Instagram

Get the free app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone

Welcome to the Instagram blog! See how Instagrammers are capturing and sharing the world's moments through photo and video features, user spotlights, tips and news from Instagram HQ.

Photoset

Location Feature, venezuela, angel falls,

Venturing into Venezuela’s Angel Falls

To view more photos and videos from Angel Falls explore the Angel Falls location page and browse the #angelfalls and #saltoangel hashtags.

Venezuela’s El Salto Ángel, or Angel Falls, is the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. Towering over Canaima National Park at 979 meters (3212 feet), the waterfall is 19 times the height of Niagara Falls.

To access Angel Falls in the heart of Venezuela’s isolated jungle, visitors must have an adventurous spirit. After first flying to Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolívar to reach the park, visitors are taken to the base of the falls by guides in dugout wooden canoes.

Though originally known as Kerepakupai Vená (“Waterfall of the Deepest Place”) in the indigenous language of the Pemon people, the falls came to be known by their current name in 1937 after American pilot Jimmie Angel’s plane crashed at the mouth of the falls.

Photoset

dublin, Location Feature, the long room, books,

Exploring Dublin’s Long Room

To view more photos and videos from Dublin’s Trinity College Library, explore the Long Room location page.

Measuring 65 meters (213 feet) in length and housing more than 200,000 of Ireland’s oldest books, the Long Room at Trinity College Library in Dublin stands as a historical and cultural masterpiece.

The library is the largest in Ireland and dates back to the establishment of the university college in 1592. It holds more than 6 million printed works spanning 400 years.

The Long Room was originally built with a flat ceiling, but it was expanded to accommodate upper shelves and a gallery in the 1850s after the library was given legal deposit status in 1801, meaning it receives free copies of all material published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In addition to the numerous written works housed within the library, the Long Room also boasts marble busts of great philosophers, writers and artists as well as Ireland’s oldest harp.

Photoset

Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgis Night, valborg, current events, germany, Location Feature,

The Witches and Warlocks of Walpurgisnacht

To view more photos and videos from Walpurgisnacht, explore the Brocken location page and browse the #Walpurgisnacht hashtag.

Every year, six months from Halloween, spring festivals in Northern Europe are held to celebrate the eve of May Day. In Germany, the traditional Walpurgisnacht festival welcomes May 1 with witches and warlocks.

On Walpurgisnacht, or “Walpurgis Night” as it precedes the May Day feast of Saint Walpurgis, it is believed witches congregated for pagan ceremonies in places such as the Harz mountains in Schierke, Germany.

Today, adventurous Instagrammers and tourists make the journey up 1142 meters (3747 feet) to Brocken, where costumed revellers dance among bonfires at dawn. Elsewhere Walpurgis parties are held known as Tanz in den Mai, meaning “dancing into May”, followed by a four-day holiday in the country.

Similar witch festivals also take place on this night in Sweden (Valborgsmässoafton), Finland (Vappu), the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (pálení čarodějnic).

Photoset

Location Feature, sapa, vietnam,

Exploring the Nature and Culture of Sa Pa, Vietnam

To see more photos and videos from Sa Pa, explore the Sa Pa location page.

With its abundant nature and distinctive rice terraces, the Vietnamese town of Sa Pa brings in many tourists and Instagrammers—as well as rapid economic changes. Located 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level, Sa Pa is the capital town of Sa Pa District in Lào Cai Province, a region in northwest Vietnam that lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range in the far eastern part of the Himalayas and runs along the Chinese border. The mountains in this area are covered with rows of rice fields lined up like staircases, creating an extraordinary landscape.

Sa Pa is home to several local hill tribes of which the Hmong and Dao are the largest. Although the tribes inhabited the region for centuries, it wasn’t until the French colonization in the late 1880s that Sa Pa became recognized as an official town on the national map. Since then, different groups of people have moved in and out of the area due to military conflicts and economic reformations to create the current state of cultural diversity. Today, the rustic living environment creates a large draw for people who want to share in the experience of the frontier town at its full economic boom.

Photoset

current events, holocaust remembrance day, Location Feature,

Commemorating the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah (יום השואה)

To view more photos and videos from Yom HaShoah, browse the #YomHaShoah and #יוםהשואה hashtags and explore the Yad Vashem location page.

From sunset on Saturday to Sunday’s sundown, the Jewish community honors Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), a time to remember the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. In Israel, where Yom HaShoah is a national holiday, flags are lowered to half-mast and people across the country gather for memorial ceremonies held at schools and public squares. Though other countries also recognize Holocaust Remembrance Days of their own, many Jews around the world observe Yom HaShoah at home and at important historical sites. In Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, speeches and prayers are given by the Israeli President, Prime Minister and chief rabbis as six torches are lit by Holocaust survivors to pay tribute to victims of the genocide. At 10:00AM local time on Sunday, sirens go off to mark a two-minute moment of silence observed by the nation.

Photoset

current events, chernobyl, Location Feature,

Remembering Chernobyl (Чорнобиль)

To view more photos and videos from Pripyat, explore the Pripyat (Припять) and Chernobyl location pages, or browse the #pripyat and #chernobyl hashtags.

On this day 28 years ago, a catastrophic nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine resulted in a huge plume of radioactive contamination and the relocation of more than 350,000 people. The Chernobyl disaster is one of only two nuclear accidents classified as a level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011).

Chernobyl and the nearby town of Pripyat remain in the same state today as they were in April, 1986. Bold tourists and many Instagrammers have visited the still heavily contaminated site, sticking to an official route after it opened to the public in 2010. Russian Instagrammer Roman Palchenkov (@palchenkov) recently visited the site: “Being there, in the silence, darkness, and cold, and standing in the empty room of regular house, I was able to understand what a catastrophic nuclear disaster means for people and cities.”

Photoset

spotlight, romania, Location Feature, User Feature,

Spotlight: Romania

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in California to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight Instagrammers from countries and cities with thriving communities.

"Every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horse-shoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool." — Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

With the Carpathian mountains arcing across its center and the river Danube running along its southern region, Romania is a country of vast and hilly peaks and luscious wetlands.

A history steeped in folklore, Romania’s rural and remote landscape served as the fictional home of Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, Count Dracula. With numerous hilltop castles such as Bran Castle, as well as the fairytale turrets of King Carol I’s Peleş Castle in Transylvania, it comes as little surprise that Romania has ignited the imagination of so many.

For a closer look at Romania’s haunting landscapes and bustling cities through the lenses of just a few of the many Instagrammers that live there, follow:

  • Lorant Pandea, Transylvania photographer – @lorantpandea
  • Oana Befort, graphic designer and illustrator in Bucharest – @oanabefort
  • Lavinia Cernău, photographer in Cluj-Napoca – @lavinia_cernau
  • Liviu Ratiu, photographer in Cluj-Napoca – @liviuratiu
  • Raluca Tămaș, journalist in Bucharest – @raltamas

For a closer look at Romania, explore the country through some of its most popular and picturesque destinations:

Photoset

location feature, cathedral park, st johns bridge, portland, Architecture,

Exploring Portland’s Cathedral Park

For more photos and videos from the park and its arches, explore the Cathedral Park and St. John’s Bridge location pages.

In the northernmost part of Portland, Oregon, the iconic St. John’s Bridge extends across the Willamette River. Though the bridge has become known for its green hue and distinctly pointed towers, the park underneath has also come to enjoy a fame of its own.

The bridge’s stylized architecture continues even into its soaring concrete supports, which resemble the arches of a Gothic cathedral. Taking its name from the supports, Cathedral Park opened in 1980—a stark change from what had nearly been a junkyard beneath the bridge a decade earlier.

Now, the park’s lush meadow spaces, proximity to the river and dramatic backdrops create a special draw for local and visiting Instagrammers, making the space a favorite for creative outings and InstaMeets.

Photoset

Location Feature, gamcheon, south korea,

Exploring the Art at Gamcheon Culture Village (감천문화마을)

For more photos and videos of the village’s art, explore the 감천문화마을 (Gamcheon Culture Village) location page.

Gamcheon Culture Village (감천문화마을) in South Korea is a small village filled with art and history. Located on a mountainside in southern Busan, locals often compare the village’s view of dense buildings to Greece’s Santorini, Peru’s Machu Picchu and even Lego blocks for its shape and colorfulness. Inside the village, narrow alleys spread throughout the city like a maze where people are likely to run into multi-colored buildings, quirky art installations and stylish galleries.

The village, also called Taegukdo Village, was founded in 1918 when thousands of people, many of them followers of the Taegukdo religion, fled to the war-free area of Busan. As a village settled by war refugees, it existed as one of the poorest areas in the region until very recently. In 2009, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism launched a project to preserve the village, turning it into the artistic community it is today. Now, the picturesque scenery the village provides is known to be a great place for photos, and many local and visiting Instagrammers alike come to document and share the art found all over the city.

Photoset

Sarajevo, location feature, Olympic Games, graffiti,

Exploring Sarajevo’s Abandoned Olympic Park

To see more photos and videos of Sarajevo’s Olympic bobsled and luge track, explore the Olimpijski Bob Staza and Trebević location pages.

Stark against the dense forests of Trebević mountain stands a crumbling, brightly adorned concrete track built for the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The track, used for bobsledding and the luge competitions until 1991, primarily draws hikers and graffiti artists these days. It bears the marks not only from the passage of time, but also from the wars that plagued Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s.