It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro photographer or amateur snapper, you’ll have to bring an extra memory card or two to capture the beauty of these 13 picture-perfect cities.
- 1. Snap the best of London
- 2. Rome around must-visit attractions
- 3. Discover Hamburg’s UNESCO wonder
- 4. Fall in love with Paris
- 5. Capture the funkiness of Berlin
- 6. Shoot Dubai’s sleek skyline
- 7. Fill your Insta with Amster-grams
- 8. Explore New York’s iconic sights
- 9. Marvel at Barcelona’s architectural gems
- 10. Experience Edinburgh’s timeless appeal
- 11. Enjoy Krakow’s colorful old town
- 12. Sample Reykjavik’s nordic charm
- 13. Go on a photo walk around San Francisco
1. Snap the best of London
It’s hard to find a place in the British capital that isn’t picturesque. In between afternoon tea and West End plays, you’ll find photo opportunities around every corner of London. Notting Hill’s vibrant streets will add color to your Instagram feed while the Shard and London Eye will provide the setting for unbeatable panoramas.
2. Rome around must-visit attractions
All roads lead to Rome, which is probably why it can feel so crowded. The key to taking awesome photos here is to get up early and head to the icons before the masses. Not only will you beat the crowds, but you’ll also enjoy the best light for taking photos of the Colosseum and the Vatican.
3. Discover Hamburg’s UNESCO wonder
At first glance, Hamburg may not strike you as one of the world’s most photogenic cities. You’ll soon change your mind, however, after a trip to HafenCity (home of the famous Elbphilharmonie concert hall) and Speicherstadt, an old warehouse district turned UNESCO Heritage Site.
4. Fall in love with Paris
Paris is home to some of the most famous photo spots in all of Europe. You’ll get the best snaps of the Eiffel Tower by walking along the northern bank of the Seine river while the Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors provides the setting for envy-inducing Instagram posts.
5. Capture the funkiness of Berlin
Berlin might well be the funkiest city in the world. Photographers will enjoy the street art of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain and the uniquely tiled U-Bahn stations. History hunters also have plenty to snap, including the Brandenburg Gate, TV Tower, and Reichstag, whose modern dome provides snaptastic skyline views.
6. Shoot Dubai’s sleek skyline
In a desert city where you can ski indoors and dine underwater, the number of photo spots in Dubai is endless. Head to the top of the world’s tallest building for 360 views, snap an underwater photo at the Dubai Aquarium, and strike a pose while dune bashing.
7. Fill your Insta with Amster-grams
Amsterdam is built to wow. Stroll around the canal belt, taking snaps of bikes, bridges, and buildings as you go. If you visit between March and May, take a day trip to the Keukenhof gardens, which will be full of colorful tulips.
8. Explore New York’s iconic sights
The City That Never Sleeps is best from above, so get your skip the line tickets for the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building and snap the skyline of New York. Whatever goes up must come down, so head to the High Line, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Staten Island Ferry to continue your photo tour.
9. Marvel at Barcelona’s architectural gems
In a city full of Gaudí architecture, it’s hard to decide where in Barcelona to visit first. Park Guell provides the perfect setting for a laid-back photo walk while Casa Battlò and Casa Mila will fill your camera in no time. Of course, no trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting the iconic Sagrada Familia.
10. Experience Edinburgh’s timeless appeal
It might not be Scotland’s biggest city, but Edinburgh sure takes the crown when it comes prettiness. Hike to Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for incredible views (especially at sunrise) and visit Dean’s Village, which will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
11. Enjoy Krakow’s colorful old town
There’s a reason why Krakow is one of the most-visited cities in eastern Europe: it’s absolutely beautiful. Snap your way around the old town’s colorful houses and cute side streets, step back in time at Wawel Castle, and go on a journey underground at Wieliczka salt mines.
12. Sample Reykjavik’s nordic charm
Visit the world’s northernmost capital city during summer and enjoy almost 24 hours of sunshine, aka 24 hours to take photos. Get a great shot of the city’s Sun Voyager sculpture and make sure to take a trip to the Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik’s popular geothermal spa.
13. Go on a photo walk around San Francisco
See San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge from the best vantage point by heading to the deserted Marshall’s Beach. Away from the city’s icon, visit Pier 39 for photo ops with seals and Lombard Street for perspective-breaking snaps of the world’s most crooked street.