When I visit a new city, I like to go all out in my photography. Vienna is no exception. My partner and I booked a trip to Austria to celebrate our eighth year together. We spent the first day exploring Hallstatt, which is truly breathtaking. Check out our Hallstatt photo diary here. The remainder of our trip was spent in Vienna. I spent a lot of time researching the places I wanted to Instagram; it made sense to compile said places into a Vienna Instagram guide.
Although we didn’t have the opportunity to go inside the Opera House, the outside is pretty spectacular and is great for taking photos in both the day and night. If you have time, you can book onto a guided tour to see the inside.
There are so many things to photograph and Instagram at Belvedere museum. We mostly walked around the grounds, which was a bit underwhelming after seeing photos of the gardens in Summer. I did, however, love this reflection of upper Belvedere.
Schönbrunn Palace shouldn’t be underestimated. We gave ourselves the best part of a day there because there are so many things to see and photograph. And we didn’t even go inside! There are 1441 rooms inside, and a number of different tour options depending on how many you’d like to see.
Schönbrunn Palace palmenhaus
One of the main places I wanted to visit was the palm house at Schönbrunn Palace. The palmenhaus contains a few different climatic zones, meaning a wide variety of plants can be seen at any one time. The beautiful architecture coupled with the dappled light over the flowers make this place a photographer’s dream.
Schoenbrunn Palace Gloriette
On a hill overlooking the palace you’ll find the Gloriette. The pastel hue, symmetry, and striking light make the Gloriette another appealing place to photograph at Schönbrunn Palace.
St. Charles Church
You’ll find Karlskirche in the South of Karlsplatz. The church is considered to be one of Vienna’s greatest buildings. The pool of water in front of Karlskirche makes this the perfect spot for a symmetrical reflection photo, and the lights on the front of the church make it an ideal spot to Instagram in low light. Inside the church, there is a lift to a panoramic platform, so you can view and photograph the interior too.
The University Church
The University Church (Jesuit Church) is a hidden gem thats definitely worth finding. The church was redesigned in 1703 to an early Baroque style. It’s hard to do Jesuit Church justice with a photo, so I recommend you pay it a visit.
St. Peter’s Church
St. Peter’s Church is another baroque church in Vienna, this time located in Petersplatz. The oldest part of the church dates back to the Middle Ages. There is a possibility that St. Peter’s Church is the oldest church in Vienna. As with many of the spots on this list, the Church has lovely pastel hues and symmetry that make it a wonderful place to photograph.
Not too far from St. Peters Church lies former imperial palace, The Hofburg. The Hofburg is a great place for leading lines, and for spotting horse and carriages.
The Graben is one of the best streets to Instagram in Vienna, especially during Christmas. The large decorations and lights also mean this is a great spot for night photography.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Viewpoint
If photographing viewpoints is of interest to you, then St. Stephen’s Cathedral should be on your itinerary. After climbing 343 steps to the tower room, there are pretty awesome views across Vienna.
In a similar way to the Palm House, the light in The Butterfly House makes it a wonderful place to photograph. If you have a zoom/macro lens and a talent for photographing moving subjects, you’ll capture some stunning butterflies here. As you can see, this was a bit of a challenge for us, but we enjoyed the visit nonetheless.
I enjoyed walking along the river in Stadtpark – you can really see a juxtaposition between the old and new. There are some amazing bridges and statues in the park. Perhaps I should have invested some time in photoshopping out the graffiti, though!
We accidentally spent some time walking along Landstraßer Hauptstraße, along which we found lots of interesting places to Instagram, including Sünnhof passage (bottom right).
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