If you’re planning a trip to Europe, you’ll be pleased to know that it is considered relatively safe to travel to, with the majority of the safest countries in the world being in Europe.
You can make your trip even safer by choosing one of the safest European cities to visit. Follow simple travel tips and advice, such as keeping your valuables secure and out of sight and being aware of your surroundings.
It also helps to be organised and book ahead, so you know where you’ll be staying and how you’ll get there. Make sure to plan in advance and book your airport transfers so you don’t get charged extra by local taxis.
Here are some of the safest cities to travel to in Europe for a stress-free trip.
One of the smallest capital cities in Europe, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia is a very safe place to visit. The crime rate in the city is very low, and the only real risk to travellers is from pickpockets.
The city centre itself is entirely pedestrianised, allowing tourists to fully appreciate all it has to offer without the noise and risk from traffic. Ljubljana is home to many independent shops, museums, and galleries and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors too with hiking, cycling, and skiing all possible nearby.
One of the most welcoming cities in Europe, Geneva lies on the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland and has great views of the highest peak in Western Europe, Mont Blanc.
Alongside the stunning scenery, Geneva boasts plenty for tourists to see and do and is known as ‘the gateway to the alps’, opening up onto the beautiful mountain ranges of France.
The capital city of Croatia, Zagreb hosts hundreds of thousands of travellers per year. Criminal activity in the city is rare and typically these are petty thefts such as pickpocketing.
Zagreb has great public transport and there are spacious pedestrian zones across the city, where you can take a break from sightseeing to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at one of the many cafés or garden terraces. Zagreb has plenty of ancient architecture to appreciate, museums to visit and entertainment to enjoy.
The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is closely associated with fairy tales, thanks to famous author Hans Christian Andersen, who lived most of his life here. Fans can even visit a statue of The Little Mermaid (or Den Lille Havfrue) by the promenade in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is considered a very safe place both to live and for tourists to visit, with no risk of natural disasters and a low crime rate. In fact, in 2020, the World Happiness Report named it the fifth happiest city in the world.
Aside from its fairy tale connections, Copenhagen is well-known for its picturesque canals, exquisite gardens, and its delicious food and breweries.