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Vienna Sightseeing: The Best Instagram Spots in the City

November 16, 2017 10:00 am by

Up your Instagram-game and snap some stunning pics while enjoying Vienna sightseeing with our guide to the best Instagram spots around the capital!

Heading off for a spot of Vienna sightseeing? If you’re a devoted Instagrammer, look no further than this guide to the best selfie spots in the Austrian capital. Brought to you by the Vienna PASS team.

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Head for heights

The Stephansdom is an iconic part of the Vienna skyline. Nicknamed ‘Steffl’ by the Viennese, it’s a gothic masterpiece with four towers. The South Tower is the tallest at 136 m and if you can manage the 343 narrow steps, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of the skyline. Try to time your visit for sunset for particularly beautiful photo opportunities. If you’re lucky, you may also be in time for one of the many musical performances hosted by the cathedral.

If you want to go even higher, why not head over to the Donauturm? The 252m-high tower is the highest structure in Austria and home to events such as bungee jumps and an annual race up 779 steps. Thankfully there’s also a lift.

Food, glorious food

If you’re one of the many Instagrammers who like to post pictures of food, you’re in the right place in Vienna. The city’s traditional coffee houses are so good, they’ve been listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Popular delights include Apfelstrudel (delicious apple filling in flaky pastry), Sachertorte (a chocolate sponge covered with apricot jam and chocolate icing) and Mozarttorte (thin layers of chocolate, pistachio, marzipan and sponge). You really can’t go wrong.

The coffee houses themselves are also beautiful. Many cafés evoke the 19th-century heyday when intellectuals and writers gathered in the coffee shops to exchange ideas. Check out the Café Central, founded in 1876, for its decor and atmosphere.

Vienna sightseeing christmas market

Frohe Weihnachten

Christmas markets are a well-known tradition in German-speaking regions, and Vienna is no exception. Why not take a break from your Vienna sightseeing, to pick up some beautiful gifts and decorations – often handmade – or stop by a punch or chestnut stall to warm up a bit. Our favourite? Pure beeswax candles that will make your home smell absolutely amazing. Plus the lights, trees and decorations can make for beautiful snaps.

There are six main markets, at the City Hall, Belvedere Palace, Maria-Theresien-Platz, Spittelberg, the former general hospital and the Schönbrunn Palace.

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Hold your horses

Horse-drawn carriages known as Fiaker are a traditional sight in central Vienna. It can take time and patience to capture the perfect shot, but it’s absolutely worth it. Or you may want to jump on board and take a tour of the city yourself. Fiaker stands can be found around the city, including at Heldenplatz, Albertinaplatz and the Burgtheater.

Another popular attraction for horse-lovers is the famous Spanish Riding School, which has been in operation for over 450 years. Please note that photos are not allowed on the inside of the Riding School.

The historical perspective

The historic centre of the city is jam-packed with architectural delights, from palaces to monuments and parks – as well as many of the most popular attractions, such as the Hofburg Palace. In other words, if you’re looking for beautiful photos, you can’t go wrong.

As well as the imperial palaces, the State Opera, National Library and Palace of Justice are also particularly enticing. Or if you have time to check out a few more of the churches, the Votive Church and Dominikanerkirche are well worth a look.

We hope you enjoy sightseeing in Vienna and wish you a good trip.