November 12, 2021
Berlin is known for its vibrant art scene and there is no shortage of art museums and galleries in the city. But the German capital itself is full of great photo spots which will look great on your Instagram feed. With a history as rich as Berlin's it is no wonder that the city offers plenty of opportunities for photos and videos. Make sure to stop by the following Instagram spots on your next visit to Berlin.
East Side Gallery
A must visit location when you are in the German capital anyway, so why not take your time to make your own street photography here? The East Side Gallery is the longest open-air gallery in the world as well as the longest remaining part of the Berlin Wall. After the Wall fell, 118 artists from 21 countries redesigned 1.3 kilometres of the former border and covered it in street art.
Possibly the most famous landmark of Berlin can be difficult to photograph because of the many other tourists who flock here. That just means you will have to challenge yourself to get that picture perfect shot of the Brandenburg Gate you are after for your feed. During the day, you might want to look at the gate from the opposite side of the crowds, or go for a picture from the side. Try visiting around dusk or dawn for amazing light and smaller crowds.
Just south of the East Side Gallery sits the most famous and most photographed bridge of Berlin. The façade of the Oberbaum Bridge consists of granite and red bricks, along with its seven arches, turrets and two levels, the bridge is a sight to behold. When the yellow U-Bahn trains run on the second level and the river Spree reflects the blue sky, the colours of the bridge are even more distinct.
If you continue to follow the Spree south, you will come to the statue known as the Molecule Man, which sits almost smack in the middle of the river. The 30 metre tall statue has stood at the mid-river meeting point of former East and West Berlin since 1999.
Just 5 minutes walking from the Brandenburg Gate stands the Reichstag Building, home of Germany's parliament. On top of the Reichstag stands a glass dome, which offers amazing photo opportunities both looking inside and out. Inside you can spend quite some time looking for the place which offers the best symmetrical shot. Look through the glass for panoramic views of the city, or to look up at the stars at night.
Though a little outside the city centre this insta-worthy spot is easily reached with a shuttle bus. Charlottenburg Palace and its gardens is one of the most beautiful locations in Berlin. The gardens are filled with flowers and they offer beautiful perspectives of the palace. The palace was once the home of Queen Charlotte, wife of King Frederick I of Prussia, while the gardens were heavily damaged by the war it has been faithfully restored, and the gardens are free to enter.
This location in the heart of Tiergarten park offers several amazing photo spots. Look up from the bottom of the stairs that take you from under the road to the heart of the roundabout and the base of the Victory Column for an amazing perspective of the column itself. Or climb to the top of the 67 metre high column for amazing panoramic views across the city. It this isn't an instagrammable place in Berlin, we don't know what is.
Museum Island and Berlin Cathedral
For more great photo spots in Berlin head to Museum Island, a small island in the Spree river filled with gorgeous museums and Berlin Cathedral. The entire island is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, which might give you a sense of its beauty. Because each museum was built in a different era, they all have a different style.
The oldest museum on the island is the Altes museum, which is built in the German Neoclassical style, while the Alte Nationalgalerie's architect was inspired by the Acropolis in Athens and the Pergamon Museum was designed in the Stripped Classicism style.
Berlin Cathedral meanwhile dates back to the end of the 19th century, when its construction was ordered by Emperor Wilhelm II. It has a mix of Renaissance and Baroque Revival styles. It is the largest church in the city and offers plenty of different and beautiful angles to take your photo from. Take your time exploring this island and you'll easily fill your camera roll.
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