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Picturesque Canal Scene in Bruges, Belgium
BRUGES, BELGIUM: Famous picturesque scene of canal buildings and belfry at the Rozenhoedkaai in Bruges, Belgium

Four European Cities Perfect For Female Travellers

Vicky Wilson April 10, 2023

Solo traveling is an amazing way to explore new places and meet people from across the world, however as a woman, it can feel intimidating to visit unfamiliar cities alone. But there are European cities perfect for female travellers.

Whilst it is, of course, important to remain vigilant in any large cities and stick to well-lit and populated areas, (particularly if you are alone, carrying valuables, or out at night) I found that these four European cities felt welcoming and safe. They are packed with mesmerizing sights and museums and have some great hostels with high ratings. 

Riga, Latvia

Riga was the first city I traveled to alone, and I loved wandering through the cobbled streets exploring the old town and art nouveau buildings. Although you should be careful of pickpockets in the central market, the city felt safe even in the evenings. It has a lively nightlife scene with plenty of pubs and karaoke bars. From my experience, this is one of the ideal European cities for female travellers.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a beautiful city with an array of stunning architecture, quaint restaurants and bars, and natural landscapes. I highly recommend taking a day trip to Auschwitz during your trip. The city was well-lit, with strong public transport links and lots of tourists and friendly locals.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Recently, Prague has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists, and with good reason. The squares and monuments are beautiful and unique, and the streets are lined with affordable bars pubs, and clubs. There is a selection of huge museums to get lost in, and some quality free walking tours. These tours are a great way to meet other tourists when you are traveling alone.

This is a beautiful city that is sure to live long in the memory.

Bruges, Belgium

If you are after a more relaxed trip, Bruges could be the perfect location. Here you can sample real Belgian waffles, see traditional windmills, and boat through or walk along canals lined with Medieval buildings. The city has a calm, quiet but welcoming atmosphere.

If you’ve seen the movie In Bruges, there are also plenty of locations to tick off when you get there. It is a stunning place and earns its place on this list of European cities for female travellers.

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Vicky Wilson studies English and History at the University of Birmingham. and is the editor of the academic journal, URISE, and Vicky loves to write for Redbrick's paper in their free time. Vicky currently writes within the Freshered team as a freelancer. When Vicky is not writing, you’ll find them spending time at a roller disco or rock climbing in the Peaks.