Photo Spots Innsbruck: The 6 best photo locations in Innsbruck

Innsbruck is uniquely surrounded by mountains. The Tyrolean capital is known worldwide for its beautiful old town but even more for its unique scenic points. We would like to tell you more about our best photo locations and give you insider tips on when and where to visit the best photo spots in Innsbruck.

Photo Spots Innsbruck: The 6 best photo locations in Innsbruck

Innufer – Mariahilf

Innsbruck in Winter

Winter wonderland Innsbruck.

A particularly popular photo location in Innsbruck is the colorful row of houses Mariahilf above the Inn. Directly at the marketplace (“Marktplatz”) everybody can shoot a great photo and take it home as a souvenir. The colorful houses are typical for Innsbruck, the impressive slopes and mountain peaks of the Nordkette serve as the background for the pictures.

Mountain Moments Tip: Have a sunset drink at the marketplace, enjoy the last rays of the day and take pictures with a tripod shortly before or after sunset.

The classic Innsbruck Instagram view: From the marketplace (“Marktplatz”) in north direction. Pro tip #1: take a photo at/after sunset Pro tip #2: the photo is always a bit “crooked” due to the structure and doesn’t look perfect without post-processing

How about a guided photo tour through Innsbruck combined with all photo highlights and viewpoints? We not only show you the most beautiful places, but also give you many helpful tips and tricks to make better pictures.
Photo enthusiasts with camera experience choose our easy photo course for the best Innsbruck Views. If you arrive on a Thursday, make sure to check our sunset special!

Golden Roof (“Goldenes Dachl”)

Old town bustle with the Golden Roof.

The Golden Roof is the landmark of Innsbruck and the center of attraction for countless bus loads of tourists every day. Landscape photographers should concentrate on the early hours of the morning, as the forecourt is crowded with people during the day and evening.

The view is particularly kitschy during the pre-Christmas period, when the Christmas market takes place. Usually there is a slightly elevated vantage point at the Christmas market, directly in the Maria-Theresien-Straße, so that you have a better view.

View over Innsbruck: The Bergisel

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Innsbruck, Austria, 1.1.2017.

The Bergisel ski jump is slightly elevated and within walking distance. From here you have a great overview of the city and the steep Nordketten mountain flank frames the city. Those who are afraid of heights or do not want to pay an entrance fee can simply stroll around the restaurant and use one of the obvious view points as a photo location.


The Liberation Monument in Innsbruck at Eduard-Wallnöfer-Place (formerly: Landhausplatz). It is only one side-street away from Maria-Theresien-Street.

Maria-Theresien-Street is located in the center of Innsbruck. Charming houses, the Victory Column (Siegessäule) and the Gate (Triumphpforte) as well as the view of the mountains are probably the most popular photo motifs in Innsbruck.

The motifs are most beautiful if you include the mountains in the background in your pictures. In our opinion, the ideal time is right after a snowfall, when the mountains are freshly snowed  and the air is clinking cold.

The authentic city view

View from the Innsbruck city center to the mountains. Some Innsbruckers take such pictures from their desks ;)
Nordkette view from the Innsbruck city center.

The rents in Innsbruck are at large city level, but many residents of the upper floors still enjoy their unique alpine urban views. In the middle of the city and accessible to all, there is the 360° Bar and the Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Adlers, which offer you similarly impressive views. Both places are very popular especially in the evening and if you are planning a romantic date (and happen to have your camera with you), you should book here in advance.

The city from above – Nordkette

Does it get any better than this? Picturesque view from the Nordkette over Innsbruck.

The Nordkette is probably the only high alpine point that can be reached directly from a city without effort. From the station Congress the Hungerburg train (Hungerburgbahn) and later the Nordketten gondola moves from 600 to 2200 meters and just after 30 minutes you stand without any effort in the breathtaking high alpine terrain of the Karwendel mountain range. The valley view from up here to the Inn Valley and Innsbruck is majestic.

Sunrise high above the town with this unique view! Yoga poses are optional :)

You don’t really know how to put these photo spots in perspective? Read our guide for better mountain pictures or generally learn to make better landscape photos in this tutorial.

If you wish, we are pleased to show you all these sites on an easy photo walk or alpine class photo courses in and around Innsbruck. If you rather go and explore on your own, you now know our best tips for photography in Innsbruck. If you plan to arrive on a Thursday, you may consider our sunset tour as well. If you enjoyed these tips, feel free to get back to us and share your best pictures here or via #mountainmoments. Thank you.

The new concrete block at Patscherkofel

Bonus tip: Photo hiking around Innsbruck

Around the Innsbruck local mountains you will find numerous hiking tours with a great view of the Inn valley and Innsbruck. In our opinion the best way to explore Innsbruck as a photographer is the unique perspective from the mountains down into the picturesque Alpine capital.

So much for our list of favourite locations and photo spots in Innsbruck. What are your favourite spots? Which one do you find the most beautiful?

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