We all know how powerful photographs can be. Just a glance back on your traveling snaps can take you back to that very moment, with all of its wonderful sights, scents and surroundings, and sometimes even the sunshine – if you were lucky enough to get it! Here are 7 European capitals that I think are the most photogenic:

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Breathtakingly beautiful Budapest straddles the banks of the River Danube, and from the moment you arrive you’ll be in awe of the panoramic scenery, with grand historic buildings sitting alongside modern architecture.

The ornate Chain Bridge, which connects the two sides of Budapest, offers the most wonderful views as well as being a great photo opportunity in itself thanks to the imposing lion statues that stand guard! Don’t miss a visit to the 700-year-old Royal Palace too, with its magnificent baroque architecture that’s lit up at night, and almost begs to be captured on camera.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

The infamous Danube River makes it again in Vienna. This vibrant capital presents a good combination of historical buildings with cobblestone streets vs. the lifestyle and arts that speak of a modern city. Here you’ll have plenty of pedestrian plazas with outdoor cafes and restaurants, towering gothic cathedrals, historical buildings and museums, and lots of street art to capture the uniqueness of your experience in Vienna.

Notre Dame, Paris

Paris, France

What can be said about Paris that hasn’t been said already? Paris is full of romantic, artsy scenes that are perfect to capture the moment in a photograph. From the photogenic Eiffel Tower, to The Louvre, Moulin Rouge, Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral, your shots could easily look like a postcard. Oh, and don’t forget the cafes and the French architecture that is so pleasing to the eye.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

It may be a city that needs no introduction, but Rome really is a place in which you’ll have so many photo opportunities; and I personally did!

From the superbly preserved Pantheon with its enormous dome, to the ruins of the Colosseum and the romantic Fontana Trevi; Rome is a city full of photogenic moments that speak of history. And of course, lets not forget the Vatican City where you’ll find Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel.

London Architecture

London, England

What makes London a particularly photogenic city is that it is not characterized by any particular architectural style. It has accumulated and conglomerated its buildings and styles over a long period of time. Only a few structures predate the Great Fire of 1666, with the exception of important sites like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Banqueting House, among others.

Another good characteristic is that London has a good between buildings and open spaces and historic buildings against modern ones.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Although tourism in Prague has increased considerably over the past few years, none of its gothic, old-world charm has been lost; and the city’s architectural gems and cultural quirks are still as delightful to photograph as ever.

Make sure you’re in the Old Town Square at the strike of the hour to witness the dance of the characters inside the Astronomical Clock.  Put on your most comfortable shoes to explore the grounds of Prague Castle, the most popular attraction in Prague, which is so vast and sprawling you’ll need to dedicate a whole day to see all of its churches, galleries and gardens! Prague Castle is also an iconic figure on the city’s skyline (as you can see in the image above), which will make the perfect backdrop for your photography, and is perhaps best captured from the beautiful Charles Bridge; or even better, including the Charles Bridge!

Amsterdam Architecture

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s treasure troves for architecture lovers. Not only it houses more historic buildings and sights than any other city in the world, but also it holds an international importance in terms of modern design. This well-balanced combination makes Amsterdam a highly photogenic city where the old shines with its glory while the new compliments with its modern characteristics.

Amsterdam has one of the largest historic city centers in Europe, consisting of 90 islands linked by 400 bridges. Most of its historic buildings and streets have remained unchanged since the 19th century, due to the fact that there was no major bombing in the city during World War II.

Which other European capital you think deserves a photogenic nomination?

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  1. says

    Europe is such a photogenic continent! My personal favourites are Prague (I’m a sucker for the Gothic architecture) and Amersterdam (I love the mix of old and new, plus it’s like a quirky toy town!). Great selection, and great photos :)

    • says

      Gomzy, Berlin is beautiful, true. It is a quirky beauty that is interesting to the eye when it mixes the old with the new, the odd and disused with the classic. It’s such a unique city and the street art is wonderful!

    • says

      Aw, yes… Spain didn’t make the cut here, but it was so hard to choose because Europe has so many beautiful capital cities! This list should be longer to make justice to Europe’s beauty.

  2. Sylvia says

    I’ve been lucky as in last 6 years I’ve visited 5 of the cities mentioned above. I couldn’t agree more about their beauty. Of course, the best is to see them in real, but your photos are very good to show just how much these cities can offer. :)

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