Heading to the Alps? Don’t Miss These Iconic Photography Locations

Just hearing the word “Alps” conjures up all sorts of images in the mind of a landscape photographer. There’s gorgeous mountains, sweeping valleys, glaciers, lakes, wildflowers, and endless skies that make wonderful subjects for breathtaking photos. Likely the most difficult thing about visiting the Alps is simply deciding what places you will see and document with your camera. That being the case, here are a few iconic photography locations that you can’t miss on your trip to the Alps.

The Matterhorn

The most famous mountain in Europe and the most photographed mountain on the planet, the Matterhorn is certainly an icon. Its sharp peak is beautiful on its own and gives photographers an opportunity to practice their long lens landscape photography by zeroing in on its jagged edges to feature in a tightly-framed shot.

Add in alpine lakes for taking photos with beautiful reflections, lush summertime valleys with wildflowers, and abundant wildlife, and you have many opportunities to highlight the relationship between this gorgeous peak and the surrounding landscape. Add in Zermatt, the town at the base of the Matterhorn, and you have a chance to create a much different type of photo, one that blends the natural beauty of the Alps with the quaint village nestled in the valley below. If ever there were a postcard shot, one of Zermatt and the Matterhorn is it!

Lake Como

Less than four hours from Zermatt is Lake Como, Italy, another iconic spot in the Alps. The scenery here can only be described as dramatic, with the slender arms of Lake Como branching out at the base of the Alps’ foothills. Indeed, there are mountain peaks in every single direction, giving you and your camera a virtually unlimited supply of landscapes to photograph. If you time your trip just right, you can enjoy warm, sunny days on the Lake while taking photos of snow-dusted peaks in the distance. This region is also famous for its resort towns, many of which have Renaissance-era buildings that are beautiful enough on their own as subjects for your photos. But when paired with the stunning landscape that surrounds them, these resorts become timeless subjects for photographs that display the beauty of nature and the beauty of architecture at the same time.

The Odle Mountains

Though the Matterhorn might get more attention than the Odle Mountains, to miss out on this iconic location would be a huge mistake. Located in northeastern Italy, these mountains rise sharply from the surrounding landscape, their jagged edges piercing the sky above. The pale color of the mountain cliffs stand in stark contrast to the deep green color of the forests and valleys below, giving your photographs instant drama. If its drama you’re after, photographing these peaks at sunset is a must. The Alpen glow before sunset turns the Odle Mountains into glowing towers that is a sight you won’t soon forget. And that, in a nutshell, is what the Alps region is all about. Breathtaking scenery, unforgettable landscapes, and ample opportunities to take incredible photos.