Sometimes, living here in the UK, we can take our perfect location for granted. We not only have stunning cities in our own backyard, but we have access to 100’s of European cities, all under 3 hrs away by plane. Why wouldn’t we try and go see them all?!
Whether you’re based in Europe or further afield, Europe is by far one of the best places to head on a solo travel adventure and for us female travellers, it is also filled with super amazing and very safe places to visit!
One of the biggest obstacles we face as solo female travellers is the fear of something happening to us when we’re trying to have the best time ever. Unfortunately, women are statistically more at risk when it comes to travelling alone, but with so many of us heading out on our own these days, it’s getting easier and easier to become travel savvy.
So, to help you put your mind at ease and help you feel a little better about jetting of on your own, here are the top 10 safest European cities to visit as a solo female traveller.
Barcelona, if you’ve read some of my many other solo travel ramblings, was the FIRST place I ever had the bravery to travel solo and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If it wasn’t for this city and how safe I felt whilst exploring it, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to see more of the world all by myself.
The atmosphere of this city is electric no matter what the time of day. If you fancy an amazing night out with other travellers, no problem! If you want a chilled day on your own drinking amazing coffee and seeing all the amazing sights, it’s easily done!
Must see places: Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter, the harbour and the Picasso museum.
For places to eat: Luckily for you, I’ve done a whole blog on the best places to eat in Barcelona.
The beautiful city of Lisbon is a huge draw for solo travellers, with its colourful, photogenic streets, it makes for some serious Instagram gold!
Every street is like a mini art gallery, with even the famous trams sporting some snazzy decoration. If you are looking for a whole heap of culture and vibrancy on your travels, there’s no better place. Plus the weather is pretty amazing as well!
Must see places: The Tower of Belem, Oceanário de Lisboa, Guincho Beach and Parques se Sintra.
For places to eat: Fabrica Coffee Roasters, Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon, Restaurante Mili and Cantinho do Avillez.
I stayed in Stockholm for about 4 days and I’ve never felt safer. It’s a very laid back city, with bustling shopping centres and busy streets. Even walking around the gorgeous suburban areas, I never felt uneasy or on alert, I could just relax and take in all the sights.
I’d highly recommend the hop-on, hop-off bus tours around the city as it can be hard to navigate on your first day. Once you’ve got the layout though, you’ll be visiting some of the amazing districts and navigating like a local.
Must see places: The Abba Museum (yes, it’s amazing), Sodermalm, Gamla Stan and The Palace.
For places to eat: Chokladkoppen, Kajsas Fisk, Barrels, Burgers and Beer and Aifur.
Amsterdam may seem like a stag weekends heaven, but it has so much more than what it is famed for (predominantly weed and the red light district). Filled with museums, creative artists and more bikes than you can shake a stick at, there is no better place to sit back and relax, watching the world go by.
Whether you’re drawn to the mystery of the red light district, or you just want to take a bike ride along the canal, Amsterdam is a great place to test out the solo travel waters.
Must see places: Van Gogh Museum, Micropia, Heineken Experience, The Sexmuseum (because when in Amsterdam…).
For places to eat: Greenwoods Singel, Barney’s Coffeeshop (if you fancy a smoke), Scandinavian Embassy and Coffee Bru.
I had the pleasure of heading to Edinburgh last year for the first time and wow, what a city! It manages to have a classic and traditional Scottish feel, but have a contemporary style that just peaks through a little bit.
If you want a stunning view, head to Calton Hill and grab a seat on one of the many benches as the sun sets over the city. Probably one of my favourite places to be.
Must see places: Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle, The Fringe Festival and Arthur’s Seat.
For places to eat: Forage & Chatter, The Wee Restaurant, Nok’s Kitchen and Deacon’s House Cafe.
Another great city for solo travellers, not only have you got endless streets to wander and keep you busy, but there’s also a large park in the centre where you can spend some time relaxing and people watching.
It’s also the perfect city for those looking for a mix of sightseeing and relaxation, thanks to the many thermal spas on offer! Book yourself a trip to a hot spring and grab a massage after a long day pounding the pavement. Budapest is so beautiful and trying to get as much in as possible is highly advised.
Must see places: Budapest Szechenyi Spa, Fisherman’s Bastion, Hungarian State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica.
For places to eat: Great Market Hall, Borbiróság, Ruin bars, Kiosk and Taverna Dionysos.
I feel like over the last few years, Prague has become a hot spot for weekend getaways and for good reason, just look at the image above! Cobbled streets and colourful buildings are just waiting to be explored and the rest of the city is just as beautiful.
Take a walk across Charles Bridge and partake in a bit of night time photography as the lights twinkle across the city. Again, this city has a very easy going and slow pace that is perfect for putting any solo travel jitters at ease.
Must see places: Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock Tower and Prague Castle.
For places to eat: Clear Head, CottoCrudo, Restaurant Zvonice and V Zátiší.
Oh Copenhagen you beaut! One of my favourite cities in Europe, there’s something about this giant little city that just feels like it should be noisier and more chaotic, but it’s just not. With more bikes than cars, there’s a lack of noise pollution that seems a bit weird at first, like something is missing. After a day, it washes over you and calms you in a way I never thought a city could!
It’s super easy to navigate, amazing for shopping and has the best cafes of any city. If you’ve never been to Copenhagen, get there immediately!
Must see places: Nyhavn, Tivoli (Best around Christmas time!), Visit Carlsberg, The Little Mermaid and Christianshavn.
For places to eat: Kiin Kiin, Höst, Kødbyens Fiskebar, Next Door Cafe and Bastard Café.
Ireland, my motherland. With its rolling green hills, stunning scenery and extremely friendly locals, you can’t go far wrong with a trip to Ireland, and Dublin is right up there as one of the safest places for solo travellers to visit!
Even the bigger cities in Ireland have a small village feel and the cobbled streets are an absolute joy to wander around. With plenty of cafes, shops and of course, pubs, Dublin is a vibrant and energetic city filled with the best people. Solo travellers will have no trouble connecting with fellow visitors in this city!
Must see places: Guinness Storehouse (obviously), Dublin Castle, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Wicklow Mountains.
For places to eat: Kilkenny Cafe and Restaurant, Bleecker Street Cafe Bar, Brother Hubbard and Lemon Jelly Cafe.
I actually have family in Norway and I do not use that to my advantage nearly enough as I should! Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and if you’re looking for a quiet and slow-paced adventure, then Bergen is the place for you.
Filled with Nordic culture and lined with the traditional, colourful buildings, Bergen is often overlooked for more popular destinations such as Oslo, but it’s a beautiful place that begs to be explored more.
Must see places: Byparken, Bergen Aquarium, Fantoft Stave Church and Fjord Cruise.
For places to eat: Kaffemisjonen, Det Lille Kaffe Kompaniet, Colonialen Restaurant and Brasilia Bergen.
Where to stay in Bergen: HI Bergen Hostel Montana
Has your favourite European city been missed off the list? Let me know where you feel safest when travelling solo through Europe and have you ever avoided somewhere because of what other travellers have said?