Europe at Night- Photo Series

Europe at night is absolutely stunning! All of the important buildings and monuments are illuminated, creating a romantic feel to whichever city you happen to be in. I thought some cities, like Budapest, were actually more beautiful at night when everything was lit up so prominently. Taking night pictures quickly became my favourite thing to do. I don’t like to stay up late (at all), but in Europe I regularly found myself out and about past 2:00 am taking photographs.

I had never attempted night photography before this trip, so was learning as I went. The number one tip I can give you, is to use a tripod! A tripod is a must for taking photographs at night- it allows you to slow down the shutter speed and capture all the beautiful light! I was always amazed at how taking a long exposure would capture colours in the sky my eyes didn’t see.

Europe at Night

I was hoping to get night photos of every place we visited during our five weeks in Europe, but wasn’t able to because of the rain that kept plaguing our trip. Here are a few of our favourites from the places we were able to get out and explore after dark!

Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels Town Hall

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Guild houses and Maison du Roi on the Grand-Place

Budapest, Hungary

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Chain Bridge

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Nuremberg, Germany

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Kreuzigungshof

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St. Lorenz

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Frauenkirche

Paris, France

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The Louvre

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Seeing the Eiffel Tower at night is one of the most romantic things to do in Paris.

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague Castle in Mala Strana (Lesser Town)

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On Charles Bridge

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Charles Bridge and Prague’s Old Town

Here are more photos of Prague at night.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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Plönlein (“Little Square”) in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Salzburg, Austria

Strasbourg, France

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Petite France in Strasbourg

Vienna, Austria

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Hofburg

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Vienna City Hall

If you would like to learn more about these places, plus others we visited on our five week honeymoon, visit our post Five Weeks in Europe: Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses.



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  • Ellen Christian - Love the photo of the bridge in Hungary. So pretty!December 12, 2013 – 3:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - Wow these photos are stunning! I agree that a tripod is essential with nighttime photography. It’s amazing the effects you can get with a slow shutter speed, like the smooth milky clouds!December 13, 2013 – 7:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Laura! Yes, it really is cool to capture the clouds moving across the sky. Makes for some nice effects!December 13, 2013 – 7:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Marsha - I love these night pictures. I have to remind myself to take more pics at night; these are fantastic!December 20, 2013 – 10:30 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - First time attempt at night photography? Well, these are fantastic!January 16, 2014 – 4:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you, Jennifer. I took SO many pictures just to make sure at least one came out well. Thank goodness Mike is so patient, waiting while I did long exposure after long exposure. Although, one time I did look over and found him sleeping in the grass!January 16, 2014 – 10:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Keryn from Walking On Travels - These are stunning! I love to photograph at night, but sadly I don’t get much time cause of the boys these days. I can’t stay awake late enough!February 21, 2014 – 11:58 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! I really fell in love with night photography on this trip. I am not usually one for staying up late, but when I’m out taking pictures I don’t mind so much.February 22, 2014 – 9:32 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Fantastic photos! Love the photo of Nuremburg.
    Frank (bbqboy)March 11, 2014 – 8:10 amReplyCancel

  • Adelina | PackMeTo - Gorgeous shots! I’m always way too tired to go out at night to snap photos.July 6, 2014 – 12:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Carmen @ CarmensTravelTips - Love all your pictures. The lighting is amazing in some of these. What style of camera do you use if you don’t mind me asking?July 10, 2014 – 6:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Tegan Engler - Absolutely stunning photos Rhonda. Makes me very excited about our first trip to Europe. Thank you for all the handy tips! September 10, 2014 – 7:12 amReplyCancel

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