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7 Compelling Reasons to Solo Travel in Prague

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When I first made the decision to solo travel in Prague, I was admittedly a little nervous. Since this was my first experience traveling alone, I had some reservations.

However, after my first solo adventure, I couldn’t recommend this city more. I never once felt isolated, unsafe, or bored as a solo female traveler.

Prague is one of the safest cities in Europe. It’s filled with English-speaking locals and plenty of opportunities to meet fellow travelers.

So if you love fairytale architecture, enriching community dining experiences, and cheap pilsners, you should definitely make Prague your first (or next) solo city.

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Why You Should Solo Travel in Prague

1. It’s Easy to Navigate

Prague is one of the easiest European cities to navigate.

And this is coming from someone who’s severely directionally-challenged, so that should tell you a lot.

Walking in front of the Municipal House in Prague

Although it may seem somewhat large, Prague doesn’t make the list of top ten largest European cities by population.

That said, its metropolitan area covers 192 square miles, so it’s big in comparison to tiny Bruges, for example.

Before arriving, I originally planned to use the tram and/or metro, but I didn’t end up using either. In fact, I traveled everywhere by foot (outside of airport transfers and bouncing between hotels).

Although I was a little “lost” at times, I was never more than a few blocks from my intended destination. I just needed to get accustomed to Google Maps (without the aid of the often finicky navigational directions feature).

However, if you’re not looking to walk a lot, consider using public transportation and possibly purchasing a transportation pass.

2. It’s a Safe City

Currently, the Czech Republic is rated a “Level 1” Travel Advisory with the State Department, which is the safest rating.

Prague is considered one of the safest cities in Europe outside of pickpockets (a concern most anywhere in Europe). I was very careful with my camera and bag and didn’t run into any issues with theft whatsoever.

Sitting on a stairway near Novy Svet in Prague

In fact, as a solo female traveler, I never once experienced harassment or even felt uncomfortable during the trip. I always seemed to be surrounded by tourists who were as eager to check out the sights as I was.

3. The Locals Are Friendly (& Most Speak English)

I read up on solo travel in Prague before this trip and was a little concerned about a language barrier. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the locals not only spoke English, but spoke it fluently.

I engaged in full conversations at restaurants, hotels, on tours, and at the airport.

4. It’s Easy to Meet Other People

I found it surprisingly simple to meet people in this city.

If fear of isolation is holding you back from solo travel in Prague, I highly suggest joining a walking tour. There are a number of tours that offer an English-speaking guide where you can link up with fellow travelers.

Personally, I loved touring Prague Castle and learning about its historic origins.

Front gate of Prague Castle

You’ll learn about the history of the world’s largest castle complex, its surroundings, and even see where Franz Kafka once lived!

Franz Kafka House Golden Lane Prague

I also found that dining outside in the Old Town was a great way to meet people. Many of the restaurants offer small outdoor seating areas with tables that are close together. This set-up really lends itself to organic interactions with neighboring people.

In fact, I met a lovely father and son from Sweden while at Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant Staroměstská. We ended up chatting the night away over dinner!

There are also a number of beer gardens in the city. Sadly, I didn’t make it to one on this trip, but I definitely enjoyed plenty of pilsners!

Plan a Meetup with Fellow Travelers or Locals

Outside of joining group tours and dining outdoors, I suggest meeting up with fellow adventurers if you solo travel in Prague. Meeting with a local, in particular, can really enrich your travel experience and perspective.

I actually met up with my first Instagram friend IRL and it was a great experience!

As a local, she shared some history and introduced me to some of the best photo spots in the city.

This included sights I probably would’ve overlooked, such as Hotel Aurus in the Old Town.

Admiring the beautiful Hotel Aurus in Prague

As one of the most famous hotels in Prague, it was a rare occasion to experience this beauty without the crowds! This shot was taken a little before 7:00 AM.

PRO TIP: If you’re planning to take pictures in a touristy city like Prague sans crowds, you’ll need to wake up early. Ideally, plan on arriving at famous sites before, during, or just after sunset.

5. There Are Plenty of Low-Key Dining Options

One of my biggest fears as a first-time solo female traveler was dining alone, as silly as it may seem. I thought it would feel awkward and that people may stare.

This was not the case whatsoever in Prague. There are plenty of casual eateries, so you never have to feel like that “awkward single person” on date night.

Some restaurants are even specifically designed for “community dining” such as Kuchyň.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to eat here, since I didn’t know I needed a reservation until I arrived. However, it smelled absolutely amazing when I walked in, so I will definitely be back on a future visit!

If you’re interested in trying this place out for yourself, be sure to call ahead.

I can personally attest to the cozy, casual, and laid-back vibe at Restaurant U Glaubicu. I enjoyed a delicious pork tenderloin in plum brandy sauce with gingerbread gnocchi.

Pork tenderloin in plum brandy sauce & gingerbread gnocchi

If you’re in the mood for casual Italian, I recommend Pizza Pasta Café. This sit-down pizza restaurant in the  Malá Strana district has tasty food and reasonable prices. I spent about 11 euros on a sizable personal pizza and a Pellegrino.

Pizza in Prague

6. There’s Plenty to Keep You Busy

If you do decide to solo travel in Prague, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll feel bored.

This city has so much to offer. Whether you’re sightseeing, enjoying a beer garden, or strolling around Petrin Hill, there are plenty of things to do in Prague by yourself.

Strolling around Petrin Hill in Prague

However, if you’re ever in need of some stimulation (or company), I highly recommend taking a stroll across Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge in Prague

This iconic, magical, overly-photographed, beloved main artery through Prague has multiple personalities. You’re bound to hit it off with at least one of them!

  • Morning Mood: Mostly peaceful (save for the engagement shoots)
  • Afternoon Aura: Woody Allen film-esque (jazz music and all)
  • Night Vibe: Truly cinematic, complete with the sun setting over the river (typically mobbed)

7. There Are a Variety of Accommodations

There are a variety of accommodation options throughout the city, including hostels, boutique hotels, and even some larger hotel chains.

While I’m not one for hostels as I prefer privacy, I’ve heard they’re ideal for meeting fellow travelers.

I personally prefer the boutique hotel experience, such as the one offered at Domus Henrici. You can read about my pleasant stay here.

Domus Henrici Prague

This hotel was a two-minute walk from Prague Castle and accessible to the city’s main attractions.

Between the charming accommodations, walkability, low-key dining, and friendly locals, I cannot recommend solo travel in Prague highly enough!

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21 thoughts on “7 Compelling Reasons to Solo Travel in Prague

  1. Your photos from Prague are stunning! I am looking to travel there for the Christmas markets this year and I’ll probably do it solo. This is amazing!

    1. Thank you so, so much, Taylor! I’ve heard that’s the most magical time to visit! Will definitely need to make a return trip for the markets myself 🙂

    1. Aww, well the more the merrier! I do hope you’ll have the opportunity to experience this beautiful city with your family 🙂

  2. Prague is such an amazing city. I think it’s going to be a new hot spot over the next upcoming years! Also, I’ve actually heard that Prague is the third safest city in all of Europe – how crazy is that?! 🙂 I can’t wait to go there again in three days!

    1. Hi Josefine, I totally agree with you that Prague is catching on in a major way! Wishing you an amazing return trip 🙂

  3. Aaaah, what a lovely post 🙂 my bf is from Prague, so we go there pretty frequently. I can’t get enough of this city! You’re absolutely right – Prague is perfect for solo travel and the Czechs are amazing people 🙂

    1. Hi Darja, that’s incredible that you’re able to visit Prague so frequently! (I may be a little jealous, haha) Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  4. I loved Prague as well. Glad to see you had such a nice visit — really cute photos. Did you know the Charles Bridge might be closed soon for a renovation? Pretty cool to get to see it now!

    -Summer
    travelingsummer.com

    1. Hi Summer, yes, I really adore Prague! I had no idea that the Charles Bridge may be closing for renovation soon! I’m very glad I got to see it as it is! Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Beautiful photos!! I just love Prague!! I agree that the best way to see Prague is on foot – it’s so much easier and it’s really so much more beautiful!! I can’t believe you found a hotel so close to Prague Castle. I still get tired thinking about the times we’ve made it all the way up there. It’s totally worth though. If you go back, you should check out Pasta Fresca. It’s right near the Old Tower Square and it was surprisingly declines given it’s prime location!

    1. Thanks so much, Sara! It really is such a beautiful city. Thanks a lot for the restaurant recommendation, too! I actually am planning to return to the city with my hubby, so we’ll def have to check that out! Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I love cities that you can just explore on foot! I feel like you really get to know the ins and outs of every street that way.

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