A Solo Traveller's Guide to Kosovo

Susnet in Pristina
Susnet in Pristina | © viganhajdari / Pixabay
Francesca Masotti

Kosovo is not a major tourist destination in Europe, and many people don’t know much about it, except for the conflicts that arose in the 90s. However, Kosovo is a beautiful hidden gem in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula and a safe country for solo travellers. Check out this handy guide to visiting Kosovo as a solo traveller.

Spend a weekend in Pristina

If you think that Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo, has nothing to offer visitors, you should seriously think about making a trip out here: this town is one of the coolest, liveliest and most vibrant capital cities of the Balkans. Be sure to spend at least one weekend here to enjoy the coffee culture, museums, art galleries and general vibe.

Kosovo only gained its independence in 2008, and it is the youngest country in Europe. To honor this important moment, the country built the Newborn monument that changes its look every year on the anniversary of the country’s independence. Once in town, don’t forget to visit the National Library of Kosovo: it is considered to be one of the ugliest buildings in the world, but it has its charm.

- embed -

Enjoy Pristina’s Nightlife

Pristina offers a lot of fun things to do after the sun goes down. From ballet performances at the National Theatre of Kosovo, to live jazz music at the elegant Soma bar, to great cocktails at Dit’n’Nat, to taking a xhiro (a walk through the city center), Pristina has plenty of things to do. Whatever your choice, you can be sure that you will never be bored in the capital city of Kosovo.

- embed -

Visit the fortress in Prizren

Prizren is the most picturesque place to visit in Kosovo, and it is definitely one of the best tourist attractions in the country, so be sure to include it in your travel itinerary. This lovely town, near the Albanian border, has plenty of gorgeous Ottoman-era houses and mosques. To admire the best view in town, climb up to the top of the fortress, which is free to enter. From there you will enjoy breathtaking views of red-tiled roofs, churches, mosques and the Bistrica River.

Chat with the locals

One of the things that travellers appreciate about Kosovo is how friendly and helpful the locals are. Kosovars are thrilled to meet new people and love to talk with outsiders. Considering that tourism in Kosovo is not a big thing yet, people love to ask visitors why they decided to visit the country, what they think about Kosovo and where they are from. If you have a question about the area or need to get directions, don’t hesitate to ask a local, they will be happy to help.

Join a tour in Peja

The best place for adventures in Kosovo is the region near the Montenegrin border. Peja, the gate to the Rugova Canyon, one of the wildest areas in the Balkan Peninsula, is a gorgeous place for outdoor activities. You can hike and backpack through the forests at your leisure, but if you are looking for a true adventure, join a tour at Great Canyon Cave. Here you’ll find fabulous stalactites, stalagmites, crystals and more.

- embed -

Drink as much rakia as you can

If you have already travelled to the Balkans, you know what we’re talking about: rakia is an aromatic liquor similar to grappa, but much stronger. It is very popular in this European region. Like it or not, when you travel to Kosovo, you’ll have to try it. Some old Kosovars drink it in the morning with their coffee, but not everyone has such a strong stomach, so keep it in mind and try it in the evening. Dit’n’Nat in Pristina offers delicious homemade rakia.

Visit the Bear Sanctuary

Until a few years ago, people in Kosovo used to keep bears in cages in restaurants as entertainment. Luckily, this ugly practice is now illegal and most of the rescued bears live in this sanctuary, which is a beautiful natural environment where the bears can enjoy the forests and lakes, and relax after years of mistreatment.

- embed -
culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.