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These Are The Top 10 Safest Cities To Visit In Europe For 2024

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Before booking that flight, it's always a good idea to consider what your priorities are when choosing a destination. 

Perhaps this trip is to be all about cultural immersion, or maybe you simply want a relaxing beach escape. 

No matter what kind of travel experience you are looking for, it's always crucial to consider safety, especially if you’re traveling solo. 

Woman on a balcony in Lisbon

Not all destinations are created equal in terms of the risks of crime or political instability. 

The good news is there’s a world full of safe destinations for all kinds of travelers. 

With a little research and common sense, you can stay assured your experience of a place will be positive. 

It's no secret Americans can’t get enough of Europe, and a recent report based on Global Peace Index scores from the Institute of Economics and Peace has revealed the 10 safest European cities in 2024.

For the following list, the lower the scores, the better:

Vienna Aerial View

Lisbon, Portugal

Global Peace Index Score: 1.333

Perceived Criminality of Society Score: 1.694 out of 5

This sunny, colorful European capital has been the darling of the travel world as of late. 

We definitely understand why pictures of Lisbon’s rainbow architecture and sweeping hilltop views have been taking over social media! 

This city has everything to offer its visitors, from the classically beloved European architecture and cobblestoned streets to lively nightlife and culture. 

It also never hurts that Lisbon is one European destination that won’t break your budget. 

With its friendly locals and magnetic appeal to backpackers and solo travelers, Lisbon is an excellent choice for both solo travelers and those wishing to feel safe abroad.

view of a city in Europe

Vienna, Austria

Global Peace Index Score: 1.316

Perceived Criminality of Society Score: 2.037 out of 5

Austria is much more than its iconic Alps, and Vienna is a city you won’t regret adding to your itinerary.

The country’s capital has excellent public transportation, is easy to navigate, and is extremely safe for tourists. 

Vienna’s baroque architecture, imperial palaces, and gorgeous gardens will leave you feeling you’re in a storybook. 

Culturally, Vienna is renowned as the birthplace of classical music, and catching a performance at one of the city’s grand music venues makes a memorable experience.

Statue of Archduke Charles and Museum of Natural History dome at sunset, Vienna, Austria

Dublin, Ireland

Global Peace Index Score: 1.312

Perceived Criminality of Society Score:  2.376 out of 5

This lively city is safe, great for solo travelers, and has plenty of history, museums, and interesting landmarks to check out. 

Knocking a beer at a proper Irish pub is an experience you really have to have for yourself!

Whether you want to take a tour of the centuries-old Guinness brewery or a day trip to the nearby Wicklow Mountains or seaside cliffs, there’s something here to impress everyone.

Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland

Copenhagen

Global Peace Index Score: 1.31

Perceived Criminality of Society Score: 1.542 out of 5

It is most definitely worth venturing north to check out this charming Scandinavian capital! 

As well as being one of the safest cities in the world, Copenhagen is known for being one of the most bike-friendly cities anywhere. 

One of my favorite memories from my own European adventure was feeling the wind against me as I rode along the colorful streets of this city.

Bicycles are the city's favorite form of transportation, and once you master the art of bike traffic, you’ll be riding all over the city in search of the best smørrebrød–the favorite open-faced sandwich of the Danes.

This gorgeous city delights its visitors with its 19th-century theme park, Tivoli Gardens, lavash palaces, and adorable wharf houses and canals.

Copenhagen Red Boat and Colorful Canal

Reykjavik

Global Peace Index Score: 1.124

Perceived Criminality of Society Score: 1.619 out of 5

Iceland consistently tops the charts for being among the safest countries in the world and its capital has claimed the title of safest city in Europe. 

Visiting the Nordic country is the adventure of a lifetime, and Reykjavik is the perfect first stop. 

The city offers plenty of interesting attractions, including Hallgrimskirkja Church, as well as being the perfect base for nature-centered excursions. 

In addition to the city's timeless draw and awe-inspiring nature, 2024 is an excellent year to go due to increased solar activity that will make for peak northern lights viewing.

aurora borealis above hallgrimskirkja church in central of reykjavik city in Iceland

Rounding out the top 10 safest cities in Europe are:

  • Ljubljana, (Slovenia)
  • Bern, (Switzerland)
  • Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Helsinki (Finland)
  • Zagreb (Croatia)

While it's always advisable to keep valuables close, and your passport somewhere secure while traveling, you can feel confident your safety won’t be at risk traveling these beautiful cities.

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Noah Joseph

Sunday 25th of February 2024

I like to travel to Vienna Austria to complete my studies in the university.my main reason for traveling there!

Carol

Saturday 24th of February 2024

Very interested in this location