Europe is jam-packed with delightful destinations and lovely locations to explore, and offers plenty for keen photographers to enjoy too. Our hometown is in Germany, so we’re quite partial to a bit of European culture here at CEWE Photoworld – especially when it looks so good on camera!
To give you some inspiration for your next trip, we’ve collected together ten of our favourite spots for taking fabulous photographs. Pop these on your must-see list of places to visit in Europe and you’re sure to come home with some stunning snapshots and unforgettable memories.
With its fairy tale architecture, pretty cobbled streets and tranquil canals, Bruges is the perfect place for a picturesque wander with your camera. If you’re feeling fit, climb the 366 steps of the Belfort to be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the town.
Blending the Medieval and the modern, Riga is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with plenty of charm. It was European Capital of Culture in 2014, and it’s easy to see why as you explore its many sights. Head across the Daugava River to get a different perspective on the city and its cathedrals from across the water.
Magical and mysterious, Venice is a uniquely enchanting place. This city built on the water offers endless opportunities to take exquisite photographs, whether from one of its beautiful bridges or as you float along in a gondola. Visit in spring or autumn to avoid the summer heat, or book a winter break to have Italy’s most photogenic city almost to yourself.
Picture-postcard Bern is not only one of the prettiest and most captivating capitals, but also a Unesco World Heritage Site, making it a photographer’s dream. From the River Aare below to the distant Alps, beautiful Bern offers lots to capture on camera, as well as sweet cobbled lanes and charming streets to get lost in.
Officially ranked as the place with the highest quality of life in the world, there’s plenty to savour and enjoy in Vienna, even if you’re not a permanent resident. This charming city is full of must-see spots, including the stunning palaces of Schönbrunn and Hofburg. Take a ride on the Riesenrad, or giant ferris wheel, to see the city from above and get some stunning aerial shots. Once you’ve experienced Vienna’s delights, it’s unlikely that your first Viennese trip will be your last.
The pretty Swedish city of Gothenburg boasts Neoclassical architecture, elegant avenues and plenty of green space, as well as a relaxed vibe that makes it the perfect place to while away a weekend. Head out to explore the canals by kayak to get some snaps of the city from the water, or visit the botanical garden to capture a few blooming lovely photos.
Stunning Moorish architecture is the highlight of Granada, with the lavish Alhambra palace being the main draw for tourists. It’s one of the best-preserved and impressive monuments in Europe, and offers lots of intricate details to capture close-up with your camera. By evening, take in a Flamenco show and you’ll come away with lots of colourful, vibrant shots which give you a true taste of Spain.
Cologne cathedral regularly tops the list of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions, and its impressive twin spires will make a picture postcard photograph for your holiday album. History and beautiful architecture abound in this lovely town, and are best enjoyed on foot as you wander along the banks of the Rhine.
Narrow cobbled streets, Roman and Moorish ruins, beautiful beaches: Lisbon has lots to explore, enjoy and photograph. Hop on one of the old yellow trams to get a different perspective on the city, or head up to São Jorge Castle for a brilliant vista across the old city and the Tagus Estuary. Sun-kissed and charming, Lisbon is lovely at any time of year – and if it does get too hot, just cool off in the Atlantic.
With a stunning gothic cathedral, quaint half-timber houses and pretty waterways, Strasbourg is the perfect blend of French culture and Germanic charm. Climb the 330 steps to the cathedral’s viewing platform to enjoy views over the Black Forest, Vosges Mountains and Strasbourg’s red rooftops – the perfect spot to snap a few photos of this lovely medieval city.
Wherever your holidays take you this year, from the most beautiful places in Europe to somewhere further afield, have a great time, and happy snapping!