Tickets for Amsterdam Light Festival - Open Top Boat

Wrap up warm and take the best pictures of the Amsterdam Light Festival!

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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.

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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruises
Stationsplein, 1012 AB, Amsterdam
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide
English and Dutch
Jan 20, 2019
We aspect much more
Jan 9, 2019
Lovely trip!
Jan 4, 2019
It was a pleasant journey overall but boring at the same time due to the long duration 1h15m.
Jan 1, 2019
Jan 1, 2019
We booked the tickets on the day of the cruise and did not expect it to be an enjoyable and memorable experience. The skipper was knowledgeable and sounded really proud of his city Amsterdam. Would highly recommend.
Dec 27, 2018
It was an exciting experience getting to know the historical places and sites in Amsterdam. The tour guides were knowledgeable and fun!
Dec 27, 2018
It was ok, but not spectacular. We went around 18.00 , so it was dark. Good for the light show but now for the environment. The boat was very slow.
You get a fleece for the cold. You will need this, it is an open boat , and it was a little windy.
Also you get earphones for the audio guide in many languages.
Come early ( 15 min before departure) for good seats.
Dec 25, 2018
Arrive early, so you can get a good spot inside the boat.
Dec 23, 2018
Amazing experience. A must do in the city. The artworks were pretty cool.
Dec 17, 2018
Was fucking off my head mate i think we met an Australian guy but i can't remember tbh wengo

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