The 13 Best Instagram Spots in Eastern Europe

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The 13 Most Instagrammable Spots in Eastern Europe

High on the history stakes, the landscape points and cultural kudos, Eastern Europe is a feast for hungry travellers.

Whether you want cobbled streets, ancient castles, scenic rivers, picturesque mountains, great street art, beautiful beaches or bridges, Eastern Europe delivers over and above every time.

And that’s without taking into account the wonderful people that populate this place – their stories and their portraits.

And with so much beauty around, it would kinda be rude not to get your camera out and share the love right?

So here’s my pick of the top Instagram spots in Eastern Europe … on your marks, get set, go!


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#1 Stari Most, Mostar

Bosnia, Mostar, Stari Most

Bosnia’s most photographed spot, the iconic symbol of Stari Most has now been blasted around the world thanks to Instagram.

But did you know that this bridge had once been blasted in real life as part of the tragic civil war that gripped Bosnia Hercegovina?

Now a symbol of reunification and peace, the story that lies behind the bridge is as gripping as the image of the structure itself.

READ MORE: Why I Loved the City of Mostar

 

#2 Old City Walls, Dubrovnik

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Walls

Honestly, before I headed to Dubrovnik I was over the Instagram hype around this place.

That’s before I even got there, yes.

But when I actually got to Dubrovnik and realised how stonkingly beautiful city this is, I was just as hooked as all the other tourists!

This is definitely one of the top Instagram spots in Eastern Europe!

Head up to the Old Walls of the city just before sunset to avoid the crowds (as much as poss!) and to snap the stunning city views and awesome Adriatic sea at its best.

LEARN MORE: How to See Dubrovnik for Less than 80 Euros

 

#3 Castle Hill, Budapest

Hungary, Budapest, Castle Hill

And if it’s a bit of regal grandeur you want in your photos, then it doesn’t get better than Castle Hill in Budapest – the Hungarian capital that blew me away.

Head up here to take in the Bastion and Church and to enjoy elevated views across the Danube to the Parliament building.

There’s also the UNESCO listed castle up here – perfect for snapping – which you can either stroll to from the Bastion or ride to care of the number 16 bus.

DISCOVER MORE: The Complete Budapest Itinerary for Backpackers

 

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#4 Charles Bridge, Prague

Czech Republic, Prague, Charles Bridge

Pretty much whichever way you look at it, Prague is like something out a fairytale, and trying to decide which part of the city to include on this list for the best Instagram spots in Eastern Europe was no mean feat!

But my decision has been made and I’ve gone for a classic, because with the Vltava River as a backdrop, statues to sit up against and the Prague skyline behind, it really is hard to top Charles Bridge.

READ MORE: The Ultimate 3 Day Prague Itinerary

 

#5 Sunset at Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra, Kiev

Ukraine, Kiev, Pechersk Lavra Twilight

Who knew Kiev was so damn grand, classic, sophisticated and gorgeous?

Not me!

Until I got there however and realised all my preconceptions about this ex-Soviet city were wrong.

With stunning churches a go-go (some like St Andrew’s even have amazing lookout views) it was the religious and sacred site of Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra I’ve picked as THE Instagram spot in Kiev.

Going there at sunset to see the colours bounce off the white and gold domes, with the echoes of the mass taking place in the background, will leave you with nothing but a spectacular impression both on and off camera.

LEARN MORE: 13 Amazing Things to Do in Kiev, Ukraine

 

#6 Stare Miastro, Krakow

Poland, Krakow, Old Town

Poland’s second city is probably its prettiest and nowhere here is prettier, in my opinion, than Krakow’s Stare Miastro, or the Old Town.

From the largest Medieval square in Europe – Rynek Glowny – to the pretty coloured buildings and cobbled streets, getting up early in Krakow to click this epic of all Instagram spots in Eastern Europe is a must.

As is simply wandering down small alleyways to get lost – you never quite know what you’ll discover in Krakow.

DISCOVER MORE: How to Spend Perfect 3 Days in Krakow

 

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#1 Good Camera – You will be pretty much snapping non-stop during your time in Eastern Europe and will need a good camera to do this gorgeous part of the world justice. I highly recommend the Sony A6000, which I use for all my travels and love, not least because it’s light, compact and robust.

#2 Good Walking Shoes – There will be a lot of walking in Eastern Europe, it’s as simple as that! Make sure your feet are comfortable therefore with a pair of New Balance Trainers. Perfect for stylish city strolling as much as monastery mounting, I love mine.

#3 Good Guidebook – I’m still a massive fan of the Lonely Planet Guidebooks and do think their combined Eastern Europe is well put together. Able to save you a lot of money if you want to learn about the history of this part of the world, but not continually pay for a guide, getting the eBook version is a great way to keep your luggage weight down too!

#4 Good Water Bottle – All that sightseeing is thirsty work, so make sure you have a metal water bottle that you can refill as you go, because Eastern Europe tap water is generally safe, drinkable… and free!

#5 Good Backpack – And to carry your water bottle, camera and guidebook, you’re going to need a decent backpack that will help you balance the weight as you walk and sightsee. In my opinion you can’t go past the Bobby Anti Theft Backpack, which is also perfect for helping you avoid pickpockets.

 

#7 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Bulgaria, Veliko Taranovo, View

Honestly, I think Bulgaria might be one of my favourite countries – it’s so diverse, its people are so friendly, it’s so cheap and it’s got an enchanting vibrancy to it too.

My top picks when it comes to photogenic spots in the country are Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, the latter just piping the great Plovdiv to the post due to its historic castle  – the Tsarevets Fortress – and its epic river lookout.

Head to this Medieval old town and prepare to be as bedazzled as I was!

READ MORE: The 10 Most Amazing Things to Do in Bulgaria

 

#8 Sighisoara, Romania

Romania, Sighisoara, Clock Tower

And from one stunning Medieval town to another, Sighisoara in Romania is quite simply, drop-dead gorgeous and undoubtedly one of the top Instagram spots in Eastern Europe.

It’s also absolutely tiny, so 1-2 nights here should be enough time for most travellers to soak up the incredible ambience, climb the clock tower and grab as many pics as your memory card will allow… mostly from the clock tower or the Old City walls!

LEARN MORE: The 6 Places to Visit in Romania Before You Die

 

#9 Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Montenegro, Kotor, Cycling

I think I literally gasped out loud when I first glimpsed the Bay of Kotor with its glistening Adriatic views and rolling green mountains that seem to drip into the ocean waters.

I don’t think there are enough superlatives for this place or enough days in the year to get bored with the views… honestly.

Pick your Insta location and then set about making your friends jealous – there’s stunning shots to be had from Kotor’s fortification and also from around the bay, which you can circle along on a bike if you want – a lot of fun!

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#10 Kalemegdan, Belgrade

Serbia, Belgrade, Kalemogdan

And at number 10 on my list of the most instagrammable places in Eastern Europe, its Kalemegdan in Serbia’s capital Belgrade.

And Old Fort, that’s lying half in ruin, there some lovely archways to grab photos in here, but best is the river flowing in the background and the colours in the late afternoon if you time your visit with golden hour.

READ MORE: 10 Brilliant Things to Do in Belgrade for Backpackers

 

#11 Cobbled Streets & Sculptures, Bratislava

Slovakia, Bratislava, Street Sculpture

Bratislava is like the anti-capital of Eastern Europe – tiny and completely unassuming – it nevertheless has an undeniable, understated charm all of its own.

With a castle and cute coffee shops aplenty, snapping the old cobbled streets of this city and the weird and wonderful sculptures was my fav!

LEARN MORE: 10 Brilliantly Cheap Things to Do in Bratislava

 

#12 East Side Gallery, Berlin

Germany, Berlin, East Side Gallery

This is the coolest political site is in the epic city that is Berlin.

Grab a snap of the iconic street art and the urban vibes around.

Not the most Instagrammable city, Berlin does however come up trumps here at the East Side Gallery.

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#13 Old Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo

Bosnia, Sarajevo, Cable Car

And finally, 13th on my list of the most Instagrammable spots in Eastern Europe has to go to perhaps my favourite city in the area – Sarajevo.

Did you know this city was the host of the 1984 Winter Olympics – a sign of just how quickly things went from good to bad when the whole city was plunged into civil war not long after.

Peaceful and on the up once again, Sarajevo is now vibrant, buzzing and welcoming more and more travellers.

And for those that venture here, you cannot miss the cement remnants of the old Olympic Bobsleigh Track.

Getting the cable car up here will also give you some amazing aerial shots of the city itself and when you do reach the top, walk the former Bobsleigh Pipe to click some cool graffiti and forest views.

LEARN MORE: 13 Amazingly Cheap Things to Do in Sarajevo

 

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And that’s my list of the top 12 Instagram spots in Eastern Europe.

Which one do you like the most?

 

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