As restrictions wane, travel to Europe is slowly opening back up. This means more European vacations to bucket-list-worthy destinations that are both beautiful and historical. If you’re considering a trip and looking for some European vacation ideas, we’ve put together a list of 10 places that are Instagram-worthy and worth your visit. What are some European destinations you should visit?
With picture-perfect canals and bridges, tens of thousands of blooming flowers, adorable bicycles, houseboats, windmills, and colorful buildings, Amsterdam is one of the most Instagram-worthy destinations you should see. Don’t forget the castles, beaches, and lush grounds of the country estates. Stop by Keukenhof’s flower park, Dam Square, and the windmills of Zaanse Schans for idyllic photos.
AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Connected by SS. 163, following the coastline and full of curves through the rocks and sea cliffs, the villages along the Amalfi Coast offer stunning views around every bend. Here, the Mediterranean Sea meets the mountains for a landscape of inlets, bays, pebbled beaches, ancient towers and domes, and the whitewashed houses typical of the area. Picturesque staircases and vertical landscapes make the coast ideal for sunset shots.
One of the most photogenic cities in Europe, the dramatic skyline of 19th-century architecture lining the Danube River is a sight worth seeing. With the riverside Parliament Building, stunning basilicas, medieval bridges, and classic splendor, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities. Start in Heroes’ Square, then take a river cruise in the Danube. Also check out the Great Market Hall, where you’ll find authentic food ideal for Insta.
With cobbled streets, traditional shop fronts, historical elegance, and majestic countryside, Edinburgh is overflowing with old-town charm and romance. The Royal Mile, which links Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is lined with townhouses, churches, historic landmarks, and charming shops. Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill offer stunning views of the city, especially at sunset. Find colorful shop and townhome fronts on Victoria Street or Circus Lane, or dramatic hills and shocking landscape at Holyrood Park.
With its iconic cliffs, white villas, and deep blue ocean waters, Santorini is one of the most beautiful and Insta-worthy islands in Greece. Start at Oia where you’ll find the classic white-washed, cliff-side houses with the deep blue roofs against the turquoise ocean. Wander down main street for beautiful storefronts and bright, colorful flowers that make a perfect backdrop. Oia Castle is a popular sunset spot, as is the Byzantine Castle Ruins. Franco’s Bar showcases the coastline, and the Fira Walls are unforgettable.
The city area coastline is lined with picturesque peninsulas, coves, straits, and small islands. Start at sunrise at the Sun Voyager status, on the waterfront on the north coast of the city. Next, visit the Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland’s tallest church, which sits atop a hill in the center of the city. For spectacular shots, be sure to plan a visit to the Blue Lagoon, the geothermal hot spring that offers gorgeous shots of the bright blue water against the green moss-covered lava islands, the Glacial lagoon, or Black Sand Beach.
With some of the most unique and interesting architecture in the world, Barcelona is bustling with life, culture, and amazing photo opportunities. The Sagrada Familia Cathedral is one of the most iconic photograph locations in the city, and you can’t miss the Casa Batllo or Magic Fountain. Your followers will love the pics from the Gothic Quarter—a maze of alleys, street art, old churches, and shops. And be sure to stop by Barceloneta Beach for some people watching against a background of tranquil, blue water.
Located between the North and Baltic Seas, this medieval-historical and diverse city has exceptional photography spots. It’s built on numerous waterways and canals and known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ with the heart of downtown built around Lake Alster and full of breathtaking architecture, storefronts, and villas. Trendy and charming neighborhoods showcase different cultures of the city, from art to shopping and food, all Instagram-worthy.
Stockholm lies virtually on the water, with the Baltic Sea running through the city itself. Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, is easily one of the best places to find breathtaking, one-of-a-kind photographs along the water and throughout the winding streets. Traveling along the Royal Canals is something you won’t want to miss, and if you love natural shots, stop by the Royal National City Park and the Skansen Open-air Museum.
Folklore, legends, history, and culture combine with charm, color, and architecture in this capital city. Known for stunning cathedrals, pubs, museums, and other hidden attractions, it’s a perfect place for an Instagram-worthy vacation. Stroll across Ha’Penny Bridge and check out the coastal town of Howth for a coastal hike with unimaginable views of the Irish Sea. The Hellfire Club has an incredible view over the city, or visit the Temple Bar area for lively pubs and music. The Dublin Castle and Guinness Storehouse are also photos you wouldn’t want to miss.