It’s a tale as old as time, or at least 2010. You discover a gorgeous photo-op while scrolling through Instagram and set out to find it on your next trip. But alas, you show up to the picture- perfect spot to find hoards of people with the same idea as you. Or even worse, it doesn’t live up to the ultra-edited photos that received hundreds of “likes” on the ‘Gram. Lucky for you, we’re here to show you some lesser-known Kodak moments around the world.
1. Ulm, Germany
Ulm, Germany offers a most unique setting for photos, especially in old Fishermen’s and Tanners’ Quarter. Old town is set around the mouth of the River Blau, and is a fun place to wander through narrow alleyways and bridges and admire beautiful, half-timbered, floating homes. The architecture here is an extraordinary sight, with a mix of traditional and ultra-modern buildings. For bonus points, check out Ulm Minster, a local church that is home to the tallest steeple in the world.
2. Head of Decebalus, Romania
The larger-than-life statue of King Decebalus boasts a face you (and your Instagram followers) will never forget. Venture out on the great Danube River, located on the border between Romania and Serbia. As you sail or boat through the Iron Gates, you’ll easily spot the 141-foot-high face of Decebalus carved into the side of a rock. There are many angles and fields of view that make Decebalus an exceptional photo opportunity. The statue is an ode to King Decebalus, who fought for the country’s independence against Roman emperors around 106 AD. But, there’s a twist. The ancient-looking carved rock is basically the same age as Instagram itself (okay, we’re exaggerating a little), as it was constructed between 1994 and 2004. Catch a selfie with the young king himself when you visit!
3. Tulip Fields, Netherlands
We know what you’re thinking and no, this fluorescent tulip field is not heavily manipulated with photo editing. It’s real! You can easily recreate this magic with a spring trip to the Netherlands! In case this is the first time you’re hearing of the vast sea of colorful tulips that grace the fields of the Holland, here’s the scoop. Spring in the Netherlands is a long season with cool nights, making it the perfect tulip-growing location. Rainbow-like stripes of tulips grow from late March to mid May, but the best time to catch them is mid to late April. You can find most tulip farms in Noordoostpolder, in the province of Flevoland or along the coast of The Hague and Leiden, all the way up to Alkmaar in the north.
4. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen is a gorgeous seaside village located in the foothills of the Ka’ala mountain range, in northwestern Morocco. Every wall in Chefchaouen is coated in shades of blue, making the whole city a backdrop cobalt color! Whether your camera faces the sea or city, you can’t take a bad picture here.
We hope you have the time of your life traveling to these picture-perfect destinations and creating lasting memories! Please remember to respect the land and local communities so everyone can continue to enjoy the beautiful spots for decades to come.