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 such a positive 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 Instagrammable architecture, enriching community dining experiences, and cheap pilsners, you should definitely make Prague your first (or next) solo city.
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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.
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.
Prague is considered one of the safest cities in Europe outside of pickpockets (a concern most anywhere in Europe).
As long as you’re mindful of your camera equipment, wallet, and personal belongings, you shouldn’t run into any issues with theft.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll learn about the history of the world’s largest castle complex, its surroundings, and even see where Franz Kafka once lived!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
However, if you’re ever in need of some stimulation (or company), I highly recommend taking a stroll across Charles Bridge.
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)
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.
Although this property is temporarily closed, you can read about my pleasant stay here for future inspiration.
This hotel is a two-minute walk from Prague Castle and accessible to the city’s main attractions.
I hope I’ve convinced you to give solo travel in Prague a try. If it’s your first time venturing out alone, this city is the perfect place to get your feet wet as a solitary adventurer.
Between the charming accommodations, walkability, low-key dining, and friendly locals, I cannot recommend Prague highly enough!
Have you ever traveled alone in Prague? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below!