Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps! What a stunning European location to visit and an even better place to shoot. You really do get a bit of everything in Innsbruck from the colourful city streets to the snow-capped mountains that stand near by. With opportunities everywhere I’ve compiled a list of the top photography spots to visit in Innsbruck. Check them out!
Top photography spots to visit in Innsbruck – The Colourful houses of Innsbruck.
The colourful houses of Innsbruck come first on the list. They are iconic in Innsbruck and make for a nice colourful reflection on this awesome city. With the River Inn and the beautiful mountains making an appearance in the background this is an awesome landscape capture! This shot is best taken from across the river in the market square. You can get a few snaps before sitting down and having some tasty Austrian food. Obviously you’ll want a nice clear day for this one. It will really help bring out the colours of the houses and the vibrant river that is winding along in front of them!
top photography spots to visit in Innsbruck – City centre and Old Town.
The city centre and Old Town are perfect to just wander. With a constant view of the mountains in the distance you’ll never be short on photo opportunities. In Old Town you can see the famous Goldenes Dachl or Golden Roof before then making your way up Maria Theresien Street. Lined with yet more colourful houses this street should only take you 10 minutes to complete. This being said, with so much going on you’ll be stopping off the whole way and snapping several mountainous city street photos!
top photography spots to visit in Innsbruck – Bergisel.
Bergisel,meaning elevated position (746m above sea level) is a hill to the south of Innsbruck. It’s definitely worth a visit with your camera. It’s home to the Bergisel Ski Jump which you can climb all the way to the top. This is the place to get some awesome panoramic views of the city. There’s also the Tirol Panorama Museum which you can visit and learn about the battle and victory of the Tirolean freedom fighters. There’s a lovely walking trail around the museum and surrounding area. This will again give some brilliant city views, it’s a great place to visit late afternoon. The light will soften up over the mountains and you will then catch a beautiful sunset over Innsbruck.
top photography spots to visit in Innsbruck – Hungerburg.
Hungerburg is a small district in Innsbruck. It is the first stop once your ready to get out of the city and head to the mountains. In order to get to Hungerburg you take the Hungerburgbahn. You are transported on this hybrid funicular railway and in less than 10 minutes your out of the city. Going to Hungerburg is a must because you will get an excellent view just outside of the station. There aren’t any snowy mountains at this point other than those in the distance. You will however get a beautful city view which is dissected by the lovely River Inn. You would have likely crossed the river 30 minutes before getting this shot!
top photography spots to visit in Innsbruck – The Nordkette.
The Nordkette is one of the top reasons to visit Innsbruck. Like previously mentioned it is extremely accessible. You can reach the snow-covered mountains within 30 minutes after leaving the city. The first cable car will take you to the Segrube at 2000m. It’s safe to say you can spend a long time here with your camera. Distant mountains, the city, the river Inn and the snowy Nordkette. Not much more needed in a photo! Obviously a clear day here is best because you want as much visibility as possible. A bit of mist would however add a nice moody element to your pictures!
top photography spots to visit in Innsbruck – Hafelekar peak.
Once you have got all the shots you want at the Segrube it’s time to move on. All you have to do is jump on another cable car and you’ll head up another 300m to the Hafelekar. This is where you will get some memorable images! You can walk 10 – 20 minutes to hit the summit and you will then get an epic panoramic view of the mountains. Take your time here getting your shots but then pack the camera and just enjoy the view. There aren’t to many places where you can reach this view inside 30 minutes. Obviously the shots below are snow themed however this place looks equally as beautiful in the summer months. Different colours, same intense view!
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