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Tickets for Amsterdam Light Festival - Open Top Boat (Early Bird)

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± 75 minutes
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Departs from Central Station every 30-45 minutes between 17:00 and 22:00
  • See the Amsterdam Light Festival in the best way possible – from the water!
  • Get comfy and snap away to your heart's content aboard your open-top boat, complete with an informative audio guide in English and Dutch
  • From November 29th to January 20th, see Amsterdam come to life, with over 35 illuminated artworks decorating its famous canals

Amsterdam Light Festival is an unmissable annual experience, inviting a troupe of international artists to transform the city into a glittering playground – but how about seeing it from an open-top boat? Amsterdam's greatest winter attraction just got even greater!

Forget peering through foggy windows and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival in true panoramic style! The open-top boat is perfect for snap-happy photographers and anyone looking to get the most intimate experience of the ALF.

The 2018 edition consists of over 30 sculptures crafted from twinkling lights, and dotted throughout the city. The theme is ‘The Medium is the Message’ - the famous statement by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The idea behind it is that the medium we use to send a message is more important than the message itself. See if you agree as you float around the storybook canals in the reflections of custom artworks - all created by select international artists.

There's also the sculptures that look like 'standing drawings' by this year's guest of honor, Amsterdam-based artist Jeroen Henneman. Listen to the audio guide in Dutch or English as you snuggle up and see Amsterdam like you've never seen it before.

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

Go to the pier located right in front the main entrance of Central Station and board the boat.


Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Amsterdam Light Festival Cruises
Stationsplein, 1012 AB, Amsterdam
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide
English and Dutch
Jan 22, 2018
A good canal cruise in Amsterdam at night is ALWAYS magic, but the addition of these amazing light installations really made this a must see event, even if you've visited Amsterdam many times.
Jan 21, 2018
We saw Amsterdam by night that is already really nice and the light festival adds something to it. Also the captain was nice.
Jan 16, 2018
good route taken and info given about amsterdam
Jan 15, 2018
Good experience.
Jan 14, 2018
Great tour but very cold. wrap up warm
Jan 6, 2018
Jan 5, 2018
We had an issue because I purchased open boat tickets and got to the line for a semi open boat and the man at the entrance assured me this was right. When I got to the front of the queue before getting on two other men told me this was the wrong one and I will miss the boat further down. We ran to get that boat and were told that we had it right in the first place and there was no such thing as an open boat even though it said so on the ticket. Very confusing and we missed the first time so had to wait 45 minutes for the next one. I really wasn’t happy but the experience was great.
Jan 5, 2018
Suggest another venue
Jan 5, 2018
Was not to impressed with the lights.
Jan 5, 2018
Nice experience

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