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12 Instagrammable places in Vienna

Murad Akhundov Murad Akhundov 19 November 2020
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Any person, visiting Vienna, the capital of Austria, for the first time, cannot put down the camera or phone. Vienna is a city where every building, every monument, every church, and even an ordinary square is an architectural masterpiece. There are very few cities in the world that can compete with Vienna in the number of masterpieces of world culture. 

Are you wondering how to find Instagrammable places?  In this article, we will help you to choose 12 best Instagrammable places in Vienna Austria, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, where you can take a beautiful most liked Instagram photo, and it will for sure get a lot of likes from your friends and subscribers at Instagram

1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral 

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the best Instagrammable places in Vienna Austria. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the most recognized Catholic temples in the world. Representing a majestic architectural masterpiece, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is considered a symbol of Vienna. First, it is located in this city’s historical centre, so you can always see not only the crowd of tourists from all over the world but also a huge number of local residents around it. Finally, it was completed in 1511 and survived the invasion of enemies, plague epidemic, World War I and II, as well as a major fire. And after each tragedy, the cathedral was restored by the efforts of local authorities and residents, for whom it means much more than an ordinary church. 

You can write not only an article about the interior of the cathedral but also a separate book. Gothic style, being popular during the Renaissance, is represented in this temple in the best samples. Sculptures, altars, stained-glass windows and icons separately have their rich history and amaze with their scale. 

In addition, tourists can climb stairs or elevators to the roof of the building, which offers a wonderful panorama of the entire city! Isn`t it a reason to take a cool Instagram photo? 

2. Schonbrunn Palace 

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Schonbrunn Palace is one of the best places to see in Vienna. The royal family used  to rest here, and now every tourist or local resident can come and admire a masterpiece in the Baroque style. In the 18th century, Mozart himself gave concerts in the mirror hall of Schonbrunn for the royal nobility and their guests. There are many paintings and monuments stored, which at different times were purchased by the Hubbsburg. Now Schonbrunn Palace is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List and is one of the most popular museums in Europe. 

The palace itself is 5 kilometres from the centre of Vienna, so you can get there by cab or subway. By the way, the subway station, located near the palace is also called Schonbrunn. 

In addition, on the territory of the palace, there is the oldest zoo in the world, where you can find atypical for the European continent animals like panda, koala, penguin, etc. 

If you are tired of the fabulous beauty of Vienna, from all the sights of the city, you can diversify your Instagram feed with most liked Instagram photos of exotic animals.

3. Vienna State Opera

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Vienna State Opera is the best place to get images for Instagram. It is a tradition that on December 31 every year many people watch “The Irony of Fate or a Light Steam”, and on January 1 - New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which takes place at the Vienna State Opera.  

The opera’s building is known all over the world. Even those who have no idea what it looks like have certainly heard about it at least once in their lives. The best opera singers of the world, all legends of classical music, conducted by such classical music giants as Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Giuseppe Verdi, Anton Bruckner, Ferenc Liszt and others performed here.  

It would seem that this can only describe the greatness of the Vienna Opera. Still, one cannot ignore the magnificent building in the centre of the capital, built from 1863 to 1870 by Theophilus von Hansen, who is the author of many buildings in Vienna and Athens. 

Unfortunately, during performances, it is prohibited to use smartphones and other gadgets. The staff of the Vienna Opera is strictly monitoring it, so experienced tourists advise to come at least two hours before the event to have time not only to take Instagram pictures but also to see other halls of the Philharmonic

Lifehack: a ticket to the Vienna Philharmonic is very expensive, so it is almost unreal for a budget tourist to get there. But in recent years, the leadership of the Philharmonic came up with a brilliant idea: to sell standing seats for performances for a few euros. To get this, you should stand in line 4 hours before the performance in front of the back entrance of the building. You have to wait a long time, and many experienced tourists take with them folding chairs. But, believe me, it is worth it! 

4. Belvedere Museum

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Walking around Vienna, you will certainly see souvenir shops dedicated to the great Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. Klimt’s paintings are depicted on cups, handles, bags, socks, and ties, and they are even glued to cars. A real cult of Klimt! During his life, a shocking artist created many paintings, but the most famous of them is “Kiss”, which is kept in the Belvedere Gallery. The museum staff allows you to shoot (only without flash) and for every art-loving tourist, a visit to the museum is probably the first activity in Vienna

Although Belvedere became widely known for its “Kiss”, it has a huge collection of works by such masters as Egon Schiele, Edward Munch, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, etc

If you are not a great connoisseur of art, then do not hurry to exclude Belvedere from the list of visits. After all, before becoming a museum, it was a palace complex for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Accordingly, the architecture here is also “royal”. No less impressive is the Alpine garden, where visitors can walk around the museum and take many beautiful Instagram pictures

5. Vienna City Hall 

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As in all major European cities, Vienna also has a town hall. Around 150-200 years ago it played a practical role in the life of the city, but now the City Hall has become one of the city attractions, even though the mayor of Vienna still has an office there. 

The City Hall was completed in 1883 by Friedrich von Schmitt, who is also the author of the famous Cologne Cathedral. In all European cities, the town hall is associated with the city centre by locals, and Vienna is no exception. Countless exhibitions, festivals, and sports events are held in front of the city hall every year. But come to the Austrian capital on Christmas Eve. You can get to one of the largest Christmas fairs in Europe, where in addition to delicious food and warm mulled wine, you can sell jewellery, souvenirs, and even delicious but very expensive honey, collected by bees from the flowers of the Alpine meadows. 

Also, with the onset of winter, the Vienna Ice Dream Rink opens in front of the City Hall - one of the most beautiful ice rinks in the world, where every tourist can feel like a hero of a good and colourful fairytale! 

6. Hofburg and Heldenplatz

hofburg imperial palace

For many centuries, the Hofburg Palace was the main building in the city, because from there the Habsburg dynasty ruled the empire, which covered not only the current territory of Austria, but also Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, and even part of Italy. Today, it houses the Presidential Palace and large conference hall, where national and international events are held. 

It is impossible to imagine the palace complex without Heldenplatz - a huge square, which was used for many decades for important events. On the square, there are statues of the most important people for Austria - Prince Eugene of Savoy and Archduke Charles of Teshens. The square offers an incredible view of the palace, so it is one of the best Instagrammable places in Vienna Austria. But for a beautiful perspective, you will have to wait for a little because there are a lot of people willing to take a picture with this background. 

7. St. Peter’s Church 

st peters church

Peterskirche is one of the oldest churches in the Austrian capital. You may not even notice a small and unremarkable building in the historic centre of the city, as the outside of the church is not attractive for its architectural beauty, but you should go inside... 

It is impossible to take your eyes off from the beauty of bas-reliefs, interior decoration. A huge fresco on the ceiling will certainly make you freeze for a few minutes, looking at every ornament and every pattern on top. It is possible (even necessary!) to photograph the building from the inside without any problems. 

In addition, after every Saturday prayer, you can listen to a free organ concert in peace. If you like it, then you can donate a few euros. 

8. 3D PicArt Museum

3d art museum

3D PicArt Museum is another interesting museum, which is popular among tourists. Vienna is the city of history, here from every stone greatness sweeps, but we must not forget that it is also a modern metropolis, which steps with the time. Therefore, one of the most visited tourist attractions of the city is a modern 3D museum. Here you can “be a victim of a shark”, “buy wings” and even feel like a “Spider-Man”! A couple of original Instagram photos in this museum for Instagram is guaranteed! 

9. Danube Tower 

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Vienna is especially beautiful from the height! Even though the Danube Tower is relatively inferior to tall buildings in Europe (its height is only 252 meters), thanks to the specifics of the Austrian capital, you can easily see an incredible urban panorama. The interesting fact is that the tower is the tallest building not only in Vienna but also in the whole of Austria. 
Entrance to the Danube Tower is only about 15 euros, so this Instagrammable place is recommended for every tourist who arrived in Vienna for a beautiful most liked Instagram photo

If you also want to eat with a beautiful view of the city, there are two rotating restaurants at the level of 160-170 meters.

10. Butterfly House

palmenhaus butterfly house

If you travel with children, then this Instagrammable place will definitely delight them! Many kinds of butterflies, including the most exotic, flutter right in the centre of Vienna. Unfortunately, the greenhouse is not so big, and the climate inside is really tropical, but if you in pursuit of Instagram photo with butterflies, you can sweat a little, no? 

11. Spittelau Incineration Plant

spittelau incineration plant

It may seem strange to you that for a beautiful photo on Instagram, we advise you ... incineration plant. In fact, the Austrians have invented how to turn an ordinary working plant into an urban landmark! A variety of graffiti from urban artists, design in the style of a futuristic spaceship will not leave anyone indifferent. The factory was built by the great Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and to this day, thanks to technology, burns almost all Vienna’s garbage, turning it into energy. Surprisingly, 60 thousand houses a year are heated with the help of the factory. 

12. Hundertwasser House 

hundertwasser house

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an original architect. In addition to the incineration plant Spittelau, he also created his own open-air museum. Hundertwasser’s house is an apartment building in the centre of Vienna and is in absolutely untypical style for the city. The artist for 3 years embodied all his ideas for 3 years, invested all his creativity and created something crazy for restrained Vienna. Now the Hundertwasser House is a pilgrimage place for all Austrian youth and tourists.

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Murad Akhundov

Murad was born in Baku on November 7, 1993. He graduated from Baku State University. Since 2013, he has been working in the field of journalism. At different times he was a correspondent and editor in the leading news agencies in Azerbaijan, also worked for 4 years on television. He likes to play intellectual games and dreams of visiting all major megacities of the world. 

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