42 Instagram Hot Spots in Europe
There are over 1 billion active users on Instagram and 40% of those users prioritise, ‘Instagram Hot Spots’ when choosing their next vacation destination. And Europe is full of them. From Ireland to Turkey, we’re going to show you 42 Instagram Hot Spots in Europe to help you plan your next adventure. Charge your batteries, prepare your cameras and drones, and get ready to plan your tour through the top Instagram hot spots in Europe.
1. Damrak – Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Right where the canal cruises leave for the sightseeing tours is where you’ll find one of the most Instagrammable places in the city. For the best pictures make sure to go right after sunrise, when the water is still flat so you capture a perfect reflection of the canal houses.
Accommodation tip: Flying Pig Uptown
2. Panathenaic Stadium – Athens, Greece
With rows of white marble seats, this place is a symmetrical Instagram hot spot in Europe. Panathenaic Stadium was actually the first one ever used in the ancient Olympic games, and the site underwent a renovation in 1896 for the first modern Olympic Games. The blue sky contrasted with the white marble will look amazing on Instagram.
Accommodation tip: StaySafe Athens Hostel
3. Tibidabo – Barcelona, Spain
You could head to the Sagrada Familia, but we suggest Tibidabo. At the top of one of the mountains surrounding Barcelona you’ll find a small theme park and stunning cathedral. You can snap your pics by going into one of the attractions (it’s only 2€). It’s a great experience with the best views!
Accommodation tip: Kabul Party Hostel
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4. Church of Saint Sava – Belgrade, Serbia
In Serbia you’ll find one of the the largest Orthodox churches in the world: the Church of Saint Sava. It’s incredible to photograph during the day, but also at night when the fountains and church are lit up.
Accommodation tip: Arkabarka Floating Hostel
5. East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany
The East Side Gallery is a portion of what once was the Berlin Wall, which split the city between East and West. This 1316m long remnant was turned into an open-art gallery and is one of the most photographed places in Berlin. A noteworthy Instagram hot spot in Europe.
Accommodation tip: Sunflower Hostel Berlin
6. Kapitulská Street – Bratislava, Slovakia
Kapitulská is one of the cutest streets in the Old Town of Bratislava. When you walk through the picturesque alleys and streets, it feels like you’re back in time. It’s also not crowded, which makes it the perfect Instagrammable spot.
Accommodation tip: Patio Hostel
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7. Rozenhoedkaai – Bruges, Belgium
There’s something magical about Rozenhoedkaai in Bruges, especially when the night falls and the street lights start to shine. Luckily for you, this Instagram hot spot in Bruges is picturesque in both the day and night.
Accommodation tip: The Bauhaus
8. Parliament Building – Budapest, Hungary
Though Budapest is full of stunning architecture, the Parliament building will catch your attention immediately. It’s a famous landmark and popular tourist attraction. The best way to see and photograph the building is from the other side of the river as it’s too big to take a picture of when you’re standing in front of it!
Accommodation tip: Mavericks Hostel
9. Nyhavn – Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is known for its colourful harbour of Nyhavn. This 17th century harbour front is an iconic spot and very Instagram worthy. You’ll be able to get incredible shots here. Even when it rains it still looks cute with the old sailing ships and colourful facades of the old houses.
Accommodation tip: Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
10. Trinity College Library – Dublin, Ireland
The Library of Trinity College in the heart of Dublin is one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe. Every corner of the library is quite the Instagram hot spot, as well as the rest of the university. To get to the library you have to do a tour around the university, or get an entrance ticket to the Book of Kells.
Accommodation tip: Jacob’s Inn
11. Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland
Right on top of Castle Rock in the middle of Edinburgh you find this stunning castle. You can walk up to the entrance where you’ll be able to take amazing pictures, but going further requires an entrance ticket. Luckily, the castle is best photographed from a distance!
Accommodation tip: St. Christopher’s Edinburgh
12. Römerberg – Frankfurt, Germany
The iconic square Römerberg in Frankfurt is home to the cutest fairytale-like German houses – just like you imagine them to be. Unfortunately they aren’t the original buildings as they were destroyed during WWII. In the month leading up to Christmas, there’s also a very Instagram worthy Christmas market in the square!
Accommodation tip: Five Elements Hostel
13. Alhambra – Granada, Spain
When you’re in Granada you have to photograph the Alhambra. Being one of the last Islamic palaces built in Spain it’s just one of those places you have to visit. Wandering through the Alhambra is a true experience so make sure to get an entrance ticket as well.
Accommodation tip: Oasis Backpackers Granada
14. Lauterbrunnen – near Interlaken, Switzerland
Though there are countless amazing instagram spots in Interlaken, there’s one spot outside the town you can’t miss. Lauterbrunnen is one of the most photogenic places there is, so it had to be on our list of Instagram hot spots in Europe!
Accommodation tip: Balmers Hostel
15. Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey
Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque – but often called the Blue Mosque due to the blue tiles on the walls. It’s one of the most beautiful mosques around and can be captured from a great distance.
Accommodation tip: Hush Hostel Lounge
16. Temple Mount – Jerusalem, Israel
Okay, so this isn’t actually in Europe, but it’s worth a mention on our list of Instagram hot spots. When you’re in Jerusalem you’ll visit Temple Mount. It’s a holy site within the old city and is open to all visitors. One of the best views you can get is from the top of the Aish Center at the Western Wall.
Accommodation tip: Abraham Hostel Jerusalem
17. Alt Stadt – Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig’s Alt Stadt is one of the most gorgeous areas in the city. Wander the cobbled streets and take in the beautiful architecture. You’ll quickly see why this place made our list for 43 Instagram Hot Spots in Europe.
Accommodation tip: Five Elements Hostel Leipzig
18. Porte de Paris – Lille, France
One of the best spots to take pictures is at Porte de Paris. It’s a stunning monument for Louis XVI. You can also discover the little streets and alleys in the Old Town, where you’ll be able to take more amazing photos.
Accommodation tip: The People Hostel
19. Yellow Trams – Lisbon, Portugal
One of the most photogenic things in Lisbon are the yellow trams. This is perfect because you will find them all around the city. Just wait for one to pass to get the perfect Instagram shot!
Accommodation tip: Oasis Backpackers Lisbon
20. Big Ben – London, U.K.
A visit to London is not complete without a picture of Big Ben. You can take incredible pictures from each and every side of the Great Bell, but our favourite is from the bridge. Easily one of the most famous Instagram hot spots in Europe.
Accommodation tip: St. Christopher’s The Village
21. Calle de Gran Vía – Madrid, Spain
Calle de Gran Vía in Madrid makes you feel like you’re in New York and that’s why it’s such a beloved photo spot. Make sure to go when the evening falls and all the lights turn on. It’s stunning!
Accommodation tip: Cat’s Party Hostel
22. Calle San Agustin – Málaga, Spain
Calle San Agustin is our favourite street in Málaga. With its little houses, cute churches, and palm trees, it gives your pics an instant holiday feeling.
Accommodation tip: Oasis Backpackers Málaga
23. The Vieux Port – Marseille, France
The Old Port in Marseille gives you an incredible view over the city, sailing boats, and the Notre-Dame de la Garde. This gorgeous destination is an easy add to our top Instagram hot spots in Europe.
Accommodation tip: Vertigo Vieux-Port
24. Duomo di Milano – Milan, Italy
You’ve probably seen this stunning cathedral in your Instagram feed already. It’s one of the most famous spots in Milan and loved by many famous Instagrammers. If you want a picture without a big crowd make sure to go at sunrise.
Accommodation tip: Ostello Bello
25. St. Peter’s Church Tower – Munich, Germany
You can climb the St. Peter’s Church Tower and enjoy an amazing view over the city from the observation deck. It’s really worth going up the 306 steps!
Accommodation tip: Euro Youth Hostel
26. Piazza del Plebiscito – Naples, Italy
One of the famous squares in Naples is Piazza del Plebiscito. No matter where you look, it’s all incredibly beautiful and worth a few shots for the ‘gram.
Accommodation tip: Hostel of The Sun
27. Old Town – Nice, France
Nice is a very colourful city, with lots of little streets and stunning houses. The best street to take pictures is in the Old Town (for instance Rue Saint Hospice) but you’ll soon find out the whole city is very Instagrammable – including the beach promenade!
Accommodation tip: Villa Saint Exupery
28. Tour Eiffel – Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower is the icon of Paris and no matter where you are around it, you’ll get brilliant pictures. The most amazing place to go is just across the road at the Carousel of the Eiffel Tower.
Accommodation tip: St. Christopher’s Paris Canal
29. Dom Luis Bridge – Porto, Portugal
From the Dom Luis Bridge you have a stunning view over the city. It’s an interesting bridge as it once held the record for the longest iron arch bridge in the world (back in 1886). The bridge starts in Porto and connects the city with Gaia on the opposite side of the river.
Accommodation tip: St. Christopher’s Paris Canal
30. Old Town Hall Tower – Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a very photogenic city with Charles Bridge as one of the most popular picture spots. However, our all time favourite is the view from the Old Town Hall Tower. From the tower you get amazing, 360 views over Prague. It’s really worth going up to get some Insta shots!
Accommodation tip: Czech Inn
31. Lake Como – Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como is seriously one of the most beautiful destinations in north Italy. Sitting at the foot of the Tyrolean Alps, you’ll find lots of places here for the perfect shot. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot a celebrity.
Accommodation tip: Ostello Bello Lake Como
33. Arch of Augustus – Rimini
After taking some fun beach shots (you’re at the beach in Italy after all) make sure to visit the Arch of Augustus, the oldest Roman arch still standing today! It’ll look great on the ‘gram!
Accommodation tip: Sunflower Beach Hostel
33. Colosseum – Rome, Italy
Rome is full of Instagrammable spots, from the Trevi Fountain, to the Roman Forum, and Pantheon. However, the single most amazing place to photograph is the Colosseum. Go just before sunrise or sunset to photograph this landmark.
Accommodation tip: Yellow Hostel
34. Euromast – Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Rotterdam is known for its modern architecture. For some good instagram snaps make sure you visit the Cube Houses and the Erasmus Bridge. However, the best view is from the Euromast where you can look out over the entire city.
Accommodation tip: The Hostel ROOM
35. Kapuzinerkloster Monastery – Salzburg, Austria
From the Kapuzinerkloster Monastery you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views of Salzburg. And on a clear day you can even see the snowy mountaintops (in colder months only, of course).
Accommodation tip: YoHo Int. Hostel
36. Plaza de España – Seville, Spain
Plaza de España is a very popular square in Seville and can get very crowded in summer. However, you get very wide views so you can choose to capture either the whole square or just focus on details. Our tip: go right after sunrise and you’ll have the square all to yourself!
Accommodation tip: Oasis Backpackers Seville
37. Gamla Stan – Stockholm, Sweden
Galma Stan is in the old part of Stockholm where you’ll wander through narrow streets with lots of colourful houses and cosy cafes. The perfect place to go for your Instagram shots is Prästgatan street!
Accommodation tip: City Backpackers Hostel
38. The Canals – Venice, Italy
The canals of Venice are some of the most sought after Instagram Hot Spots in Europe. However, you probably already knew that.
Accommodation tip: ANDA Venice
39. Umbracle – Valencia, Spain
Umbracle is a beautiful botanical garden in Valencia. They also host events here at night, so if you’re looking for a good night out and also get some good shots, this is the place to be!
Accommodation tip: Purple Nest Hostel
40. Schloss Schonbrunn – Vienna, Austria
The famous palace of Princess Sissi is one of the most beautiful Instagram hot spots in Europe. You can wander around the gardens (without buying an entrance ticket) and get the most amazing pictures. Make sure to walk all the way to the end of the garden – up the hill – for the best view of the Palace and city.
Accommodation tip: Hostel Ruthensteiner
41. Old Town – Warsaw, Poland
The Old Town of Warsaw is very pretty, especially when it snows in winter. You get the best views from the observation deck at St. Anne’s Church.
Accommodation tip: Oki Doki Hostel
42. Algarve Coast – Lagos, Portugal
The last mention on our Instagram Hot Spots in Europe is the Algarve Coast. Located at the southern tip of Portugal, this iis one of the most beautiful areas in the country to visit. From turquoise waters to sand beaches, caves, arches, and more, you’ll love it here.
Accommodation tip: Rising Cock Hostel
42 Instagram Hot Spots in Europe
We hope you enjoyed our guide to the 42 Instagram Hot Spots in Europe! While we encourage you to go out and explore to capture the best shots, we remind you to be respectful. As a visitor, you’re only in a spot for a short while. Residents have to deal with increased traffic and crowding when spots become popular. Again, please be respectful, and when in doubt if you can shoot there, just ask around!
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