The most Instagrammable spots in Europe

Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled, Slovenia
16 Aug 2021

Did you even go on holiday if you didn't post about it on Instagram? An important part of travelling nowadays is getting that all-important shot, so we've put together a guide on the best places to snap them up. Forget your generic tourist shots — we're not going to be standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This guide will take you off the beaten track, so you can discover some of Europe's hidden gems for your next trip.

Trastevere, Rome

Rome's bohemian Trastevere neighbourhood is an Instagram wonderland. It's the Italy you dream about — home to traditional trattorias, ivy-clad alleyways, and cobbled piazzas. Head here in the evening for sunset photos, a delicious dinner, and some lively nightlife. 

Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

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One of Europe's oldest and deepest lakes, Ohrid straddles North Macedonia and eastern Albania. The town of Ohrid, which Lonely Planet calls "North Macedonia's most seductive destination", sits at the shore of the lake, with pretty cobbled streets, a Medieval castle, and waterside cafes and bars, perfect for taking in views of the stunning scenery.

La Maison Rose in Montmartre, Paris

The whole of Montmartre is very Instagrammable, so a walk around this neighbourhood is a must when in Paris. La Maison Rose is on the Rue de l'Abreuvoir, behind the famous Sacré-Cœur basilica. The pretty pink exterior and its location on a cobbled street corner makes for a great photo spot.

The Blue Eye, Albania

This striking turquoise-blue water spring in southern Albania is over 50 metres deep, but it's so clear that you can actually see all the way down to the bottom. You'll need to rent a car to get here (follow signs to Syri i kaltër), but it's definitely worth the trip — the surrounding forest and river is beautiful, too.

Vintage Garden, Budapest

A trip to Budapest means snaps of the Hungarian Parliament, Fisherman's Bastion, and of course, the thermal baths. But if you're looking for somewhere you can get great food and some pretty pictures, head to the Vintage Garden restaurant on the Pest side of the river for a floral wonderland.

The Borromean Islands, Italy

Floating in the Italian part of Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands are three small islands and two islets. You can visit them by charming Italian ferries from Stresa, a town on the western side of the lake that's about an hour by train from Milan and is itself a haven of grand architecture. Each of the islands is picturesque, but a must-see is the Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella, with its beautiful landscaped gardens dating back to the 1670s.

Bergen, Norway

This area of Norway is filled with picturesque scenery — it's surrounded by Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest fjord. It's also home to Bryggen, with its colourful wooden houses on the old wharf, or you can take the Floibanen Funicular up to the top of Floyen Mountain for panoramic views of the area.

Golden Lane, Prague

Named after the goldsmiths that used to live there in the 17th century, this historic street inside the grounds of Prague Castle is filled with colourful houses — the author Franz Kafka lived at number 22.

Jardines Mossen Costa i Llober, Barcelona

The botanical garden of Mossèn Costa i Llobera is close to the city centre, and is one of the largest in Europe. As well as offering panoramic views of Barcelona's coastline and port, it's home to over 800 different types of cacti and succulents (the most Instagrammable of plants).

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan, a small islet with 15th-century stone villas that are now a 5-star resort favoured by many celebrities, is surrounded by turquoise waters along Montenegro’s Adriatic coast. The “town” itself is only open to paying guests, but you can photograph it from Budva. The beach leading to the resort has public access, too. 

Covent Garden Infinity Chamber, London

This tunnel takes mirror selfies to the next level. Nestled between TK Maxx and Free People on Covent Garden's Floral Street, the installation's thousands of LED bulbs change colours throughout the year from beautiful bright white to rainbow. 

Lake Bled, Slovenia

With its Medieval castle, its picturesque church floating on an islet, and its backdrop of the Julian Alps, it's easy to see why Lake Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort — and "yes, it's every bit as lovely in real life" (Lonely Planet).

Haus Schwarzenberg, Berlin

Berlin's street art hotspot is like a passage in time — step off the pristine streets of the Mitte district, and enter a hidden yard that's been preserved from the area's surrounding development, and subsequently still looks and feels like Berlin did 30 years ago. It's home to artists' studios, bars, and a cinema, as well as the permanent exhibition of the Anne Frank Centre.

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