Ah, Amsterdam, the Venice of the North. If you’re planning a Europtrip, the beloved city known for its excellent museums, gabled facades, tulips, markets, and elaborate canal system is likely to be at the top of your list. With so much to see, it’s the perfect destination for a city break, and you’ll easily be able to tick off the top attractions within a few days. But we thought you might be interested a different perspective of the city – for after you’ve completed the touristy stops! So, after showing us around cities like Dubai, Shanghai and Chicago, we asked urban photographer Sebastien Nagy to show us his view of the city: through some stunning photography. Read on to discover another side of the Dutch capital.
A nocturnal tour of the canals
Did you know that Amsterdam has 165 canals? The total length makes up over is 100 km. A canal cruise is therefore undoubtedly a must for any first time visitor. But after touring the canals during the day, Sebastien Nagy recommends heading back to some of your favorite spots after sunset. He says that the charm of the typical houses lining the water is emphasized at dark, giving way to an almost enchanting ambiance.
The plus? The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center is actually located right on the canals, so grab your camera, and simply take a leisurely walk around the hotel to snap some shots before heading in for the night.
Uncovering the city from the sky
Although this angle may not be something you’ll be able to achieve yourself without the right photographer’s material, Nagy’s capture of the city’s grid from above exemplifies the geometrical character of the streets and alleyways you’ll be roaming during your visit. He says this aerial shot demonstrates how linear the canals really are.
If you’re into this geometrical style of travel photography, there’s more where that came from – it’s somewhat Sebastien Nagy’s specialty. Check out his stunning photos of Paris for example.
Amsterdam for the architecture lover
The Zuidas (literally the ‘South Axis’ in Dutch) is a rapidly developing business district in Amsterdam. Also known as the 'Financial Mile', the area has been influenced by places like Paris’ La Defence or London’s Canary Wharf. Although it’s still in development, from a photography point of view, it’s a gold mine for architecture lovers. Several modern buildings are already finished, as can be seen in the shot below. Nagy particularly enjoyed photographing the smaller builds which he found resembled tiny mounds made of LEGO bricks!
Zaandam, a photo lover’s daytrip
Zaandam is a unique village located just outside of Amsterdam. A 10 minute train ride will get you there, and since the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center is just a 5 minute walk from the station, it’s an easy day trip. When you arrive, just 100m from the station you’ll see rows upon rows of colorful houses built in the distinctive style of this particular area (known as 'Zaanse Huisjes').
The historical charm of the Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam City Center
If you’re looking to stay centrally, then you can’t get any more central than the Radisson Blu. But that’s only the practical advantage. If you’re into design, you’ll be delighted by the effect of merging historical charm with modern design. The building incorporates 18th-century merchant houses, a former paper mill and a 19th-century vicarage, all linked with contemporary architecture.
Enter through the bright, lobby atrium for a sparkling first impression. Don’t forget to look up to snap a photo like this one captured by Sebastien Nagy!