The Hague

Den Haag

Located on the Dutch coast, The Hague is the seat of the government and many international organisations, including the International Criminal Court. The city is well known for its historical sights, its arts and culture scene and its impressive architecture. Below are some photos from recent trips.

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View of Lisbon city center from Castelo de São Jorge, Portugal, Europe

Portugal is just great! A few impressions from the capital Lisbon, also called the city of the seven hills. Numerous viewpoints offer always new perspectives on the city.

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Summer in Amsterdam

Häuser am Damrak in Amsterdam, Niederlande

There haven’t been any photos from Amsterdam for a long time, even though I’ve been there several times in the last few years. So here are some summery photos from the Dutch capital 🙂 From a photographic point of view, I find the setting sun shining through the canal houses particularly attractive. You should also take advantage of the many opportunities to see the city from above.

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Emporia Shopping Center, Malmö

Emporia Shopping Mall in Malmö, Schweden The Emporia shopping centre in Malmö, Sweden was opened in 2012. The architect is Gert Wingårdh from Wingårdh arkitektkontor. Normally I wouldn’t walk through a shopping mall with my camera but this one impressed me with its special architecture – both from the outside and the inside.
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Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam

Zaandam Hotel

The building in the small town of Zaandam near Amsterdam stands out for its impressive facade. The structure consists of stacked traditional houses, typical for the region. It is even possible to stay overnight in the 12-storey building, because there is a 4-star hotel inside. Continue reading

City Hall Nieuwegein

City Hall Nieuwegein Stadshuis, Netherlands

Opened in 2012, the “Stadshuis” of the municipality of Nieuwegein near Utrecht in the Netherlands combines various facilities such as the town hall, a library, shops and a multicultural centre in one building.

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Veles e Vents, Valencia

Veles e Vents in Valencia, Spain by David Chipperfield Architects

The striking building “Veles e Vents” (sails and winches) in the port of Valencia was designed by star architect David Chipperfield on the occasion of the America’s Cup 2007. From here you had a view not only of the famous sailing regatta, but also of the Formula 1 circuit of the European Grand Prix, which also passed through the port.

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Berlin at Night

Berlin bei Nacht mit Blick auf den Fernsehturm, Rathaus und Berliner Dom

Berlin at night with a view of the TV tower (Fernsehturm), city hall (Rathaus) and Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom).

8 House, Copenhagen

8 House Copenhagen by Bjarke Ingels Group

Denmark’s largest residential building, the 8 House (8 tallet), was built in Copenhagens district Ørestad between the airport and the city center several years ago. For the architect Bjarke Ingels it was the third project in this district after the VM Houses and Mountain Dwellings. There are 476 apartments on the upper floors, offices on the lower floors and there is also a kindergarten, shops and a large common room with a roof terrace.

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Berlin TV Tower

Fernsehturm am Alexanderplatz in Berlin

The Television Tower at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin is the highest public building in Europe at 368 meters. From the viewing platform you have a great view above the whole city, as well as the roof of the opposite hotel.

Autumn in Amsterdam

Autumn in the Keizersgracht of Amsterdam

There are already some posts of Amsterdam here. But not yet any posts which shows the city center, which is almost a single attraction. Some time ago I visited the city of canals and bridges in autumn – but also at any other time of the year a visit is recommended.

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Hamburg by Night

Hamburg und Jungfernstieg spiegeln sich in der Alster bei Nacht

The promenade at the Jungfernstieg is reflected in the Alster at the blue hour.
Hamburg at night is always a popular photo subject.

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Grundtvig’s Church, Copenhagen

Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen's Bispebjerg district, an example of expressionist architecture with neo-Gothic elements

The Grundtvig’s Church in the northern district of Bispebjerg is one of the newer and due to the unusual design also one of the most famous churches in the city. While other churches are already 400 years or older, the Grundtvigskirche was built between 1921 and 1940. The design is by the architect Peder Klint, who did not live to see the completion. At the beginning, only the 49 meter high church tower was built and only in 1928 work began on the construction of the nave and other components. A total of about 5 million yellow bricks were installed.

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Bella Sky Hotel, Copenhagen

Bella Sky Hotel Copenhagen - Architecture photography

Located in Copenhagen’s newest district, Ørestad, the Bella Sky Hotel is one of the largest hotels in Scandinavia. The building, planned by the Danish architecture company 3XN, consists of two towers with 23 floors and was opened in 2011. It is part of the exhibition and conference center Bella Center, where the UN Climate Change Conference took place in 2009.

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Autumn in Utrecht

Autumn in Utrecht

In autumn I visited Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. Utrecht Cathedral (Domtoren) is the highest church tower in the country with 112.5 metres. Of course I couldn’t resist climbing the 465 steps and enjoying a great view over the city. On good days the view should reach as far as Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

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