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Flying Solo: Unveiling Historic Getaways for One

Embarking on a solo adventure allows you to embrace the rich history and vibrant cultures of Europe at your own pace. From the charming and colourful streets of Kinsale, Ireland, to the enchanting canals of Bruges, Belgium, here’s our pick of historic getaways that promise an unforgettable experience…

Kinsale, Ireland: A Culinary Odyssey

Nestled along Ireland’s wild and wonderful southern coast, Kinsale (a short journey from Cork City and Cork Airport) is a haven for solo explorers seeking history and top-class food. Spend a day strolling through the narrow shopping streets of this harbour town, stopping in cute cafes to people-watch along the way. Discover the town’s maritime past with a visit to the historic Charles Fort where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the harbour. It’s all about the food here though and Kinsale is a foodie heaven. For the freshest seafood lunch, we love Fishy Fishy — a Kinsale institution with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Wine and dine yourself at The Black Pig — a great spot with bar seats and an impressive wine list.

Did you know? Kinsale hosts an annual Kinsale Gourmet Festival a week-long celebration that draws food enthusiasts from around the world to indulge in the town’s culinary delights, making it a great time for solo visitors to mingle and meet other food lovers.

Wo man übernachtet: Das alte Bankhaus und die Blue Haven Hotel

Vienna, Austria: Melodic Solitude

Vienna, the city of classical music, invites every visitor to immerse themselves in its cultural symphony but there’s lots to do in this magical city for anyone exploring alone. Why not wander through the opulent Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens and attend a performance at the Vienna State Opera, where the melodies of Mozart and Beethoven fill the air. Do make time for a slice of Sachertorte at Café Central — steeped in history this famous cafe was once the meeting place for intellectuals including Trotsky, Freud, Polgar, Zweig and Altenberg who discussed art, philosophy, and politics within its walls.

Did you know? Vienna is home to the world’s oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, providing a unique day out to witness not only historical architecture but also a diverse array of wildlife.

Wo man übernachtet: Hotel Erzherzog Rainer und Hotel Stefanie

Bruges, Belgium: Canal-side Serenity

Canals cruise in Brugges, Belgium

For a fairytale solo retreat, Bruges offers cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, and picturesque canals. Explore the Markt Square and climb the Belfry Tower for breathtaking views of this city’s enchanting skyline. Truly indulge in all the chocolaty goodness Bruges has to offer (without having to share) and make a stop at the Chocco Story Bruges, a chocolate museum with everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the origins of this sweet treat.

Did you know? Bruges has a tradition of swan keeping; the elegant birds gracefully glide along its canals, creating a unique and charming spectacle for tourists.

Wo man übernachtet: Hotel Flandern

Milan, Italy: Solo Shopping Extravaganza

Those of you with a passion for fashion will feel right at home in Milan. Visit the iconic Cathedral of Milan, an architectural masterpiece that is a testament to the city’s historical significance. Shop until you drop along the glamorous Via della Moscova, exploring boutique stores and international brands. Don’t forget to delve into art history by visiting Da Vinci’s Last Supper at the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Did you know? Milan is home to the world’s first shopping mall, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, where you’ll find luxury brands, cultural exhibitions, and exceptional Italian cuisine.

Wo man übernachtet: Grand Hotel Milan

Lisbon, Portugal: Fado Nights

Belem Towner in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon beckons with its historic neighbourhoods and Atlantic charm. We adore all of Lisbon but love Alfama’s narrow streets, adorned with vibrant tiles and a lively atmosphere. Visit the historic Belém Tower, a maritime fortress that stands as a symbol of Portugal’s Age of Discovery and finish your days enjoying melancholic Fado music (we recommend a night at Casa de Linhares), an intimate experience that captures the soul of Portuguese culture.

Did you know? Lisbon’s iconic yellow trams journey through the city’s hills, providing an excellent opportunity to explore this spirited city.

Wo man übernachtet: Discover all our historic Lisbon hotels

Ljubljana, Slovenia: Castle Views and Riverside Bliss

Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, enchants all who visit with its medieval charm. Ascend to Ljubljana Castle for unforgettable city views, stroll along the Ljubljanica River, and explore Tivoli-Park, a serene oasis in the beating heart of the city. Dive into the local arts scene by visiting galleries and soak up the many street performances around the city, showcasing the city’s modern cultural tapestry.

Did you know? Ljubljana has a wealth of street art to admire, adding a modern twist to its historic streets. Explore the city’s artistic side while discovering hidden gems around every corner.

Wo man übernachtet: Antiq Palace

Bucharest, Romania: The Paris of the East

Immerse yourself in Bucharest’s eclectic mix of architecture and culture. Explore the massive Palace of Parliament, the world’s heaviest building or stroll through Herastrau Park, a sprawling green space surrounding a picturesque lake. Wander the streets of the Alte Stadt, where centuries-old churches and charming cafes provide a glimpse into the city’s rich history and vibrant present.

Did you know? The city’s Village Museum showcases traditional Romanian village life, providing a glimpse into the country’s rural heritage.

Wo man übernachtet: Hotel Suter Palace

Krakow, Poland: Timeless Elegance and Cultural Heritage

Krakow’s rich history and past make it a captivating destination. Visit the Königliches Schloss Wawel, a symbol of Polish royalty, explore the historic Old Town, and reflect at Auschwitz-Birkenau, a sombre reminder of the city’s World War II history. Local culture is plentiful, and tourists can sample a taste through traditional music performances and authentic (and delicious) Polish cuisine.

Did you know? Krakow’s Main Market Square hosts the Hejnal Mariacki, a trumpet call played every hour since the 13th century, symbolising the city’s resilience and continuity through the ages.

Wo man übernachtet: Sierakow Manor

Plovdiv, Bulgaria: Ancient Marvels

Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Those seeking ancient wonders will find solace in Plovdiv. Roam through the historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre, and immerse yourself in the artistic vibes of Kapana district — a vibrant quarter filled with galleries and craft shops. Discover the city’s diverse history through its archaeological sites and museums.

Did you know? Plovdiv claims to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe.

Wo man übernachtet: Hotel Hebros

Kotor, Montenegro: Breathtaking Bay and Fortress Charms

Nestled along the azure Adriatic coast, Kotor is picture perfect and an ideal destination for single adventurers. Climb the fortress walls for out-of-this-world views of the bay, wander through the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town, and embark on a boat tour of the Bay of Kotor, exploring hidden coves and medieval villages along the way.

Did you know? The narrowest street in the world, Shkurta, is tucked away in Kotor, providing a unique solo exploration opportunity. Measuring only 40 centimetres at its narrowest point, the street is a fascinating testament to the city’s architectural quirks.
Wo man übernachtet: Hotel Cattaro

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