With solo travel skyrocketing in popularity, finding a destination that’s as safe and welcoming as it is exciting becomes a top priority for tourists.
However, as temperatures dip and some of the world’s most beloved hotspots become too commercialized for their own good, destinations that fit the criteria are few and far between.
According to a recent report by Planet Cruise, there’s one gothic European city that makes for the perfect setting for the solo trip of a lifetime.
Though the Czech Republic is known to be an individualistic society, that actually ends up working in your favor.
While locals are open and welcoming to tourists, they also put a lot of value in maintaining appropriate social distance and respecting one’s privacy.
As a result, solo travelers will greatly appreciate the friendly yet not overbearing atmosphere that can be felt right as you set foot in one of Prague’s cobbled streets.
High Safety Index
Prague boasts a safety index of 75.39, scoring almost two whole points higher than the Czech Republic national average (73.4).
Considering that the country is already part of the 20 safest nations in the world, Prague’s achievements in creating an even safer environment are nothing short of impressive.
In comparison, the U.S. safety index is 50.83, and the country currently holds 88th place in the Numbeo ranking linked above.
With that in mind, solo travelers can enjoy a fun day walking around the city without having to worry about their personal safety.
If you want to be extra cautious, try to plan your sightseeing tours during the daytime, as that’s when the city’s safety index reaches its high at 91.46.
Plenty To See And Do
Often described as a “fairytale city,” Prague consistently beats tourists’ expectations through its natural allure, traditional cobbled streets, and stunning Gothic architecture.
With so much to do and see, solo travelers will never feel bored.
As a matter of fact, my 3-day trip to the city a couple of years ago felt like a rushed affair that ultimately left me feeling like I hadn’t seen enough.
So, if time and budget allow, learn from my mistake and book a longer trip to Prague. Some of the attractions you won’t want to miss out on include:
- Prague Castle
- Prague Astronomical Clock
- Old Town Square
- Charles Bridge
- St. Nicholas Church
- St. Vitus Cathedral
- Dancing House
- Petrin Tower
- Prague’s National Theatre
- Národní Muzeum
- Lennon Wall
When you get hungry in between sightseeing trips, make an effort to indulge in some local delicacies. Koleno, svickova na smetane, bramborak, and smazeny syr are all must-tries.
Mistakes To Avoid As a Solo Traveler In Prague
While most solo travelers are bound to have a safe, relaxing time in Prague, it’s still a good idea to go the extra mile and watch out for common mistakes to avoid while in the city.
First of all, don’t forgo basic security measures just because the city boasts a high safety index – you don’t want to end up becoming an exception to the rule.
Furthermore, don’t forget that petty crimes still exist and can put a significant damper on your vacation.
That’s why it’s best to plan those off-the-beaten-path excursions during the daytime and stick to lively, popular areas during the night.
Moreover, keep your guard up when walking among touristy spaces as there are lots of creative, well-thought-out tourist scams taking place there all year round.
One of the best ways to protect yourself in these situations is to come prepared. Research the city, its customs, and the Czech koruna (to avoid exchange scams).
Better yet, take the time to learn a few basic phrases – though you’re in an international hotspot, not everyone speaks English, so you never know when you might need them.
The good news is that aside from these basic safety precautions, you won’t have to worry about much else during your trip to Prague.
As mentioned, the city is pretty welcoming to tourists, so as long as you don’t forget the tips mentioned above, you’re safe to relax and enjoy your time in one of Europe’s most gorgeous cities.
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