Forbidden to take pictures

Can you imagine not being able to take a photo at a place of sightseeing? Yep. That’s right. At this town you are not allowed to take photos. Why? Because apparently photos taken at this town and shared on social media may will cause envy. Read this article from Huffington a few months back here.

Heheh. Think about it. The town was so magnimious to forbid photo taking so that it will not incite envy…

But seriously, this is not the only town where one is not allowed to take photos. And the rationale pro-offered by the town in the article has a point. Aside from the revenue it collects from making you pay a fine… How often have you noticed that tourists are frequently more focused on taking pictures than actually taking in the view? There are lots of shuffling and elbowing just to get a photo, quite often with selfie sticks getting in your face if you are not careful.

That’s probably one of the pet peeves of “travelers”, ie those who want to be more than just casual tourists.

And sometimes it is for safety reasons too. In some places, the use of flash photography is forbidden, given the data that suggest excessive exposure to bright light may accelerate damage to antiquities. On the other hand, it can be risky in some places for folks to take photos too – dangers from falling off cliffs, buildings, boats, trains, aircraft… did you recall our post about how some folks take risky rooftop photos here?

So no photography in this village in Switzerland. Should that be a rule strictly enforced? What do you think?

PS: Heheh… if you read the article, you might have noted that it was also mentioned that this was a likely marketing gimmick of an off the beaten track town to gain some fame… at $5 per fine, they did not mention how they’d collect it, or if it will come with a cup of coffee! LOL.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

22 thoughts on “Forbidden to take pictures”

  1. When I began reading I was thinking of the time I was asked, by the manager, not to photograph the beautiful interior of the hotel at which we were spending several nights. Had not heard of the ‘no photos’ town in Switzerland. I’m sure the fine would have included a coffee. 😊

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  2. It’s an interesting rule but difficult to enforce. I think it’s good to try and enjoy your surroundings but it’s also nice to have the photos to look back on. From a tourism point of view I figure it’d be good for more photos to be available as sometimes that’s what attracts people to visit.

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    1. That’s a good point, though the article did not elaborate. But we suppose they would have posted signage everywhere to remind visitors of this “rule”. Just like our post on Barcelona’s levy on day travelers, it would seem too arduous to try to enforce!

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  3. I’m planning a trip to Kyoto and discovered that photography is banned in one of the temples which is so famous for its autumn colours that it’s dangerous to allow for photos! This really scared me – if it’s too dangerous to take photos, maybe I shouldn’t be visiting it because of the long queues and the experience may not be worthwhile as part of the point of admiring autumn colours is to do it with a serene backdrop.

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      1. It’s Tofukuji, apparently one of the most beautiful temples during autumn. In the article I read, selfie stick was one of the key safety hazard. Still contemplating whether it’s worth visiting, although the photos look amazing.

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  4. Take it in. Experience the moment and then capture it on camera. Although I understand the rational behind the argument, I don’t see why you can’t do both. If a person only cares about their social media status, then just let them be. At the end of the day, it’s their loss. They missed the moment. Too bad for them. But regulate them? Please!! We have enough regulations to worry about than if tourists are actually taking in the moment or just taking selfies to show off on their favorite social media.

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    1. Heheh… that’s the debate that will be circuitious and probably never ending. Does a site have the right to set its own rules? Hmm… its like the debate over how to manage the number of people visiting – imposing surcharges etc. That’s a form of regulation too… albeit with economic motives behind it perhaps?


  5. I see the rationale regarding this rule, and I do agree. People are so enamored with showing off things on their social media profiles nowadays, that they forget to savor the moment.

    A beautiful sight in front of them, yet they choose to “immortalize” it in a hollow manner. Best to enjoy the view with your own two eyes, instead of a camera lens. (Incidentally, this is why “wanderlust” and “travel” are becoming too much saturated – the number of people who travel just to show off on social media is on the rise. We have a lot of ’em here in the Philippines.)

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    1. Indeed. But this does not necessarily sit well with most people. And indeed the counter arguments against it can be enormous. Such as how can one remember the places one were without the pictures.
      On the other hand, we have folks who travel just to “model” being in a particular place as you pointed out. Digital technology + connectivity has fueled this. And we are probably only in the middle of the growth phase. It will take some time yet before this plateaus out and decline!

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