With a varied array of landscapes, languages, and cultures, it’s no wonder that Europe is a dream destination for many. Even better, it’s a dream destination for solo travel, too! In many places, the people are friendly, it’s relatively easy to navigate with English, and many other solo travelers visit. Of all of the places I’ve visited and lived, here are my top solo travel destinations in Europe!
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Why it’s great: Amsterdam remains one of my favorite cities in the world. And if a solo traveler goes to Europe, chances are they’ll go here. This will give you the opportunity to easily meet plenty of others. For me, Amsterdam is one of the top solo travel destinations in Europe because it’s filled with so many cultural and historic attractions that you will never have a shortage of things to do. The Dutch are also so friendly and excellent at English, so getting around is a breeze!
Related: Wondering what to do, where to go, or where to stay while you’re there? Check out my Ultimate Solo Traveler’s Guide to Amsterdam!
Why it’s great: Copenhagen is a fantastic destination for the solo student and solo traveler alike. Danish culture is second-to-none, the restaurants are world-famous, and longer daylight hours during the summer give you extra time to explore. And when it gets dark, there’s no need to worry. I lived in Copenhagen for seven months and truly experienced how it is one of the safest places in the world to walk around alone. Danes are also excellent at English and have a silly sense of humor, making it delightful to navigate through the city.
Related: Check out my ultimate local guide to Copenhagen for an authentically local experience!
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Why it’s great: If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that Salzburg is where I discovered my love of travel. Because of the famous movie The Sound of Music, the city is used to getting travelers from all over the globe, making it likely that locals will speak English. Plus, there will be plenty of others to meet if you don’t want to be alone! There is no lack of an authentic Austrian feel in Salzburg that makes it absolutely charming, and the surrounding nature is stunning. If you visit, I would highly suggest also exploring the beautiful surrounding areas, like the Salzkammergut (lake district), Hallstatt, or nearby Koenigsee in Berchtesgaden.
Related: First time visiting Salzburg? Check out my Ultimate Solo Female Travel Guide to the city!
Related: Wondering how to get to Hallstatt from Salzburg? Take the headache away with my step-by-step guide to getting to Hallstatt from Salzburg.
Why it’s great: As a counter-culture party capital, Berlin also tops the list as one of the top solo travel destinations in Europe. I always felt safe while I lived in there for two months interning with the U.S. Embassy. Especially for those looking to explore the club and music scene, Berlin is full of solo travelers, so you will have plenty of others to meet. You can see the history seeping through the city’s walls, and every neighborhood is a new treat to explore with a €1 beer in hand.
Related: Spend the most amazing 2 days of your life with my weekend guide to Berlin!
Leiden, the Netherlands
Why it’s great: About 30 minutes south of Amsterdam, Leiden is a smaller, less touristy, but just as enchanting sister of the country’s capital. Leiden is an amazing student city as it is home to both Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center. There is no shortage of young people out and about, enjoying themselves at the many cafes and bars, and even at floating parties in the canals! It’s safe and generally quiet, making this a great solo travel destination especially for those who aren’t into larger cities.
Why it’s great: Besides Copenhagen, Stockholm is the quintessential Scandinavian capital that you don’t want to miss. It’s incredibly safe, clean, full of art and history, and the nightlife is interesting. With their uniquely-Swedish sing-songy accent, the Swedes are another group that champions at speaking English. There are also plenty of other travelers, so you’ll have no problem meeting others.
Related: Stay safe with the top 7 safest places to travel alone in Europe!
Prague, Czech Republic
Why it’s great: Next to Berlin, Prague is the affordable party capital of Europe. So if you’re looking to go out and have some fun, Prague is the place to be. As one of the top solo travel destinations in Europe, solo travelers abound here, the architecture is beautiful, and the city is easily navigable. I also felt very safe in Prague as a female traveler. If you visit, don’t miss a boat party on the river! It will be an (un)forgettable night.
(All of) Albania
Why it’s great: Despite what deceptive popular culture may make you think (thanks, Taken…) Albania is actually a really safe country. It’s also an excellent destination for the adventurous solo traveler, making it one of my top solo travel destinations in Europe. Albanians are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met, and even if they can’t understand you, they will still welcome you into their home and try to be your friend. The touristic infrastructure is behind that of many other European countries but isn’t impossible to figure out.
Especially if you like to fly by the seat of your pants and be surprised around every corner, I couldn’t recommend Albania more! I lived and worked solo for an NGO in Albania for two months and always felt safe day or night, whether or not I was alone. Try to spend some time with the locals, too – they have so much to share, and will probably give you a shot of some raki, too!
Related: Want to learn more about a vacation in Albania? Check out my post for 5 Dreamy Excursions in Albania that will satisfy anyone. Also don’t miss my guides to Tirana, the Albanian capital, and Theth, the remote mountain village you see pictured below (spoiler: it’s not as easy to get to as you might think…)!
Why it’s great: Florence was my first-ever solo travel destination and one that I will never forget. The art, the architecture, the food! It’s a gelato- and pizza-lover’s dream, there are awesome solo travelers that come through here, and you can get by easily with English. I loved that the city was totally walkable and easy to digest, while still providing plenty to do. Don’t miss the beautiful view over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo!
Why it’s great: Dotted with orange trees, striking architecture, and rich and interesting history, Valencia is a gem on Spain’s east coast. The city is a good size, but very walkable and easy to navigate. There is also a good cluster of hostels in Valencia that organize walking tours and pub crawls together (shoutout to Cameron of Tour Me Out Valencia!), so it’s easy to meet others. Unique attractions like the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences and an 18-segment park that used to be a river will give you plenty to do. Oh, and don’t forget the delicious paella that originates from Valencia!
Related: Wondering what to pack for your solo trip? Check out these 13 travel essentials that will change your life – I know they changed mine!
Why it’s great: While Crete may not have the most solo travelers of the Greek islands, I met some amazing solo travelers at Youth Hostel Plakias with whom I’m still close. With a loyal group of visitors that return every year, this hostel is located in the tiny village of Plakias on the southern coast of the island. Imagine waking up in the middle of an olive grove, the sun rising over the towering mountains behind you, and roosters gently crowing as you lay in a hammock and eat your made-to-order breakfast – all for just €10 per night!
It will be easiest to get around if you rent a car, but the scenery, the beaches (one has pink sand!), the mountains, and the food will definitely not disappoint. Crete is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. I would recommend it highly to any solo traveler looking for a unique, nature-filled getaway.
Why it’s great: Alicante was a delightful surprise as a solo travel destination. Its unique history, walkable and dynamic center, and surrounding nature make it a growing tourist destination on Spain’s east coast. There are so many solo travelers here, especially at Hostel X, and you will certainly not be alone if you don’t want to be. With so many activities available, like water canyoning in the mountains and trekking to the top of Santa Bárbara Castle that overlooks the city, Alicante will make a unique impression on you. Don’t miss El Barrio de Santa Cruz (pictured below), the quiet Old Quarter of Alicante nestled into the mountainside!
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