Europe is beautiful. Full of ancient architecture and quaint coffee shops to epic landscapes and magical castles to explore. There are many photogenic places and Instagram spots in Europe to add to your Europe bucket list! With the help of some wonderful travel bloggers, we have rounded up some of the most incredible and best Instagram spots in Europe for you! So make sure you have plenty of charge in your phone or a few spare SD cards for your camera and let’s explore Europe through a lens!
Instagram Spots in Europe!
- Instagram Spots in Spain
- Instagram Spots in Hungary
- Instagram Spots in Scotland
- Instagram Spots in England
- Instagram Spot in Switzerland
- Instagram Spots in Portugal
- Instagram Spot in Russia
- Instagram Spots in the Netherlands
- Instagram Spots in Italy
- Instagram Spots in France
- Instagram Spots in Norway
- Instagram Spots in Slovenia
- Instagram Spots in Croatia
- Instagram Spots in Greece
- Instagram Spots in Montenegro
- Instagram Spots in Germany
Instagram Spots in Spain
Park Guell in Spain
Recommended by Walk my World
When it comes to Instagrammable spots in Barcelona you’re spoilt for choice but Park Guell is the one that you shouldn’t miss. Sitting at the top of a hill it offers fabulous views over the city as well as some of Gaudi’s most iconic architecture. The best spot for your photo is on the edge of the seating area at the top of the stairs, looking out over the city and ocean beyond. The best lighting is at sunrise, and whilst you definitely won’t have it to yourself it isn’t too crowded and most people will wait their turn for a photo.
At sunrise, you won’t need an entry ticket but any time after 8 am you will need to have pre-booked as entry to Park Guell is strictly limited. Book well in advance if you are visiting in high season. Tickets cost €10 and the entrance is a 20-minute taxi ride from the Gothic Quarter or you can get the metro to Lesseps or Alfons X and walk for 10 minutes.
Plaza de España in Seville
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
If there was a place that has almost been seemingly built for Instagram photoshoots, it is Plaza de España in Seville. There are so many beautiful things to take photos of at this famous Seville landmark. The architecture is a mix of Baroque Revival, Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival style. The result is simply stunning as towers, fountains, moats and bridges beguile its visitors. Colours of ochre, white and blue create a feast for the eyes.
Unsurprisingly, this is a very popular spot which can make it difficult to get those perfect Instagram shots without the crowds. Many travel bloggers ensure they arrive very early to get incredible photos at Plaza de Espana in Seville. Yet what is not so common is to make the most of the hot midday sun. Locals and tourists alike prefer the shade during the hottest part of the day. This is where you can make the most of fewer crowds! Put plenty of sun cream on and enjoy taking photos to your heart’s content! Everyone else will be sheltering in the arches. Just make sure to drink plenty of water and to protect your skin as the Spanish sun is hot!
Plaza de Espana in Seville is one of the most breath-taking Instagram spots in Spain.
If you are heading to Seville, make sure you try one of these delicious vegan cakes!
Alcazar of Cordoba
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
The Alcazar of Cordoba is a wonderful Instagram spot in Europe. The palace has beautiful gardens, wonderful views and gorgeous architecture.
The Alcazar of Cordoba was built in Medieval times. The full name of the palace is Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos which means the castle of the Christian monarchs.
The gardens are particular picturesque. Full of exotic plants, colourful flowers and lush trees there are plenty of photo opportunities at this Instagram spot! Most visitors will be keen to get an Instagram shot of them by one of the grand water features. There are two main fountains in the gardens of the Alcazar of Cordoba. The longest has the domineering fortress in the background and the shorter one is framed by trees. Whichever fountain you prefer, you will probably have to queue to take a photo at this popular Instagram spot in Europe. If you do not fancy queuing there are plenty of other photo opportunities in the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. You can pose next to the pretty pink trees, take pictures from the Lion Tower over the city or just enjoy a quiet moment in the shade by one of the little fountains.
Take care of the opening times of the Alcazar of Cordoba as the palace closes early in the summer due to the intense Spanish sun.
Bunkers del Carmel, Barcelona
Recommended by Vicki Viaja
Barcelona is an amazing city and full of instagrammable places. It’s hard to choose a favorite between all those stunning sights. However, I managed to find a favorite between all those places: The Bunkers del Carmel.
As the name suggests the Bunkers del Carmel are old bunkers located on one of the mountains surrounding the city. Those bunkers have been built there during the civil war in order to be able to see enemies approaching from all around.
Even though the bunkers are no longer used for strategic reasons, its unique views still give you a wonderful overview of the city and you can take amazing pictures from up there. From the Bunkers, you can recognize the important buildings such as Sagrada Família but also see the beach, the surroundings of the city and the huge cruise ships stopping in the port. Another highlight is to see the sunrise or sunset from here. Make sure to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
Roman Bridge of Cordoba
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
Cordoba is a very instagrammable city in Spain. There are many amazing Instagram spots in Cordoba but one of the best must be the Roman Bridge.
The Roman Bridge itself is a very impressive piece of architecture but it is the view of the city with the bridge which makes this one of Europe’s best Instagram spots!
Cross over the bridge which was originally built in the 1st century. Below you the River Guadalquivir flows like a blue ribbon through the city of Cordoba. Once you are the other side you can admire the Calahorra Tower. The tower used to be the old defensive city gate. Walk to the right of the tower then look back at the city for a spectacular site!
From the left of the Calahorra Tower is one of the best Instagram spots in Europe. You can admire the mosque-cathedral, the river, the Roman bridge, the old city, the mountains and the tower from this Cordoba Instagram spot!
Best Instagram Spots in Hungary
Szechenyi Thermal Bath
Recommended by Love And Road
If you travel to Budapest you must visit one of the famous thermal baths. It doesn’t matter the season, the baths are always full of locals soaking up the medicinal properties of the thermal water, and tourists trying to understand all the fuss about it and snapping cheeky wet photos.
There are many baths in Budapest, but if you want to make sure you gonna nail on your photo I recommend visiting Szechenyi Thermal Bath. The building is gorgeous and the outdoor pools are amazing. Szechenyi has a total of 21 swimming pools, sauna e massage rooms, giving you endless photo opportunities.
Another good thing is that Szechenyi is one of a few thermal baths in Budapest that is open every day for men and women, making our Instagram life easier.
I prefer to take my photos at the outdoor pools, the light is better and the steam contrasting with the sun looks magical. It’s allowed to take photos in the indoor pools, but they are smaller and with more people around.
For underwater shots, I would say to visit the bath around midday when the sun is stronger and you get more light coming through the water. Sunset a good time for photos as well.
Traveling to Budapest in Winter? Don’t worry, Szechenyi’s outdoor pools are even more stunning with snow around. However, if you are visiting Budapest in Summer be prepared to face the crowds, especially on weekends.
Budapest Parliament Building at Night
Recommended by Sunsets & Rollercoasters
Truly one of the best views in Budapest has to be the iconic Hungarian Parliament building. It is stunning at any time of day but it is at its finest at night when its incredible array of lights reflects off the majestic Danube river. There are many places to get that perfect instagrammable night time view of the Hungarian Parliament but we’ll let you in on our top two favourite spots, chosen by our Instagram focused teenagers. If you can experience both of these spots, you’ll undoubtedly get that perfect instagrammable shot. Our first choice is the view of Parliament from a night time cruise on the Danube River. Not only will you get an amazing view of Parliament, you’ll also have incredible night time views of Castle Hill and the Chain Bridge as well. Like Parliament, Castle Hill and the Chain Bridge are covered with bright white lights every night. Our second choice, is the incredible view of Parliament from Batthyány tér (Betthyány Square). While anywhere along the shore of the Danube opposite the Parliament building will provide a beautiful view, this particular location is directly across from Parliament and provides a stunning front on view. There is a walkway which allows easy access and there is also a stone wall which we used to set up a little handheld tripod which eliminates camera shake that would result in a blur in those beautiful lights.
Instagram Spots in Scotland
Dun Na Cuaiche
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
The View from Dun Na Cuaiche is one of the best Instagram spots in Europe!
Dun Na Cuaiche is a watchtower above Loch Fyne in Inveraray, Scotland. To reach this epic instagrammable viewpoint you must go on a short but spectacular hike. You start by Inveraray castle, which is another great Instagram spot in Scotland and head through lush woodland before heading upwards. A short but steep walk later will take you up to Dun Na Cuaiche!
The view from the summit is breath-taking.
You can get Instagram pictures at this viewpoint at any time of year. Try to find a day where it is not too cloudy so you can admire the view of the loch. Sunset or late afternoon is a particularly nice time to go to this Instagram spot in Europe.
The Vennel in Edinburgh
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
There are many incredible Instagram spots in Edinburgh such as Salisbury Crags and Carlton Hill. Yet my favourite photo spot in Edinburgh is the Vennel. Located near the Grassmarket is a small, narrow but steep passageway called the Vennel. You will be used to going uphill in Edinburgh by this point so go up the many stairs to be rewarded with the most spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle.
The last time I visited was back in 2018 when this spot was relatively unknown. A jogger ran past me on my first visit, looking at me strangely for stopping in this alley! I visited several times during my stay in Edinburgh including at night. At night this spot is also spectacularly. The lampshades create that wonderful spooky atmosphere. No wonder there are so many ghost tours in Edinburgh! In order to get the shot, you will probably need a friend or a tripod as there is nowhere to really balance the camera.
If you are visiting Edinburgh make sure you make time to swing by this epic Instagram spot and incredible view of Edinburgh Castle.
Instagram Spots in England
Red Phone Boxes in London
Recommended by Lazy Travel Blog
The iconic red phone booths that stand proud on London’s street corners, are the perfect shots for your Instagram feed. A quaint reminder of our pre-digital past when phoning home means waiting in line outside a phone box. Despite the technological changes that have occurred over the last 20 years, these red phone boxes continue to represent London on postcards and travel brochures as much as landmarks like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
Designed to celebrate King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935, the red phone box known as the Kiosk 2 or K2 can be found outside Smithfield Market in London. Beside it is its older, bulkier and lesser-known counterpart, the K6. Although it is the red box that is popular today and actually has a prime role in Dr. Who series, you will find other phone box designs that are not as eye-catching, like the K3, which can be found at ZSL London Zoo.
Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
Dunstanburgh Castle is one the most incredible Instagram spots in Northumberland.
On a clifftop stands an imposing castle ruin. These castle ruins dominate the coastal skyline. It would have been a gigantic fortification in its peak. Dunstanburgh Castle’s entire site encloses almost 10 acres making it the largest castle in Northumberland.
There are many great Instagram spots of Dunstanburgh castle. The walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh, constantly cited as one of Britain’s greatest walks as it offers walkers insane views of the incredible castle ruins. From the other side of Dunstanburgh castle, photographers can take photos of the isolated Lilburn Tower. This lonely tower stands proudly, battling the elements every day. You can also take photos of the castle from the beach and the rock pools by the shore. There are many great angles for photographers. You will not struggle to get an incredible Instagram shot at Dunstanburgh Castle.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
Castlerigg Stone Circle is a mysterious place. Located high above the fells in the Lake District National park no one knows why these stone circles were placed here.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is an ancient monument. Huge boulders have been placed in a circle just outside of Keswick in the Northern part of the Lake District. This is a popular place to visit and is one of the most romantic spots in the Lake District. It is also one of the best Instagram spots in Europe!
Given that it is a very popular spot, try to arrive early in the morning for the best chance of having the stones to yourself. Sunrise is particularly beautiful at the stone circle. Alternatively, you could try your hand at astrophotography. This is a beloved spot amongst photographers for taking advantage of the clear dark skies in the Lake District.
Castlerigg Stone Circle is beautiful year-round meaning regardless of the time of your visit, you will be able to take some very instagrammable shots! In winter you may even see the stones with a blanket of snow or see the surrounding hills with snowy summits.
Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District is a wonderful place to visit and photograph.
Notting Hill in London
Recommended by We Dream of Travel
Notting Hill is a charming, quintessentially English neighbourhood in West London. While once known as one of the worst parts of London, nowadays it is an affluent area renowned for its colorful houses, antiques market and quirky stores. It was made famous by the movie “Notting Hill” in 1999 and in more recent years has become Insta-famous due to its pretty facades, flower-adorned shops and insta-worthy cafes.
It is easy to get to by public transport, with the closest tube stations being either Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove. The area gets particularly busy on Saturdays when Portobello Road is transformed into the world’s largest antiques market. To get those perfect Instagram photos, I’d recommend getting there early in the morning to avoid the crowds. The absolute best time to photograph Notting Hill is in the spring, when the weather is improving, the crowds aren’t quite in full force, and the spring flowers are blooming.
I’ve put together a list of all the best Instagram-worthy colorful houses in Notting Hill to help you get those perfect Instagram photos.
You will get out of breath reaching this Instagram spot in Europe.
Castlehead is a stunning viewpoint in the north of the Lake District national park in the UK. Located just outside of the pretty market town of Keswick, reaching this Instagram spot will require a short but steep climb. Walk from Keswick or park a little closer to the wooded hill of Castlehead. You will need to walk through the woods for around 10 minutes to reach this wonderful lake district viewpoint. There is a very small and easy scramble to overcome at the top too! Yet once you reach the viewpoint, you will forget the climb and be in awe of the view.
From Castlehead viewpoint you can gaze across to Catbells, a popular family walk in the Lake District. To the North, you will see Keswick. Directly in front of you and to your left is a beautiful body of water. Derwent water stretched along the valley floor, bedazzling viewers with its deep blue water. Little white yachts gentle bob along in the waves. What a view!
There are two small wooden benches on the summit of Castlehead. If you don’t want to bring a tripod, you can balance your camera or phone on the bench to get that Instagram shot of the Lake District. Alternatively, just bring a flask of hot tea, your loved one and admire the wonderful view for a while. You have completely forgotten the climb to get up here. This is one of the best romantic things to do in the Lake district for adventurous couples!
Tower Bridge in London
Recommended by Passports & Adventures
One of the most Instagrammable places in Europe has to be Tower Bridge in London. As one of the most iconic places in London, it is the best backdrop for a perfect Instagram feed post.
This suspension bridge was built between 1886 and 1894 and stands across the River Thames beside the Tower of London, another iconic London landmark. It is often confused with London Bridge, which is located half a mile upstream. I was reminded of this fact during a recent visit to the Tower of London, a place which should be paid a visit if you are in London with kids, even toddlers.
Tower Bridge is best visited after your Tower of London visit or if you pay HMS Belfast a visit, as it is close to both. It can be accessed from either Tower Bridge or London Bridge tube stations and is just a short walk from both.
This London landmark is always popular with visitors, so if you really want to beat the crowds, get there very early in the morning before rush hour. Alternatively, to enjoy it after dark, visit later in the evening. There is no best time of day or night to take your photos, but to get ones without huge crowds in them, you are best taking them from the riverbank either side of the bridge. It truly is one of the best locations for a perfect Instagram feed in Europe.
Recommended by MyTravelScrapbook
Saltaire village is a little-known UNESCO site in the UK. It is also a very Instagram-worthy spot in England.
Saltaire can be found in West Yorkshire, not far from the bustling cities of Leeds and Bradford. It was founded by a Victorian gentleman known as Sir Titus Salt. He wanted to build a mill away from the dirty city and by the river Aire. He built his giant mill as well as an entire village for his workforce and named it Saltaire. You can admire the architecture of the Saltaire Mill and the sandstone coloured houses. There are also stone lions, an Italian renaissance church, quirky gift shops and many other Instagrammable sites! Bring your camera and enjoy taking photos in this lovely UNESCO site. Particularly notable streets are Titus Street and Victoria Road.
You will not struggle to find Instagram spots in Saltaire which means it makes the list of one of the most instagrammable places in Europe.
One New Change in London
Recommended by Greta’s Travels
If you’re looking trying to create that perfect European Instagram look, you have to add One New Change in London to your photo bucket list. One New Change is one of the most Instagrammable places in London, and for good reason.
One New Change is a mall located just next to St Paul’s Cathedral, where you can find shops, restaurants and a rooftop bar. The best photo spot however is on the ground floor, just next to the lifts as here you’ll be able to capture St Paul’s Cathedral reflected in the windows of the shops that line One New Change.
One New Change is located in the heart of London and you can easily reach it with public transport. The closest tube stations around it are St Paul’s, Mansion House and Bank, and there are a number of buses that stop around it too. The area is frequented a lot both by tourists and Londoners, since there are a lot of offices in the area and it tends to get quite busy. To beat the crowds and get that perfect shot without people you have to get there very early in the morning, or if you’re into night photography late in the evenings.
Instagram Spots in Switzerland
Matterhorn in Zermatt
One of the most iconic sites in Europe is the Matterhorn! Therefore, we had to include the Matterhorn as one of the best Instagram spots in Europe!
Whether you visit in summer or winter you will be blown away with this incredible instagram spot!
Instagram Spots in Portugal
Pena Palace in Sintra
Recommended by Our Passion For Travel
If I painted a picture and told you it would be with a mustard yellow and red Earth colour you may well laugh. These colours aren’t the type that jump out as a natural combination. Somehow, the majestic Pena Palace makes it happen perfectly.
Located in Sintra, about an hour’s train ride north of Portugal’s capital Lisbon, Pena Palace is a highlight of this region. That’s no mean feat either, with a selection of other seriously impressive castles and mansions to appreciate.
On a clear day though, the red and mustard of Pena Palace against a deep blue sky is an ethereal sight. It has Instagram written all over it. Let it be known though, will have the same idea as you. The summer season sees Portugal and Sintra in particular packed with snap-happy travellers. Travelling in the off season and avoiding weekends and public holidays will ensure you get less encumbered access.
An early visit is recommended to beat the crowds, and you’ll need to hustle to get up into the castle quickly. In fairness, even on a busy day, the people provide some scale.
For a different perspective, those with a long lens can head to the Moorish Castle and capture the Pena Palace from a distance. It’s stunning up close, but from a distance, it gives the impression it is a floating castle amongst the vast hills in the area.
You can stay in Sintra itself which has a number of accommodation options. This also makes an early start a little bit easier too. Alternatively, as we did, you can base yourself in Lisbon and catch the train out which is available with regular service.
Alfama in Lisbon
Recommended by Chasing Lenscapes
Do you believe in love at first sight? Hopefully you do, but even if you don’t, wait till your first visit to Lisbon, Portugal, you’ll get what we’re talking about. From the moment we arrived in Lisbon, we couldn’t stop raving about this stunning city, and even to this day we are always looking for an excuse to go back.
Lisbon is full of historical monuments, lovely neighborhoods and has a lively food and night scene, there’s never a dull moment in Portugal’s capital, and there’s no shortage of beautiful locations for your Instagram feed.
Where’s the best place to take gorgeous pictures? Alfama neighborhood, of course!
Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood is full of cobbled streets, colorful ceramic tiles and the best viewpoints in the city. From the top of the hilly Alfama neighborhood, you can catch some of the best views of Lisbon. Two of the best viewpoints or miradouros in Alfama are situated next to one another, Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. The sight of the colorful houses and historical monuments of Alfama set against the backdrop of the Tagus River will surely take your breath away.
Both of these miradouros are quite busy, but both have lovely wide terraces so usually, you’ll be able to take your time and pose for the picture without feeling pressured to move along. Don’t come very early in the morning because then half of the view will still be covered in shadow. The terrace at Miradouro de Santa Luzia is really charming and the coffee shop at Miradouro das Portas do Sol can also provide you with some nice cocktails for your shot. Both of these spots are a must in our book. For more miradouros and tips for your Lisbon vacation, check our Lisbon itinerary.
Instagram Spot in Russia
The Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood in St Petersburg
Recommended by A Rai of Light Travel
During my first trip to Europe, I made sure to see as much of the continent as my visa would allow. One of the main reasons that sparked the thought of visiting Russia was the image I had seen of a fantasy-like church in St. Petersburg. After some research, I learnt that this church is better known as The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Quite the mouthful. Constructed on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded, the church was built as a symbol in his honour. It certainly is one of the most instagrammable spots in St. Petersburg and standing metres away you notice the intricacies and detail that went into its construction. A particular highlight are the thousands of mosaics that line the interior walls of the church. Being centrally located it is fairly easy to get here just a short walk from the main Nevsky Prospekt. I would advise arriving early in the morning before the tour buses arrive to really enjoy the sight without the crowds.
Instagram Spots in the Netherlands
The Cube Houses in Rotterdam
Recommended by Love And Road
When you search about Rotterdam one of the first images that come out is from The Cube Houses. Those yellow symmetrically weird houses built in the late 70s are one of Rotterdam’s main attractions, an architecture statement and also a paradise for photography.
The houses are gigantic cubes tuned in a 45º angle and placed on top of hexagonal pylons. Everywhere you look there is a photo opportunity.
There is no best time of the day to capture the beauty of the Cube Houses, but for sure it is less crowded early in the morning. If you want to be the first one to arrive there in the morning, you can spend a night at the Cube House Hostel, listed as one of the best places to stay in Rotterdam.
Tip: selfies don’t work very well because of the angles and the height of the houses. Bring a friend, a tripod or ask someone to snap your photos. If you want to try something different you can cross the canal located in one of the sides of the Cube Houses complex and snap it from far away. This angle will give you the real dimension of the houses and how impressive they are.
The Cube Houses are located in Rotterdam city center, close to the market hall and the city canals. Blaak is the closest metro station, and once you are on the street level you will spot those beautiful yellow giants.
Red Light District in Amsterdam
Recommended by A World in Reach
With the glow of red, neon-lit windows shining on beautiful canal waters, the Red Light District is one of Amsterdam’s most Instagrammable areas.
Known as De Wallen in Dutch, Amsterdam’s Red Light District is one of the city’s most visited areas. Located in the center of town, this former medieval city center is best known for being home to some of Amsterdam’s more adult-focused attractions, including window prostitution, sex shops, and numerous coffeeshops (selling cannabis, not coffee).
While the Red Light District is infamous for its adult attractions, it is also home to some of the city’s most charming canals and bridges. At night, the glow of the red lights over the water makes for beautiful photos that capture the beauty and essence of Amsterdam. One important thing to note: you should never take photos of the sex workers in the windows.
The Red Light District is at its most atmospheric during the evening hours. Being one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions, it is always crowded, especially after dark. Daytime visits to the District shouldn’t be skipped as the canals in the area are some of Amsterdam’s most beautiful. Between those canals, and some of the beautiful churches in the area, you’ll be able to get some Instagram-worthy shots no matter the time you visit. When you’re deciding where to stay in Amsterdam https://www.aworldinreach.com/best-places-to-stay-in-amsterdam/, I recommend staying near the Red Light District so that you’re always just a short walk away from some great shots.
Instagram Spots in Italy
Scala Contarini del Bovolo in Venice
Recommended by Our Escape Clause
Tucked down a quiet, unassuming street in a quiet, unassuming corner of Venice sits the fairytale-worthy Scala Contarini del Bovolo.
This gorgeous tower sits in a small courtyard, and despite its impressive beauty and sheer Instagrammability, it remains uncrowded and easy to visit.
Stretching 28 meters high, the tower’s spiral staircase winds up over the city until, at the top, St. Mark’s Campanile and the rooftop of St. Mark’s Basilica are visible in the distance.
There is something rather obvious missing from the view, at least as far as Venice is concerned: water! No canals are visible from the top of the tower, and for that reason, it’s hard to call it the best view in Venice–but it is a very beautiful and photogenic one.
To get the best photos of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, especially if you want to be in them, you’ll want to have a second person there to help take the photo. The photos from this tower turn out best when the exterior of the tower itself is visible in the shot.
Climbing Scala Contarini del Bovolo costs 7 Euro, and it is an easy walk from most of Venice’s major sights, including the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge.
The Forum & adjacent Palatine Hill
Recommended by Glam Granola Travel
Italy has its fair share of Instagrammable locales. In fact, you could argue just about every city in Italy is pure Instagram gold. However, only in Rome can you find some of the most iconic, photogenic sites in the world.
The trick to getting the perfect Instagram shot of these places—whether we’re talking about the Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill, or Trevi Fountain—largely lies in beating the crowds. They’re stunning any time of year, but there’s a huge advantage to visiting outside of the busy summer tourist season.
They’re all in the city centre and easy to find, so getting from place to place thankfully is super simple. For the Trevi Fountain, you’ll have the most luck waking up as early as humanly possible. This place is always packed at dusk, but just before sunrise you’ll actually have a chance at having it to yourself. The Colosseum is similar, though I’ve also had luck with it just before closing time, as well. Plus, the famous columns are stunning in the golden hour glow.
Some of the most Instagrammable spots in Rome lie in the slightly lesser known Forum and Palatine Hill. These are more spread out areas of gorgeous Mediterranean hills and ruins. If you go outside the tourist season, there’s a decent chance you’ll have your pick of photo spots with nobody nearby or even in the background.
The Forum and adjacent Palatine Hill are actually my favourite areas for Instagram. From a practical solo traveller perspective, there are a ton of rocks, benches, and structures on which to rest your camera/phone/etc. I like that you can choose from more nature-based shots, as Palatine Hill really resembles a city park, or a unique, eye-catching collection of ruins at the Forum!
Sassi di Matera
Recommended by Brent And Michael Are Going Places
The Sassi di Matera, which is the old town district of the southern Italy city of Matera, is the most interesting place you’ve probably never heard of.
It’s also perfect for Instagrammers. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vast collection of white stone buildings and cobblestone streets, with all kinds of photo possibilities: from sweeping panoramas to intimate frescoes buried deep in ancient caves.
But the best photos involve the white rock, or "tufo," that gives the city its unique look. The name literally means "stone cities" in Italian — the Sassi di Matera are technically two different districts.
The Sassi, possibly the longest continuously occupied place on earth, started out as caves that were first dug more than nine thousand years ago. The caves still exist, but now structures rise above and around them. A restaurant, for example, will have a front entryway opening into an underground cavern.
Most breathtakingly of all is the mountain-like slab of rock that towers above the whole area. In fact, this is the church of Madonna de Idris — a chapel that was painstaking carved out of the stone over many years.
The Sassi are beautiful almost any time of day, but the golden hours of morning and evening best bring out the loveliness of the tufo. As for crowds, the world has yet to discover this magical place.
But go soon, because it’s only a matter of time before they do.
Instagram Spots in France
Château de Chantilly
Château de Chantilly is one of the most enchanting places in France. It is also one of Europe’s best Instagram spots!
There are so many beautiful Instagram spots in Château de Chantilly.
Forget the crowds of Versailles and head to quiet Chantilly instead! The palace of Chantilly is located just a train ride away to the north of Paris. From Gare du Nord it is just 25 minutes on the TER and costs around 6 euros (2018). Escape the city of Paris and breathe in the fresh country air of Chantilly. Surrounded by the vast Chantilly forest, the small town is famous for the Chantilly Racecourse and, more importantly, its gorgeous Chateau.
Chateau de Chantilly is an incredible palace, full of lavish interiors, floating upon a lake, set within beautiful gardens. Explore the romantic English gardens, especially the Island of Love. This wonderfully named island used to host garden parties. The Princes of Conde, who lived at Chantilly would invite the gentry during the summer to enjoy the splendor of the island of love. Also make sure you stroll over to the sweet little hameau at Chantilly, full of quaint cottages, which became the inspiration for Marie Antoinette’s hamlet at Versailles.
After exploring the gardens head inside the spectacular chateau. The interior of Chantilly is lovely. Arguably less impressive than that of Versailles, yet the main draw is that you may wonder at your own pace. There are no crowds to battle through and you may linger for as long as you desire. This also makes it much easier to get those Instagram worthy photos.
Finally, admire the spectacular reflection of the exterior upon the deep blue lake. Chantilly is truly magnificent.
Chateau de Chantilly is one of Paris’ best-kept secrets as it does not receive the hordes of tourists that Versailles does. Choose a sunny day, pack a picnic, hop on the train and head to one of France’s prettiest Chateaus.
Provence in France
Recommended by Solar Powered Blond
Provence is one of the most instagrammable places in Europe in summer! Even though I had missed sunflower and lavender season, it was still very instagrammable. I would recommend visiting before the beginning of August to see the beautiful fields of sunflowers and lavender. The best place to see these is near the village of Valensole. You drive along a plateau high up; with lavender fields as far as the eye can see. There is also one popular spot with sunflower and lavender fields next to each other. Other than this, there are a few very instagrammable villages. Moustiers Sainte Marie is a tiny village built right into the side of a rock; it is very unique and perfect for photos. I would recommend getting there early before the shops open for the best photos. Then Roussillon is home to the insta famous orange Town Hall, which is perfect for photos and very beautiful. It is also home to the Ochre Trail, a path that is surrounded by the bright orange rocks that the village is built out of. I was here in the middle of the day so no need for an early start. Then there is the hilltop village of Gordes, which stands up high with incredible views over the valleys below. Gordes is also right by the Abbeye Senanque, which is an abbey surrounded by lavender and beautiful to see in July. Provence is very popular nowadays, so I would recommend hiring a car, as you will have to drive a fair bit to see everything. It is also quite expensive for accommodation; by we managed to find a lovely Air Bnb just outside of Aix-en-Provence for less than everywhere else.
Instagram Spots in Norway
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Recommended by Nicky at Go Live Young
Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock, near Stavanger, is a not to be missed instagrammable spot in Norway. Reached only by hiking, this rocky shelf with cliffs on three sides plunging 600 metres down into the fjord below, is worth the effort. The hike to Pulpit Rock is an 8 kilometre (5 mile) round trip which takes approximately four hours with some time spent at the top admiring the view. As for any hike you do need a decent level of fitness but it should be suitable for most. Once at the top, the views are spectacular.
The hiking season for Pulpit Rock is from April until October. Peak season is during the summer months of June, July and August. Expect large crowds during these months. Try to hike on weekdays and start the hike early in the morning, to avoid some of the worst of the crowds. Early morning and late evening photographs can be spectacular. There are a number of options for the perfect instagram picture – perch on the edge of the cliff for a thrill-seeking image or head above the rock itself (as we did) and get a bird’s eye view.
Instagram Spot in Slovenia
Recommended by We Did it our Way
Just over an hour bus ride from Slovenia’s capital, you will find the most picturesque city of Bled. This has to be one of the most instagrammable places in Europe, and in the world.
Imagine a cute lake surrounded by tall mountains. Now imagine a 300-year-old church sitting on a little island in the middle of this lake. Sounding pretty beautiful, no? We’ll that’s not all. Now imagine being perched up on a cliff, right where there’s a castle, taking all this in. This is Lake Bled, Bled Castle, and the fairytale view you can expect to get when you’re here.
If you don’t have a car, the easiest and cheapest way to get here is by taking a bus. There is one leaving every hour from the Ljubljana main bus station. It will only set you back 11 euros. The trip will take 1h 20-min and the journey is as scenic as the destination you’ll be going to.
Just like everywhere in Europe, summer is probably when you can expect the best weather, but most crowds. Opt to visit in shoulder seasons to avoid crowds but still enjoy the nice weather. When we were there in November, the leaves had changed colors, giving the whole place a magical colorful look.
To beat the crowds at the castle, make sure you get there before 10 am. And while you’re there, take the time to walk around the lake, You’ll get 360 views of the little island.
Lake Bled is a beautiful place. If you’re ever in Ljubljana or Slovenia, we highly recommend you make your way there. No matter the season, you won’t regret it!
Instagram Spot in Iceland
Diamond Beach – Jökulsárlón
Recommended by The Travelling Twins
When I was planning a visit to Iceland in Winter, the main thing I wanted to see was the Diamond beach. It stuck in my head due to the attractive name and fantastic photos I had seen. Now I must tell you – you won’t find any diamonds there, rather big chunks of iceberg brought in by the sea. With the typical pink Icelandic sunlight and the wet black stone of the beach, they do indeed sparkle like vast diamonds. With every tide in and out, the scenery on the Jökulsárlón beach renews itself. Some of the elephanine gems are taken away by the sea, others are repolished and new ones appear.
Word of advice to any crazy instagramers: It’s a great place for selfies, but please don’t stand on the ice blocks near the water. I have seen people getting totally soaked, and one unfortunate who lost his mobile phone to a sudden big wave of grey icy surf.
The Diamond Beach is on the south-east coast of Iceland on the main ring road. When you pass the bridge over the Jökulsárlón Lagoon, turn right towards the coast where you can park and then take a short walk to the beach.
Best time for photos is at sunrise. In winter this is easy to manage as it’s around 11 am or if you miss that, then sunset is only 4 hours later. The low sunlight and beautiful skies bring out the best in these diamonds.. Enjoy!
Instagram Spots in Croatia
Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik
Recommended by My Wanderlust
One of the best and most Instagrammable photo locations in Dubrovnik is Fort Lovrijenac, one of the biggest Dubrovnik attractions, dating back to the 11th century. It’s located high above the sea, just outside the Old Town Walls but for some reason not too many tourists get there (you need to deal with lots of steep stairs to get there though). Fort Lovrijenac offers probably the best view of Dubrovnik Old Town and beyond, with the famous City Walls in their full glory right in front of you. The fort is opened daily from 8am to 7pm, if you have the ticket for the City Walls you can visit Fort Lovrijenac free of charge, otherwise, it’s 50 HRK. The famous tv show “Game of Thrones” was filmed in Fort Lovrijenac too, which makes it even more interesting photo location as you can recreate the scenes known from the tv! While there are so many opportunities for Dubrovnik pictures, Fort Lovrijenac might be just the best place!
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
If I ever became so rich that I had a huge garden which I could landscape myself, I would build a replica of Plitvice Lakes national park. Plitvice is a magical place full of cascading waterfalls and deep blue lakes. Beautiful at any time of year this is one of Europe’s most instagrammable places!
Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the heart of Croatia, easy to reach by car or public transport. Visitors are transported to this beautiful world along wooden walkways above crystal clear waters. In terms of where to take photos, it is more a question of where not to take photos! Everywhere you look is another epic waterfall.
Plan to spend a whole day at Plitvice as it is so stunning. There are many lovely trails to explore and enjoy.
Instagram Spot in Greece
Meteora in Greece
Recommended by Sofia Adventures
One of the most breathtaking and photogenic places I’ve ever seen in person is Meteora near Kalabaka, Greece. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Meteora is a collection of medieval Orthodox monasteries built at the top of rock columns. They look like they are practically suspended in the air.
If you want truly iconic photos, spend a few days here so you can get photos in the early morning light or at sunset. However, because of the remoteness of the monasteries, you can easily get photos without people in them at any time of day.
When you visit the actual monasteries themselves, expect crowds during the high season, but going on a Meteora tour in spring or autumn (or even in winter!) means you won’t have to deal with as many other tourists.
Remember that this is a solemn and sacred religious site in the Greek Orthodox religion. You will need to follow the dress code and show respect while touring the monasteries themselves.
Instagram Spots in Montenegro
Recommended by Travels of a Bookpacker
Kotor is one of the most iconic places in Montenegro and is famous for the stunning views from the St John’s Fortress. From the walls of the fortress, you can gaze down across the terracotta roofs and cobbled streets of the old town out across the breath-taking Bay of Kotor. While this is the most well-known view, you’ll find plenty of perfect photo opportunities strolling through the old town or heading further around the bay to the coastal village of Perast. Quaint stone buildings, clear blue skies and crystal-clear water beyond, what more could you want?!
Spooky Fort Gorazda
recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
An abandoned fort lies high above the bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Best visited on a stormy day for some epic Instagram shots!
To reach one of the most Instagrammable spots in Montenegro, you will need your own hire car. As you leave the pretty town of Kotor you head upwards towards the fort. Along the way, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean fjord. This is a relatively unknown Instagram spot so you will have to park your rental car and continue on foot for the last section. As the clouds close in you are about to enter a very ghostly place. The rumbling thunder in the distance provides the perfect soundtrack to this eerie location. A large grey structure covered with green vegetation stands forebodingly on the top of the mountain. See if you can spot the dark entrance. Enter the gloomy darkness of Fort Gorazda – if you dare.
This Austro-Hungarian Fortress was built in Montenegro in the late 19th century. The building was used as a fort in the first world war and the Yugoslav Army used it as recently as the early 1990s.
Inside you can explore the damp passages, dark corridors and ominous staircases. There are plenty of opportunities for spooky photography and eerie Instagram shots! If your visit happens to be during a thunderstorm, the occasional clap of thunder will make you jump as you weave your way through the fort complex. Climb onto the fort roof for gorgeous views of the bay of Kotor far below and more photos!
Photographers will love visiting this secret, abandoned fort in Kotor for epic moody Instagram shots!
Best Instagram Spots in Germany
Rakotzbruecke (Devil’s Bridge) in Kromlau
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
The Rakotzbruecke, also known as the Devil’s Bridge, in Saxony is one of Europe’s most instagrammable spots. Kromlau is a little off the beaten track but with the help of a bike or hire car you can reach the Rhododendron park where the moon shaped bridge is situated. You can easily visit the Rakotzbruecke as a day trip from Dresden!
It is known as the devil’s bridge because in Medieval times, locals could not believe that such a bridge could be made by man! This is not the only Devil’s Bridge in Europe. Therefore, the bridge must have been made with the help of the devil himself! Some say that the soul of the first person who crosses the bridge goes to the devil as payment.
However, unlike other medieval devil bridges, this one was made a little more recently in 1860. It also was not built for functionality, but to create a beautiful design using the lake below.
The reflection of the bridge creates a perfect circle. When I visited the bridge back in 2015, I had the Rhodedrum park almost completely to myself. It was easy to balance my camera on a bench and get some insta-worthy pictures! Since then the park is undergoing construction to protect the bridge. Check online to see if the construction has finished before you attempt to visit.
The park is small but the bridge makes this one of the best Instagram spots in Germany.
Recommended by My Travel Scrapbook
Neuschwanstein Castle is arguably Germany’s most famous castles! It is certainly a very instagrammable castle and there are plenty of places to get incredible shots of the castle from!
A visit to Neuschwanstein Castle is not complete without going on the Marienbrücke which was built in 1845! The bridge is high up so this is not a place for those with a fear of heights! Also, the crowds make it hard to get that perfect shot, just use your elbows to get a place. If you carry on to the other side of the bridge you see excellent views of the castle from there. If you don’t fancy climbing up to the castle, you can still take some fantastic pictures from the village of Hohenschwangau.
This is a very popular Instagram spot in Europe so just be prepared for the crowds! If you don’t mind sharing the castle with others though, it is truly a magical place. Neuschwannstein is one of the best places to visit in Germany.
Which Instagram Spot is your favourite?
Have you been inspired to pack your camera and head to one of these Europe Instagram spots? Have we missed one of your favourite Instagram spots in Europe? Let me know in the comments below!