This post is for all my girls. It’s a post to tell you to plan that trip, if it’s on your mind. And take that leap of faith…. And Europe is the best place to start for any inspired female solo traveller with over 50+ countries to explore, and cultures varying drastically between countries. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend or an adventure-filled week away of sightseeing, there are plenty of European destinations to choose from.
Also read my guide to travel around Europe here which gives you tips and tricks on how to see five countries in 2 weeks by travelling through Europe by train.
Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik.
- Golden Circle
- Whale Watching
- Road trip around Iceland
- The Sun Voyager
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Iceland
READ MORE: Solo Female Travel Tours Guide 2019
London, United Kingdom
The British capital is one of the largest and most influential cities on the continent, and it has a wonderful variety and diversity that makes it a great destination. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.
- Tower Bridge
- London Eye
- Buckingham Palace
- Big Ben & Houses of Parliament
- Tower of London
- Camden Market
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Harrods Department Store
- Trafalgar Square
- Madame Tussauds
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in London
The cosmopolitan Swedish capital is set over three main islands, and has a good balance between a modern city center and historic sights, many of which date back centuries to the heyday of the Swedish empire. The old town is filled with narrow cobbled streets that are great to explore, while the Royal Stockholm Palace and Drottningholm are grand buildings, and you can see the maritime history on the restored warship at the Vasa Museum.
- Sip a hot chocolate in Stockholm’s oldest square
- Catch a ferry to the city’s greenest island, Djurgården
- Rummage the vintage stores in creative Södermalm
- Taste Sweden’s national dish at a meatballs restaurant
- Get naked at Hellasgården’s lakeside sauna
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Stockholm
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This city of canals is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the center is a UNESCO World Heritage site (dating from seventeenth century). The relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals make it a great place to unwind. Known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
- Exploring the 165 canals
- The Rijksmuseum
- The Begijnhof
- Brown Cafés
- Anne Frank House
- Oude Kerk (Old Church)
Read More: How to Spend 48 Hours in Amsterdam
Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
- Imagine ancient games at the Colosseum
- Imagine how life was as you explore the Roman forum
- Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
- Admire the many historical buildings, especially the pantheon
- Visit another country: the Vatican
Read More: How to Spend 24 Hours in Rome
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Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!