Amsterdam Light Festival

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Amsterdam Light Festival
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Annually, Amsterdam Light Festival transforms Amsterdam’s city centre into a 53-day light art exhibition. Tailor-made art pieces and installations by contemporary (international) artists, designers, and architects light up the inner city. The light artworks can be admired by boat, by bike, or on foot. You can do this on your own initiative or by booking a tour with one of the official festival partners.
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The area
Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Waterlooplein • 5 min walk
  • Weesperplein • 7 min walk
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK577 contributions
Couples
We were on a cruise , one of the stops being Rotterdam- took the train to Amsterdam and spent the day looking around .
On the way back to central station decided to take a Festival Light canal trip. It was around 45 min in total and cost 25 Euros each.
Amsterdam was on partial lockdown with everything closing at 5 pm however being December it was getting dark so we took the trip.
Always good to see the city from a different perspective and the English commentary was good .
The light sculptures were interesting and made more so with the explanations of what they were .
Written December 26, 2021
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Roberta J
Bellingham, WA128 contributions
I wasn't quite sure what to expect because I had read many less-than-stellar reviews before I got to Amsterdam. The weather was cold and rainy so that did distract a bit from the displays, but it is winter so the weather wasn't unexpected. My son and I chose to walk the route. Although we apparently did our walk in reverse direction, it was a lovely way to get a feel for the area and it allowed us to go at our own pace. We discovered It had good directional signage for those going in the correct direction. Each installation was a stand alone piece so it was fine to see them in any order. We found explanatory signs in both Dutch and English at many of the installations which we found very helpful in understanding the concepts that the artists were promoting. Even fuller explanations are available on the festival's web site. Overall, we found the displays to be though provoking.
Written January 17, 2020
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Nelsy H
115 contributions
Family
There were not too much of lights.
But, We really enjoy the houses in the water during this time, with their own Christmas decorations , some houses had lights on on could look how was inside their homes.
We went through the canals in a semi open boat , at night, so I took some good pictures.
Written January 4, 2020
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johnwizz
Portsmouth, UK167 contributions
A load of arty farty rubbish. Only two displays were worth seeing, the butterflies and the wolves. For example there was a half submerged car and a road sign to indicate global warming and an explosion to indicate chaos. I was freezing annd the boat was packed. Simply not worth seeing unless you like modern art (or pretend to, as most fans do).
Written January 26, 2020
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Vanessa
9 contributions
Family
Excellent short visit to my favourite capital to see the light festival for the first time. Took an early evening trip on the canal boat (blue boat company) to see all the lights.
Great service on the covered boat,friendly and welcoming staff.
The lights were a delight and I'll definitely go again next year!
Written January 22, 2020
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,938 contributions
Business
A walking tour of the 20+ light sculptures in the Amsterdam world heritage canal belt is actually a great alternative to a boat cruise! You can see more, and yes it is 10 kms but you can take drinks-, snacks-, dinner- and bio-breaks in many bars and restaurants along the way. The map is on the festival web site and also attached as a picture.

This year the festival runs until 20 january 2019 (included).
Written December 21, 2018
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The Travelling Piggy
London, UK4,010 contributions
Friends
This review is for the actual light festival itself not the tour. The theme this year is Disrupt. The light sculptures are sparse it's actually a joke how little of them they were. Some of the artwork didn't relate to the theme.
However it was a great way to see it through the canals
Written December 23, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China148,397 contributions
Couples
The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual winter event that good for those visiting the city during December and January. We really enjoyed walking the canal at night, taking in some of the art installations during our recent stay in the city.

What you find here are around 30+ installations, mostly placed along Herensgracht, circling Amsterdam Central. The installations light up at night from 5-11pm, providing 'light' entertainment enjoyable for local residents and tourists as well.

Check out the Amsterdam Light Festival website for map of the installations and other general information regarding the annual event. You can also book boat trips which take in a majority of the installations. This can be a fun activity at this time of year.
Written January 14, 2019
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Benedictine Quinton
West Midlands, UK540 contributions
Friends
Made an online reservation with the Blue Boat Company, which is situated immediately outside Restaurant & wine bar, Momo & opposite the Irish Pub & Hardrock Cafe.

Whilst this was all very professional & efficient in the booking process, the quality of the boat, the tour length etc unfortunately the Light Festival was very underwhelming & unimpressive; one particular feature was literally a basic strip of red lights suspended & draped along the canal bank, not exactly the promised world of art we had been led to expect.

That aside our Tour Guide was very knowledgeable & informative & during the twilight of the late afternoon & early evening, we were able to enjoy some drinks as we cruised along the canal & enjoyed the architecture & vistas which couldn’t be view from that actual perspective without being upon the Water; so that more than made up for any disappointment.

It’s a beautiful city with some stunning focal points, so what a better way to enjoy with a glass of vino in hand being cruised along with a detailed commentary.
Written January 27, 2018
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Claire S
Norwich, UK11 contributions
Couples
We booked in advance with Strooma.nl in advance for a 6.15pm cruise. When we turned up there were approximately 300 people in a tight squeeze waiting for that one boat!
There were no staff to help, no information given and then when we finally moved forward at 6.35pm (we had been there since 6 pm) we were informed that we may not get on the next boat and they didn’t know when the second boat would be arriving.
There was very little information given and no help.
When we went to the front desk to ask for advice we were told to email for a refund at they had no way of refunding even though they had a facility to charge!
Strooma are a big company but the whole situation was chaotic and disorganised and this made me feel very unsafe to board an over subscribed boat in the dark with very little thought for public safety.
I am so disappointed asthe light festival is beautiful and we are only here for a weekend. I am hoping to book with another company tomorrow.
I have emailed Strooma for a refund but I won’t hold my breath because they seem terribly unprofessional.
Written December 1, 2018
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