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Explore Amsterdam

Tickets for Amsterdam Light Festival: Cruise from Prins Hendrikkade

A great way to enjoy the city by night – departing from Prins Hendrikkade

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Departs every 20 minutes between 17:00 and 22:00
  • See the spectacular sculptures of the Amsterdam Light Festival from an angle you won't see on a walking tour
  • Stay snuggly and warm in the comfort of a heated cruise boat, with a Dutch or English audio guide to explain the sights
  • From 1 December to 21 January get a rare and magical view of Amsterdam like you've never seen it before

From 1 December until 21 January, experience Amsterdam in a different light. Literally. This year, The Amsterdam Light Festival's theme is 'Existential', inspiring artists to look at what connects people, and how light can bring us together. Now you can take in the stunning displays from the cozy luxury of a canal boat

The Amsterdam Light Festival consists of over 35 sculptures crafted from twinkling lights, and dotted throughout the city. They'll be illuminating the waterfront from 1 December to 21 January, turning the city into a glittering wonderland. This is one of the best times to take a canal boat tour of Amsterdam.

As you float around the storybook canals, the reflections of these custom artworks - all created by select international artists, including Ai Weiwei - turn the canals of Amsterdam into shimmering nighttime rainbows.

Listen to the audioguide in Dutch or English as you snuggle up and take in the views of the art and the city. Light up your life with one of the best things to do in Amsterdam this winter!

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What's included
  • 75-minute Water Colors Cruise
  • Audio guide in English and Dutch
  • Food and drinks

Show your smartphone ticket at the dock 10-15 mins before your chosen departure time.

Departure is from the Lovers Canal Cruise dock, right beside the ticket shop, Prins Hendrikkade 25.


The timeslot you book is just an estimate. Depending on the time of day and demand, your actual cruise time may vary.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Lovers Canal Cruises
Prins Hendrikkade 25, 1012 TM, Amsterdam
Key info
Audio guide
English and Dutch
Additional info

Getting There

Any public transport to Amsterdam Centraal.

Insider tip

Yes, it might be a bit cold, but you'll enjoy the cruise a lot more if you sit in the back, where the boat is partially open. Just make sure to wrap up warm!

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Desiree, Netherlands
Jan 20, 2017
This was a very great trip through the canals of Amsterdam, where several art items where on display. Our captain Flip moved his boat swiftly through the canals and paused at every art work to give people the time to take pictures. He also gave the necessary (humourous) explanation about the objects and buildings along the canals. This cruise is definitely worth it! If you're staying at Amsterdam between December and January you should try it out! My compliments to Flip, thanks for the lovely evening.
Birte, Netherlands
Jan 9, 2017
We had to wait in line for over an hour, although the ticket had been sold with a specific time of departure. Clearly they just kept selling tickets without having the space for the passengers, resulting in longer and longer waiting times. Asked why this was the case and why they were selling tickets indicating a time at all then, the service people could not give an answer.
Katherine , United Kingdom
Jan 8, 2017
This was an absolute highlight of our visit. My two teenage daughters loved it - as did I!
Ankit, Ireland
Jan 3, 2017
Great !!
Dieke, Netherlands
Jan 2, 2017
The light festival was gorgeous and I loved every minute of it.
Waiting to get into the boat (30+ minutes) was less than wonderful despite a DJ who did what he could to make the time go by more quickly. Towards the end of the trip we also noticed that there was a 'traffic jam of boats' so that the final part of the journey went slowly. Many of the children on board found this 'difficult'. Having said that, I enjoyed the trip enormously and loved seeing the lights. I would have given this trip a five star if I hadn't had to wait in line so long. I guess no one much likes that and I am no exception. I have recommended the trip to others and included the info about waiting. That way, it is not an unpleasant surprise...
Evdokia, Netherlands
Jan 2, 2017
Feelings was very special, many mystical. The capitain was very funny.
Linda , Netherlands
Dec 30, 2016
Long lines, long wait
Patricia , United States
Dec 29, 2016
Unique, sometimes pretty, some different history. Smelly boat (mildew), loud voiceover, stale jokes, soporific.
Michele, Netherlands
Dec 27, 2016
We picked our tickets up from the Lovers terminal no problem. However there is no priority boarding or beat the queue, everyone wAits for the next boat. The tour was good but the Captain could of done with being trained about what we were seeing, he told us he could not tell us. We were on the Nemo boat that had disco lights on the ceiling.
NABIN KUMAR, Netherlands
Dec 26, 2016
Excellent arrangement. Keep up

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