Austria’s imperial capital Vienna, known locally as Wien, is the ideal destination for photo opportunities. Whether you are taking landscape images, candid photos, or selfies with friends there is an abundance of photo spots to choose from.
Once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Vienna is full of breath-taking palaces, churches, gardens, and more. Austria’s rich culture and history is reflected in Vienna’s infrastructure and buildings today. Showing off a range of stunning styles of Gothic, Medieval and Baroque palaces, churches and other grand monuments. Making Vienna the perfect place for your Instagram! We have made it easy for you to get the top photos out of your trip, by compiling a list of the best photo locations in Vienna.
Within the Stephan Platz zone at the heart of the Vienna city centre is the most iconic building of the capital, St. Stephen's Cathedral. The Gothic cathedral with Baroque fittings is lavishly decorated outside and in - ideal for countless photo opportunities. The most renowned feature of this masterpiece is the south tower nicknamed ‘Steffl’, standing at 136 metres. The Cathedral is home to the ‘Giant's Door’, North Tower (with a viewing platform), High Altar, and Catacombs.
The sheer size of Schönbrunn Palace is awe-inspiring with 1,441 rooms. Originally the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, this Baroque palace residing in Schlosspark has the most impressive and imposing fronts of all the Viennese palaces. There are many good Instagram spots at this location inside the palace and outside in the Privy Garden, Orangery, and Maze.
Schönbrunn’s Schlosspark is a whopping 1.2 km garden (it is easy to get lost in this beautiful park) with landscaped beds, sculptures, follies, fountains, tropical house and the Gloriette café building. Wedged between Vienna’s Zoo and the Schönbrunn palace.
Our pièce de résistance is the Neptune Fountain. Nestled at the bottom of the hill where the stunning Gloriette café sits. The fountain is of Neptune with his seahorses looking down over a large stone pool with shells and water flowing. Some photography tips we recommend is to not just get a photo at the front of the fountain, but to venture up and behind for an image looking as one with the sculptures.
This beautiful park pays honour to the celebrated composer Mozart. With a 7.5-meter-high statue of the composer himself, and an art nouveau conservatory. Our favourite spot for photos in the Burggarten is the flower arrangement of a treble clef music symbol.
The acclaimed Spanish Riding School is an Austrian institution devoted to Lipizzaner horse training and classical dressage. Daily performances are held but get in quick as tickets go fast! You are not allowed to take pictures inside at the performance, but there is a perfect photo opportunity with the Hofburg palace next door.
The Hofburg, built in the 13th century, is the former main imperial palace of the Habsburg family and now home to the President of Austria. The white curved front façade with green domes is a top spot for your holiday snaps. The Hofburg also is host to the imperial treasury - home to the Austrian Crown jewels.
If you are looking to snap something more modern, then the quirky Hundertwasser House is a stop for you. This unique apartment block has its own wacky design with multiple colours splashed throughout. It is dotted with balconies and rooftops with more than 200 trees and shrubs. And the residents have free rein to add to their apartments exterior design – truly making it a sight to see. After viewing you can head opposite to the Hundertwasser Village which is open to visitors.
Yes, another palace, but not to be missed! The Ornate Belvedere Palace is not the only feast for your eyes at this photo location. It is home to the famous art nouveau painting ‘the kiss’ by Gustav Klimt. Though photos are not allowed with the real deal, the room next door has a life size mock painting for you to snap away with.