection & all of that! But thankfully my mobile provider offers free data roaming abroad so thats a huge lifesaver! But I am excited for the adventure & reading everyone else’s experiences definitely helps! I was thinking of using air bnb for accommodation but it seems like you’ve had good experiences with hostels so may consider that option for sure!

Thanks again!

11/14/2017 at 5:54 am

You can get local SIM cards when you travel so that you’re always connected! However it’s getting easier and easier to find WiFi these days as well. I like a mix of hostels and AirBnB, but hostels are definitely more social. Have fun!

Ruby Benz says

11/18/2017 at 2:07 pm

Great article! I also travel mostly solo and I love it! Visiting most of the places you mentioned here are truly awesome for me! Europe is simply beautiful!

Evan Kristine says

11/20/2017 at 11:07 pm

Hi there Kristin! I really loved your post! Congratulations! Destinations you’ve been are all awesome! Europe is indeed full of wonder. Destination that are featured like Amsterdam, Zermatt, Swizerland, Avignon, France, Montenegro, and Stockholm, Switzerland are so lovely. Regarding solo traveling, it’s nice reading this for more tips and for other travelers that are planning to go on a solo trip. Again, Congratulations!

12/21/2017 at 8:21 pm

Hey girl! Love watching you live my soon to be dreams! Was curious what you do about data service. What’s the best budget friendly option. I’m with ATT. Next year I’m heading to Greece and Paris/Spain. Both of these cruise boats have WiFi. But then we are off the boat during the day and well, you get my point.

12/22/2017 at 12:10 pm

I buy local SIM cards because it’s pretty much always cheaper! In Europe I have a Vodafone plan in Germany which covers me in most of Europe so look into that!

Sandalsand says

01/25/2018 at 3:43 am

This is a great list. I was more or less reading between the lines that you were recommending these places for solo female travellers, and was about to remark that they are just as suitable to us solo male travellers. Then I read your heading once more and realised you had dropped the “female” this time. Anyway, great places and fortunately there are so many more throughout Europe. Thank you!

01/26/2018 at 7:02 am

Yep! Most solo female travel advice is good for men, too, I just can’t speak for you guys 🙂

Daniel says

03/14/2018 at 7:07 pm

Just a Canadian trying to plan a trip to Europe. I was thinking Croatia and maybe Turkey, or Swiss and Austria. Have you been to Croatia at all?? Just came across your article and you have been to some amazing places that’s for sure, and thought you would be a great start to plan this trip. I won’t have lots of time..only a couple of weeks, but I want to enjoy my time and not rush city to city without taking in as much as I can.

03/15/2018 at 5:53 pm

I have not but I’ve heard fantastic things.

03/31/2018 at 2:35 am


this is awesome, you included BOLOGNA. I am so in love with this city. It was my first city I visited in Italy and once you walked around Florence and Venice you can see why Bologna is so different and more chill.

I am actually right now in Malaga, a beautiful city as well. The cities around Granada that you mentioned are also really worth it. I could easily spend here a month. With Ronda, Gibraltar, Tarifa, Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga and Granada – this area is packed. Not recommended for the summer itself though, way too hot 😀

Thanks for sharing, love your instagram! Matt

03/31/2018 at 6:21 pm

Bologna is awesome!

Kanika Bakshi says

09/17/2018 at 11:43 pm

Great post! I don’t have exact plans set yet, but possibly Ibiza & Rome in next month as I will travel alone I have much insecurity but the experience traveling to different countries now had me a professional visitor thanks for sharing this article keep up.

09/19/2018 at 12:16 am

Traveling alone is the next level of fun you can do whatever you want I always travel alone. These are some exceptional travel destinations which everyone can visit without breaking the bank.thanks for writing such a wonderful article and sharing it on the internet.

William S says

09/28/2019 at 7:52 am

Thanks for writing such a wonderful article. Traveling is the best way to meet new people and to let your heart take a much-needed break.


11/12/2019 at 6:10 am

beautiful places to go on a holiday. Great info, thanks for sharing!

08/08/2020 at 6:09 am

I’m always curious about the destinations other people recommend for solo female travel, particularly as more and more of my friends start traveling. This is a great list! Thanks for sharing!

08/08/2020 at 5:46 pm

Glad you like it!

Thebongexplorers says

09/16/2020 at 9:07 am

Went through some of your solo travel blogs. They are fantastic and like it.

pradeep says

07/20/2021 at 12:44 am

Great article – with plenty of great tips for exploring the city. Another one for the wish list!

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8 Best cities in Europe for solo travel in 2023

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If you’re a solo traveler looking for the best place to travel solo in Europe, many fantastic cities offer exciting and unique travel experiences. From Prague’s historical landmarks to Barcelona’s vibrant culture, these destinations are perfect for solo travelers looking to explore new places and meet new people. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the best cities in Europe for solo travel and highlight the top things to do and see in each city.

Traveling solo can be an incredible opportunity to discover new things about yourself and the world around you. It allows you to explore at your own pace, meet new people, and immerse yourself in different cultures. Europe is home to some of the world’s most iconic cities, each with distinct character and charm. A European city is perfect for you whether you’re interested in history, art, food, or nightlife.

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In this guide, we’ll cover some of the best cities in Europe for solo travel, including Budapest, Ljubljana, Naples, Athens, Prague, Lisbon, and Krakow. Each city offers a unique travel experience, with plenty of things to see and do independently. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable solo adventure through Europe!

1. Budapest, Hungary

If you’re a solo traveler, Budapest in Hungary is a fantastic destination with its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. You can explore the city at your own pace and take in its many attractions, such as the thermal baths , which are a great way to relax and unwind after sightseeing or partying with fellow travelers.

The city also boasts stunning architecture , including the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle, and St. Stephen’s Basilica, where you can spend hours exploring and taking in their beauty.

Walking along the Danube river is another great way to see the city. You can also take a boat tour or a sunset cruise along the river, a great way to see the city from a different perspective.

Budapest also has a vibrant nightlife scene , with plenty of ruin bars, clubs, and live music venues, so you can enjoy a night out and meet new people in the city’s lively atmosphere.

As a solo traveler in Budapest, you can easily take day trips to nearby attractions and explore the surrounding areas. For example, you can visit the charming town of Szentendre, the historic town of Esztergom, or Visegrád.

Another popular day trip destination is Lake Balaton , the largest lake in Central Europe and a popular summer destination for Hungarians.

Considering all activities, party scenes, and affordability, it’s one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel. Ideal for budget-conscious backpackers.

Read more : Long weekend in Budapest .

2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana in Slovenia is an excellent destination for solo travelers who enjoy nature and want to avoid crowds. The city is charming and walkable, with beautiful architecture and lively café culture. You can explore the city’s many attractions, including the Ljubljana Castle and the Triple Bridge.

You can take a free walking tour, a great way to learn about the city’s history and culture, while meeting other solo travelers in Europe. You can also rent a bike and explore the city on your own. Ljubljana has an excellent bike-sharing program, called BicikeLJ , which makes it easy to get around and see the city’s many sights.

One of your trip’s highlights is boat tours along the Ljubljanica River . The river runs through the city center, and the boat tour is a great way to see the city from a different perspective.

You can also take day trips from Ljubljana to nearby attractions such as Lake Bled and the Postojna Caves. Lake Bled is a picturesque lake with a beautiful island and a medieval castle. At the same time, the Postojna Caves are a series of underground caves and tunnels that are over 20 kilometers long.

For solo travelers in Ljubljana, there are many great places to eat, drink, and socialize. If you’re into parties, the city has some places to have a wild night out, like Metelkova Mesto. You can also enjoy the city’s many parks and green spaces, perfect for relaxing and people-watching.

Overall, Ljubljana is an excellent destination for solo travelers like you, with its friendly atmosphere, beautiful architecture, and many attractions to see and explore.

Read more : One day in Ljubljana .

3. Naples, Italy

If you’re a solo traveler, Naples in Italy is a vibrant and exciting destination with plenty to see and do. The city is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine.

One of the top things to do in Naples is to explore the historic city center , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can wander through the narrow streets, admire the colorful buildings, and visit the many churches and museums.

The city is also home to several beautiful castles , including the Castel dell’Ovo and the Castel Sant’Elmo, which offer stunning city views.

No trip to Naples would be complete without trying some of the local cuisine. The city is known for its pizza , a must-try for any foodie. You can also sample other local dishes such as spaghetti alle vongole or the famous Neapolitan pastries such as sfogliatelle and babà.

Naples is also an excellent base for day trips to nearby attractions. One popular day trip destination is the ancient city of Pompeii. If you want a more vibrant lifestyle, Sorrento and the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia are the places to be.

Another popular destination is the Amalfi Coast , known for its stunning scenery and picturesque towns such as Positano and Ravello, where you could also find one of the best hikes in Italy .

For solo travelers in Naples, there are many great places to stay and socialize. The city has a lively nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and clubs. You can also join a cooking class or a food tour to meet other travelers and learn more about the local cuisine.

Overall, Naples is one of the best destinations in Europe for solo travelers with its rich history, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and easy access to nearby attractions. Whether exploring the city on your own or taking a day trip to Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast, you will surely have an unforgettable experience in Naples.

Read more : Naples travel guide .

4. Athens, Greece

If you travel solo to Athens in Greece , then you will see a city with a rich history and many attractions to see and explore. Athens is known for its ancient landmarks , including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Solo travelers in a European city can spend hours wandering through the ancient ruins and learning about the history.

One of the best ways to see Athens is by taking a walking tour . Several free walking tours are available, a great way to learn about the city’s history and culture while meeting other travelers.

Athens is also an excellent destination for foodies. You can sample local dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, and spanakopita, or visit the central market to buy fresh produce and souvenirs. The city also has a vibrant nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and clubs.

For solo travelers in Athens, there are many great places to stay and socialize. The city has a variety of hostels and budget-friendly accommodations, which are perfect for solo travelers on a budget.

Athens is also an excellent base for day trips to nearby attractions . One popular day trip destination is the ancient city of Delphi, the site of the famous Oracle of Apollo. Also, one of the best Greek islands for solo travel is Aegina, known for its beautiful beaches and charming towns.

Athens is a great destination for solo travelers with its rich history, delicious cuisine, and easy access to nearby attractions. Whether exploring the ancient ruins on your own or joining a walking tour to learn more about the city’s history, you will surely have an unforgettable experience in Athens.

Read more : Athens travel guide .

5. Barcelona, Spain

If you’re a solo traveler traveling to Europe alone for the first time or looking for a destination for a long weekend in Spain , Barcelona is a fantastic city to visit. It’s one of the best places to solo travel in Europe, with its vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine.

One of the top things to do in Barcelona is to visit the iconic landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi , including the famous Sagrada Familia , Park Guell, and Casa Batllo. You can wander through the city’s streets and marvel at the intricate details of Gaudi’s architecture or join a walking tour to learn more about the history of the city.

Barcelona is also known for its delicious food, including tapas, paella, and churros. You can sample the local cuisine at one of the many bars and restaurants in the city, or visit the famous La Boqueria market for fresh produce and a taste of local culture.

For solo travelers, Barcelona has plenty of things to see and do. You can explore the city’s many museums , including the Picasso Museum, the Joan Miro Foundation, and the National Art Museum of Catalonia. You can also stroll along the famous Las Ramblas, visit the Gothic Quarter, or relax on one of the city’s beautiful beaches.

Barcelona is also a great base for day trips to nearby destinations. You can visit the stunning Costa Brava coastline, the medieval city of Girona, or the famous Montserrat Monastery.

Overall, Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel females with its friendly atmosphere, beautiful architecture, delicious cuisine, and easy access to nearby attractions.

6. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a great destination to consider if you plan solo travel in Europe. It’s one of the best European cities for solo travelers, with its stunning architecture, rich history, and lively culture. Prague offers a lot of things to see and do, making it an ideal choice for your next Europe trip .

One of the top things to do in Prague is to visit the iconic landmarks , including Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square. You can also stroll along the Vltava River and admire the city’s beautiful bridges and architecture. Prague is also known for its delicious cuisine, including traditional Czech dishes such as goulash, dumplings, and world-renowned beer .

Prague is an excellent destination for solo travelers because it’s easy to get around, and there are plenty of things to see and do on your own. You can explore the city’s many museums, galleries, and theaters or wander through the city’s streets and take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city.

If you’re looking to meet other travelers, Prague has many hostels and places to stay as a solo traveler . You can also join a walking tour or a pub crawl to meet other travelers and explore the city together.

Prague is also an excellent base for day trips to nearby destinations, such as the charming town of Cesky Krumlov, the stunning Karlstejn Castle, or the famous spa town of Karlovy Vary. These destinations are easily accessible from Prague and offer a glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture.

Overall, Prague is a great destination for solo travelers in Europe. Its friendly atmosphere, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and easy access to nearby attractions make it an ideal choice for your next European trip.

7. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a great destination to consider if you’re looking for one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel. The city is known for its stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine, making it a perfect choice for solo travelers seeking an exciting and unique travel experience.

One of the top things to do in Lisbon in two days is to explore the city’s historic landmarks , such as the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Castle of Sao Jorge. You can also stroll through the city’s charming neighborhoods, such as Alfama and Bairro Alto, and admire the colorful buildings and beautiful street art.

Lisbon is also a great destination for foodies, with its delicious seafood dishes and famous pastries such as pastel de nata . You can sample the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the city or visit the famous Time Out Market to taste local flavors.

For solo travelers, Lisbon has plenty of things to see and do. You can explore the city’s museums and galleries , such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the National Museum of Contemporary Art. You can also ride on the famous Tram 28 and admire the city’s stunning views from the top of the hills.

Lisbon is also an excellent base for day trips to nearby destinations, such as the historic town of Sintra , the seaside town of Cascais, and the stunning beaches of the Algarve. These destinations are easily accessible from Lisbon and offer a glimpse into the country’s rich history and natural beauty.

If the city is mainly visited during the summer, visiting Lisbon in winter is also a good idea due to the mild climate.

8. Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a fantastic European city for traveling alone, with its rich atmosphere, historic architecture, and some Eastern-Europe culture. As a solo traveler, you can easily spend days exploring this beautiful city and taking in its many attractions.

One of the top things to do in Krakow is to visit the historic landmarks , including the Wawel Castle, the Main Market Square, and the St. Mary’s Basilica. You can also stroll through the Kazimierz neighborhood, known for its charming streets and unique atmosphere.

With its delicious Polish cuisines, such as pierogies and kielbasa, Krakow is a great destination to spice up your taste buds. You can sample the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the city or visit the famous Milk Bars for an authentic taste of traditional Polish food.

For solo travelers, Krakow has plenty of things to see and do. You can explore the city’s many museums and galleries, such as the Schindler’s Factory Museum and the National Museum in Krakow. You can also tour the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine , a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest salt mines in the world.

Krakow is also a great base for day trips to nearby destinations, such as the historic town of Auschwitz-Birkenau , the Zakopane ski resort, and the Tatra Mountains.

In conclusion, Krakow is a wonderful Eastern European destination for solo travelers, offering a welcoming atmosphere, breathtaking architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, and convenient access to nearby attractions.

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15 best cities in Europe for solo travel

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I adore solo travelling. While it’s not for everyone, with concerns about safety, or simply a desire for trusted company, for me the benefits outweigh any niggles. I love being able to wholeheartedly set my own agenda with no compromise.

I take enormous pleasure from immersing myself into a new place, forced to rely on forging new connections.

Most of all, I enjoy the solitude, reflection and freedom, while knowing that my support squad are just a WhatsApp away!

As such, I wanted to dive into some of my favourite solo travel cities in Europe and share with you why these are the best cities for solo travel in Europe to give you the confidence and inspiration to book that next trip.

Remember – solo travel is about one person only: you. Make your trip exactly what you want it to be.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

Best for: That ‘dolce vita’ lifestyle

Where to stay:

  • The Hoxton:
  • J.K. Place Roma: ASMALLWORLD /
  • The Liberty Boutique Hotel:

Top tours and activities to book:

  • Colosseum Arena Floor & Ancient Rome Fast Track Tour
  • Vatican: Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket
  • From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

I think part of my heart lives permanently in Rome since I visited before. I found Rome to be an incredibly friendly city and it’s undoubtedly one of the best cities in Italy .

Everyone I spoke to was wonderfully helpful and friendly, from hotel staff to waiting staff in every eatery I popped into.

Rome is the third most visited city in Europe, so they are geared up for you. That is probably why Rome is the best solo city break in Europe for many people.

Rome Solo Travel

The Eternal City (and oh boy did the Romans get that right) will leave a mark on your heart.

There’s something incredibly wonderful about standing alone in the city centre knowing that you are completely surrounded by colossal ancient remains and monuments. You’re in history here.

Imagine yourself as a gladiator in the Colosseum or as a chariot-driver in the Circus Maximus. Or have a pensive moment in St Peter’s Basilica and at the Trevi Fountain.

If there’s even just the tiniest part of you that is a foodie, you’ll love Rome too. Of course, there’s Italian fare galore here with a decadent fill of pizza and pasta.

In my experience, the lively atmosphere is also perfect for the solo traveller as you’ll feel welcome and part of everything that’s going on.

For a tailored experience of Rome, book a private sightseeing tour .

If you’re planning to visit, have a read of my Rome guides:

  • 20 beautiful luxury hotels in Rome
  • 15 amazing Rome landmarks and attractions to visit
  • 11 best beaches near Rome

2. Amsterdam

Best for: Incredible museums

  • De Ware Jacob Boutique Hotel:
  • The Pulitzer: ASMALLWORLD /
  • The Hoxton Amsterdam:
  • Cultural Inner City Tour in German or English
  • Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems
  • Jordaan District Local Food Walking Tour

Visiting Amsterdam

As I’ve said before about visiting Amsterdam , I felt welcomed, safe and almost like I was in a home from home.

It’s for these reasons that I rate Amsterdam, undoubtedly, as one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel.

This 17 th century capital is both bursting with history and wonderful architecture but also distinctly modern and vibrant.

The museums are incredible and you’ll lose yourself for many an hour, whether you’re pondering Van Gogh or Anne Frank. Discover some of the best things to do in Amsterdam .

Amsterdam Travel Guide

But then you can hop on a boat tour of the canals or get yourself a bike for a native travel experience, and discover a very different side.

You can satisfy yourself as a shopper in the city centre, or take it easy with a stroll through Vondelpark. Also in Amsterdam, it seems that something is always happening, despite how laid back it is.

From live music festivals to world-class events, there’s much to do. And it feels like everyone speaks English and wants to be your friend, so that’s great for solo travellers too! 

If you’re planning to visit, have a read of my Amsterdam guides:

  • 20 best luxury hotels in Amsterdam
  • 20 incredible Michelin-star restaurants in Amsterdam
  • 21 amazing things to do in Amsterdam
  • 15 top museums in Amsterdam

Or watch my Amsterdam solo travel vlog:

3. Edinburgh

Best for: A magical charm

  • Eden Locke:
  • The Balmoral: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Kimpton Charlotte Square:
  • Edinburgh Castle: Highlights Tour with Fast Track Entry
  • Harry Potter Magical Guided Walking Tour
  • Whisky Tasting with History and Storytelling

Edinburgh is just a short hop for us Brits, wherever we are in the UK, and as such it makes a perfect city for a quick weekend getaway.

If you’re new to solo travel, I think Edinburgh is a great starting point. It’s enough like home that you feel completely safe and secure with all the customs and culture. 

Scott Monument Edinburgh

Edinburgh is also a small and compact city, making it easy and definitely one of the safest cities in Europe to travel alone in.

There’s plenty to do here and its intimate feel will ensure that it never feels lonely.

Find hotels in Edinburgh or book your airport transfer . Or read my Edinburgh guides:

  • 16 magical Harry Potter things to do in Edinburgh
  • Ultimate guide to Michelin restaurants in Edinburgh
  • 18 incredible luxury hotels in Edinburgh
  • 10 best cocktail bars in Edinburgh
  • 12 amazing Edinburgh bars and restaurants with a view
  • 15 cosy cafés in Edinburgh
  • 16 best brunch places in Edinburgh
  • 15 best things to do in Edinburgh

Best for: Big city energy

  • The Artist Residence London
  • Leman Locke
  • Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour
  • Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket
  • Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

London has long held a reputation for being one of the best cities for solo travel in Europe. While it may be huge compared to somewhere like Edinburgh, it’s highly connected and it never sleeps.

This means that there’s always something to do or see, and your itinerary will be packed.


Indeed, because there is so much to do in London, that’s why I urge you to visit alone.

You can set the agenda and the pace, and get exactly what you want from this fabulous capital, rather than discovering a trip filled with compromises.

What’s great is that once you’ve mastered a solo trip to London you’ll find yourself going back again and again.

What’s more, if you want to nab yourself a last minute trip to a West End show, that’s so much easier if there’s just one of you looking for a single seat!

I’ve also put together a hand-picked list of the best London hotels for solo travellers .

Or check out my other London guides:

  • 20 top tourist attractions in London
  • 15 amazing spa hotels in London for a relaxing spa break
  • 16 best luxury cinemas in London
  • 20 best Michelin star restaurants in London
  • 20 quirky things to do in London

Best for: Unforgettable architecture

  • Santa Croce Boutique Hotel:
  • The Gritti Palace: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Il Palazzo Experimental: ASMALLWORLD / Booking. com
  • Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace Access Tour
  • Four Seasons Concert Ticket at Vivaldi Church
  • Murano & Burano Islands Boat Tour

Long weekend in Venice

Ok, so Venice is one of those cities where I’d urge you to travel solo, even if you have a queue of travel companions lining up to join you.

There’s something so utterly absorbing about a solo ride in a gondola, slowly savouring your chosen gelato, and then nipping in and out of the crowds on the Rialto Bridge.

What’s more, when it comes to Venice accommodation, you can find some truly remarkable gems if you are looking for a single spot. 

Browse my Venice travel guides:

  • 18 top tips for visiting Venice
  • 19 unforgettable luxury hotels in Venice
  • 15 best bars in Venice
  • 20 amazing things to do in Venice

6. Reykjavik

Best for: Friendly locals

  • Edition Hotel Reykjavik: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Hotel Borg:
  • Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre:
  • Reykjavik: Golden Circle Full-Day Tour with Kerid Crater
  • From Reykjavik: Blue Lagoon Admission with Transfers
  • Reykjavik: Sky Lagoon Entrance Pass With 7-Step Spa Ritual

Blue Lagoon Iceland

One of the best cities to visit alone in Europe for a warm welcome is Reykjavik. It’s a small and compact city bursting with beauty.

I’m desperate to go back for a longer visit, and as such planning a solo trip to complement my previous adventure when I visited Iceland in November .

I found the locals of Reykjavik incredibly friendly and keen to show off their wonderful city.

It’s a really easy city to explore by foot and I promise it’s always easy to find your way again when you get pleasantly lost!

Join up with a tour to visit Blue Lagoon whilst there for the perfect balance of company. If you’re planning a trip to the land of fire and ice, have a read of my Iceland travel guide .

Read my Iceland travel guides:

  • 15 luxury hotels in Iceland
  • Ultimate guide to visiting the Golden Circle
  • Visiting Iceland in November – what to know
  • 6 incredible black sand beaches in Iceland
  • Ultimat guide to visiting the Blue Lagoon

Best for: Lively bars

  • Roomers Munich: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Mandarin Oriental Munich: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Hotel Metropol by Maier Privathotels:
  • Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour
  • Munich 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour
  • From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour


For a hearty Bavarian welcome, and for a weekend diet of Bratwurst, beer and pretzels, Munich is calling you.

Expect to be welcomed by lederhosen clad enthusiasts who will bowl you over with their live music, immersive markets and modern shops too.

You’ll feel at ease in a beer hall whether there is one of you or twenty, because all previous friendships are left at the door and everyone is ready to become your friend now. 

Munich has some distinctly different districts and you can explore each for a different feel.

I really recommend grabbing yourself a spot in Marienplatz, ready for the clock’s antics, and watching the world go by for a good few hours.

8. Barcelona

Best for: A vibrant atmosphere

  • Hotel Serras: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Hotel Arts Barcelona: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Hotel Brummel:
  • Sagrada Familia Entry Ticket with Audio Guide
  • Park Güell Admission Ticket
  • Montjuïc Cable Car Roundtrip Ticket

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Barcelona doesn’t need to work hard to make you fall in love with it. It’s as perfect for the solo traveller as any other place on my list.

If you can though, I’d recommend avoiding the peak of summer as while managing the crowds is easier alone, nabbing a bench and sending someone else to buy the drinks is harder!

It’s a vibrant city which you’ll find immersive. The architecture will bowl you over.

Wandering the Gothic Quarter, dipping into the infamous Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, or marvelling at the aesthetics of the Casa Batllo, will be just some of the things you really want to do.

Arc de Triomf Barcelona

If you have time, book an excursion to Montserrat – a monastery in the mountains with incredible vistas; as a solo traveller it will feel more like a pilgrimage.

I’d recommend booking a private sightseeing tour to experience all that this gorgeous city has to offer.

Read my Barcelona guides for more inspiration:

  • 15 beautiful rooftop bars in Barcelona
  • 20 unforgettable luxury hotels in Barcelona
  • 20 incredible Michelin star restaurants in Barcelona
  • Guide to the best beaches in Barcelona
  • 20 amazing things to do in Barcelona

9. Florence

Best for: Art and culture

  • Hotel Continentale: ASMALLWORLD /
  • The Place Firenze: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Brunelleschi Hotel:
  • Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket
  • S. Gimignano, Siena, Chianti & Wine Tasting Lunch
  • Arno River Cruise with Live Concert

Of course, Florence is often hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy  – if not the world. As it’s so set up for tourists I definitely rank it as one of the best cities to visit solo in Europe.

Florence Italy

If you can only visit one part of Tuscany, it has to be Florence. What’s remarkable about Florence is that you feel like you are part of living history – from the Renaissance!

From the Ponte Vecchio to the Cathedral, there’s simply so much to see and do. I urge you to intentionally get lost though, by wandering away from the main tourist route.

Dipping across different bridges, you’ll discover tiny art galleries and plentiful parks, ensuring a different view of this infamous city.

Best for: Coffee house culture

  • The Guesthouse Vienna:
  • Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Le Méridien: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert in Karlskirche
  • Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour
  • City Sightseeing Tour in an Electro Vintage Car

Vienna is just as renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so I’m popping it here on my list. The wonderful coffee house culture makes it absolutely perfect for the solo traveller.


You’ll want to enjoy your slice of apfelstrudel with your favourite hot drink as you watch Viennese life unfold around you. 

You can’t visit Vienna without being aware of the dominating influence of the Hofburg Palace complex.

I recommend experiencing it uniquely by attending Sunday Mass where you can listen to the choir boys sing, or by watching the equine ballet by the Lipizzaner stallions.

Make sure you pack comfy shoes as you’ll be pounding museum after museum too.

However, never leave Vienna without experiencing some incredible music showcasing the likes of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss or Brahms. 

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11. Copenhagen

Best for: Foodies

  • NH Collection Copenhagen:
  • Hotel Sanders: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Manon les Suites:
  • Canal Cruise from Nyhavn
  • Copenhagen Card-Discover: 80+ Attractions & Public Transport
  • Tivoli Gardens and Unlimited Rides Classic Combo

Copenhagen Denmark

Frequently winning the accolade of happiest city in the world, you’ve got to visit Copenhagen . This strikingly pretty seaside city immerses you in Nordic life and culture with ease.

Grab yourself a bike (it’s the easiest way to travel) and discover Copenhagen like a local. 

european cities to visit alone

Head to Nyhaven (the brightly coloured houses you’ll recognise from pictures) and have a fun hour snapping away vibrant shots to cheer yourself up.

When you’ve had your fill of houses, castles, parks, gardens and cycling, treat yourself to a Danish pastry. 

Find inspiration with my Copenhagen travel guides:

  • 20 best brunch & breakfast places in Copenhagen
  • 16 beautiful beaches and swimming spots in Copenhagen
  • 16 amazing things to do in Copenhagen
  • 15 incredible Michelin star restaurants in Copenhagen
  • 20 gorgeous luxury hotels in Copenhagen

Best for: Character

  • The Merrion Hotel: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Conrad Dublin: ASMALLWORLD /
  • The Alex Hotel:
  • Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour
  • Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket
  • Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Dublin Pub

The Irish are rightly famed for their friendly and jovial welcome, so as a single traveller you’ll soon have a raft of new friends in Dublin.

What Dublin lacks in the attractiveness-stakes, it makes up for with its character and heart. 

Walking tours and outdoor activities in Dublin are a great way to get to know the city. I really recommend joining one, as Dublin is small enough that you won’t be left exhausted.

Of course, at the end of the day, the pub will be a-calling you and you can expect to feel right at home the minute you order your pint of Guinness.

13. Budapest

Best for: Rich history

  • Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest: ASMALLWORLD /
  • The Ritz-Carlton: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Hotel Clark Budapest:
  • Evening Sightseeing Cruise and Unlimited Prosecco
  • Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour
  • Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica


The Hungarian capital, Budapest, is often overlooked when it comes to ‘top’ and ‘best’ lists and it really, really, shouldn’t be.

It’s awash with history and this is on display in remarkable beauty, grandeur and majesty pretty much everywhere you look.

Centred on the Danube, Budapest is an eminently beautiful city. It’s got a diverse and fascinating culture, and welcomes visitors from all over the world. 

If you get time, head over the Danube to Buda to visit Fisherman’s Bastion and Castle Hill for elevated views of the city.

14 . Seville

Best for: Spectacular architecture

  • Hotel Cetina Sevilla:
  • Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel: ASMALLWORLD /
  • Querencia de Sevilla, Autograph Collection:
  • Cathedral, Giralda, and Royal Alcázar Guided Tour
  • Flamenco Show with Optional Flamenco Museum Ticket
  • 3.5-Hour Spanish Cooking Class & Triana Market Tour

Unless you adore the heat, I’d recommend visiting Seville in the spring or autumn, when you can expect a balmy sunny city break. 

Seville is small which makes it perfect for the solo traveller. However, it packs a punch with incredible Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar architecture.

Plaza Espana Seville

Find yourself flitting between Baroque churches, Roman ruins and a flamenco experience that will take a hold of your soul. 

As an individual, ambling through the little streets of Barrio Santa Cruz is a really pleasurable experience.

And when the evening comes, find a terrace bar which gives you the iconic views of the rooftops and cathedral that you’re looking for. 

Discover my Seville travel guides:

  • 18 luxury hotels in Seville
  • 15 best bars in Seville
  • 20 amazing things to do in Seville
  • 10 fantastic day trips from Seville

Best for: Fairytale charm

  • Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage
  • Boutique Hotel Sablon
  • Boutique Hotel Die Swaene
  • Boat Cruise and Guided Walking Tour
  • Belgian Waffle-Making Workshop with Beer Tasting
  • City Highlights Bike Tour

Bruges is a city of quaint charm and an unforgettable storybook aesthetic. Think cobblestone streets, horse and carriages, and picturesque canals.

Lovers Bridge Bruges

As a small and compact city, Bruges is ideal for solo travellers. No negotiating complex public transport systems when you can get everywhere easily on foot.

Teeming with culture and heritage, there are plenty of things to do in Bruges . Wander the historic centre, cruise down the canals on a canal boat tour, or work up an appetite climbing up the Belfry Tower.

Speaking of appetite, if you’re a foodie with a taste for fine dining, Bruges has a number of Michelin-star restaurants to try.

Discover my pick of the best hotels in Bruges for a touch of luxury.

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12 European Cities That Are Perfect for Solo Travelers

Posted: February 6, 2024 | Last updated: February 6, 2024

<p>Solo traveling across Europe can be exhilarating but scary at the same time. The first step to having a rewarding solo trip is selecting secure cities that offer vibrant experiences, have hospitable locals, and are easy to tour. This article explores 12 European cities that provide friendly environments for solo travelers. </p> <p>From low crime rates to well-developed tourist infrastructure and intricate public transportation networks, these cities are ideal for touring alone. Read on to discover your next solo journey among these European gems. </p>

Solo traveling across Europe can be exhilarating but scary at the same time. The first step to having a rewarding solo trip is selecting secure cities that offer vibrant experiences, have hospitable locals, and are easy to tour. This article explores 12 European cities that provide friendly environments for solo travelers.

From low crime rates to well-developed tourist infrastructure and intricate public transportation networks, these cities are ideal for touring alone. Read on to discover your next solo journey among these European gems. 

<p>Budapest is an easy-to-tour city, thanks to the compactness of its city center. A majority of the must-see sites are near or within the city center. You can quickly get around on public buses, trams, and the metro. Budapest offers a wealth of cultural attractions, including historic landmarks like Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and the Hungarian Parliament Building, all of which are easily accessible to tourists. </p><p>The city is also way more secure than most prominent Western European cities. While you still must be vigilant during your trip, your chances of getting pickpocketed or scammed are way lower in Budapest.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Historic Castles in Europe</a></p>

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is an easy-to-tour city, thanks to the compactness of its city center. A majority of the must-see sites are near or within the city center. You can quickly get around on public buses, trams, and the metro. Budapest offers a wealth of cultural attractions, including historic landmarks like Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and the Hungarian Parliament Building, all of which are easily accessible to tourists.

The city is also way more secure than most prominent Western European cities. While you still must be vigilant during your trip, your chances of getting pickpocketed or scammed are way lower in Budapest.

Read also: Historic Castles in Europe

<p>Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most hospitable big cities, making it easy for tourists to tour and interact with locals. The city is also bike-friendly, making sightseeing easier and even more worthwhile. You could also take advantage of the city’s well-advanced public transport like the ferries, metro, buses, and trams. All the major attractions are very easily accessible by these public transport means. </p><p>Also, a majority of the Dutch people are fluent in English. While learning some essential Dutch phrases is a great idea, English-speaking solo travelers will have an easier time communicating with locals. The crime rate is also considerably lower in Amsterdam. Don’t miss the <a href="">tulips in Keukenhof</a> if you are visiting in spring; just a short ride from Amsterdam. </p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Must-Visit European Cities</a></p>

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most hospitable big cities, making it easy for tourists to tour and interact with locals. The city is also bike-friendly, making sightseeing easier and even more worthwhile. You could also take advantage of the city’s well-advanced public transport like the ferries, metro, buses, and trams. All the major attractions are very easily accessible by these public transport means.

Also, a majority of the Dutch people are fluent in English. While learning some essential Dutch phrases is a great idea, English-speaking solo travelers will have an easier time communicating with locals. The crime rate is also considerably lower in Amsterdam. Don’t miss the tulips in Keukenhof if you are visiting in spring; just a short ride from Amsterdam.

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<p>Berlin is known for its diverse culture and inclusivity. It is typically a safer place for solo tourists from all walks of life to visit. The city is ideal for everyone, whether you are looking for a budget-friendly or luxury trip. While German is the national language, English is also widely spoken and understood in the city. </p><p>The city’s top attractions, such as the TV Tower, Berlin Zoo, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, and Holocaust Memorial, are within the city center and can be accessed by the public transportation system. There are always maps offered in their subway stations, allowing tourists to familiarize themselves with the city quickly.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">European Spring Destinations</a></p>

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is known for its diverse culture and inclusivity. It is typically a safer place for solo tourists from all walks of life to visit. The city is ideal for everyone, whether you are looking for a budget-friendly or luxury trip. While German is the national language, English is also widely spoken and understood in the city.

The city’s top attractions, such as the TV Tower, Berlin Zoo, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, and Holocaust Memorial, are within the city center and can be accessed by the public transportation system. There are always maps offered in their subway stations, allowing tourists to familiarize themselves with the city quickly.

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<p>Renowned for its fairytale-like cityscape, charming streets, historic landmarks, and vibrant atmosphere, Prague is an ideal destination for solo exploration. Its also a very walkable city. There are a lot of walking tours that go to Old Town Prague. You can hop on these free walking tours as they are always an excellent opportunity to tour the city and meet other solo travelers. </p><p>From the iconic Prague <a href="">Castle</a> and Charles Bridge to the stunning Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock, solo travelers can comfortably immerse themselves in Prague’s fascinating charm. </p><p class="has-text-align-center">Read also: <a href="">Best Budget European Cities To Visit</a></p>

Prague, Czech Republic

Renowned for its fairytale-like cityscape, charming streets, historic landmarks, and vibrant atmosphere, Prague is an ideal destination for solo exploration. Its also a very walkable city. There are a lot of walking tours that go to Old Town Prague. You can hop on these free walking tours as they are always an excellent opportunity to tour the city and meet other solo travelers.

From the iconic Prague Castle and Charles Bridge to the stunning Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock, solo travelers can comfortably immerse themselves in Prague’s fascinating charm. 

Read also: Best Budget European Cities To Visit

<p>Known for its hospitality, visiting Stockholm is the perfect opportunity to experience the city’s stunning architecture, scenic waterways, and vibrant cultural scene. There is much to do; solo travelers to Stockholm are always spoilt for choice. </p><p>From world-class museums such as Vasa and ABBA Museum, boat rides around the islands, fashion touring in the Södermalm neighborhood, to outdoor activities such as kayaking and sailing, there is so much a solo traveler can endlessly indulge in and meet new people while at it. </p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Charming Small Towns in Europe</a></p>

Stockholm, Sweden

Known for its hospitality, visiting Stockholm is the perfect opportunity to experience the city’s stunning architecture, scenic waterways, and vibrant cultural scene. There is much to do; solo travelers to Stockholm are always spoilt for choice.

From world-class museums such as Vasa and ABBA Museum, boat rides around the islands, fashion touring in the Södermalm neighborhood, to outdoor activities such as kayaking and sailing, there is so much a solo traveler can endlessly indulge in and meet new people while at it. 

Read also:  Charming Small Towns in Europe

<p>With its grand palaces, classical music heritage, and cozy coffeehouses, Vienna allows solo travelers to immerse themselves in a rich cultural history. The city has numerous art galleries, museums, cozy cafes, and historical spots; you will have an endless list of activities to do in Vienna. </p><p>The city’s walkable and safe streets offer a perfect opportunity to easily tour sites such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Belvedere.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Romantic European Destinations</a></p>

Vienna, Austria

With its grand palaces, classical music heritage, and cozy coffeehouses, Vienna allows solo travelers to immerse themselves in a rich cultural history. The city has numerous art galleries, museums, cozy cafes, and historical spots; you will have an endless list of activities to do in Vienna.

The city’s walkable and safe streets offer a perfect opportunity to easily tour sites such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Belvedere.

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<p> Full of history and surrounded by stunning landscapes, Edinburgh offers solo travelers a captivating mix of medieval charm and natural beauty. Edinburgh is easily navigable, making it convenient for travelers to tour its landmarks, historic streets, and attractions. The Old Town and The New Town are UNESCO World Heritage Sites with stunning architecture and alleys. Walking through these will be worthwhile, even when you do it solo. </p><p>The city also hosts many festivals, including the world’s largest art festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which attracts many solo travelers. Edinburghers are also known to be very friendly people, making it ideal for travelers looking to strike up conversations, make friends, and get recommendations from locals.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Incredible Europe City Breaks</a></p>

Edinburgh, Scotland

 Full of history and surrounded by stunning landscapes, Edinburgh offers solo travelers a captivating mix of medieval charm and natural beauty. Edinburgh is easily navigable, making it convenient for travelers to tour its landmarks, historic streets, and attractions. The Old Town and The New Town are UNESCO World Heritage Sites with stunning architecture and alleys. Walking through these will be worthwhile, even when you do it solo.

The city also hosts many festivals, including the world’s largest art festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which attracts many solo travelers. Edinburghers are also known to be very friendly people, making it ideal for travelers looking to strike up conversations, make friends, and get recommendations from locals.

Read also: Incredible Europe City Breaks

<p> With its colorful streets, <a href="">historic neighborhoods</a>, and scenic viewpoints, Lisbon is a secure destination for solo travelers to explore its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and stunning coastline. The city’s charming districts, such as Alfama, Baixa, and Chiado, are perfect for strolls and exploration. While it can be difficult to go uphill, the stunning view of <a href="">Lisbon</a> will always be rewarding. </p><p>There is also something for every solo traveler in Lisbon. From luxurious hotels to very cheap hostels, every traveler can easily get a safe space within their budget in Lisbon. </p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read more: <a href="">Best Things To Do in Lisbon</a></p>

Lisbon, Portugal

 With its colorful streets, historic neighborhoods , and scenic viewpoints, Lisbon is a secure destination for solo travelers to explore its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and stunning coastline. The city’s charming districts, such as Alfama, Baixa, and Chiado, are perfect for strolls and exploration. While it can be difficult to go uphill, the stunning view of Lisbon will always be rewarding.

There is also something for every solo traveler in Lisbon. From luxurious hotels to very cheap hostels, every traveler can easily get a safe space within their budget in Lisbon. 

Read more: Best Things To Do in Lisbon

<p>A city known for its progressive mindset, beautiful parks, and a world-renowned culinary scene, Copenhagen offers solo travelers a safe and enriching experience filled with Danish charm and hospitality. Many of the city’s main attractions, such as Tivoli Gardens, Little Mermaid Statue,  Nyhavn, and the Amalienborg Palace, are within walking distance of each other. </p><p>Copenhagen has also been ranked as one of the friendliest and most secure cities. It is also one of the cities that is bike-friendly, making it easier to go sightseeing. </p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Unique Places To Visit in Europe</a></p>

Copenhagen, Denmark

A city known for its progressive mindset, beautiful parks, and a world-renowned culinary scene, Copenhagen offers solo travelers a safe and enriching experience filled with Danish charm and hospitality. Many of the city’s main attractions, such as Tivoli Gardens, Little Mermaid Statue,  Nyhavn, and the Amalienborg Palace, are within walking distance of each other.

Copenhagen has also been ranked as one of the friendliest and most secure cities. It is also one of the cities that is bike-friendly, making it easier to go sightseeing. 

Read also: Unique Places To Visit in Europe

<p>While it may not be the most secure city on this list, Barcelona is still a great place for solo travelers. All the significant tourist spots, from the Sagrada Familia, La Barceloneta Beach, La Pedrera (Casa Mila), La Casa Batllo, and Park Guell, among others, are all along major bus and metro lines. This makes navigating Barcelona very easy. </p><p>Also, Barcelona is a very touristy city. You will meet a lot of tourists at these famous attractions. This way, you do not have to worry about taking your photos or finding people to help you find your way around. While studies have shown the high crime rate in Barcelona has sharply decreased, it is still ideal for you to be safe rather than sorry.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Instagrammable Plces in Europe</a></p>

Barcelona, Spain

While it may not be the most secure city on this list, Barcelona is still a great place for solo travelers. All the significant tourist spots, from the Sagrada Familia, La Barceloneta Beach, La Pedrera (Casa Mila), La Casa Batllo, and Park Guell, among others, are all along major bus and metro lines. This makes navigating Barcelona very easy.

Also, Barcelona is a very touristy city. You will meet a lot of tourists at these famous attractions. This way, you do not have to worry about taking your photos or finding people to help you find your way around. While studies have shown the high crime rate in Barcelona has sharply decreased, it is still ideal for you to be safe rather than sorry.

Read also: Instagrammable Plces in Europe

<p><a href="">Paris</a> has a lot of iconic attractions. However, it stands out as a solo traveler-friendly destination because of its advanced public transportation. On top of this, most of the top tourist attractions can be visited together. For instance, after taking in the views from the Eiffel Tower, you can wind up by taking the boat rides on the Seine, which is right by the tower. </p><p>Then, tour The Arc de Triomphe and wind up by walking along the <a href="">iconic</a> Champs-Elysees. The same applies to the Montmartre neighborhood, which is home to many must-see spots such as the Sacre-Coeur, Place du Tertre(have your portrait drawn here), Le Consulat, Maison Rose, Musee de Montmartre, and so many others. However, just like Barcelona, you must be extra vigilant in Paris.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Iconic Places in the World</a></p>

Paris, France

Paris has a lot of iconic attractions. However, it stands out as a solo traveler-friendly destination because of its advanced public transportation. On top of this, most of the top tourist attractions can be visited together. For instance, after taking in the views from the Eiffel Tower, you can wind up by taking the boat rides on the Seine, which is right by the tower.

Then, tour The Arc de Triomphe and wind up by walking along the iconic Champs-Elysees. The same applies to the Montmartre neighborhood, which is home to many must-see spots such as the Sacre-Coeur, Place du Tertre(have your portrait drawn here), Le Consulat, Maison Rose, Musee de Montmartre, and so many others. However, just like Barcelona, you must be extra vigilant in Paris.

Read also: Iconic Places in the World

<p>Ireland has consistently been voted the most hospitable country in Europe. Irish people are very welcoming and can help make your solo trip to Dublin even more worthwhile. Conversing with locals in their must-visit pubs, cafes, and tourist attractions can be easy. </p><p>Besides, many of the city’s top attractions, such as Trinity College, Temple Bar, and Dublin Castle, are within proximity to each other. There is so much more to see in Dublin; you will unlikely run out of things to do. Be sure to experience the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Kilmainham Gaol Museum. And almost everyone in Ireland speaks English. </p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Awesome Hidden Gems in Europe</a></p>

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland has consistently been voted the most hospitable country in Europe. Irish people are very welcoming and can help make your solo trip to Dublin even more worthwhile. Conversing with locals in their must-visit pubs, cafes, and tourist attractions can be easy.

Besides, many of the city’s top attractions, such as Trinity College, Temple Bar, and Dublin Castle, are within proximity to each other. There is so much more to see in Dublin; you will unlikely run out of things to do. Be sure to experience the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Kilmainham Gaol Museum. And almost everyone in Ireland speaks English. 

Read also: Awesome Hidden Gems in Europe

<p>Another of Italy’s best-kept secrets is Sirmione. This 13th-century fortress town sits by Lake Garda and is blessed by natural spa waters. It also boasts a magnificent castle, and wandering through the twisting, narrow lanes of the town is a pleasing pastime. </p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Underrated Places in the Mediterranean</a></p>

Hidden European Gems

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<p>While the Portuguese capital is popular, it doesn’t have visitor numbers as high as European cities like Paris, <a href="">Rome</a>, or <a href="">Barcelona</a>. Head to hilly Lisbon by the sea for pastel-painted buildings, historic structures like majestic São Jorge Castle, and a museum packed with ceramic tiles. You’ll also find beautiful beaches outside the city, making them ideal day trip destinations.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read more: <a href="">Best Things To Do in Lisbon</a></p>

Must-Visit European Cities for Your Bucket List

Turn your wanderlust into reality with our list of must-visit European cities .

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<p>If you’re seeking cheap breaks, Eastern European cities offer some of the best bargains on the planet! Whether Spain, Greece, and Turkey appeal more, or you’d prefer to head to Bulgaria, Serbia, or Romania, here are the top places to expect to pay low prices. </p>

Best Budget-Friendly European Cities

Stretch your travel budget in these cost-effective European cities .

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<p>This Kefalonia town is a flower-filled Greek delight. It’s enclosed by the azure waters of the Mediterranean on three sides and features a pretty pebble beach. Dipping into the local tavernas for a drink or to enjoy <a href="">delicious Greek food</a> is de rigueur, and Venetian-built Assos Castle is also well worth a look. It is also one of the most <a href="">famous landmarks of Greece</a>.</p><p>Read also:</p><ul> <li><a href="">Best Greek Islands for Beaches Ranked</a></li> <li><a href="">Best Time to Visit Greece</a></li> <li><a href="">Best Day Trips from Athens</a></li> </ul>

Stunning Small Towns in Europe to Visit in Your Lifetime

Add these charming European small towns to your bucket list.

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<p>The charms of <a href="">France</a> are no secret, but you might not know that you can visit the country visa-free as an American. France is home to pristine beaches, freshly baked bread, and several historic buildings that are great for foreigners from abroad. Several vibrant orchards are waiting to be explored in Northern France.</p><p class="has-text-align-center has-medium-font-size">Read also: <a href="">Romantic European Destinations</a></p>

European Cities for a Spring Getaway

Make your spring unforgettable with these  European city trips .

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<p>Explore <a href="">Europe’s most romantic spots</a> for a dreamy vacation.</p><ul> <li>Read more: <a href="">Romantic Destinations in Europe</a></li> </ul>

Dreamy European Destinations for a Romantic Getaway

Explore Europe’s most romantic spots for a dreamy vacation.

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Best places to visit in Europe as a solo traveler (plus safety tips)

Europe is possibly one of the safest and easiest places to visit. With over 40 countries to explore, it will never be a dull moment on the continent. Let's go over the best places to visit in Europe as a solo traveler.

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Tiffany Tiff Travels

Oct 05, 2023

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As we know, Europe has so many countries to see, but not all of them are as developed as the other.

Cultures (and languages) may vary from region to region. For example, eastern Europe is going to have a very different culture than Western European countries. Although Europe has been rated to be quite safe for solo female travelers , there are still some things to keep in mind.

How to travel solo in Europe keeping it safe and fun

Let's go over a few safety tips that can be applied to solo travel in Europe but also anywhere else in the world.

Try not to arrive at a destination late at night

Some trains or buses may be a bit cheaper if your arrival is at night. My personal opinion is to book any transportation that arrives during daylight .

Although Europe may be safe, anywhere at night has the potential to be dangerous. The few bucks saved is not worth the anxiety of what could possibly happen in the dark.

Update family and friends back home of travel plans

At times, it can be easy to forget to tell our loved ones what our plans are while on the road.

It's so important to make sure your family knows where you are and what your plans are. In case of any emergencies, they can reach out and see any best ways they can help. I’ve had many instances abroad where I had mishaps but my family was updated with my plan .

Learn a little bit of the local language

There are so many languages spoken in Europe it can be a bit overwhelming! To simplify, learn the basics such as greetings and questions if you plan on visiting a country where English is not widely spoken.

Girl looking at the Eiffel Tower

Make sure a local knows where you are

Whether it is the hostel receptionist, your airbnb host, or vacation boyfriend, making sure a local knows where you are is key to staying safe. In case anything goes left, you’ll have someone who knows the area to talk to.

Never walk with valuables

During my day trips, I make sure to lock up my computer , passports, or any other important items that mean a lot to me.

Most European countries are safe but petty crime is still a thing . I always make sure to travel with printed copies of my IDs such as passport and driver's license as well.

Be aware of your surroundings

Keep an eye out on anyone who may be eyeing your bag, or you in general. You never know what people may be plotting in their head so it's good to just put yourself first and walk tall and confident.

During my time in Athens,  Greece , I even walked with a mini padlock on my bag to steer off pickpockets and keep my belongings safe.

Never tell anyone you are traveling alone

Like ever, it just makes you more of a target. When I go out of my hostel and strike up conversation with people, I always say my mom is taking a nap at the hotel or my family is shopping in a different area.

Of course we do not want to imagine anything bad will happen while abroad but safety is a priority anywhere in the world.

Bring your phone with you everywhere

A phone can act as a lifeline by calling loved ones, a translator , and a debit card all in one. I always say some of the worst things to be stolen or lost while traveling is a phone or a passport.

Be sure to keep all eyes on your phone .

Drink and party responsibly

Having a good time and late nights in Europe is definitely nothing new. Whether you’re partying with a new group of friends in Santorini or living it up in Southern Italy , know your limits, especially if you’re traveling alone.

When people go to different countries alone, their biggest supporter and protector is themselves. Even if you met someone on the road whom you feel like you connect with, they don’t know you that well and vice versa.

Need more safety tips? Read the ultimate guide to staying safe while traveling the world alone

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Volunteering in Europe

Europe is such a great place to get into the world of work exchange and volunteering abroad . There are plenty of diverse options such as agriculture ,  yoga teacher , social media management . Of course there are also the more traditional volunteer jobs such as housekeeping and reception work . 

Volunteering with Worldpackers in Europe is a great way to stay safe while visiting the continent. Working with a hostel or guest house will connect a traveler with a host and the worldpackers support team in case any mishaps occur. In addition, accommodation is included in the volunteering exchange!

Work exchange in Europe is not just a great way to save money while traveling Europe but also to make lifelong memories and build professional experience.

Volunteering can possibly be used on job resumes to build overall experience. Whether the skills traded are in reception, social media management, or website design, the life lessons learned while volunteering abroad can always be applied later on in life .

I personally feel much safer when I travel solo with worldpackers because I’m surrounded by other volunteers as well as a host that cares about me. My first time volunteering with Worldpackers was back when I was only 19 years old . I spent one month at a hostel in my home country of Jamaica.

The workers at the hostel all knew how young I was (and a solo female traveler ) and saw me as one of their own and took very good care of me. At the end of my stay, they even got me a gift! Volunteering abroad helps me to feel safe and loved butI’ve also made countless memories with people from all over the world.

Check out all of the Worldpackers work exchange opportunities in Europe.

Where to solo travel in Europe: Top 20 places

There are so many beautiful destinations in Europe, but it would take forever to see all of them at one time.

Down below is a list of 20 great countries to visit as a first time solo traveler in Europe:

Greece is probably one of the most popular destinations to visit during the summertime. People from all over the world stop their daily routines to island hop and explore the ancient Mediterranean culture.

Learn more about island hopping through Greece in this article. Check out all of the worldpackers opportunities throughout the Greek islands and mainland.

Don't miss out:  The ultimate Greek islands list for budget travel  and  How to plan Greek island hopping .

Located in southern Europe and the birthplace of pizza, pasta, gelato and delicious food, lies the beautiful country of Italy.

With ancient coliseums, picturesque little towns, and crystal clear beaches, it's no wonder so many people visit here.

There are plenty of hostels throughout the country making it easy to meet new people and make friends. View all the volunteer opportunities in Italy .

Plan your trip to Italy with these articles:  The ultimate Worldpackers Italy travel guide  and  The 20 best cities to visit in Italy .

Two girls looking at a canal in Venice

3. Portugal

Probably one of my favorite European countries. With a charming language, stunning views , and delicious food, it is no wonder why Portugal sees thousands of tourists every year.

Many digital nomads have claimed Portugal as their new home for good reasons.

Check out:  Portugal travel itinerary: why you should go beyond Lisbon and Porto  and  TOP 15 Best places to visit in Portugal .

A lesser known yet worthy tourist destination, is Croatia .

Sitting in Southeast Europe , the country is sandwiched in between Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia is also another European country where budget travelers can have a good time without worrying about breaking the bank.

Don't miss out:  How to plan your first trip to Croatia  and  The 10 best places to visit in Croatia .

Home to countless cathedrals, authentic gastronomy, and beautiful beaches, Spain is the second most popular global tourist destination.

The country offers a good amount of excursions and activities whether a traveler wishes to swim in clean beaches, learn history, or go on beautiful hikes..

Plan your trip with our blog's articles about Spain .

Solo travel in Europe: girl arriving at the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona

I have never met a single person that did not enjoy Turkey. A great place to go backpacking with ancient culture, mouth watering pastries , and mediterranean vibes along the southern coast.

Many budget backpackers head to Turkey as opposed to its neighbor Greece to save money but still have a good time.

A lesser known but beloved country in southern Europe. It's located in the Balkans ,  right next to Greece and is a great alternative for those looking for Mediterranean vibes on a budget .

The scenery is absolutely beautiful ranging from the mountains in Tirana to the turquoise blue beach water of Sarande .

Said to have some delicious and plentiful vegan options , Germany has sophisticated cities as well as beautiful nature scenery.

Berlin is the capital and sees tourists from all over the world. On the other hand, the Bavarian alps have some pretty unbeatable mountain views.

Another good point: there are many volunteering opportunities in Germany .

Check out:  25 absolute best things to do in Berlin  and  How to travel as a vegan in Germany .

From the Eiffel tower of Paris to the lavender fields of the south, France is a dreamy destination for travelers. Surprisingly (but maybe not) France ranks top as the most visited country in the world .

Many people do speak English in Paris, so don’t be stressed if you’re not fluent in French. However, it would be a good idea to learn a few common phrases.

Boats docked at a canal in France

10. Switzerland

Known by many for their expensive prices and beautiful alps,  Switzerland  is quite a small country, but the natural scenery surely makes up for its size.

This country is known to be one of the most expensive in the continent but volunteering with Worldpackers in Switzerland can save lots of funds.

Norway has been rated one of the safest places to travel in the world .

The shining northern lights , the developed streets of Oslo, and overall gorgeous nature are some of the very good reasons to visit this country in northern Europe.

Norway is also quite vegan friendly for all the traveling plant based backpackers concerned.

12. The United Kingdom

The UK consists of several lovely destinations including Wales , Northern Ireland , Scotland , and England .

A famous city that attracts solo travelers from all over the world is London . The train system is reliable and effective here as well so sit back and enjoy exploring all these group of islands have to offer.

Plan your trip with these articles about travel to UK .

Norway’s neighbor and fellow Scandinavian country is Sweden .

It gets extremely cold here during the winter months so be sure to pack a coat if you plan to experience the northern lights's season!

Whether you want to try the world famous Swedish meatballs or try to learn the language, Sweden is a lovely country for solo travelers .

14. Romania

Located in the southeast next to Bulgaria and Moldova, Romania has an interesting history and definitely deserves a visit if in this area.

There are plenty of castles and picturesque cities along the way too. The country is also home to Transylvania   which is a cool feature that brings travelers to visit to know more about Dracula's legend and its castle (Bran Castle).

Couple hiking  inthe Romanian nature

15. Netherlands

Amsterdam sees around 8 million tourists per year for -among others-, a funny reason: the city claims the title as one of the few places in the world where  marijuana use is completely legal and accepted, and its Red District became a tourist attraction.

Apart from that, there is plenty to do in the Netherlands . Also an expensive country, volunteering in the Netherlands will save you a lot of money.

16. Czech Republic

The capital of Prague not only has the reputation of being very friendly and safe for solo female travelers, but also one of the most facinating European cities to visit.

Although the Czech Republic is a lesser visited European nation, has lots of tourist activities to offer.

17. Ireland

Another cold island off the western coast of Great Britain, is Ireland .

Ireland has a lot of interesting things to see, do, and visit such as castles, whiskey museums , and beautiful national parks. If visiting Ireland, it is almost necessary to visit Dublin to try world class Irish alcohol and snacks.

Check out:  The ultimate Worldpackers Ireland travel guide . 

18. Denmark

Known to be an extremely safe destination for solo travelers (especially women), catcalling is rarely an issue , yet alone major crime.

If heading to Denmark , be sure to visit the capital of Copenhagen , try world famous Danish pastries , and create new memories.

A beautiful Mediterranean island off the southern coast of Turkey, is Cyprus . The southern part of the country shares a similar culture to Greece, while the northern half is where the turkish-cypriot population (and many British expats) lives.

Despite years of division and civil war, now Cyprus is a chill place for solo travelers to make friends and relax by the beach.

Another Mediterranean island located right south of Italy, is Malta, where English is widely spoken and one of the two official languages.

Malta is an archipelago that is made up of 3  major islands, called Comino, Gozo, and the largest being the island of Malta. It is extremely close to Africa , so travelers can continue to Northern Africa and explore another continent if they wish.

There are so many other beautiful destinations on the continent but these are just a few to start off as a solo traveler !

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What to pack for backpacking Europe solo

An ideal packing list for Europe will greatly depend on the time of year visited, as well as the country/region.

For example, France during the summer time can experience heat waves of temperatures past 90 degrees fahrenheit, whereas the winter months will require a thick coat. It is also best to travel as lightly as possible .

European countries are quite small compared to the USA , China, or most in South America , so getting from place to place by train and bus is very simple. Traveling with a backpack or carryon suitcase is the best method to not stress over excess luggage.

Below I’ll include 2 small packing lists of traveling to Europe during the summer months and the winter months.

Summer Months:

  • Thick jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Waterproof Boots
  • Layerable clothes
  • Sweaters/cardigans
  • Warm weather pants

Winter Months:

  • Shorts/skirts
  • Hiking Boots (for outdoor adventures)

*Quick tip for the winter months: wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane and during transport to take off weight from luggage and rack less baggage fees.

No matter the time of the year a traveler visits Europe, be sure to always bring a universal travel adapter . The UK has a completely different plug than France and Germany so having a plug that fits all countries is best. 

Find out more tips on minimalist packing .

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Things I learned traveling solo in Europe

As a young solo female traveler that is only 21 years old, I have learned so much throughout my travels. 

Within my adventures and places visited, I visited several European countries which added to my knowledge as a solo female traveler. Here are a few things I learned while traveling throughout Europe as a solo woman.

Its okay to make mistakes

When traveling throughout a continent with so many options and places to discover, its very possible for mistakes to be made. Maybe you booked accommodation a day too early or missed your train stop, things can happen.

Don’t be too hard on yourself or feel like you missed out. With each mistake is a life lesson learned.

Plan in advance (especially during summer months)

Traveling Europe on a budget is definitely capable, especially in the Balkans but summer months are the most expensive time of the year.

Planning a last minute trip to Greece may not be the best idea and cost hundreds of dollars extra. It is best to plan accommodation and transportation in advance. To lift the weight of tripled flight and hostel prices off your shoulders.

You may not be able to go everywhere and that is okay!

There are so many things to do in Europe. I mean, in Greece alone there are at least 15 “must visit” destinations. You won’t be able to go everywhere and take the perfect IG photo at the most trending spots. 

For example, while backpacking Greece I was not able to visit Santorini due to accommodation being booked. However, I was able to visit Crete and Corfu and other amazing places in the country.

Be satisfied with what you are able to see and do and make life lasting memories wherever you go.

  • Also, take a look at:  Solo travel groups: exploring the world in good company

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Europe is extremely diverse

Although the continent is small, each region and country differs greatly ! Every country has their own language.

So, while you may take a 4 hour bus to another country, the culture and language will be completely different.

Not all hostels are created equally

Different hostels (and hotels) have different standards yet may be the same price. Depending on the destination and location, 2 hostels could be the same price but one could be terrible.

When booking accommodation, always be sure to look at reviews and look at credibility. My favorite place to search for hostels throughout Europe and around the world is

Vegan options are plenty (in certain destinations)

I had possibly some of the best vegan food of my life in Athens.

Certain countries are also more veg friendly than others, with Germany offering hundreds of plant based restaurants.

Public restrooms may cost money

Depending on what country is visited, it may cost money to pee . While exploring a bit of Oslo, Norway, I was required to pay 2 euros to use the mall bathroom. Long story short, be prepared to bring coins while going out or drink less water.

Public transport (train & bus) can go many places

Coming from the USA where getting from state to state can cost hundreds of dollars, I’m used to poor public transportation. I was shocked to see that it's possible to travel to different countries in Europe for as low as $10 USD .

The transportation system is another reason why Europe ranks high for solo travelers. Getting around can be made easy via train and bus.

Learn more about the cheapest European cities for budget backpackers .

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Europe is known to be one of the most popular and safe tourist destinations for solo travelers for good reason. With an advanced public transportation system , varying regions, and rich cultures, a solo backpacking trip around Europe is a life changing experience.

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For the past seven years, I have been traveling the world solo , and my favorite continent to explore solo is by far Europe. There are many reasons I love traveling solo in Europe, namely, how much each country differs to the next, the incredible food, history, architecture, and how many other solo female travelers I meet also traveling across Europe. So here we are, my top picks for the safest cities in Europe for solo female travelers!

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The safest cities for female solo travelers

If you are new to solo travel and particularly as a female, it can be daunting knowing where to go first to ease into the experience and test the waters to make sure your first solo trip is a memorable one. These are the safest cities in Europe for solo female travelers and although there are many more to name, these are the cities I felt most safe in and would suggest to fellow solo female travelers who are trying to decide where to start the solo travel experience. Enjoy!

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Copenhagen, Denmark

It took me a few visits to Europe to visit Copenhagen as I had heard by all accounts that it was one of the most (if not the most) expensive cities in Europe. Indeed, my few days in the Danish capital were pricey to say the least, but it was one of my favourite European winter cities to explore and I had such a great time traveling solo in Copenhagen and made a lifelong friend here (Jasmina) who showed me around her city and welcomed me with open arms.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

I never expected to love Ljubljana as much as I did but once I was able to wrap my head around the pronunciation (Lah – yoob – li – ya – nah) I couldn’t stop singing its’ praise! The small and compact capital of Slovenia is one of the prettiest and indeed one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe. The small nature of the city makes it easy to get around and walking is your best option, with many great cafes and parks to enjoy in the summer time – great for solo travelers.


Lyon, France

I had visited France a handful of times before I ever made my way to Lyon , the gastronomic capital of France (which I incorrectly thought to be Paris for a good 25 years of my life). Lyon is a great city for solo female travelers because you can eat, drink, walk and bicycle your way around the city in a rotating motion so that you’re always enjoying the foodie scene but working off your calories and seeing the city at the same time. The city is huge but don’t let that overwhelm you – the best way to see it is over a few days and explore a neighbourhood at a time.

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Sorrento, Italy

The Amalfi Coast has become one of Italy’s most popular holiday spots in recent years and is now one of Europe’s most sought after destinations. For solo travelers heading this way I would highly recommend basing yourself in Sorrento,  the perfect small city to explore the Amalfi Coast from that feels authentic and much safer than neighbouring Naples (which, as much as I loved my time there, is not the safest city for solo female travelers). Make sure you don’t miss Positano (pictured), arguably the most beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast and of course Ravello , the most underrated town in the Amalfi.

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Bergen, Norway

Quintessentially cute, Bergen is located on the southwestern coast of Norway and is commonly regarded as the most photogenic city in the entire country. Bergen is incredibly safe for solo travelers and indeed Norway as a whole is a great choice for solo adventures. With a reputation for being one of the most expensive countries to visit in Europe, you may want to break up your time in the cities with some time outdoors hiking/camping or if you want to see the fjordlands at leisure, I can highly recommend boarding a cruise for a week to see the coastal towns and cities of Norways.

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna is by far one of my favourites cities in all of Europe and for sure one of the safest capital cities to explore on your own. Last year I spent my first Christmas in Vienna and had a marvellous time hopping from one Christmas market to the next. The coffee scene is a great way to pass the time alone and I’m sure if I had it my way, I’d spend weeks on end passing from one coffee shop to the next.

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Helsinki, Finland

Another great capital city to explore especially for their flight connections (Finnair seem to be one of the more affordable and well-connected airlines) is Helsinki , the capital of Finland. Helsinki is so safe that a local once described to me of their weekend, “nothing exciting happened, this is Helsinki after all”. The vibe of the city is a little underwhelming in the colder months but with a little bit of enthusiasm you can really enjoy walking around this city and if you’re in need of a little more excitement, take a day ferry to Tallinn in Estonia .

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Edinburgh, Scotland

If you’re a Harry Potter fan like me, there really is no reason not to love Edinburgh. The city where J.K. Rowling herself wrote some of the series, Edinburgh is a mecca for HP fans and even if you’re not a fan of the books and subsequent films, you can appreciate why the author got so much of her inspiration from this city. Edinburgh feels as old as time itself – there’s so much history and culture to explore here and the locals are all too happy to share it. Edinburgh is also home to one of Europe’s prettiest castles with an enviable location that oversees the entire city.


Oxford, England

If you journey to London and are looking for more of a countryside escape or a day trip from London , Oxford is one of the most beautiful and safe cities to explore on your own. The city is brimming with students and student culture, making it a great choice if you are more of a social traveler looking to meet people. If you’re more of an introvert you can still visit the colleges of Oxford to really get a feel for the city and explore some of the college grounds.


Reykjavik, Iceland

The land of ice and fire is surprisingly not as scary as it sounds. In fact, Reykjavik is one of the most safe cities in Europe to visit and thanks to a rise in tourism, is a great place to meet fellow travellers and locals all at once. The cafe scene in Reykjavik is pretty poppin’, too, so be sure to make time to wander from one cafe to the next. One of the things that surprised me most about this city was how many options there were for vegan food – both at regular restaurants and niche-specific vegan restaurants that were entirely plant based. This is a great city to spend a few days in before you venture off in to the depths of the country by road.

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has long been one of my favourite cities to travel to as a solo female traveler as I have always felt incredibly safe, welcomed by locals and it is hands down one of the prettiest cities to get lost in.


Zagreb, Croatia

The capital of Croatia surprised me when I first visited, mostly because I hadn’t heard it was anything out of the ordinary and yet I loved my few days here, wandering around the streets and getting lost. Of course be sure not to miss (the more popular choice) Dubrovnik on the coast of Croatia, but don’t be too quick to pass up Zagreb as it is a great city to base yourself for a few days and feel like a local in no time.

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Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland is full of pretty cities and towns but for me, there is no city quite as beautiful as Zurich . I love visiting Zurich in the wintery months on my way to the ski slopes and could easily spend a few days here, cuddled up underneath a blanket outside one of the coffee shops drinking a cup of hot cocoa.

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London, UK

Of all the times I have been to London I would say 90% of them have been solo and so, so incredibly enjoyable. With an abundance of free museums to visit and a great expat culture, there is always something to see or do in this city. London feels incredibly safe no matter the time of day, night, or season and with so many options for entertainment, is very easy to enjoy solo.

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Berlin, Germany

I lived alone in Berlin for a few months back in 2015 and still remember that time so fondly. This city is effortlessly cool but also offers a great range of affordable restaurants, yoga classes, ever-changing coffee scene and a dark history that you could spend weeks on end uncovering.

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Gent, Belgium

Belgium is not often the first choice for solo travelers but as one of the first destinations on my solo adventures many moons ago, I’ve got a soft spot for this country and in particular the city of Gent. Gent has a huge student population so it is easy to meet people and engage in the social scene or if you’re feeling like being on your own, this is a great city to get lost in without a map or any intentional destination.

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Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish capital city of Stockholm is known for its’ street style and indeed, is one of the most fashionable cities to discover. This is a great city to explore in three days and is especially lively on the summer weekends.

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Florence, Italy

With so many great cities and towns to visit in Italy, it can be difficult to narrow it down to suggest only the best Italian cities for solo travelers but if it is safety you are after, Florence , the capital of Tuscany is one of the most beautiful cities to explore on foot and is for the most part very safe. There are also some great day trips outside of Florence to enjoy, especially if you rent a car and head out in to the Italian countryside.

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Tallinn, Estonia

The medieval city old town in Tallinn is perhaps the closest you will get to living in a real life fairytale. Wandering around this city could take you a day or it could take you a week, as the city is so beautiful you will often find yourself lost in the purity of it.


Bruges, Belgium

The city of Bruges in Northern Flanders may just be my single most favourite city in all of Europe. This city is incredibly safe as a solo female traveler and is so picture perfect that you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped inside a postcard.


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If you’re traveling alone to Europe and feel concerned about personal safety, I want to tell you not to worry in the slightest! Solo travel is safe if you take care of yourself, physically and mentally, with the same amount of effort you do at home.

And I feel like I can speak as an expert on this topic. I’ve traveled to Europe several times (well into the double-digits) alone without any major issues. 

However, even though European travel is super safe, I completely understand why new travelers would want to know the safest cities to visit. International travel is overwhelming even at the best of times.

Obviously, safety is a concern that will come up time and again, especially for people determined to go to a new place alone.

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In this post, I tried to include cities from a variety of countries, and picked smaller cities as well as the famous capitals. Keep in mind too that I loved most of the destinations I’ve visited in Europe, and if your favorite city isn’t on this list, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is  unsafe , but probably more suited for a solo traveler with a bit more confidence and experience. 

No offense is meant. I promise, haha. 

Finally, as a side note, just to show I am fair about this topic, I also wrote a similar post about the best cities to travel alone in the United States , which I’ve also been asked about on numerous occasions. 

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Safety Tips for European Travel

Before I discuss the safest European cities to travel alone to, I wanted to share my top three safety tips for independent travel here in this post.

No matter where you decide to go in Europe, if you follow these three very basic rules, you’re doing all that you can to ensure a safe vacation.

Sure, no one can guarantee anything and life comes with risk, but applying these rules on your travels will help keep you safe and happy. Let’s discuss. 

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Buy Travel Insurance

First and foremost, even though solo travel in Europe is safe, you still want to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against unexpected events. A lot of credit cards have built-in travel insurance, so call your credit card company to find out what coverage you have overseas. 

However, if you want to be fully covered in the event of injury, sickness, or cancellation, purchasing your own travel insurance policy is a very good option. 

On my own trips, I have used World Nomads travel insurance several times. I have zero complaints!

WN policies are affordable and cover a wide variety of factors. You can even upgrade to adventure insurance if you plan to ski or paraglide or raft in Europe’s spectacular nature (outside the cities, obviously). Travel insurance goes a long way to ease your mind even in the safest European cities to travel alone. 

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Share Your Itinerary 

I know, I know, I know. You’re a big and brave solo traveler like me. I completely get it.

Still , it’s smart to send your itinerary to a couple friends and family members. You can always update them on the road with any changes, but sharing a rough idea of your plans is smart if god forbid an emergency happens. 

I’ve traveled to Europe alone many times. I still share my itinerary, such as accommodation and airfare, with a couple of people. It’s a simple action that puts everyone’s minds at ease, even if you choose one of the safest European cities to travel alone on this list. 

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Use “Common Sense” Measures

Common sense truly goes a long way, my friends.

And while I’d never ever suggest that anyone “deserves” to fall victim to a crime due to personal choices (crimes happen because of criminals, end of story), I still recommend erring on the side of caution whenever possible, especially as a solo traveler. 

Solo Travel in Europe Safety Common Sense

  • Bring a Secure Bag:  If pickpockets are a concerned, bring a bag with extra protection. I highly suggest a Pacsafe purse or a Pacsafe convertible backpack . You’ll be able to relax more.
  • Have Boundaries with Strangers:  Meeting locals and other travelers is one of the best parts of visiting a new country alone. You don’t want to be rude and cut off potential friendships. At the same time, trust your instincts and limit what information you share. For example, don’t tell someone who you just met what hotel/hostel you’re staying at. 
  • Increase Awareness at Night:  No matter where you are in the world, you ought to increase your awareness at night, especially if there aren’t many other people around. I’m not saying never explore at night, but exercising a bit more caution such as taking a rideshare or asking your hotel/hostel for recommendations is always a smart idea. 
  • Limit Alcohol:  I promise I don’t want to be a buzzkill, but you ought to limit your alcohol if you’re alone. I personally think two drinks is a reasonable amount for a solo trip to a bar or restaurant. 

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I thought a lot about my list regarding the safest European cities to travel alone. This list isn’t meant to be exclusive or exhaustive. Instead I’m basing my choices on my own trips, and how I felt as a solo traveler on the ground. 

Now, to tell you the truth, I think most major and smaller cities in Europe are safe for visitors, even though some destinations may feel more challenging than others. 

However, if you’re a new traveler or just a person who is concerned with physical and emotional safety, I think these cities are wonderful choices. 

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Como, Italy

First on my list of the safest European cities to travel alone is the Italian lakeside city of Como. In Como, I took leisurely walks day and night, admired stunning mountains on boats, practiced my photography skills in the mountains, and so much more. And, as a solo female traveler, I felt incredibly safe on my entire visit.

Now Como is great for a day trip and easy to link with Milan, but personally, I think it’s even better staying here overnight. I spent 2 days in Como as a solo traveler, and I already want to go back in the near future.  

For independent travelers, Como offers an easy springboard to the other small towns, such as Bellagio and Varenna, that hug the lake’s picturesque shores. Seriously, the infrastructure, including boats, buses, and funiculars, is fantastic and simple to use. 

Where to Stay

  • B&B Convento S. Antonio:  Do you want a unique experience in Como? Then check out this gorgeous bed and breakfast set in a 17th century monastery. See prices on and .
  • Ostello Bello Lake Como: Como’s top rated hostel has clean and welcoming rooms, and a beautiful garden complete with a bar. Perfect for meeting other travelers. See prices on and .

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is consistently ranked among the safest European cities to travel alone. The Danish capital is a gem to visit in the summer, and solo travel in Copenhagen is perfect for someone who might feel a little nervous about safety. 

Copenhagen has a state of the art public transportation system, but it’s also a very friendly city for bikers, so going from one neighborhood to another is an absolute breeze. 

Your risk of falling victim to a violent crime in Copenhagen is astronomically low. And like other cities in this post, I felt very safe walking around day and night, as long as I used simple common sense. Honestly, the most danger you will experience as a solo traveler in Copenhagen is damage to your bank account! This is not a cheap place to go, haha. 

  • Urban House Copenhagen:  This fun and trendy hostel is set in Copenhagen’s youthful Vesterboro district, which is perfect for solo travelers. See prices on and .
  • Woodah Boutique Hostel:  Another hostel in the Vesterboro district that is both small and family-run. A true “home away from home” experience. See prices on and .

delft is one of the best solo travel cities in europe

Delft, Netherlands

Delft is a small university city in the Netherlands. This small town is packed with colorful squares, canals, unique cafes, museums, and so much more. Trust me, you won’t run out of things to do in Delft . I had the best time learning about Delft Blue and William the Silent. 

Solo travelers will also feel more laid back and at ease in a smaller city, but at the same time, they won’t feel isolated. Delft has a lot of train connections to other parts of the country, which is wonderful. 

  • Casa Julia: Do you want to stay in a really pretty hotel in Delft? Check out Case Julia. You’ll relax in a 1920s building that’s complete with a scenic little garden. See prices on or .
  • The Student Hotel Delft:  This social and fun hotel faces a canal, and is a perfect choice for solo travelers visiting Delft. See prices on and .

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Dresden, Germany

Dresden is mostly known for The Bombing of Dresden in WW2 when the allies heavily bombed the entire city. Today, however, Dresden is a beautiful place for solo travelers to visit. Over all, Germany is a very safe destination for solo travelers and Dresden is no different. 

Dresden is one of the safest cities in this part of Germany. I walked around with new travel friends to many of Dresden’s bars at night and felt zero concerns. I also liked that Dresden had fewer tourists than Munich and Berlin (love both those cities, by the way), so I felt like I was part of the local community rather than a traveler passing through. 

I highly recommend Dresden as a city for solo travelers coming to Germany for the first time. 

  • Cityherberge:  This vibrant hostel/hotel offers visitors the very best of both worlds! Not to mention, the location is smack in the Dresden Old Town. See prices on and . 
  • Hostel Lollis Homestay Dresden:  One of the most popular hostels in all of Dresden! You’re pretty much guaranteed to make new friends if you decide to stay here. I know I did! See prices on and .

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Dublin, Ireland

Ahhhh, who doesn’t have Dublin on their European bucket list? Anyone? Not anyone I know! Ireland’s capital city is loads of fun for all visitors, including solo travelers. 

Solo travel in Dublin is very popular so it’s super easy to make new friends if you’re looking to socialize on your adventures. Free walking tours, literary pub crawls, guided day trips to Ireland’s countryside all provide opportunities to connect with other travelers.

And, for a capital city, Dublin has a very low crime rate. My only suggestion would be to watch how much pints of Guinness you’re drinking on a fun night out! 

Without a doubt, Dublin is one of the safest European cities to travel alone.

  • Gardiner Lodge:  You can’t go to Dublin and not admire the gorgeous 18th century townhouses. Gardiner Lodge allows you to stay inside one. How elegant is that? See prices on and .
  • Jacobs Inn Hostel:  One of Dublin’s best hostels allows you to see this thriving Irish city with new friends. The price is right too! See prices on and .

solo travel in edinburgh is wonderful

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities in the world, and definitely one of the safest European cities to travel alone. It was actually the first place I’ve ever visited overseas all by myself! Solo travel in Edinburgh is a lot of fun in the summer when animated festivals bring the streets to life. 

For a tourist, Edinburgh is a very walkable and accessible city. All the major tourist attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle and the Real Mary King’s Close, can be easily discovered on foot. English speakers will feel comfortable visiting Edinburgh, too, since the language barrier is pretty much non-existent. 

Over all, Edinburgh is a super safe city for solo travel. Like I said, Scotland is very used to international tourists and as a result, you’re bound to have a pleasant experience. Usual street smarts apply, of course. 

  • Castle Rock Hostel: Edinburgh’s most popular and highly rated hostel is only steps away from the famous Edinburgh Castle! Location doesn’t get much better than this. See prices on and .
  • Elder York Guest House: This small and cosy guesthouse is only 12 rooms! You will be close to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, so no worries about location either . See prices on and .

haarlem is another safe places in europe to travel alone

Haarlem, Netherlands

Don’t get me wrong. I love Amsterdam. Love it. I would seriously move to Amsterdam if I had an opportunity to. However, I know areas such as the Red Light District might make some solo travelers uncomfortable. 

I personally recommend opting for Haarlem if you want easy access to Amsterdam, but also love the atmosphere of smaller European cities. Haarlem very easy to reach from the airport by bus, so it’s not too hard to visit if you’re arriving off an international flight. 

Haarlem has plenty to do and see, including museums, windmills, and canals, and any solo traveler will feel relaxed exploring the quaint cobblestone streets and squares. 

  • B&B Het Hart van Haarlem:  Travel can be stressful at times, and there’s nothing like a big and beautiful leafy garden to help travelers unwind. Look no further. See prices on and . 
  • Hello I’m a Local – Boutique Hostel: This highly-rated hostel in Haarlem offers private rooms and dorms, and is considered a boutique hostel, which is more upscale than you may expect! See prices on and .

see alfama with 4 days in portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Another one of my most memorable solo travel experiences was in Lisbon. In a lot of ways, I think Portugal should be your first solo trip to Europe. Portugal has glorious weather, affordable prices, and some of the best hostels in all of Europe. Honestly, I think it’s hard to go to Lisbon and not make any friends, haha.

As a solo traveler in Lisbon, I felt very safe exploring the different neighborhoods and taking day trips to the surrounding areas. Public transit is efficient and directions are clearly marked. While some small scams target tourists, I wasn’t approached as a solo woman on my visit and didn’t feel too paranoid about watching my bags closely. 

  • Goodnight Hostel:  This adorable retro hostel is located right near Baixa-Chiado metro station. This hostel offers heaps of tours to show you the best of Lisbon and beyond! See prices on and .
  • Home Lisbon Hostel:  One of my favorite hostels in the world! Everyone is so, so friendly, and Mama makes exquisite dinners. See prices on and .

lake lucerne looking gorgeous

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne is an absolute gem since it offers a perfect mixture of classic Old Town medieval charm and spectacular natural wonders. And one pleasant day in Lucerne doesn’t have to break the bank either. Affordable accommodation is available on the lake. 

In spite of its popularity, Lucerne is still one of the safest European cities to travel alone. This small city is delightful to explore both day and night, and the combination of the old town and mountains means that there’s something for every type of traveler. Truthfully, Lucerne is a wonderful place to recommend to new solo travelers who want to get their “feet wet.”

Lucerne is also centrally located in Switzerland, which makes taking day trips around this mountainous country incredibly easy and fun. Well worth it. 

  • Backpackers Luzern: Personally, I think the shores of Lake Lucerne is the best location for visiting this city, and this hostel is very close to the water. Beautiful. See prices on and .
  • The Bed + Breakfast:  If you’re a solo traveler who prefers a quiet and pretty residential neighborhood, then this bed and breakfast option is great for you. See prices on and .

madrid in april on a sunny day

Madrid, Spain

Beautiful and sunny Madrid is another incredibly popular destination for international tourists coming to Europe. And who can blame them? I absolutely fell in love with all of Madrid’s world class art museums and fascinating variety of day trips, such as Toledo and Segovia. 

Solo travel in Madrid is always a good idea, because the tourism infrastructure is one of the best I’ve ever seen for a larger city. Not to mention, most the popular attractions are within close proximity to each other, allowing a solo traveler to walk in colorful neighborhoods in between sites. 

Even though it’s a capital, Madrid is still one of the safest European cities to travel alone. You can join group tours for tapas and bars if you’re nervous about going out at night. Last but not least, Madrid also provides a well-connected springboard, with abundant flights and trains, for additional solo travel in Spain . 

  • Sungate ONE:  Goodness, Sungate ONE is one of the most delightful hostels that I’ve ever stayed at. The free dinners are delicious and perfect for connecting with other likeminded people. See prices on and .
  • The Central House Lavapiés:  This Madrid hostel has plenty of great amenities including a lounge, bar, and restaurant. See prices on and .

inside scrovegni chapel is stunning

Padua, Italy

Another smaller Italian city that I love for solo travel is Padua (Padova). You can see the best of Padua in a day , but I recommend staying an entire weekend to enjoy an appretivo and leisurely meal, as well as shopping excursions. 

Like other cities in this post, Padua is home to a well-known university, which contributes to a youthful and creative atmosphere that solo travelers will absolutely love. On my visit, everyone was friendly and welcoming, and I didn’t feel on edge about pickpockets like in other Italian cities. 

Ultimately, Padua is another wonderful option where solo travelers won’t feel overwhelmed by tourist crowds. Not that tourist crowds are inherently unsafe, but there is much less of a chance of falling victim to a scam or pickpocket. 

  • Casa Giotto:  A cosy and luxurious bed and breakfast that is the perfect “home away from home” for a solo traveler seeking a more local experience. See prices on and .
  • Scrovegni Room and Breakfast: An ideal and affordable bed and breakfast for solo travelers who want to be close to all of Padua’s best attractions! See prices on and .

parma's gorgeous square

Parma, Italy

Are you tired of Italy yet? Never! Haha.

Another one of the safest European cities to travel alone (in my experience) is Parma, which is located in Italy’s delicious Emilia-Romagna region. I was surprised at many things I could see and do in Parma , and wondered why it isn’t a more popular destination with solo travelers coming to Italy. 

In Parma, my favorite thing to do as a solo traveler was taking a guided tour to the incredible Parmigiano Reggiano factory! A delicious way to make new friends. Not to mention, I felt very comfortable as a solo traveler exploring and dining in this adorable city. 

  • B&B Podere Merlo:  Staying at this impeccably restored farmhouse is an experience that a solo traveler won’t forget! See prices on and .
  • Palazzo Gozzi Bed & Beauty: Another quaint little bed and breakfast that is located right in the heart of Parma’s downtown. See prices on and .

traveling alone to iceland

Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland is one of the best countries for solo travelers who are nervous about safety. I even recommend Iceland for anxious travelers who’ve never been overseas on their own since this destination is so, so, so, so safe.

I especially love all the day trip opportunities from Reykjavík. It’s easy enough to book many tours from the city, and venture out into Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes, while making new pals along the way. Is it expensive? Sure, but the memories are worth the costs, in my honest opinion.

All in all, traveling alone in Iceland is a wonderful experience, and Reykjavík makes the perfect base for all times of the year, even in the winter. 

  • Freyja Guesthouse & Suites:  If you’re looking for an adorable family-run guesthouse, this place is perfect, and also conveniently located next to one of the city’s most popular attractions — Hallgrímskirkja or the large white church. See prices on and .
  • Guesthouse Galtafell:  Another highly rated guesthouse close to Hallgrímskirkja Church. You will also stay in an older building from 1916, which is always enjoyable. See prices on and .

singing the sound of music in salzburg austria

Salzburg, Austria 

Sound of Music  fans will feel very happy to see Salzburg as an addition to this post. Salzburg is smaller than Vienna and offers a low key experienced surrounded by culture and mountains. It’s easy for a solo traveler to spend at least two days in Salzburg and not run out of things to see and do. 

Salzburg is packed with history which includes one of the oldest fortresses in all of Europe – Fortress Hohensalzburg. These attractions are all within walking distance of the New and Old Towns, making Salzburg a delightful place to switch off Google Maps and explore without a care in the world.

Again, Austria is ranked as one of the safest countries in Europe, and Salzburg offers a wonderful small city experience for all sorts of travelers. 

  • Pension Katrin:  This peaceful pension has reasonable prices for a solo traveler and offers a great location in the green district of Nonntal. See prices on and .
  • YoHo – International Youth Hostel:  An unassuming hostel that is also one of Europe’s Famous Hostels. See prices on and .

is st. gallen worth visiting? definitely for this view

St. Gallen, Switzerland

It’s no secret that I love St. Gallen and think it is one of the safest European cities to travel alone. I even wrote an entire post explaining why St. Gallen is worth visiting on a vacation to Switzerland. This beautiful university city is a gem for solo travelers who are past the “partying stage,” and want an authentic and relaxed corner of Switzerland to explore more in-depth. 

Furthermore, St. Gallen provides easy access to Appenzell. A day trip to Appenzell is a peaceful experience for solo travelers, and as long as you respect nature, this region is very, very, very safe. Appenzell is Switzerland’s most traditional canton. An independent traveler will enjoy stunning green mountains and learn all about local history. 

And in St. Gallen, I felt very comfortable walking around day and night. Win/win.

  • Hotel City Weissenstein:  This peaceful hotel is located in the heart of the action and only two minutes away from St. Gallen train station. See prices on and
  • The Hotel Gallo: An affordable and pretty option that is set inside a classic traditional stone building. See prices on and .

sunny sweden always is appealing

Stockholm, Sweden

Ahhh, I wish I spent more time in Stockholm in Sweden. You’ll discover so many things to see in Stockholm that you’ll plan a return visit without thinking twice about it. 

Stockholm’s metro is safe and clean, and as you go from one neighborhood to the next, you’ll see splendid art throughout the pristine stations. As a generalization, locals are content and introverted, so you will not stand out as a solo traveler, nor do you need to worry about scams nearly as much as other comparable cities. 

Is Stockholm expensive? Sure, but worth it. All in all, I definitely think that Stockholm is one of the safest European cities to travel alone.

  • Castanea Old Town Hostel:  Do you want to stay in Stockholm’s beautiful old town close to a metro station? Look no further. See prices on and .
  • City Backpackers Hostel:  One of Stockholm’s most highly rated hostels and perfect for travelers who want to be social. See prices on and .

solo travel in venice and seeing the canals

Venice, Italy

Venice is a bucket list destination for many travelers coming to Europe. While this unique city enjoys popularity among couples, solo travel in Venice is an absolutely delightful experience, especially if it’s your very first visit to Italy . 

What makes Venice one of the safest European cities to travel alone is that you don’t need to worry about getting lost here. Aimlessly wandering the stunning canals and narrow alleyways is one of the best things to do in Venice. I personally encourage it, especially in the early mornings when it feels like you have Venice all to yourself. And, as a solo traveler, if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed at any time, just remind yourself that you’re on an island that you can’t physically get off.

Venice is also completely traffic-free. Solo travelers can drink at wine bars with ease and not have to worry about driving or mistakenly stepping out into a busy street. 

  • Ca’Riza:  At Ca’Riza, you will enjoy gorgeous rooms for a reasonable price in the heart of Venice, and eat one of the best breakfasts ever. Their croissants are to die for. See prices on and .
  • Combo Venezia:  This is, without a doubt, one of the grandest hostels I’ve ever stayed in. Only a 16 minute walk from Piazza San Marco too! See prices on and .

the belvedere is one of my favorite palaces in vienna

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a magical place for coffee, cakes, and art museums. Solo travel in Vienna feels very elegant in many ways. For example, my perfect day in Vienna starts with coffee at an ornate cafe followed by a visit to a beautiful art museum such as Belvedere Palace. Which reminds me … solo travelers will love feeling carefree as they roam Vienna’s many nearby palaces, including splendid Schönbrunn Palace.

Throughout my stay, I felt very safe exploring Vienna’s neighborhoods. I didn’t feel uncomfortable going out at night for drinks, nor did I constantly check my purse. I truly felt safe here. 

Not to mention, Vienna has a tremendous quality of life for residents, and visitors can easily enjoy the city’s many green spaces, reliable public transportation, and pedestrian-friendly streets. 

  • Vienna Boutique Hostel:  This safe and cozy hostel does all it came to welcome solo travelers with Viennese decor and charm. See prices on and .
  • Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner: Voted Austria’s best hostel two years in a row, this wonderful spot is a close walk to the train station and offers solo travelers a fun and safe experience. See prices on and . 

zurich is among the safest european cities to travel alone

Zurich, Switzerland

Last, but certainly not least, is Zurich in Switzerland. The country’s largest city may not have tons of attractions. And honestly, if you’re looking for lots of sightseeing to keep you busy, Zurich feels pretty boring. 

However, Zurich is well-known for having a very high quality of life. I loved solo travel in Zurich. In particular, visitors will feel very relaxed wandering Zurich’s Old Town and eyeing all the tempting displays in boutique windows. Even if you don’t have tons of money to splurge (Zurich isn’t cheap), I recommend grabbing a cocktail or coffee at a nearby cafe, and enjoying some good old-fashioned people watching. 

Zurich’s public transportation is clean and efficient, and offers plenty of connections around the entire country. Practically perfect for one of the safest European cities to travel alone. 

  • Walhalla Guest House:  This simple guest house is very close to Zurich’s main station, making it a convenient choice for solo travelers. See prices on and .
  • Zurich Youth Hostel:  Zurich’s centrally located hostel is located on a pretty tree-lined street and offers opportunities to meet other travelers. See prices on and .

Safest European Cities to Travel Alone include Stockholm

I hope you enjoyed reading all about the safest European cities to travel alone! Which cities have you visited? Which cities do you want to go to? Feel free to reach out! And as always, if you want one-on-one travel planning advice, check out the services at my shop.  

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At 22, I took my first overseas trip to Bermuda. Took a break to follow the "American Dream." Had my self-esteem broken. Embarked on my first solo trip to Scotland at 26. The travel bug dug its way under my skin. I now book multiple trips a year.

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Most Fun European Cities For Solo Travelers

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Solo travel is an exciting experience, no matter your intended destination. But jet setting off solo to Europe opens up a whole new world. With iconic cities, easy-to-use public transportation, and diverse cuisines, languages, and cultures, solo wanderers are in for a real treat. In many ways, Europe is the perfect place for solo travelers to dive in head first and simply enjoy themselves all on their own terms (via  The Solo Globetrotter ).

At first, exploring the world by yourself, particularly Europe, can seem overwhelming in the planning stages. Still, once you have figured out the important things like what you want to see, experience, and where you want to stay, the only thing left to do is finalize your plans and head out. Of course, traveling alone (especially as a woman) does come with some inherent risks in addition to potential pickpocketing (per  Travelers ). And so, it's not only important to be aware of your surroundings, but to also sign up for STEP (Smart Travel Enrollment Program), purchase travel insurance, and regularly keep someone at home apprised of your location. If you're looking for fun cities in Europe that are solo travel-friendly, you've come to the right place.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful country with stunning scenery. Adventures abound, which makes for a fun-filled getaway for just about anybody. Scotland also has a relatively low crime rate, and in the city of Edinburgh, thefts and tourist harassment are very unlikely (via MacBackpackers ). In fact, people are extremely welcoming in this compact city, which is pretty simple to navigate on your own. There is also a lively and thriving hostel scene in Edinburgh (as well as budget-friendly and 5-star accommodations), making it easy for a party of one to meet other like-minded people. 

So it is not too surprising that Edinburgh is a popular destination for a solo vacation. It's a wonderful European city with a variety of experiences, tours, and local attractions that are ideal for solo travelers. Between lush Highlands, a bustling downtown area, and, of course, fairytale-like castles, solo travelers here will find plenty to do — especially if they're avid history and whiskey lovers. Plus, with an overall vibe best described as "intimate," single-serving travelers will hardly ever feel alone here (per  Pocket Wanderings ).

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Yet another popular city in Europe for solo wanderers is Amsterdam. The capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, has a unique appeal with its works of art, history, stunning architecture, canals, ample tulips, live music festivals, affordable accommodations, and an overall chill vibe — you know all about those famed coffee shops! Amsterdam is actually one of the safest European cities with rave-worthy public transportation. However, visitors can also explore this destination on foot, bike, or boat — making it super easy for solo travelers to get from one local attraction to another (via Blonde Wayfarer ).

The nice thing about experiencing Amsterdam solo is you can spend as much time as you want soaking up the culture, marveling at the many points of interest, visiting museums, and so much more (per  Travel Triangle ). This vibrant Dutch city also has incredible eateries and a world-renowned nightlife. If you check out Amsterdam after dark by yourself – which is absolutely amazing — be mindful of your surroundings and maybe avoid the Red Light District, as that's where some of the more rowdy tourists go.

Reims, France

Of course, you could sip champagne in countless destinations across the globe, but when you're in Europe, why not make it extra special? Reims is a lovely city in France that is a part of the illustrious region of Champagne, which is where champagne comes from. Here, solo wanderers can enjoy one of the less crowded cities in the region with a glass or bottle of bubbly (via Ordinary Traveler ).

Reims is the perfect spot for kicking back and relaxing. So if you have been craving some solo downtime, this extremely safe city in France is the place to be. But that's not all — Reims is full of hidden gems, breathtaking scenery, phenomenal architecture, Roman ruins, museums, lavish hotels, mouthwatering cafes — and, oh yeah, champagne for days from all the nearby vineyards (per  Solo Sophie ). There are also fun biking tours and, well, so much more — just waiting for solo wanderers who love their champers.

London, United Kingdom

Solo travelers can never go wrong with London, England. This particular European city has a mirage of fun things to do, countless fascinating attractions, hidden must-sees, guided tours, and a rather exciting nightlife — making it a sure thing on your solo travel bucket list (via  She Go Wandering ). London also has great public transportation, is pedestrian-friendly, and is the perfect home base when traipsing through nearby countries like Scotland, the Netherlands, and France. Overall, this city is relatively safe for people traveling alone. Still, solo visitors should definitely "mind the gap," avoid ominous-looking streets at night, and watch out for pickpocketing.

You might need to make a few trips or stay for an extended period in London if you desire to cross everything off your potential itinerary. But the nice thing about exploring Londontown on your own (and anywhere else for that matter) is that you're in control of what your day-to-day adventures look like (per  Pocket Wanderings ). Plus, with ample accommodations that cater to solo travelers, London truly has the potential to become one of your lifelong loves. 

Prague, Czech Republic

Avid history lovers out and about in Europe on a solo adventure should absolutely make a point to visit Prague in the Czech Republic. Much like other popular European cities, Prague has very low incidents of crime. But, the standard safety rules still apply when wandering solo. Here, after a long day of appreciating Medieval architecture in all its glory, you can easily make some new friends at the local beer gardens, galleries, and pubs scattered throughout this city (via The Points Guy ). Since an extended vacation in Prague and the cost of living are both rather affordable for visitors, solo wanderers will have no trouble meeting like-minded nomads, who took advantage of the remote worker relocation movement — in fact, you might just end up moving to Prague after you spend a little time there!

Simply put, this phenomenal go-to city for world travelers is a great time waiting to happen (per  World Packers ). With informative walking, beer, and history tours, you can learn all about this wonderful European city while having a remarkably fun getaway. Even if you're not a history enthusiast, beer fan, or remote worker dreaming of a completely different life, there's no denying that Prague is still a solo traveler-friendly destination with a wealth of exciting things to see and do.

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain, is another European city that feels like it was made for solo travelers. This incredibly safe and pedestrian-friendly city is full of adventures and opportunities to mingle with other solo explorers. With more than a few hostels in town, you can easily become part of a group or decide to venture out on your own (via Abroad With Ash ). Regardless of whether you stay a party of one or not, this city is full of culture, local wonders, must-visit museums, delicious eats, free activities, and much more.

In general, this stunning part of Spain is an architectural feat with its ceramic pieces, vibrant colors, and historical buildings. Of course, you don't have to spend all your time marveling at one-of-a-kind structures in Seville. There are plenty of solo-traveler-approved excursions here, including an abundance of walking tours and stopping by the Basilica de la Macarena (for an impromptu flash mob of sorts). There is also a beautiful waterfront between Triana Bridge and San Telmo Bridge that was made for relaxing afternoons and enjoying the surrounding scenery (per  The Occasional Traveller ).

Athens, Greece

With all this talk of impressive architecture, Roman ruins, and more, a solo excursion to the capital of Greece is to be expected. Athens is a magnificent European city that is safe, fairly easy to navigate, and brimming with obvious cultural significance. In recent years, Athens has stepped it up a bit and become more than the convenient Gateway to the Greek Isles. The city itself is brimming with magnificent remnants of the past, bustling markets, delicious Mediterranean eateries, and so much more (via  The Flash Packer ). 

All of these things make Athens a great destination for solo wanderers. With more than a few affordable hostels, you can take in all this city has to offer and then some with others or yourself. Of course, a bonus here is that you can spend a few days in Athens and then venture out to the surrounding Greek Isles simply because you're there and hundreds of incredibly scenic islands await your arrival (per  Kim Kim ).

Cologne, Germany

A lovely city in Germany that frequent visitors describe as the perfect-sized city for solo travel is none other than Cologne. Since this European city is not overwhelmingly big, solo adventurers tend to feel more at ease here. Though there isn't much you need to worry about in this little German town as it is more than safe for solo and female travelers (via Solo Guides ). To the locals, Cologne is Germany's carnival city and is a great place to let your hair down.

In general, Cologne is a walkable destination with WWII history, unique landmarks, fun festivals, great restaurants, and a nightlife that keeps the party going well past 5 a.m. Cologne also has ample hotels and accommodations that fit any budget. But for solo travelers looking to mingle, the first-rate hostel, Die Wohngemeinschaft, is the place to stay. Conveniently located only minutes from the train station, Die Wohngemeinschaft is near Cologne's creative center (where the fun happens) and offers travelers a taste of Germany with all the trimmings (per  Dym Abroad ).

Gothenburg, Sweden

Solo travelers headed to Sweden will be delighted to know they are headed to the safest country in the world. So no matter what city you choose for solo adventure here, you can focus on the fun instead of being overly concerned for your safety (via Nomadic Matt ). And so, Gothenburg, Sweden, is a favorite among lone wanderers for various reasons.

Not only is Gothenburg a very walkable and lively European city that is idyllic in the summertime, but it is also a destination full of exciting activities. Whether you enjoy history, architecture, lavish accommodations, budget-friendly stays, nature trails, botanical gardens, picturesque scenery, tasty eats, or the fine arts — you won't be disappointed here. With plenty of fun things to do and see, the only possible downside to a solo vacation in this part of the world is the overall cost. Though Gothenburg is definitely more affordable than Stockholm, it is very easy to spend a small fortune in this city. So to avoid this, it is best to steer clear of overly touristy areas and budget accordingly.

Valletta, Malta

Malta is also a wonderful option for solo wandering. On this stunning island, English is commonly spoken, the crime rate is low, and the overall culture here is very hospitable. What's more, solo travelers headed to Valletta, the capital of Malta, will have no trouble navigating this walkable and safe European city, even at night (via She Travelled The World ).

In the quaint city of Valletta, a traveling party of one can spend ample time lounging on the beach, swimming in cooling waters, and relaxing seaside. Valletta also has a variety of shops and hidden gems located in its Old Town district, gorgeous cathedrals, museums, and other must-see local attractions (via Ars Currendi ). All in all, Valletta is a rather small town. But there are quite a few activities perfect for solo travelers. And if you get a little antsy after taking it easy for a few days here, you can check out other nearby cities that showcase the island paradise that is Malta.

Split, Croatia

Speaking of literal paradise, Split in Croatia is breathtaking and promises uninterrupted fun in the sun for at least six months a year (via  Travel Dudes ). So if you enjoy swimming in shimmering waters, lounging on sandy beaches, sipping fruity drinks poolside, or taking out the sailboat into the deep blue sea, then Split awaits. If you happen to be a more adventurous solo traveler or fancy yourself an adrenaline junkie, Split is still a great option with its wealth of fast-pace water sports and activities.

Besides having some of the best beaches in Europe, this thrilling seaside city also has quite the nightlife and year-round festivals. Old Town is a perfect area to stay for solo travelers as it is close to all of the fun. Of course, the standard precautions apply, especially when partying until dawn solo. And much like other popular European destinations, theft and pickpocketing are something you still need to look out for when out and about on your own. But otherwise, Split is a very walkable and solo-travel-friendly destination where you can create lifetime memories (via  Corr Travel ).

Bansko, Bulgaria

Solo travel in Bulgaria may have never crossed your mind until now, which is okay. Here is your chance to try something new. With its diverse landscape and seasons, a solo vacation in Bulgaria can be a historical treasure trove, coastal respite, cold-weather recreational playground, or, if you have time, all of the above (via Girl About The Globe ). Of course, if you opt to head out to the city of Bansko, you should expect a wintery wonderland that is ideal for winter sports enthusiasts and promises ample adventures.

Thanks to its increasing digital nomad population, Bansko is becoming more and more popular among lone wanderers, especially those looking to improve upon their skiing abilities (via The Flashpacker ). What's more, Bansko is a remarkably safe destination for inexperienced skiers, newbie snowboarders, and every type of solo wanderluster. So, if this sounds like your cup of tea (or in this case hot cocoa), then pack your sports gear because Bansko might just be the place you're looking for!

Dublin, Ireland

Last but not least, Dublin is a lively city in Ireland that (we're guessing) not many people have ever returned home from without having an incredible time. With its beloved Temple Bar, legendary nightlife, one-of-a-kind live music scene, assortment of smooth whiskies, and frothy Guinness everywhere you turn, solo travelers headed to Dublin definitely won't regret it (via Ordinary Traveler ). Besides a healthy dose of merriment, Dublin is brimming with history, art, culture, castles, natural wonders like the Cliffs of Moher, lore, and, well, great accents.

Dublin also has a low crime rate, easy-to-use public transportation, and countless sightseeing tours and amazing experiences readily available (via My Ireland Tour ). By and large, Dublin is a welcoming destination — so even though you arrived as a party of one, be prepared for your solo vacation to feel like old home week faster than you think. What's more, there is a diverse selection of budget-friendly accommodations (hostels, castles, and hotels). So, it is safe to say that Dublin is one more destination that ranks high on the list of fun European cities for solo travelers.

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Top 20 Safest European Cities to Visit This Year

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If you’re traveling alone to Europe and are wondering what the safest cities in Europe, you’ve come to the right place.

Certainly, your personal safety and avoiding crime is high on your list when traveling—whether you’re a solo female traveler in your late 30’s, backpacking Europe with your girlfriends, or teaching English abroad.

Having done all these travel styles myself , I’ve fortunately never had any issues. After all, Europe is considered safe overall for travelers, with some of my favorite countries (e.g. Spain) being some of the safest in the world according to Global Peace Index rankings!

But even when you know the statistics, it can still be worrisome. This is especially if you’re traveling as a woman alone for the first time .

In this post, I’ll list some of the safest cities in Europe to help you decide where to travel to! I’ve been about to half of these cities myself, so I’ll include some personal tips for you whenever I can.

Ready to get started? Scroll down for 20 of the safest European cities to travel to according to Numbeo .


20 Safest European Cities to Visit

It’s wise to think ahead regarding your personal safety when it comes to traveling abroad.

Here are 20 of the safest cities to consider visiting in Europe, in no particular order . (I picked the safest cities in the southern part of Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, and Greece since that’s where I love to travel!)

1. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain aerial view

One of the most popular and largest cities on the list of safest cities is none other than Barcelona, Spain.

The capital of Catalunya is an amazing place to visit. (I’ve actually been there more times than I can count!) When you think of Barcelona, it’s hard not to think about its colorful architecture, which sets the vibe for the entire city: fun , vibrant , and artistic .

Since it’s so popular, Barcelona gets very crowded during Spain’s summer season . Book in advance for the best deals and choices on accommodation on .

Barcelona is great for its day trips too—it’s not all masterpieces and soccer! Just a short distance from the city, you can visit the Montserrat monastery, the Salvador Dalí museum, and Sitges, a popular seaside enclave for expats.

  Read more: Ultimate Guide to Spain Travel

2. Thessaloniki, Greece

View of Thessaloniki, Greece from Trigonion Tower

Called Greece’s “Second City,” Thessaloniki is located in northern Greece .

This coastal city has so much to offer visitors, mainly in terms of its l ong history and ties to the apostle Paul . All around the city—which has a modern feel seeing as it was rebuilt after a massive fire in 1912—you’ll find evidence of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule.

As the city is quite spread out and sits on a hill, I found that taking the Hop-On Hop-Off bus was an excellent way to get oriented to the city . The bus will also drop you off so that you can see the Heptapyrgion Fortress, an old Byzantine fortress and prison overlooking the city and coast.

After the initial orientation via bus, take some time to explore the White Tower , the archeological museum , and the rotunda . The Church of St. Demetrios is also gorgeous and worth going inside.

For a splendid way to wind down the day , consider taking a Thessaloniki sunset cruise in the Aegean! We had a spectacular time on the water after a long day of touristing when we visited Thessaloniki.

Read more: Greece Guide

3. Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Located in northern Italy, Bologna is a lively and historic city that every traveler should consider adding to their bucket list .

When it comes to architecture, you’ll be absolutely delighted. Bologna is famous for its Spanish-style rooftops , towers , churches , and Middle Age porticoes (ornate structures over the entrance to its buildings).

Bologna is also home to the oldest university in the world , the University of Bologna. Because of this, it has a large and lively student population. Students and visitors alike can expect some of the best cuisine in Italy , too. In fact, Bologna has earned a few nicknames, one of them being the Fat City, in reference to its famous food .

Spaghetti bolognese, parmigiano reggiano, and balsamic vinegar from Modena all come from the Emilia Romagna region, of which Bologna is the capital. Foodies will love this full day food tour , which includes visits to local factories and family-run producers.

4. Madrid, Spain

Palacia de Cristal in Madrid, Spain

The Spanish capital is one of my favorite places to visit thanks to its incredible art and architecture.

One thing I love about Madrid is, for such a big city, the men and women there (called madrileños) don’t seem to be in a hurry , as we’re accustomed to in the United States.

The madrileños also have a strong identity (including being very social).

Certainly, staying in the city center is a must when in Madrid. Fortunately, it’s super affordable to find a place just blocks from the main public square, the Puerta del Sol and Madrid’s major museums. (We really love budget-friendly Hostalin Madrid Atocha .)

The city is alive day and night , too. So, you’ll feel comfortable walking home at any hour of the day when traveling alone.

A favorite thing to eat in Madrid is to eat chocolate con churros. These fried treats are served with thick hot chocolate . Yum!

To sum up, you’ll easily find yourself falling in love with all things Madrid. Fortunately, it’s also one of the safest European cities!

5. Rijeka, Croatia

Rjeka, Croatia

An underrated safe city along the Croatian coast is none other than Rijeka.

Now the country’s major port , it has a long history of being ruled over by surrounding countries, namely Italy, Austria, and Yugoslavia. Its history is then reflected in its many Baroque buildings, a 13th-century castle, and a 14th-century church, among other sites.

Today, the city has a bit of a cool alternative vibe juxtaposed with its obvious industrial and commercial happenings. It’s certainly not as touristy or scenic as the more popular Split, but is an important historical and cultural destination that’s worth visiting for a day or two .

Aside from a visit to the castle, stop by the Riva Promenade (especially fun at night), the Maritime and Historical Museum , and the Rijeka War Tunnels .

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

The Portuguese capital is always fun to visit thanks to the 19th-century traditions that still permeate the city. For example, the fish vendors and old-time boats called fragatas tied up along the dock.

Lisbon is located on seven hills, so be prepared to do some walking —but the views from the miradouros (lookouts) and city sites are worth it. Public transport is also ample and can save your feet.

Lisbon has a mild climate . Thus, you’ll likely enjoy visiting any time of year.

Of course, you’ll need to try some fresh seafood when in Lisbon. The fried cod is particularly spectacular.

When you’re done with the hustle and bustle of the city, consider a day tour to scenic Sinta and Cascais .

7. Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy

Known for fashion, one can’t help but think “ chic ” when visiting Milan, Italy. I’ve briefly visited the city twice, the last time on my own.

Spend your days shopping for apparel before stopping for an aperitivo at a stylish café. If you’re looking to save money, Milan runs its semi-annual sales ( saldi) in the winter and summer.

But fashion certainly isn’t all this iconic city has to offer. Here, you can visit the Duomo di Milano, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral —a Milan must-see. The surrounding plaza is a great place to take pictures.

You can also take the opportunity to see the Last Supper painting ! Tickets sell out quickly, so book in advance .

8. Alicante, Spain

Alicante, Spain

Thanks to the laid-back vibe and great climate , you’re sure to enjoy a stay in the next safe city in Europe: Alicante, Spain.

Even though it’s along the coast, the port city is more of a working town than a resort town. Of course, that can be considered a positive or negative, depending on what you’re looking for. It also has a nice promenade and harbor area.

Although the city may be little known to Americans, it’s quite popular among British expats (whether to the city itself or its nearby beach towns ).

Like many other places in Europe, its roots run deep, witnessing both prosperity and near decimation. The Castle of Santa Bárbara , one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses is particularly interesting and offers a magnificent view of Alicante’s bay. Combine it with a walking tour to get to know Alicante’s history better.

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9. Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

The Greek capital is a vibrant city located in the Mediterranean. Due to the Greek’s hospitality , it’s a wonderful and safe place to visit with friends/family or as a solo traveler.

By and large, my experience has been that Greeks are super friendly and are eager to offer advice on how to best enjoy Athens.

Certainly, you’ll want to book a hotel in the center of Athens so that you can enjoy all the things to do within walking distance . Try Enattica Suites for a simple boutique hotel ( see our review ), located in the artsy Psirri neighborhood.

Athens is great for variety too—you won’t just find Greek ruins! There’s a huge café culture, outdoor cinemas, beautiful Greek Orthodox churches, and a huge arts festival in the summer, to name a few cool things to do in Athens.

 Read more: Best of Athens at Night , Best Day Trips from Athens

10. Lyon, France

Lyon, France fountain

The third-biggest city in France, Lyon is no stranger to tourists despite not having all that many world-renown tourist attractions.

But, there is plenty to do!

Believe it or not, you’ll actually find the largest number of Renaissance buildings in France in Lyon’s old town .

We suggest taking a walking tour to get oriented to the town before finding a bite to eat, which leads us to Lyon’s next claim to fame—it’s considered the gastronomic capital of France. Located where the Saône and Rhone rivers meet, there are plenty of small cafes, markets, and almost 20 Michelin-star restaurants for anyone interested in sampling French cuisine.

There are also several interesting food and drink-related festivals that take place throughout the year.

Read more: France Travel Guide

11. Málaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain aerial view

Málaga may be one of the oldest cities in the world , but it sure doesn’t feel like it!

Walking in this safe European city, you’ll find lots of things to do from museums to shopping to admiring outdoor art exhibits and architectural displays. Life in Málaga is relaxed and offers lots of sunshine , great cuisine, and interesting cultural festivals.

The childhood home of Pablo Picasso, you’ll want to tour the Picasso Museum Málaga as well as some of his childhood haunts—a must for any modern art lover.

Let’s not forget that Málaga is located on the coast. Although the beaches near town are full of pebbles, you can easily head to a nearby resort town for a day or two. We’ve been to Torremolinos and Fuengirola a few times. Both are easily accessible by metro.

Related Articles: All About Shopping in Málaga

12. Paris, France

Moulin Rouge in Paris, France

Who doesn’t love Paris? Paris is always a delight no matter how many times you visit. From bucket list museums to sidewalk bistros , you’ll never run out of things to do in the City of Lights .

A visit to the Louvre tops just about every traveler’s list. But, you should definitely make a point to book tickets in advance because it gets crowded. 

Try staying centrally so that you can access all the tourist spots easily. According to my friend who lived in Paris for a few years, the best arrondissements (areas) to stay the first time you travel to Paris are 4 (Le Marais) and 5 (The Latin Quarter).

Seeing as Paris is so large, plan to take the metro and city buses to save on walking.

Read more: All About France

13. Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb embodies the spirit of both continental Europe and the Mediterranean. It’s a true juxtaposition between East and West.

A safe city in Europe, people have come from all over Croatia (both historically and modern-day) contributing to its warm, friendly feel . Enjoy cultural events , museums, gastronomy , shopping, and more here.

Zagreb is great for natural beauty too. Top expand, it’s not all historical buildings! You can find many green spaces and gardens. Nearby, the gorgeous Plitvice lakes and Rastoke make an excellent day trip from Zagreb.

14. Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal boats on river

Lesser known than Lisbon, Porto is a colorful city located in northwest Portugal, not too far from the northern border with Spain. Although it’s a city, the center retains the feeling of being a smaller town with the residents being warm and friendly.

Porto feels like one of those places where there are endless things to do . From visiting its many churches to seeing the “most beautiful bookstore in the world,” you’re sure to feel safe (and busy!) when visiting Porto.

The city isn’t all architecture and decor, though. Visit Gaia de Vilanova to taste port wine, take a river cruise on the Douro, and go walking at the Parque da Cidade.

 Read more: Best Things to Do in Porto, Portugal

15. Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Along the southeastern coast of Spain, you’ll find the city of Valencia.

Famous for its lively festivals , central market, and paella, this mid-sized city (the third largest in Spain) certainly doesn’t feel it. The pace is slow, and the people are courteous.

Here, the pride of being Valencian and speaking valenciano (in addition to Spanish) runs deep. It’s beautiful and an honor to witness.

One thing you cannot miss in Valencia is the paella , which comes from this region! Sure, you can try it anywhere else in Spain (and we have). But, it’s not the same as eating a traditional paella valenciana in the city of its origin.

There are lots of things to do in Valencia , too. The City of Arts and Sciences tops the list followed by a visit to the Central Market and wandering the old town. Top off your visit to the City of Arts and Sciences with a rooftop wine and tapas party .

By the way, I used to live outside of Valencia and visited often. I didn’t know then that it was considered one of the safest cities in Europe, but I had no issues there.

16. Florence, Italy

Il Duomo in Florence, Italy

If your heart starts to flutter when you hear the name Florence, you’re not alone. You absolutely must add Florence, Firenze in Italian, to your safe cities to visit in Europe list.

From the masterpieces of Renaissance art at The Galleria dell’Accademia to the ancient Ponte Vecchio bridge, there’s something spectacular at every turn.

You can easily navigate the city center to find these attractions and many more by foot. Alternatively, try renting a bike from the city’s bike rental service, Mille e Una Bici .

To beat the heat and the crowds, consider visiting Florence during the off season (early spring or late fall). Booking must-see activities like seeing Michaelangelo’s David in advance, too.

17. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia river

With a population of under 300,000 people, Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. It’s also one of the safest cities in Europe!

As most car traffic is restricted in the center, you can easily walk around. See the major sites, eat at cafes, and admire the city’s modern, minimalist architecture including the many bridges that cross the Ljubljanica River that flows right through the city.

Seeing as Ljubliana is rather small , one or two days is all you need to get a good feel for the city.

Don’t have enough time to head to Slovenia on your own? How about a day trip from Zagreb ?

18. Genoa, Italy

Genoa, Italy fountain

Genoa is a lesser-known Italian port city that’s a wonderful place to visit if you’d like to get away from some of the more touristy spots like Rome or Florence.

Just because it’s perhaps lesser known to tourists, though, doesn’t mean it isn’t lively! The port is the busiest in Italy and the Mediterranean Sea.

In the densely populated city center you’ll find narrow, winding streets, and large piazzas (squares) with plenty to explore and to eat .

The Musei di Strada Nuova consists of three palace museums that exemplify Italian art, fashion, and culture. They were a sight to see, and a bit overwhelming, if I’m being honest!

Genoa is also the birthplace of Christopher Columbus . You can see his house just outside the medieval walls near the Porta Soprana.

I stayed in Genoa and worked remotely. I personally loved the MOG, a modern food court at the back of the traditional Mercato Orientale. It’s a safe, accessible place to eat, get out your laptop, and enjoy a coffee.

20. Seville (Sevilla), Spain

Seville, Spain

Seville is Spain personified . Fortunately for us, it’s also safe for travelers.

This famous Spanish city is famous for its hospitality, the sing-song characteristics of the Spanish that’s spoken here, and everything you ever learned about Spain in your high School Spanish class: flamenco, bull fighting, girls in colorful dresses, tapas, and more.

It’s actually quite hard not to fall in love with Sevilla , if you ask us.

Stay in the city center and get to all the major attractions, which include the many cafés and tapas bars around town. Of course, the streets are exceedingly narrow in the old part, so be prepared to jump to the side should a car pass!

The Royal Alcázar of Seville and the Catedral de Sevilla are both a must-see.

I also recommended going to a flamenco show . I have done a show like this one on two different occasions. It never fails to disappoint!

Last Words on Europe’s Safest Cities

We hope this list of the safest European cities to visit helps you decide where to go next!

Of course, you should always remain vigilant and make smart choices when you’re traveling in another country.

If you’re traveling alone or are worried about getting around safely, you can always take a tour. Start by searching tours and day trips on Viator !

Until next time, happy traveling!

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Travelling alone can be a hugely rewarding experience, especially in a place that's bursting with enough culture, attractions, and scenery to keep you occupied.

To help you figure out where to go next, the European travel website Route Perfect has released a list of the best destinations in Europe for solo travellers.


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The ranking is based on data from over 100,000 trips saved and booked by solo travellers from around the world through the site.

From grand European capitals steeped in historic architecture and art, to cities with hip neighbourhoods and cheap beer, there's something for every type of traveller.

Check out the top 11 destinations for solo travellers below.

11. Munich, Germany

This Bavarian city attracts visitors with its picturesque architecture, art galleries, and beer halls. It's especially busy in the autumn during Oktoberfest.

10. Vienna, Austria

World-famous opera, ornate buildings, and fancy desserts make this city popular with solo travellers looking to take in some culture.

9. London, UK

Free cultural attractions like the British Museum and the Tate Modern make the British capital a popular choice.

8. Prague, Czech Republic

Gothic architecture, cheap beer, and a bustling nightlife means visiting the Czech capital is never a lonely experience.

7. Berlin, Germany

Home to the East Side Gallery and trendy neighbourhoods like Kreuzberg, history nerds and hipsters alike are drawn to Berlin.

6. Barcelona, Spain

You don't have to travel to Barcelona with other people to appreciate the city's gorgeous art and architecture, like Gaudi's spectacular Park Guell.

5. Florence, Italy

The Tuscan capital attracts art lovers with works by the likes of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. In the heart of the city, the dome of Florence Cathedral, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, is a piece of art in itself.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Whether you prefer to hop on a cycle or cruise along one of the city's canals, Amsterdam is the perfect destination for active travellers.

3. Venice, Italy

Venice may have a reputation as a romantic city, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed alone. The canal city is the perfect place for looking at art, riding a gondola, and walking its incredible backstreets.

2. Paris, France

"The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, endless history, rich culture, and amazing cuisine," Boaz Lantsman, founder of, told Business Insider.

1. Rome, Italy

"History, ruins, architecture, culture, great food, and nightlife" is what Lantsman says makes Italy's capital the best destination for solo travellers in Europe.

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25 Best International Destinations for Solo Travel

When you’re looking to travel alone, these are the safest, most exciting, and all-around best destinations for flying solo.

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Sometimes you are your own best company. Whether you want to plan a romp around Japan on your own terms, or your friends can’t fit that Scottish sojourn into their schedule at the moment, there are a variety of reasons to travel alone.

The benefits of traveling solo range from the freedom to fully indulge your every whim to a sense of empowerment to opportunities for reflection, self-discovery, and new friendships.

Whatever your reasons, traveling solo can be one of life's most rewarding experiences. And, whether you're about to embark on your first solo trip or your 20th, tackling a trip by yourself can be incredibly nerve-wracking. 

We wouldn't want a lack of company to keep you from booking that ticket, so we've come up with a list of countries ideal for both first-time and experienced solo travelers, including safe destinations where you can expect a warm welcome. We take you through longtime favorites like Mexico, as well as destinations that are becoming increasingly popular with solo travelers like Egypt and Croatia.

From castle crawls in Germany to seeing the Northern Lights in Norway, here are the best countries for solo travel abroad.

There's a reason why Iceland has consistently ranked among the hottest destinations in recent years: The country is a haven for travelers who love the outdoors, with caverns and caves to explore, volcanoes and glaciers to hike, and geothermal spas to soak in — and since it's the most peaceful country in the world, according to a recent Global Peace Index report, solo travelers can explore the country worry-free.

If you're traveling to Reykjavík, consider taking a day trip to the ever-popular Blue Lagoon , or go whale watching in Faxaflói Bay. For those wanting to get out of the city, Thingvellir National Park  offers camping, hiking trails, horseback riding, and the freshwater Silfra fissure, considered one of the best diving spots in the world.

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica has long had a reputation as one of the happiest countries in the world, and it's easy to see why. In Costa Rica you'll find plenty of outdoor activities to please your adventurous side, from whitewater rafting down the Reventazón River and zip lining through gorgeous rainforests to rappelling down waterfalls and hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park .

If you need a bit of respite amidst all the activity, Arenal has hot springs perfect for relaxing, or you can enjoy the white sands and wildlife at Playa Manuel Antonio, a tropical beach in Manuel Antonio National Park .

3. New Zealand

New Zealand is a popular destination for backpackers, outdoor enthusiasts , and thrill-seekers striking out on their own — maybe because it's the second most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index .

The country is a haven for outdoorsy types and one of the best places to meet fellow travelers. You can take a cruise through the fjords, rainforests, and waterfalls of Milford Sound; heli-hike your way through Franz Josef Glacier ; trek part (or all) of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing ; explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves ; or go whale-watching in the Bay of Plenty .

If you need some down time from all your adventuring, take a day trip to Waiheke Island for wine tours or make your way to the Hobbiton Movie Set to wander the real-life version of the Shire. With so much to do, you won't miss having a travel buddy.

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With a thriving backpacker culture and accommodating resorts, Mexico is an optimal place for any type of solo trip. Locals are friendly and the country is dotted with cultural sites and a beautiful natural landscape — never mind all the tacos, empanadas, and tortas!  

There are Mayan ruins near Cancun, whale watching in Los Cabos, Instagram opportunities in Tulum, tamales and mezcal in Oaxaca, and a thriving art scene in Mexico City.  

5. Switzerland

Switzerland is known for its stunning beauty and there may be no better way to see the country than by train. Purchase a Swiss Travel Pass , which gives you unlimited travel by train, bus, and boat, and journey past stunning waterfalls, forests, and lakes. Then, hop off the train to hike the Alps, visit medieval castles, and drink Swiss wine.

In the country that invented milk chocolate, indulging in the decadent, creamy treat is a no-brainer. But instead of simply picking up a bar of Toblerone or Lindt at the nearest grocery store, take a chocolate-themed walking tour in Lucerne or Zürich, or visit one of the area's several world-famous chocolate factories.

Chile's landscape is as beautiful as it is diverse. Whether you explore Torres del Paine National Park or the San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, climb an active volcano in the Lake District, or camp underneath the brilliant night sky in the Atacama Desert , you're sure to find an adventure that suits your fancy.

In Santiago, adventure meets culture, and the city is easy to navigate by foot or bicycle. You can hike San Cristóbal Hill or Santa Lucía Hill for panoramic views of the capital, browse the boutique shops, cafes, and cocktail bars in the Bellavista neighborhood, or explore the city's many museums and art galleries.

7. Netherlands

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For any first-time solo travelers, the Netherlands is a great place to get your newly-independent feet wet. In Amsterdam, with its laid-back and friendly culture, do as the locals do: Get around by bike. Start in Vondelpark , a popular urban park, then bike to world-famous museums like the Van Gogh Museum , passing the city's picturesque canals and bridges along the way.

Head to the Netherlands between mid-April and the first week of May, and you'll be welcomed by a glorious array of the country's most beloved flower: the tulip. The Keukenhof , also known as the Garden of Europe, is located just outside Amsterdam and boasts over seven million bulbs and hundreds of varieties of tulips. Or, go to Noordoostpolder to see even more colorful blooms during the annual Tulip Festival .

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Spain has a little bit of everything to please everyone: art museums, gorgeous architecture, delicious food, stunning beaches, exciting nightlife, and jaw-dropping hikes.

In Barcelona, wander Park Güell , a public park that doubles as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features modern architecture, sculptures, and mosaics designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Continue your Gaudí tour at Sagrada Família before moving onto the Picasso Museum . When you start to get hungry, make your way to Mercado de La Boqueria , the oldest market in the city.

You can also find some of the world's best beaches in Spain, such as Ocata Beach near Barcelona and Socorro Beach in Tenerife. The brave and truly adventurous can join an organized hike through Caminito del Rey in Málaga or begin their journey along the famed Camino de Santiago.

Austria is a must-see for solo travelers with a taste for fine culture. See for yourself why Vienna is known as the City of Music and attend a concert at the State Opera House or the Musikverein . The city also boasts hundreds of museums, prime for exploring in between experiencing traditional Viennese coffeehouse culture.

In Salzburg, backdrop to "The Sound of Music," fans of the musical can take themed tours of the city and round out their trip by visiting Mozart's Birthplace and climbing to the top of Hohensalzburg Fortress for unforgettable views of the city.

10. Denmark

Denmark is another easy-to-tackle country for solo travelers. Start in Copenhagen and head to the Nyhavn district to see the city's iconic wooden ships and colorful townhouses lining the canal. Afterward, take a stroll through Tivoli Gardens . While beloved for its amusement park, the popular attraction also features flower gardens, bubble fountains, and an aquarium.

Shakespeare aficionados should head to Kronborg Castle : The UNESCO World Heritage site inspired Elsinore Castle in "Hamlet." While there, take the train to nearby Hillerød, where you'll find Frederiksborg Castle, home to the Danish Museum of National History .

First stop: Tokyo. Whether you shop in the luxurious Ginza neighborhood, ride to the top of one of the world's tallest towers , tour the Sensō-ji temple , dine on ramen at Ichiran Shibuya (the famous chain serves steaming bowls of ramen at no-frills booths), or take a leisurely stroll through a traditional Japanese garden, you'll never run out of things to do in the glitzy city.

If you need some rest from the hustle and bustle, you can take a bullet train to Kyoto, where you'll find a plethora of shrines, gardens, and temples. Since the tea ceremony has its roots in Kyoto , you may wish to partake in the tradition while you're there. Be sure to visit during the springtime to see the gorgeous cherry blossoms in bloom.

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Visit Norway during the summer for warmer weather and lots of outdoor attractions and activities. In Oslo, you can explore the capital's many museums, restaurants, and parks by walking, cycling, or taking public transportation. Or, book a spot on a Hurtigruten coastal steamer — there's no single supplement on select voyages — and cruise through the country's famous fjords on a multi-day adventure, stopping at numerous ports of call along the stunning coastline to hike, kayak, safari, and more. You'll even cross the Arctic Circle!

On the other hand, if seeing the Northern Lights tops your list, a trip to Norway between November and March will land you there during peak aurora borealis season. For optimum viewing of the natural phenomenon, head to the heart of the aurora zone: the city of Tromsø.

13. Ireland

If the idea of traveling by yourself to a country where you don't speak the language makes you nervous, then opt to visit Ireland. In Dublin, you can take a literary walking tour of the UNESCO City of Literature , browse Grafton Street's bustling shops, and cozy up in the Guinness Storehouse with a pint of the world-famous stout.

With its stunning scenery and friendly inhabitants, Galway is not to be missed, either. While you're there, stroll along the lovely Salthill Promenade, or park yourself in a traditional pub in Eyre Square to listen to live Irish folk music. If you're looking to get out of the city, hop on a ferry to the nearby Aran Islands to explore medieval ruins and forts, or take a public bus to the iconic Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking views.

14. Uruguay

This South American country is perfect for those who just want to relax by the ocean and soak up the sun. Punta del Este may be best known for its gorgeous beaches, like Playa Mansa and Playa Brava. But, if you want to escape the crowds, consider visiting the more secluded beaches in Jose Ignacio and Rocha.

Montevideo isn't short on beaches, either, and for those who want to mix up sunbathing with cultural experiences, the capital also offers historical attractions, museums, and traditional Candombe music and dance performances.

15. Albania

Its friendly locals and gorgeous scenery makes Albania an up-and-coming destination for solo travelers. Journey to the Blue Eye spring near Saranda and you'll encounter some of the bluest, clearest water in the world. Since you might find the water too cold to swim in, head to the Albanian coast for fun and sun on any of the country's beautiful beaches, or soak in Përmet's Benja Thermal Baths — they're said to have healing properties.

You may also want to consider taking a day trip to Berat — nicknamed the "town of a thousand windows" — to marvel at the city's stunning architecture. From the Ottoman-era buildings and medieval castles to the mosques and Holy Trinity Church, you'll quickly see why the city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site .

16. Vietnam

Endless adventure awaits in Vietnam. Hop on a boat that departs from Hạ Long and cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, home to some of the world's most striking blue water and natural landscapes. Take a guided tour of Hang Sơn Đoòng , the largest natural cave in the world. Visit Hội An during the full moon and you'll be welcomed by the awe-inspiring sight of hundreds of lanterns floating down the Thu Bồn River during the city's monthly full moon festival.

In Ho Chi Minh City, you can indulge in street food at Bến Thành Market, one of the city's earliest surviving structures, and brush up on Vietnam War history during a tour of the War Remnants Museum and the Củ Chi Tunnels. Travel to Hanoi to explore the capital's impressive historical and cultural sites, and take a leisurely stroll around Hoàn Kiếm Lake.

17. Germany

Germany has several major cities that are accessible to anyone traveling on their own. Hop on a bike in Berlin to explore the city's abundance of museums, historical sites, cafés, nightclubs, and parks. You can also visit Munich during Oktoberfest , but if you'd rather avoid the crowds, you can enjoy the city's beer gardens any time of year. And if you head to Frankfurt, you'll discover an eclectic array of museums, cafés, boutiques, restaurants, and a lush botanical garden in the increasingly popular city.

You should also consider planning side trips to see some of Germany's famous castles — there are over 20,000 of them. From the Gothic-style Liechtenstein Castle to the dramatic Neuschwanstein Castle, visiting any of Germany's magical old sites will have you feeling like you stepped straight into a fairy tale.

18. Finland

Thanks to the camaraderie of the traditional sauna experience , it's easy to meet people in Finland as a solo traveler — the country is home to over three million saunas, from Helsinki to Tampere and Savonlinna.

But there's more to Finland than saunas. In Helsinki, you'll find magnificent architecture, museums, parks, markets, and more — all easily accessible by foot or public transportation. Travel to the coasts to see a lovely array of lighthouses, or head to Rauma or Loviisa to spend a day in a wooden town. While it may be best to go to "The Land of the Midnight Sun" in the summer, visit during the winter for peak viewing of the Northern Lights .

19. Scotland

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With extensive folklore, outdoor adventure, and stunning beauty around every corner, Scotland is the perfect place to reconnect with yourself. It’s a safe, cozy sojourn for anyone who loves postcard-perfect views. Explore Edinburgh by bike, stopping at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Holyrood Park . 

You’d be remiss not to try the country’s world-class golf while you’re there — you’ll have more than 550 courses to choose from. 

Feeling brave? Head to the Scottish Highlands to seek out the legendary underwater monster at Loch Ness, and while you're there, visit Urquhart Castle , which dates all the way back to the thirteenth century.  

20. Australia

This popular solo travel destination is considered to be an exceptionally safe place with a wide range of areas to explore. Start in Sydney, with its friendly vibe and thriving art, food, and sport scenes, where you can walk around Sydney Harbour or explore the white-sand shore at Bondi Beach. Hit the epic swells of Victoria and then ride the tram around Melbourne for a coffee shop crawl. You can also hit hiking trails in Tasmania to experience Australia's natural splendor by foot. Speaking of, the Great Barrier Reef awaits snorkelers off the coast of Far North Queensland. 

You’ll probably want to fly between destinations — this is a huge country, after all — but you can also rent a car and indulge in an Australian road trip. Or, go old-school and traverse the country by train on The Ghan , where you can experience the outback on a journey from Adelaide to Darwin.    

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From the slopes of British Columbia to the cosmopolitan wonders of Toronto , Canada has tons to keep you entertained, even when you’re alone. Our neighbor to the north is a quick flight (or a reasonable drive depending on where you’re coming from and going to) and accessible in terms of language, exchange rate, and transportation.   

If you opt for Canada's largest city, explore the arts and culture of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre , eat your way through St. Lawrence Market , or get to know the city's eclectic range of neighborhoods. Over in Vancouver, you can bike your way through the waterfront city, or cross the vertigo-inducing Capilano Suspension Bridge , a 450-foot-long, 230-foot-high bridge cutting through lush woodland. Go straight to Alberta to explore Banff National Park ’s famous glacial lakes and Rocky Mountain vistas.   

22. Thailand

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Thailand has long been an affordable destination and, because of its safe, accessible atmosphere, it’s becoming just as popular with solo travelers. Explore the delicious food, thrilling nightlife, and tranquil spas of Bangkok. The tropical paradise also has beautiful beaches — we recommend those of Phuket, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands — for lounging the day away by the Andaman Sea.  

Public transportation is easy and readily available, from trains, subways, buses, and taxis to long-tail boats and tuk-tuks. Head here in mid-April for the Songkran Water Splashing Festival to celebrate the Buddhist New Year with parades, street parties, and performances. 

23. Croatia

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If you’re feeling spontaneous, book a solo trip to Croatia, where you’ll be able to stretch your budget across spectacular beaches , rich history, and delectable cuisine. With a desirable exchange rate and friendly locals, this is perfect for any party of one. Become a beach bum on the unspoiled shores of the Dalmatian Islands. You’ll have the blue waters, white sands, and dramatic limestone cliffs to admire as you lounge by yourself. Then, eat your weight in white truffle pasta and fresh seafood before walking it off around Dubrovnik’s medieval Old Town.  

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Egypt is becoming more desirable for solo travel. A cruise down the Nile might be the best (not to mention safest and most convenient) way to see the African country alone. Eat delicious falafel in Cairo, explore the Great Pyramids in Giza, and discover ancient temples and tombs. And then return to your five-star accommodations before sailing off to the next archaeological wonder.  

There are also new (or updated) sights to see in the ancient destination. In 2022, the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor reopened after years of renovations. And, be on the lookout for the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, which should open sometime in 2023. 

25. England

Take solitary strolls along stunning cliffs, around quaint, small towns, or down urban streets in England. London is a natural choice for any Americans traveling across the pond. Traipse around Trafalgar Square , see the Rembrandts and Cézannes at the National Gallery , or enjoy a proper afternoon tea service at The Lanesborough . 

But, of course, there are also the charming English towns that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. One of the best parts of traveling to England is the history and you’ll find plenty of that in its storybook castles and the industrial-age towns of Yorkshire.   

Putin interview: Tucker Carlson confirms he will quiz Russian leader after days of rumours | Ukraine war latest

The ex-Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has confirmed he is in Moscow to interview the Russian president. Meanwhile, Ukraine accused Russia of killing a two-month-old baby in a missile attack in Kharkiv.

Tuesday 6 February 2024 20:10, UK

Vladimir Putin and Tucker Carlson. Pics: AP (left) and Reuters

  • Tucker Carlson confirms he is interviewing Vladimir Putin
  • Two-month-old baby killed in Russian missile attack on hotel, says Ukraine
  • Kyiv mayor gives backing to army chief on Zelenskyy's chopping block
  • UN nuclear chief to visit Zaporizhzhia plant over staffing and safety concerns
  • Kremlin attempting to normalise partitioning Ukraine, analysts say
  • Analysis: Do we really need to prepare for World War III?

On the frontline near the town of Kreminna, Ukrainian servicemen warm themselves up amid the snowy conditions. 

These soldiers are from the First Presidential Brigade Bureviy (Hurricane) of the National Guard of Ukraine. 

Kreminna is currently under Russian occupation. 

A former commander of Russia's Wagner mercenary group has been denied asylum after fleeing to Norway last year, his lawyer has said.

Andrei Medvedev escaped Russia in January last year across its Arctic border with Norway. 

His lawyer said immigration authorities in Norway denied him asylum three weeks ago as they do not consider him a regular combatant of the Russian armed forces, who cannot be punished for taking part in regular combat operations.

"They say the Wagner group is not a part of the Russian armed forces," Brynjulf Risnes said. "We argue that Wagner, in Ukraine, is an integral part of the Russian armed forces."

Mr Medvedev does not risk being expelled to Russia as it is "dangerous to send him back" because he would be punished for desertion and likely killed, Mr Risnes said. 

Norwegian immigration authorities declined to comment on the ruling, citing the need to seek permission from the person who sought asylum.

Mr Medvedev previously said he is an orphan who joined the Russian army and served time in prison before signing up with Wagner in July 2022.

He claimed he had left the group after witnessing the killing of captured deserters.

The Ukrainian president has ordered the creation of a separate branch of his country's armed forces that would focus entirely on drones. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his military officials have said drones are crucial to Ukraine's fight against Russia. 

"This is not a question for the future. Rather, it must provide concrete results in the very near future," Mr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address, where he announced the new decree. 

"This year must be decisive in a great many aspects. And clearly on the battlefield. Drone systems have shown their effectiveness on land, in the skies and on the seas."

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's minister for digital transformation, said the separate branch would provide "a powerful impetus" to the military's technological development.

In December, Mr Zelenskyy pledged Ukraine would produce a million drones in 2024.

The former Fox News host has confirmed he is indeed interviewing Vladimir Putin, after days of rumours and speculation in which he was spotted visiting the Russian president's office yesterday.

It would be the first one-on-one interview the Russian president has done with a Western journalist since the invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago. 

Carlson, who was fired from Fox News in April last year and has been a vocal supporter of Mr Putin, posted a four-minute video on X explaining why he had decided to interview him.  

He described Western interviews with Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy as "fawning pep sessions" and "government propaganda". 

The right-wing commentator criticised media outlets for not interviewing Mr Putin as well, saying Western audiences had "never heard his voice" and that this was "wrong". 

He said Elon Musk had agreed not to "block" or "suppress" the interview on social media site X, but accused the Biden administration of "illegally spying" on his team's text messages to stop "a Putin interview that we were planning". 

Vladimir Putin will travel to Turkey to meet the president as the NATO member tries to persuade Russia to return to the Black Sea grain deal.

The deal ensured the safe export of Ukrainian grain during the war via the Black Sea before Russia unilaterally withdrew in July.

A date for the Russian leader and Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet has not yet been confirmed, but a Turkish official told Reuters last week Mr Putin would visit Turkey on 12 February.

Speaking at a news conference in the Maltese capital Valletta, Turkey's foreign minister Hakan Fidan today said Turkey was working with Ukraine and Russia to revive the accord.

"We have always stood by Ukraine's territorial integrity and will continue to stand by it, but the destructive impact of the war must end somehow too."

Turkey shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and has aimed to maintain good ties with both.

It has provided military support for Kyiv while opposing the sanctions on Russia.

Ukrainian special forces have said they blew up a drilling platform in the Black Sea that Russia was using to enhance the range of its drones.

Equipment on the platform was used for drones involved in attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure and to control the northwestern part of the sea, a statement read.

A showy video published alongside the statement featured troops landing on the platform in the dawn hours, operating inside and moving away from it while a bright explosion is seen in the background.

The operation, dubbed Citadel, was conducted at night and resulted in the capture of "important enemy equipment".

"A successful special operation ensured safer movement of ships and limited the enemy's capabilities in the northwestern part of the Black Sea." 

Sky News cannot independently verify these reports.

Georgia's acting prime minister has accused Ukraine of trying to spread war to his country after authorities seized what they said was a truck loaded with explosives bound for Russia. 

A clandestine shipment of explosives headed for Voronezh was hidden in a cargo of car batteries driven overland from Ukraine via Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, claimed Georgia's State Security Service.

In October 2022, Moscow claimed Ukraine had carried out an explosion on the Crimean bridge using explosives hidden in a truck.

"This once again confirms what, in principle, the high-ranking officials of the Ukrainian government openly said that they wanted and probably still want: a second front in our country," Georgian Prime Minister-designate Irakli Kobakhidze said, in remarks reported by media outlet Interpressnews.

Mr Kobakhidze's Georgian Dream party, which has ruled the country since 2013, is seen as having steered what was once one of the most pro-Western former Soviet states in a more pro-Russian direction.

Russia has troops stationed in two breakaway regions of Georgia and fought a brief war there in 2008. 

Ukraine's embassy said it was looking into the allegations "regarding the involvement of Ukrainian citizens in illegal activities" and called on Georgia not to politicise the incident. 

Security at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant remains fragile amid staff cuts enacted by Russian authorities occupying the facility, the UN's nuclear watchdog chief has said.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi, who is in Kyiv, will visit the plant tomorrow after Russia denied access to employees of Ukraine's energy company Energoatom who refused to sign contracts with a Russian operator.

Formerly employing 12,000 staff, only 2,000 to 3,000 remain at the plant and are thought to have adopted Russian citizenship.

"To man, to operate these very sophisticated big installations you need a certain number of people performing different specific functions," said Mr Rossi.

"So far the situation is stable, but it is a very, very delicate equilibrium. So this is why I need to see for myself what is the situation."

Mr Rossi said he would also check the stability of the facility's cooling functions.

The IAEA has repeatedly expressed fears over the plant's position on the frontline, caught in the crossfire since Russia seized the facility.

Its six reactors have been shut down for months, but they still require power and qualified staff to operate crucial cooling systems and other safety features.

The plant suffered yet another blackout last month.

"All these things tell us that the situation in Zaporizhzhia continues to be fragile and it requires constant care," Mr Grossi said.

Last week we brought you footage Ukraine claimed to show the sinking of a Russian warship in the Black Sea.

UK military intelligence has now confirmed the attacks "almost certainly" sunk the Ivanovets vessel, which was used to send and receive targeting data to and from ships, helicopters and aircraft.

Multiple Ukrainian boat drones used "swarming tactics" to strike the vessel, resulting "in a large explosion", the UK defence ministry said today.

"The latest Ukrainian success highlights the continuing vulnerability of Russian warships operating in the Black Sea.

"It will highly likely have an impact on the Black Sea Fleet's command and control elements, probably forcing them to re-evaluate their manoeuvrability near western Crimea."

But the Russian navy is still able to conduct long-range strikes, patrols and support even without the Ivanovets, the UK MoD added.

The Kremlin is attempting to normalise the idea of partitioning Ukraine in the West, analysts have suggested.

Vladimir Putin and other senior officials proposed Russia and European powers could agree to redefine Ukraine within the borders of the western Lviv region, says the Institute for the Study of War.

Yesterday, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev claimed European plans to build a railway from Spain to Lviv city were evidence the West acknowledged it as the new capital of Ukraine.

"Medvedev's statement furthers the Russian information operation that erroneously portrays Ukraine as an artificially constructed state, likely in an effort to reduce Western military support for Ukraine and normalise Western discussions that push Ukraine to cede much of its territory and people to Russia as a legitimate way to end the war," the ISW said.

But Vladimir Putin, and many Russian ultranationalists, still want the complete capitulation of Ukraine, the ISW said.

"Lasting peace" can only be achieved through complete victory, according to the deputy head of Russia's national guard inside occupied Donetsk, Alexander Khodakovsky.

The ISW said: "Khodakovsky's zero-sum framing of the war is indicative of the wider Russian ultranationalist support for the Kremlin's maximalist objectives of a complete Ukrainian and Western defeat.

"This zero-sum framing is also incompatible with any serious negotiations for an armistice or lasting peace."

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