10 Awesome Locations for Photography in Berlin – Instagram Spots Berlin

Berlin Instagram Spots

Berlin truly is unlike any other city in Europe. We recently spent a bit of time in Berlin and were amazed by how much there is to see and do. This incredibly picturesque city offers several extraordinary photo opportunities. With so many awesome locations for photography in Berlin, we have put together this list of 10 of the best photography and Instagram spots in Berlin. So that you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying the city.

When it comes to picturesque cities in Europe, Berlin isn’t exactly the first one that first comes to mind. There are no quaint cobbled streets like Prague, no fairy tale castles like Budapest, and no romantic canals like Venice. A large part of Berlin’s charm is it’s rough and readiness. It’s artsy, it’s urban, and it’s one of the coolest cities in the world.

Though, just because you don’t see the same Berlin Instagram spots popping up time and time again on your feed, that’s not to say there isn’t any. It just means you might have to get a little more creative to make your shots Instagram-worthy. We’ve done the leg work, with a bit of help from our Insta-Buddies, so you can go out and shoot some epic photography in Berlin.

So here we have it, the 10 most Instagrammable Photography Spots in Berlin. We also include photography tips, map links, where to stay in Berlin and top tips for exploring the city.

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The 10 Best Locations for Photography in Berlin

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The 10 Best Photo & Instagram Spots in Berlin

1. Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate is the most recognisable landmark in the city, so it makes sense to kick off our Photography spots in Berlin here.

Historically, the gate symbolised Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West. Today it stands as a national symbol of peace and unity.

If you’re staying in the Mitte area, it’s likely the gate will be within walking distance from your hotel. If not, it’s easy to reach by public transport.

Naturally, the gate gets very busy throughout the day, which is why we recommend visiting early. We were there just after sunrise, and it was incredibly peaceful. 

  • Best time to shoot – To snap some shots before the crowds arrive, we recommend arriving as early as possible. We took the below picture at sunrise.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

2. East Side Gallery

Take the bus or train to Warschauer Strasse, it is the perfect starting point for your walk alongside the East Side Gallery. What once served as a divide between East & West Berlin, is now one of the most extensive open-air galleries in the world.

At 1.3 kilometres, it is the longest continuous section of the wall still in existence. To see the wall transformed into an outlet of artistic expression is truly remarkable.

A lot of the artwork along the wall has become globally famous, with murals depicting incredibly powerful and inspiring messages. In my opinion, many of them could be considered instagrammable, but the most famous is undoubtedly the man on man smooch below.

  • Best time to shoot – To snap some shots before the crowds arrive, we recommend arriving before 9am.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps
Gay Street Art at the Eastside Gallery Berlin
Famous Street Art at the Eastside Gallery Berlin

3. Berlin Cathedral – Inside & Outside

Another iconic spot for Photography in Berlin is the Berlin Cathedral. The striking neoclassical architecture and its iconic dome is one of the most significant landmarks in the city.

Located on Museum Island, the Cathedral is an essential addition to any Berlin itinerary. You can admire the beautiful structure from the outside as we did, or you can pay €7 to explore inside as well.

Inside the cathedral is a museum showcasing drawings, designs and structures depicting the history of the Cathedral. You can also climb the 270 steps into the dome, where you’ll find stunning panoramic views.

If you are going to visit more than one museum, it’s worth investing in a Museum Island day pass. It’s a great deal at €19 and will not only save you money but time queuing as well.

  • Best time to shoot – For a striking sky and golden light, we recommend arriving for sunrise or sunset.
  • Entrance Fee: Free or €7 to enter inside
  • Location on Google Maps
Berlin Cathedral Berlin
Berlin Cathedral – Striking inside and out

4. Reichstag Dome

Our fourth Instagram spot of Berlin is the home of Germany’s parliament. Berlin has its fair share of historical architecture, and the Reichstag is one of the most significant buildings in the city.

The futuristic dome within the Reichstag has been designed to reflect light through the building. Play with symmetries and light as well as enjoy views of the surrounding area.

To go inside the Reichstag, you must first complete the online registration form ahead of your visit. You can take a quick look around by yourself, or take part in a detailed tour. Both are possible and free of charge, but only with an advanced booking.

We suggest booking at least two weeks in advance as we tried to book when we arrived in the city, and the slots were already fully booked.

  • Best time to shoot – To snap some shots before the crowds arrive, we recommend arriving at 8am when they open.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

5. Photoautomat Booth

Our next recommendation is one of the more unique spots for photography in Berlin. These retro photo booths are dotted all over the city and make for some fun photo opportunities.

You honestly won’t need to hunt very far to find one. They are in all the neighbourhoods, often the trendiest areas and blend seamlessly in with their surroundings.

The one you can see below was near the East Side Gallery. You can check out this article on the best photo automats in Berlin to help locate the others. There’s also a cool shot to be had at night when they are lit up.

  • Best time to shoot – Anytime, at night they are illuminated.
  • Entrance Fee: Free or €2 to use
  • Location on Google Maps – we found the one below near East Side Gallery
PHOTOAUTOMAT BERLIN
PLook our for these cool Photo booths dotted all around Berlin City

6. Tempelhof Runway

One of our favourite Instagram spots in Berlin is the runway at Tempelhof Airport. I mean how often do you get the chance of taking a photo on an actual runway?

The former airport has a distinctively cool vibe and is probably one of our favourite spots to hang out in Berlin. I love that they’ve kept the old airport building and runways still in tack.

Don’t you agree it makes for an awesome photo opportunity? But don’t worry, we were in no danger taking the photo. We photoshopped in the plane for effect.

  • Best time to shoot – Sunset is a lovely time to be here when the golden light shimmers across the 950 acres of land. It is also a quieter time too.
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Location on Google Maps

If you are interested in the history of the airport, you can embark on a guided tour of the airport building. On the tour, you’ll learn the historical importance of the building during the Third Reich and cold war. As well as the airport’s impact on international aviation.

BOOK A TOUR: Berlin Tempelhof Airport: The Legend of Tempelhof

7. Viktoria Park

Located in the hipster district of Kreuzberg, Viktoria Park is one of the most picturesque parks for photography in Berlin. Not only ideal for taking photos, but a pleasant spot to take a stroll and escape the bustle of the city.

The great thing about Berlin’s open spaces is that while they change with the seasons, they are beautiful all year round. Viktoria Park is no different; however, arguably the best time to visit is in the Summer when the stunning artificial waterfall is active.

That said, it’s still worth visiting at any point during the year. Another highlight is the awesome view of the city you get at the top of the hill.

  • Best time to shoot – Morning or Afternoon during golden hour. During the Summer if you want to shoot the waterfall.
  • Opening Hours: All day,
  • Entrance Fee: Free

8. Nature Park Schöneberger Südgelände

Berlin is an urban explorers mecca, boasting a wealth of eerie abandoned buildings, theme parks, and urban spaces. One of our favourites is Nature Park Schöneberger Südgelände – a deserted railway yard set on the outskirts of the city.

Fifty years ago, the park was nothing but an industrial junkyard; however, over the past five decades, it has flourished into a rich jungle forest. Derelict remains of buildings, tunnels, and tracks lay buried beneath the dense forest. There is even a real train left in the middle of the forest! 

This spot is a playground for Instagrammers and Photographers so you won’t want to miss it. I highly recommend checking out Abandoned Berlin for other cool abandoned spots around the city.

  • Best time to shoot – Morning or Afternoon when the sun is not directly above and you see the light filter through the trees.
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
  • Entrance Fee: €1
  • Location on Google Maps

9. Berlin Christmas Markets

If you find yourself in Berlin over the festive period, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Instagram locations. Nobody does Christmas markets like the Germans, and Berlin is utterly magical at this time of year.

There are Christmas markets scattered all over the city, and each of them are worthy of a spot on your Instagram feed. The photo below was taken at the famous Gendarmenmarkt, but other notable Christmas markets in Berlin include Charlottenberg Palace and Altstadt Spandau.

10. Street Photography in Berlin

Our final Instagram spot in Berlin is simple enough to find because it’s pretty much everywhere. With its quirky cafes, street art, tramlines, and urban vibes, street photography in Berlin can be a hell of a lot of fun. Just be sure to take note of our responsible photography section below, and you’re good to go.

Instagram Spots in Berlin
Berlin is one of the best cities in Europe for street photography.

Responsible Photography in Berlin

Often when you travel, you see things that completely blow your mind, It’s natural to want to take photos. However, please keep in mind the following basic rules of street photography:

  • Respect historical and memorial sights
  • Don’t climb on sacred buildings or structures
  • Take care of your safety at all times
  • Do it for the ‘gram does not apply if it seems unsafe in any way
  • Be friendly – A smile goes a long way
  • Respect the privacy of your subjects
  • If somebody is irritated by the camera, put it away.
  • If you’re asked to delete an image, do so.
  • Check out our guide on responsible travel

If you have any questions about how we took these shots, feel free to ask in the comments below. You can check out our photography gear here.

Berlin Nightlife itinerary
Instagrammable city – Berlin

The Best Hotels for Photography in Berlin

Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of accommodation options in Berlin. You can click the location link below to search for hundreds of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in the area. For the purpose of this article, here I suggest some of the more unique places to stay in Berlin. Places that I believe reflect the edgy character of the city and certainly deserve a spot on your Instagram feed.

Check the latests rates and availability for Berlin accommodation here.

Hostel $: Generator Hostel Berlin Mitte

Just because you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style in this city. This trendy hostel set in the heart of Berlin Mitte combines contemporary art with a sleek & stylish design to create an inviting environment for guests of all ages. Expect divine comfort in the affordable dorms and private rooms, while the chic bar and library areas are ideal for chilling out.

Check the latest prices and availability for Hostel Berlin Mitte here.  

Budget $: The Circus Hotel

A fun and stylish boutique hotel, The Circus is ideal for couples or friends travelling on a budget. Set on the Northern Edge of Mitte, it’s in the perfect location for sightseeing, with several attractions within walking distance from the hotel. Each room is unique and charismatic, with edgy quirks designed to stand out from the crowd. A popular choice in Berlin, therefore booking in advance is recommended.

Check the latest prices and availability for The Circus Hotel here.

Mid-Range $$: The Michelberger Hotel

Located in the hipster district of Kreuzberg, The Michelberger Hotel is every bit as stylish as the neighbourhood. Within walking distance of the East Side Gallery & bustling nightlife, this is an ideal choice for those looking to party & explore the alternative side to Berlin. Capturing the creative side of the city, we are living for the artistic and imaginative guest rooms. Hotel facilities include an onsite restaurant and cafe-bar, and there’s often live music events at the hotel.

Check the latest prices and availability for Michelberger Hotel here.

High-End $$$: Hotel Bikini

One of the most unique and original designs of a hotel I’ve ever come across, Hotel Bikini is referred to as a chic urban jungle. Animal themes, long leafy plants, and quirky features resonate throughout the property. While features include a panoramic rooftop bar, an in-house bakery, and complimentary mini car & bike hire. It’s literally a wonderland for adults, and we are loving it.  

Check the latest prices and availability for Hotel Bikini here.

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Did you enjoy our list of Instagram Spots in Berlin?

Well, that concludes Top 10 Instagram Spots in Berlin.  If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here!

Stay adventurous and Happy travels.

Charlotte & Natalie x

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