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43 Destinations, 43 Instagram Hot Spots

There are 1 billion active users on Instagram and 40% of those users prioritise, ‘Instagram Hot Spots’ when choosing their next vacation destination. Luckily, Europe is full of these sought after Instagram Hot Spots. To make sure you’re guaranteed an amazing Insta snap everywhere on your Euro trip, we’ll share 43 Instagram Hot Spots in our 43 destinations.

1. Damrak – Amsterdam

Only a short walk from the centre of Amsterdam is where the Damrak starts. 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. A for Athens – Athens

Athens has a lot of very Instagrammable places, yet our favourite – apart from the Rooftop of Athenstyle Hostel – is the view from A for Athens. From this cocktail bar (where they also have really good coffees) you look over Monastiraki Square with the ancient Acropolis in the background. It makes you feel you’re standing right in front of a painting.

Accommodation tip: AthenStyle

3. Tibidabo – Barcelona

It would be easy to tell you to take a picture in front of the Sagrada Familia, because that’s the main Instagram spot in Barcelona. But we want to tell you about 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 euros). It’s a great experience with the best views!

Accommodation tip: Kabul Party Hostel

4. Church of Saint Sava – Belgrade

In Serbia you’ll find one of the the largest Orthodox churches in the world: the Church of Saint Sava. It ranks among the largest church buildings – and is not only 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

The East Side Gallery is a portion of what once was the Berlin Wall, which split the city between East and West. Most of the wall has been broken down but this1316m long remnant was turned into an open-art gallery. It’s one of the most photographed places in Berlin where you’ll find the most thoughtful and colourful artwork!

Accommodation tip: Sunflower Hostel Berlin

6. Guggenheim Museum – Bilbao

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The Guggenheim Museum is a piece of art in itself. The building of the modern and contemporary art museum is very impressive and brilliant to photograph. It’s one of the largest museums in Spain, and is definitely worth a visit, even if you’re not all that into to art!

Accommodation tip: Ganbara Hostel

7. Kapitulská Street – Bratislava

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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

8. Rozenhoedkaai – Bruges

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 

9. Parliament Building – Budapest

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

10. Nyhavn – Copenhagen

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

11. Trinity College Library – Dublin

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: Avalon House

12. Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh

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

13. Römerberg – Frankfurt

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

14. Alhambra – Granada

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

15. Lauterbrunnen – Interlaken

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, don’t you agree?

Accommodation tip: Balmers Hostel

16. Blue Mosque – Istanbul

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

17. Temple Mount – Jerusalem

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

18. Bayerische Bahnhof – Leipzig

Sometimes you find the best Instagram hot spots in the most unsuspecting places. This could not be more true for the Bayerische Bahnhof in Leipzig.

Accommodation tip: Five Elements Hostel Leipzig

19. Porte de Paris – Lille

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: Gastama Hostel

20. Yellow Trams – Lisbon

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

21. Big Ben – London


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!

Accommodation tip: St. Christopher’s The Village 

22. Calle de Gran Vía – Madrid

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

23. Calle San Agustin – Malaga

Calle San Agustin is our favourite street in Malaga. With its little houses, cute churches, and palm trees, it gives your pics an instant holiday feeling.

Accommodation tip: Oasis Backpackers Malaga

24. The Vieux Port – Marseille

The Old Port in Marseille gives you an incredible view over the city, sailing boats, and the Notre-Dame de la Garde.

Accommodation tip: Vertigo Vieux-Port

25. Duomo di Milano – Milan

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 Belo

26. St. Peter’s Church Tower – Munich

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

27. Piazza del Plebiscito – Naples

One of the famous squares in Naples is Piazza del Plebiscito. No matter where you look while there, it’s all incredibly beautiful and worth a few shots for the ‘gram.

Accommodation tip: Hostel of The Sun

28. Old Town – Nice

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

29. Tour Eiffel – Paris

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

30. Dom Luis Bridge – Porto

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

31. Old Town Hall Tower – Prague

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 Hostel

32. Acropolis of Lindos – Rhodes

When you’re on Rhodes make sure to visit Lindos, one of the most Instagrammable places on the island with charming houses and narrow streets. However, the true highlight is the Acropolis of Lindos, an archaeological site with ancient temples and towers.

Accommodation tip: STAY Hostel

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

34. Colosseum – Rome

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: Alessandro Palace Hostel

35. Euromast – Rotterdam

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 ROOM Hostel

36. Kapuzinerkloster Monastery – Salzburg

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.

Accommodation tip: YoHo Int. Hostel

37. Plaza de España – Seville

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

38. Gamla Stan – Stockholm

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

39. Dom – Utrecht

Utrecht is also known as Little Amsterdam. It has beautiful canals, but is a lot less crowded with tourists – that’s why we love it. You can take plenty of amazing pictures of the canals with the Dom (the famous church of Utrecht) in the background.

Accommodation tip: Strowis Hostel

40. Umbracle – Valencia

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

41. Schloss Schonbrunn – Vienna, Austria

The famous palace of Princess Sissi is a true Instagram hotspot. 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

42. Old Town – Warsaw

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

43. St Mark’s Church – Zagreb

With its colourful rooftop St Mark’s Church is one of the most beautiful buildings in Zagreb. The street you’ll walk up to the church is also a great place to take some amazing Instagram pictures.

Accommodation tip: ChillOut Hostel


And that’s our take on 43 Instagram Hot Spots in 43 European destinations! Visiting one of these locations? Then check out Europe’s Famous Hostels for the best accommodations!

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