Do you have dreams of travelling solo? If so, Europe is definitely the continent for you.
Europe is incredibly well connected, with fantastic public transport links that make getting from A to B a breeze. Moreover, the European tourism infrastructure is famously robust meaning that there are a variety of different types of accommodation to meet all budgets.
However, Europe is such a large continent that choosing where to visit can seem overwhelming at first. So, let us discover 9 excellent destinations for first time solo travellers in Europe.
Dublin, the capital and largest city of Ireland is a must-see for solo travellers. With its lush greenery and bustling streets, Dublin has everything you could possibly need to build your confidence as a solo traveller. Celebrated for their welcoming nature, the Irish know how to have a good time. Furthermore, hotspots like Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, and The Cliffs of Moher all need to be seen to be believed.
Despite its reputation for cannabis culture and prostitution, the Dutch capital has so much more to offer solo travellers. Amsterdam is the place to be for art lovers. Hit up the Van Gogh museum to see the iconic sunflower paintings in person, or head to the Rijksmuseum to learn about the influential work of Rembrandt van Rijn.
As the capital city of Hungary, Budapest is made up of 3 unified cities. The city itself blends historical context with a relaxed contemporary art vibe. With museums and thermal spas in abundance, there is plenty to keep first-time solo travellers busy in Budapest.
Copenhagen is a hugely popular destination for young people travelling solo. With plenty of amusement parks like Tivoli Gardens and shopping opportunities in Strøget, and an unrivalled nightlife scene, being bored in Copenhagen is simply not an option. Be sure to pay the controversial Little Mermaid statue on Langelinie promenade a visit.
Although known worldwide as the city of romance, there is plenty to keep solo travellers happy in Paris. Strolling down the Champs-Élysées, exploring the Louvre, or just visiting a boutique Parisienne café are all unique ways to pass the time. You might even want to book a stay in a boutique hotel in Saint Germain for an extra taste of luxury and opulence.
Fan of all things cultural? The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. The greats of music, comedy, and theatre all come together for this whirlwind event each August. The Fringe to one side, this hilly coastal city truly has it all. You can head on a bus tour or see some of the sights of Scotland at your own pace by navigating the unique closes of the Old Town.
Lovingly referred to as the city of music, if you crave sophisticated storytelling of the opera, there are few better destinations than the Vienna State Opera. Going to a show alone is a rite of passage for first-time solo travellers. Similarly, with Baroque and Gothic designed buildings, Art Nouveau homes, and contemporary buildings all seamlessly blending into one impressive whole, Vienna is a paradise for architecture lovers.
Not sure whether you want to go somewhere more contemporary or historic? Berlin has the best of both. That being said, all solo visitors to Berlin should make time for a trip to the East Side Gallery. This open-air gallery consists of a series of murals painted directly on a remnant of the Berlin Wall, located near the centre of Berlin, on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
London, the capital city of the UK and England is one of the most diverse cities in the world. For solo visits, a ride on the London Eye can help you to find panoramic views of the city. Aside from the hub of central London where you can find the Tower of London, the National Gallery, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London is well connected to other UK cities through its transport links making it easy for you to reach your next destination.
Ultimately, when choosing your next solo destination, take some time to think about whether you want to visit an activity filled city, or somewhere with a slightly slower pace of life. Above all, while most European destinations are safe and welcoming, it is still crucial that you stay alert as travelling solo can sometimes feel more vulnerable when compared to travelling as part of a group.