June 19, 2024

Let’s Start with My Top 7 Best European Cities

Since my divorce many years ago I discovered solo travel. I didn’t hesitate to jump across the pond on my first trip and I haven’t stopped! I found my favorite spots and revisit them as often as I can. My stays were everything from apartments, shared houses to hotels. I have loads of tips for anyone planning a solo trip. I will share a few of the Best European Cities for Solo Travelers in this article.

There are many places to pick from, and solo travel in Europe is my favorite. You can do so much exploring and stay on a budget that doesn’t break the bank.  I found a large city to fly in and out of and then planned my solo excursions from there.

The Best Europe Destinations for Solo Adventures

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Your first thought is probably sex and drugs but that is not what Amsterdam is all about.  There is so much more to Amsterdam. There are the canals, cafes, history galore, amazing museums, and a vibrant nightlife (if that is your cuppa tea). Amsterdam is the ideal city to start your solo adventures since it has a canal district that is small enough to explore by walking.

There are many wonderful museums to explore. You should try to see all you can about how this city played an huge role in the war. I rented a bike for a day and got in with the cycling crowd to explore the city. I have to say, I felt much safer on the bike than walking at times.

2. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a fascinating city with an extensive history. You will find plenty of museums, galleries, and restaurants to explore, and the city’s public transportation system makes it easy to get around. There are a few main sights you will want to see around Alexanderplatz. To see more you will need to use the public transportation system. You won’t be able to see everything on foot as the city is sprawling.

There are a few neighborhoods that I enjoyed more than others. Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg, and Neukölln were artsy and had plenty of great cafes, bars, and food markets to explore.

3. Barcelona, Spain

The architecture in Barcelona is magnificent. You will discover delicious food, see outstanding buildings, and even visit the beach. I found Barcelona to be great for a solo adventure.  I always find something to see or do in this city. And the shopping is amazing! I tend to walk around for hours just soaking up the culture and then try my hardest to blend in and explore the next level – the local level. I would suggest you visit the following: La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, La Rambla, a busy shopping street, and Park Güell, a viewing park overlooking the city.

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4. Prague, Czech Republic

I would have never thought about Prague for a solo trip until another solo travel went and had nothing but wonderful things to say. It is known for stunning architecture, historic landmarks, and charming cobblestone streets. I found it so easy to immerse myself in the culture of a city that is big enough to explore, but manageable by walking.

I started out in the Old Town and then worked my way to Prague Castle. I suggest you get off the path and experience more local attractions. You are sure to find wonderful food and have amazing experiences in this city.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

Its claim to fame for Copenhagen is they are one of the happiest cities in the world. You will experience the Danish way of life in cozy cafes, amazing green spaces, and intriguing boutiques. I enjoyed exploring on a rented bike and highly recommend it.

I visited Copenhagen in July but have been told that the winter is just as magical. You will then get to experience the indoor Copenhagen life which can be a whole lot of fun.

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6. Lisbon, Portugal

I would go to Portugal for the custard tarts alone! AKA Pastéis de Belém.  They are so addictive, and you can eat them any time of the day. No judgment! Lisbon is a major city and has plenty to see and do.  I took the tram to sights and even just to go up the hill for dinner. It provides a roadside view of the city and allows you to pick where you want to explore further. Lisbon is a great destination for solo travelers. The city is known for its friendly locals and relaxed atmosphere, and there are plenty of museums, galleries, and historic sites to explore. One of the popular areas is the Amalfa district and should be visited. I would not recommend Lisbon for those how have mobility issues. You can see quite a bit in the flatter areas of the city but a lot of it is on hills. It can be a bit tough getting up and the hills and the cobblestones can be tricky.

7. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest was always on my list, and I finally made it.  I enjoyed a thermal bath and wonderful food. I highly recommend it to a solo traveler. The city is divided by the Danube River, and there are plenty of beautiful bridges and parks to explore.

Two of the most famous bathhouses to visit are Széchenyi Bath and Gellért Bath. I walked along the river and then went to the Buda Castle for magnificent views.

Don’t hesitate to put one of these wonderful destinations on your bucket list. Be an empowered solo traveler. You won’t regret it.

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