Musement shares ten places in the Austrian capital to snap some serious travel-envy-stirring Instagram pics.
It’s no secret that Vienna knows how to enchant both its visitors and locals alike. The Baroque Austrian capital is grand and regal as well as contemporary and hip, and it’s impossible to not fall under its spell.
Where to take the best pictures so to equally enchant your Instagram followers? We’ve compiled ten of the Austrian capital’s most Instagram-worthy spots. If we’re missing any of your favorites, let us know in the comments!
1. The Belvedere
Two majestic baroque palaces comprise the Belvedere Museum, a must-see for all Klimt pilgrims as it houses his iconic The Kiss. While the museum itself is a gem, the French-style gardens that connect the upper and lower palaces are particularly spectacular. Fountains, waterfalls, sculptures, colorful flora and sculpted hedges comprise the UNESCO World Heritage site.
2. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The Gothic Romanesque St. Stephen’s Cathedral is undoubtedly the core of Vienna’s old town. The steep multi-colored mosaic roof, its most distinct feature, can be seen from the ground as well as from the south tower, which offers splendid city views.
This quintessentially “old world” square in Vienna’s old town square is named for the nearby Franciscan. It will warm your heart! The church is also worth checking out as it’s quite adorable and also home to Vienna’s oldest organ.
4. St Peter’s (Peterskirche)
Situated on the narrow Groban Street, the church’s Baroque exterior topped with a light green dome is picture perfect. Especially if you manage to snap a horse and carriage that’s passing by. Inspired by its namesake counterpart in Vatican City, the exquisitely ornate interior is well worth a glimpse, too.
5. Schonbrunn Palace
The UNESCO-protected Habsburg summer residence situated Vienna’s outskirts is a Baroque architectural wonder. While stunning on the inside, Schonbrunn Palace‘s vast grounds will leave you agape. From a French garden complete with a maze to a charming Orangery to a zoo, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your Instagram feed.
The shapes and colors of food stalls always add some extra oomph to anyone’s Instagram feed, and Vienna’ Naschmarkt is no obsession. This nearly mile-long market over the Wien River has been a local favorite since the 1600s, and you’ll find plenty of appetizing displays to make your photos a feast for the eyes.
This apartment building designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina is one of Vienna’s most memorable landmarks. Photogenic from pretty much any angle, the building was designed in the early twentieth-century Expressionist style and is characterized by the whimsical and uneven use of bright colors as well as the installation of 250 trees and bushes.
8. Augarten Park
This 129-acre public park is known for its French-Baroque design. In addition to the colorfully diverse flora, green open spaces and dreamy tree-lined paths, the park is home to two curious flak towers from the Third Reich era. Weather permitting of course, passing a few hours here is a surefire way to feel like a local.
9. Griechengasse (Greek Street) and Fleischmarkt
Vienna’s “Greeks Street” is a narrow cobbled lane that connects two Greek churches, that is pretty much as picturesquely old world as you can imagine! Greek immigrants settled in and around the nearby Fleischmarkt that today is known for Art Nouveau architecture. You’ll find yourself snapping away like crazy here!
10. Cafe at Hotel Sacher
Vienna is famous for its coffee houses and centuries-old coffee culture, and while all of them are Instagrammable in their own right, we’re going to go with Hotel Sacher, home to the original sacher torte. Savor this chocolate-and-apricot flavored Austrian delight against a plush red backdrop that will have you feeling like a royalty, and be sure to snap lots of pictures along the way.
11. Vienna State Opera
Last but not least, this magnificent Neo-Renaissance style building is a must. Whether it’s under the loggia, inside or the regal exterior, there are plenty of Insta-suitable angles by both day and night.