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Best Countries for Solo Travelers



No. 9: Switzerland (tie)

Happiness Ranking: 52
Safety Ranking: 18

Switzerland, a place known for people who mind their own business, is ideal for solo travelers. Zurich is eminently pedestrian-friendly and has world-class museums like the Kunsthaus. There’s a thriving beach scene along Lake Zurich and a hipster haven in West Zurich, a former industrial area turned residential/arts/nightlife neighborhood. In the French-speaking part of the country overlooking Lake Geneva, Lausanne offers bistros, nightlife, and museums. Thanks to SwissRail, you can get into the countryside in minutes and enjoy the well-marked network of trails for hiking or mountain biking, or just visit the thermal baths at Yverdon-les-Bains. From either Zurich or Lausanne, you’re less than a couple of hours away from some of the best ski resorts in the world, including Grindelwald, Zermatt, and Verbier.


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