If you’re wondering what the safest European cities are for solo female travelers, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve just returned from my first solo trip around Europe and I want to encourage other women to do the same. Here are my top 10 safest European cities for solo female travelers (with your typical American tourist in mind).
1) Vienna, Austria
Considered to be the capital of Austria and earned the title of the ‘city with the highest quality of life’, Vienna is one of the safest European cities for solo female travelers. The best bit? Vienna offers so much in a short amount of time, and there’s enough time to enjoy it all. From music to history, there’s never a shortage of things to experience. Budapest is a great cultural destination if you’re looking for something a bit different from Vienna.
Vienna is not only the capital of Austria, but also a cultural city with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can visit Vienna’s numerous museums and palaces over the course of days, without the overwhelming feeling that you have seen everything.
Austria is the 4th most peaceful country and Vienna is ranked 5th in the world for “personal safety”. But with visiting any big cities, please always practice your normal safety precautions. As a solo traveller, you can easily get around the city on your own. Vienna is a very walkable city.
2) Santorini, Greece
The cost of the Aegean Islands has come down a lot in recent years, and with prices like this, it is no surprise that Santorini is often mentioned as a desirable destination for travelers on a budget. Not only is the price something worth celebrating, but so is the level of safety. Take a look at the beaches and picturesque architecture while you’re there.
Greek people can be friendly and helpful. Men can be more forward than in other Western countries but if you politely indicate your lack of interest, they will apologise and leave you alone.
Santorini has beautiful sunsets, but it can get crowded, especially in Fira with its maze of steps. The island is part of the Cyclades. It’s especially famous because of its beauty. White-washed buildings and blue domes can be found everywhere in Santorini. Wherever you are on the island, you’ll keep stumbling upon the prettiest viewpoints.
What’s more, Santorini is famous for its fantastic sunsets. There are many viewpoints where you can see the most gorgeous sunsets.
3) Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is known as the ‘Venice of the North’ because of its many canals. Of course, taking to the water is just one of many ways to experience the city. Other ways to enjoy everything this city has to offer include taking in the history, meeting new people, and riding a bike. It’s also an affordable destination for solo travelers on a budget and the safest city. There are plenty of cafes, markets, bars, and other venues where you can meet locals or other visitors.
Amsterdam is also very bike-friendly, with bike lanes on every street. Public transportation is readily available as well. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in Amsterdam, you might want to consider renting an apartment. Prices are generally reasonable and you’ll have more space and privacy than if you stayed in a hotel. Some short-term apartment rentals are in old canal houses that have been renovated into apartments, such as Amsterdam Apartments . This can give you some exposure to Dutch culture. Meanwhile, longer term apartments offer furnished accommodations where all or most of your meals can be prepared in your kitchen so that you don’t need to eat out all of the time.
4) Paris, France
It doesn’t matter that Paris is known as the ‘City of Love’; it’s also one of the safest cities in Europe for female solo travelers. There’s lots to see and do, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. In the end, this is before you have time to dine on the many delicious options.
It’s likely that women traveling alone will feel just as safe as if they were at home when in most parts of France. Unless, of course, they can’t be independent people at home, then the experience will be different. Nearly every interaction with men in France can be a bit playful and flirty.uys aren’t coy and tend to be direct, even when they’re hotel employees or men on the street. You may feel they’re coming on too strong, even if they’re just being straightforward. If you don’t feel right doing something or saying something, then don’t do it or say it. Often, they will understand.
There is so much to see and do all over the country. The people and the food are amazing. The landscape is so beautiful.
5) Barcelona, Spain
In addition to being one of the safest European cities for solo female travelers, Barcelona offers many other advantages. You don’t need to pay for transportation because there are a lot of famous Gaudi buildings, and most things are within walking distance. While it’s important to keep valuables safe in the city, Barcelona still ranks high for its safety in the city.
Pickpocketing is the main thing you should be aware of. As such, Barcelona regularly sees cases of theft in crowded public places like the metro or the touristy city center. Simply put, just use the same precautions you would elsewhere. Do not flash your expensive watch, jewel-encrusted iPhone case, or wads of cash. Dress modestly and stay as inconspicuous as possible. Keep your possessions close to you and near the ground so you can see them at all times.
Barcelona has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, metros, trains, and trams. That said, the city is very walkable so you can actually see a lot of the attractions on foot. There are a ton of different accommodations you can choose from. Hostels may be a good option for those who are very social and like being surrounded by new people.
6) London, England
One of the best things about London is the fact the London Underground – often called the Tube – is so easy to use and can get you just about anywhere in the city. Not only is it one of the safest cities for solo female travelers, but it’s not that long before you can experience those famous London landmarks for yourself.
Finding the safest European cities for solo female travelers has never been so easy. If we know where to look, the world is constantly replete with beach resorts, cities, and everything else in between. The capital of England is very tolerant of all groups of people, so you are unlikely to have a problem here. Adding to its security is the city’s hustle and bustle.