Whether it’s your first trip on your own or you’re a seasoned solo traveler, these 10 destinations in Europe are the perfect choice. Choose from hip and happening hubs, foodie havens, and cultural hotspots.
1. Experience Lisbon on an e-bike
Explore Lisbon’s winding streets and centuries-old history spread over seven hills on an e-bike tour. You can enjoy riding solo or join a group of active travelers. Lisbon offers incredible views, like the 25 de Abril suspension bridge (not to be confused with the Golden Gate Bridge) and wonderful food. Make sure to sample the seafood and dig into the city’s famous pastries.
2. Amble around Amsterdam for a culture fix
There’s no denying the charm of strolling around Amsterdam’s 165 canals. There’s culture around every corner: visit the renowned Van Gogh Museum or learn about Anne Frank on a walking tour. Or, do as the locals do and go on a bike tour around the city. However you end up exploring, you’re sure to encounter the friendliest of locals. The Dutch are known for their outgoing nature, making Amsterdam a perfect choice for solo visitors.
3. Take a bite out of Bologna
Arguably the culinary capital of Italy, Bologna is the perfect place for a solo foodie trip. Taste local delicacies like Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic di Modena, tortellini and Parma ham. A walking food tour is a great way to sample the best of the city and meet like-minded travelers. If you want to do more than eat, join a market tour and cooking demo followed by dinner with a local. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city and enjoy a good meal.
4. Waltz through Vienna’s musical past
The grand city of Vienna is a feast for the senses. Solo travelers can attend classical music concerts and visit its many art galleries. Experience a concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed in the beautiful Baroque Karlskirche, while Mozart and Strauss’ music come to life in a charming concert. This is solo travel at its classiest.
5. Enjoy the best of both worlds in Palma de Mallorca
Avoid overrun resorts on the sun-soaked island of Mallorca. Instead, stay in its capital, Palma, where you can explore the city’s breathtaking architecture in between trips to the beach. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma and marvel at this 14th-century cathedral built in glowing sandstone with its 61 stained-glass windows. A historic walking tour will excite any history buff while foodies will love a tapas tour.
6. Rev it up in Reykjavik
Iceland is an adventure lover’s dream, and its capital Reykjavik is the perfect base from which to explore its volcanoes, hot springs, and glaciers. It’s also one of the safest countries in the world, which makes it perfect for solo trips. Marvel at the Northern Lights on this guided tour (complete with hot chocolate and treats). During the daytime, explore the lava fields of Hafnarfjörður on horseback.
7. Float through Venice
Getting lost wandering along the canals of Venice is part of the magic of this city on the water. Its culture is another. Admire modern art at the illustrious Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or take a tour of the majestic Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square. Solo travelers will love taking a gondola ride followed by grabbing a cappuccino or an original Italian gelato.
8. Put Bruges on your bucket list
The medieval city of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is easily reached on a day trip from Brussels, a city that ranks tops in terms of safety for solo travelers. Once there, wander the cobbled streets lining the charming canals or take a rickshaw tour with other fun-minded solo travelers. Shop for traditional lace, devour delicious chocolate and beer, and listen to some carillon bell playing as you explore this city.
9. Take time out in Strasbourg
See the charming, historical heart of Alsace in Strasbourg. The city offers an interesting mix of German-influenced architecture along with typical French gastronomy of the region. Take in the old and the new parts of the city on a fun Segway tour. Or, opt to pedal push on this bike tour. Don’t worry, though — you can sit back and relax while exploring Little France. This area is ideal to explore on a boat. After you’ve toured to your heart’s content, enjoy a traditional cider and pancake at any of the local shops. Before you go, make sure to visit the Alsace wine region.
10. Party on in Zurich
Switzerland is all about Alpine mountains, white snow, and glittering lakes, right? You can see the spectacular natural sights from Zurich, such as Mount Titlis and Jungfraujoch. But Zurich is also home to the largest techno event in the world. Up to 1 million people gather to celebrate and dance during the Street Parade in August. If you’re not raving it up, an eTukTuk tour is just the thing to take in the city’s historic sights.