Europe’s Best Solo Travel Destinations

Ditch the regimented schedules and the constant need to adhere to others’ plans and embrace the freedom of solo travel this summer.

Taking a trip on your own can be a nerve-wracking thought, but it is sure to produce the most memorable experiences and aid in your journey towards self-discovery.

Ideal for both seasoned travellers and those wanting to embark on their first solo trip, the following destinations offer the perfect blend of cultural experiences, safety and vibrant social scenes. 

Lisbon, Portugal

Home to the delicious pastel de nata, Lisbon is a food-lover’s dream. Its coastal location guarantees fresh seafood in all its forms, and the modern Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out Market) combines specially curated small plates with the charm of a street food environment.

As well as eating your way around the city, there are plenty of sights to see in Lisbon. Ride the iconic Tram 28, recognisable by its vibrant yellow exterior, or wander through the Alfama district’s narrow streets.

Lisbon’s growing community of digital nomads makes it easy to connect with others when on a solo travel trip.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam’s friendly locals and extensive public transport network make it a perfect spot for solo travellers.

This laid-back city hosts some of the most sociable hostels in Europe, each with very affordable prices and daily group activities.

If nightlife isn’t your thing, head to one of Amsterdam’s many museums. The Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s House and the Rijksmuseum are just a few that should be on your list.

Act like a local and spend a day getting around the city on a bike. As well as a fool-proof cycle lane system, there are plenty of parks to cycle around too. 

Berlin, Germany

The eclectic neighbourhoods and historical significance throughout Berlin make it a cultural hotspot for solo travellers.

Whether you’re on a European backpacking trip or just a weekend away to yourself, you will feel welcomed by the diverse population of this city.

During the day, you can explore the many sites characterised by Berlin’s rich history such as the East Side Gallery, the Holocaust Memorial, and a tour of the Reichstag. By night, the city transforms into one big party, and its club scene has become globally renowned as one of the best in the world. 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s enchanting streets will capture the heart of any solo traveller, and its status as one of the safest cities in the UK guarantees an easy journey for anyone travelling alone.

History lovers will feel at home here, with the chance to lose yourself in the mystery of Holyrood Palace and explore the beautiful Edinburgh Castle.

For those wanting to spend time outdoors, pack for all weather conditions! But don’t let a little rain stop you from hiking to Arthur’s Seat or the stunning surrounding countryside areas.