Nothing quite beats the pleasure of solo holidays. You get some sweet, sweet me time, where the only schedule you have to follow is your own.
And it seems like it’s women who appreciate going it alone the most. A recent Booking.com survey found that 84 percent of the world’s lone travellers are women, with 55 percent of all Google searches for ‘solo travel’ being made by mostly millennial women.
Based on that, accessories company Kipling has created a travel index for women who want to go on a solo European break. The ranking is based on destinations’ safety data, attractions, activity offerings, and more.
It revealed Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg, to be the best European destination for female adventurers. Packed with history and culture, the port city is known for its picturesque canals, mouthwatering seafood, and beautiful architecture. Plus, it’s home to the world’s largest warehouse district Speicherstadt, which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The runner-up was yet another German haven, Munich. The Bavarian capital is home to centuries-old buildings, the world-famous Oktoberfest, and a hub of German delicacies and beers. Ranked as the eighth safest city in the world, Munich promises solo women travellers green spaces, city charm, and a memorable culinary journey.
The third best city in Europe for female travellers was found to be Scotland’s charming Edinburgh. Last year, we crowned the welcoming storybook city as the best city in the world to visit, so we're not surprised about this one. Known for its rich cultural heritage, gothic buildings, dreamy cobbled streets, and historic attractions, Edinburgh is sure to give you both the serenity and the excitement you seek.
Here are the top 20 European cities for solo female travellers: