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7 of the Best European Cities for Solo Travel

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Some of the best European cities for solo travel are just a short flight away from the UK. Europe boasts a great number of glorious cities, big and small, that are perfect for singles holidays. For those travelling alone, personal security is key issue – and many European destinations offer not only an exciting and educational city break but the chance to explore safely on your own.

What are the best European cities for solo travel?

Known for their rich history and steeped in culture, art, wondrous architecture and mouth-watering cuisine, European cities are fun, friendly and absorbing places to explore over a few days. European cities are great for exploring alone or as part of an escorted tour where you have the chance to meet new friends.

Looking for inspiration? Here are seven inspirational cities to explore as part of our solo traveller collection that answer the question: what are the best European cities for solo travel?

Vienna, Austria

If you’re thinking about striking out to explore the heart of Europe, a great place to start is the Austrian capital Vienna, which lies on the river Danube. Home to three of the world’s greatest composers – Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss – Vienna is heralded as the capital of classical music and you can enjoy one of the many classical music performances which the city hosts on a regular basis. Today, Vienna is considered one of the best European cities for solo travel. A stroll along its pristine streets lined with fine examples of ornamental architecture is a relaxing highlight for any visitor.

There’s so much in Vienna for solo travellers. Don’t miss a trip to Schönbrunn, the beautiful Baroque palace where a six-year-old Mozart played for royalty. Bookworms should also head for the Austrian National Library – it houses over 12.2 million books and artefacts.

Best European Cities for Solo Travel Vienna

Horse and Rider Archduke Charles Erzherzog Karl memorial in Vienna, Austria

Berlin, Germany

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, so 2019 could be a poignant time to visit the German capital. As a destination for singles holidays, Berlin is surprisingly welcoming, with locals being polite and accommodating. Top of the agenda for solo travellers in Berlin should be a visit to the iconic Brandenburg Gate – crowds also gather to see the monument lit up at night so you’ll feel safe wandering the streets at twilight.

Throughout November, special events will be taking place in the city to commemorate the fall of the Wall, however visitors can see remains of the guarded concrete barrier at any time – the longest surviving stretch is now known as the East Side Gallery, displaying work by over 100 artists.

Best European Cities for Solo Travel Berlin

Brandenburg Gate and the TV tower in Berlin, Germany

Palermo, Sicily

When researching cities for solo travel in Europe, don’t forget to add Palermo in Sicily to your list. Although essentially an Italian island capital, it’s an alluring destination with its own distinct history, culture and cuisine, as well as a dazzling array of UNESCO-listed attractions. Palermo for solo travellers means the chance to explore a captivating city alone, or with new-found tour friends, discovering Arabesque archways, Byzantine mosaics and tiny timeless Italian squares.

Spend time exploring Palermo’s many street markets – the colourful Capo food market is a treat for the senses, and you shouldn’t leave without sampling a Sicilian lemon tart. Or relax in a café or bar along the bustling Via Roma and simply watch the world go by.

Best European Cities for Solo Travel Palermo

Palermo Cathedral at dusk in Sicily, Italy

Seville, Spain

Seductive Seville is often on the itinerary for singles holidays in Classical Spain and it’s easy to see why. Seville is charming, compact and safe to walk around, making it one of the best European cities for solo travel. The imposing cathedral, with its monument dedicated to the explorer Christopher Columbus, is a must-see attraction, as is the Plaza de España and fortified palace of Alcázar – if you experience a feeling of déjà vu, scenes from Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones were filmed here.

Centuries-old Spanish traditions have also been kept alive in Seville, giving the city a distinctive Andalucían air. If you want to see a flamenco show, learn more about matadors or eat tapas and drink sherry, it’s the place to go.

Best European Cities for Solo Travel Seville

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Bruges, Belgium

When it comes to the best European cities for solo travel, places don’t get much better than Bruges. The tranquil, safe city is perfect for singles holidays, especially if you want to escape from the pressures of modern day living. Arrive in Bruges and you’ll discover one of the prettiest preserved medieval towns in Europe, where you can unwind, explore at a leisurely pace and indulge in your love for Flemish art — and delicious chocolate.

As a solo traveller in Bruges, you’ll soon notice the city’s old-world charm and the friendliness of its citizens. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of the famous Belgian beer – over 500 varieties are brewed in the country – or a plate of speciality mussels, someone is sure to say hello.

Best European Cities for Solo Traveller Bruges

Canals and Bell Tower in Bruges, Belgium

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vibrant Vilnius is also one of the best cities for solo travel in Europe. The Lithuanian capital has seen more than its fair share of wars, invasions and fires, but today it’s a friendly destination to explore, and ideal for singles holidays. In the Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, church steeples dominate the skyline and Gothic buildings sit alongside exquisite examples of neo-Classical and Baroque architecture.

Join fellow travellers on a solo holiday in the Baltics for a stroll around the city’s many green spaces – pack a picnic of a traditional kibinai pastry. Or head to the main Cathedral Square and look for the ‘stebuklas’ miracle tile. Stand on it, spin clockwise and make a wish. Then keep your fingers crossed it’ll come true.

Best European Cities for Solo Travel Vilnius

Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania

Bologna, Italy

Any list of city breaks for solo travellers has to include the gastronomic delight of Bologna. Sandwiched between Venice and Florence, it’s not always the first choice in Italy for singles holidays, however if you are a fan of good food and fine wine, then a taste of Bologna is sure to be a recipe for success.

Base yourself in the historic centre of Bologna and the city’s many attractions will be on your doorstep. Don’t miss the majestic main square and the enormous church of San Petronio. If you want to travel further afield, staying in Bologna also means you’ll have easy access to further culinary treasures of the Emilia-Romagna region, where both balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano Reggiano are produced.

Best European Cities for Solo Travel Bologna

Bologna Old Town centre in Bologna, Italy


We hope that this has inspired you to travel as a Solo Traveller in Europe. Please see our full collection of Solo Traveller tours for further details and departures. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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