Thank you to Vienna Tourism for providing me with the Vienna City Card. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.The Austrian capital city of Vienna is an absolutely gorgeous city. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s extremely photogenic as well. Easy on the eyes, easy on the camera. Daytime, nighttime, Christmastime, this highly engaging Austrian metropolis has it all. I created this Vienna photography guide to help you find the best locations to capture iconic photos and threw in a few tips to help along the way!
Vienna Photography Guide
I have organized these twenty photo opportunities by daytime and nighttime. Be sure to check out the tips that follow each of the photos along with the map at the end to help you find them!
1 | Hundertwasserhaus
I have honestly never seen anything like the Hundertwasser House. I love it because it’s unique, quirky and full of color! It isn’t the easiest thing to photograph and you will be among thousands of your fellow Vienna tourists. But it just isn’t something you can miss. If you’ve been to Barcelona or are a Gaudí fan you will like the Hundertwasserhaus.
2 | Schönbrunn Palace
No trip to Vienna is complete without a visit to Schönbrunn Palace. There are so many opportunities for great photos at Schönbrunn that I will point out throughout this post. However, let’s start with this basic shot from the back.
Also, don’t miss this shot in the front courtyard area. If you are looking at the palace it’s to your right.
3 | Views Atop Schönbrunn Palace
After you get the first photos close to the palace, walk up behind it for these amazing views from the top!
4 | Gloriette
While you’re up there admiring the amazing views over Schönbrunn, go a little further up and back to make sure you catch Gloriette in all its glory! 😉
5 | Ferstel Passage
The Ferstel Passage (also known as the Freyung Passage) is a beautiful arcade in Vienna. It can be easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. The passage leads to a courtyard with a hexagonal-shaped dome.
6 | Justizpalast
View from the grand staircase
Perhaps one of the top visuals in all of Vienna is inside the Palace of Justice. Its skylights cast the perfect lighting down onto the grand staircase. The distinguished columns with their striped patterns collide with the intricate design on the floor. It is a sight to see, a photographer’s dream, and does really well on Instagram!
7 | Wiener Staatsoper-Interior
The interior of the Vienna Opera House is another stunning place to capture photos. My favorite places besides the auditorium itself were looking up at the different chandeliers outside the auditorium.
8 | Spanische Hofreitschule
The Spanish Riding School is tricky because photos can ONLY be taken before the start of the show. But the dark arena with the purple lighting and crystal chandeliers is absolutely gorgeous!
9 | Hotel Imperial Vienna
The Hotel Imperial Vienna is stunning and definitely included as a photo-worthy location. The stunning marble columns, beautiful chandeliers, and red carpet accents make this a red carpet photo opportunity!
10 | Café Central
The prettiest cafe in Vienna isn’t just for eating. It’s great for photography too. All one has to do is walk inside Café Central for this view!
11 | Views from Stephanskirche
Get the best views of Vienna from atop the South Tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You can almost get 360-degree views of the Austrian capital.
12 | Viennese Street Scenes
Walking along the streets of Vienna
Don’t forget to look up while walking
You never know what you might find
Some of the coolest photos are random Vienna street scenes found while walking around and keeping your eyes open.
13 | Michaelerplatz for Fiakers
Looking out at the fiakers in Michaelerplatz from the Hofburg
Fiakers are the double horse-drawn carriages you will see ALL over Vienna. However, I feel the most photogenic location for them is in Michaelerplatz.
1 | Schönbrunn Palace
Come back and visit Schönbrunn Palace at night when it comes alive. A shot of the entire building itself is nice but pretty standard. Walk up to the back of the palace and focus on the staircase and other closeups.
2 | Wiener Staatsoper-Exterior
For the best exterior photos of the Vienna Opera House wait for nightfall. The building’s subtle lighting accents paired with light trails from the traffic makes for the perfect night shot!
3 | Peterskirche
I love how St. Peter’s Church looms before you, peeking through city buildings. Its green dome lights up establishing its identity and offering the perfect material and backdrop for a great photo.
4 | Belvedere Palace
Belvedere Palace is beautiful at night especially if it’s during the Christmas season. It’s pretty during the day too with the ornate gardens but at night it just makes a statement I think!
5 | Karlskirche
To me, St. Charles’ Church looks a lot like St. Peter’s Church in terms of the green dome. However, St. Charles’ Church isn’t located in such tight city quarters. They both have that baroque architecture I love so much!
6 | Rathaus
The Rathaus or City Hall is great during the day. It is iconic in Vienna and definitely makes a statement. But again, this is a favorite of mine at night when it’s all lit up.
7 | Kohlmarkt
Walking the Kohlmarkt is fantastic during the day for shopping and a romantic stroll at night when it lights up. These lights may only be up for Christmas but it’s still nice at night!
Hopefully, you now have all you need (including full motivation) with my Vienna photography guide to embark on your own photoshoot of this stunning European city!
If you’ve been to Vienna, where was your favorite place to visit? What was your favorite photo op? Is there somewhere I missed or a unique angle I should get on my next trip? Let me know below!
‘Til next time…