Watching your own back is always necessary, even in the most crime-free locations, but many European cities have safe reputations, so that you can focus more on where you go than how you go.Taking in all those considerations, here’s a list of cities that are most welcoming to solo travelers—and where you can build your own ultimate Eurotrip.My favorite discovery was the Sainte Chapelle—its stained glass was so dramatic that I was grateful for the opportunity to take it in at my own pace.And for a quirky and free place to stay, become a Tumbleweed at the English bookshop Shakespeare and Company, where you pay for your night’s stay by volunteering at the store for a few hours, reading a book a day, and writing a one-page autobiography.And no European city does festivals quite like the Scottish capital.From the more traditional International Film Festival and Jazz and Blues Festival to the spectacles of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the celebrations only add to the long list of to-dos in the hilly coastal city.
Once situated, I was able to run between sights like the Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery and the Brandenburg Gate, snacking on currywurst—my newfound favorite local dish—along the way.
The Swedish capital truly has it all: a cobblestoned old town with pedestrian-only roads, 57 bridges that stretch over its 14 islands, an amusement park dating back to 1880s, a bath house from 1904, and the most artistic subway stations, each decorated with its own theme.
So it was no surprise that the free walking tours in town were dominated by solo travelers finding their own piece of the low-crime city.
While monuments should dictate your itinerary in Europe, it’s really how you take in the sights that will make your trip.
And with the sheer amount of things to see and do, traveling in Europe, especially with a big group, can get overwhelming.