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The 12th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival

During the 12th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, you will be taken into the wonderful world of imagination. The theme Technology & AI will make you think twice about what you actually see. In this art exhibition where light is the guiding principle, your view of the artworks will be put to the test! What do you see and why do you see it?

Artwork route Light Festival Amsterdam

Chosen from hundreds of entries, the 20 light artworks can be admired up close from the water. The artworks come to life at dusk and are breathtakingly beautiful with all their effects. Combined with Amsterdam’s canals, this is a unique experience and sight in Amsterdam. From 1 November until 21 January, the festival is open to everyone. The lights go on at 17:00 and can be admired until 23:00. You can buy a digital route map with extra information about all the artworks via the Amsterdam Light Festival website for €7.50. We recommend renting a boat for a minimum of 3 hours.

Rent a boat for the Amsterdam Light Festival 2023-2024

At Canal Motorboats, we have been impressed by this festival for years and advise our clients to visit this festival. You can rent a boat in Amsterdam and cruise the light route along the artworks. The electrically powered boats are ideally suited to admire the artworks up close. From 5 pm, it gets dark and the artworks come to life. Give your imagination free rein and come and enjoy all the beauty this festival has to offer!

We recommend renting a boat for at least 3 hours or longer to take the Amsterdam Light Festival route. 

Tip: fun to do with the family or with colleagues

The festival is for all ages. so perfect for a family outing or a company outing. Cruise along the route of lights and learn about the artworks as you cruise along the beautiful canals. This year’s theme is extra magical. Explore Amsterdam with the family and make it a great evening. Bonus tip: get some food on the way or beforehand and make it a cosy dinner on the boat. We’ll give you a few ideas for delicious foods to bring.

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We have 2 different boats to choose from. The blue boat and the green boat. Both boats have a different price. Take a look at our boat rates.

The departure location is at Zandhoek 22 1013 KT Amsterdam.This is near the famous Prinsengracht. It is within walking distance from Central Station and easily accessibel by bus, bike and car. You will find a route description for more information.

We are open all year round. These are our opening hours:
  • Monday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00

Our green boats have room for up to 7 people and our blue boats are suitable for up to 8 people. It is also possible for larger groups to rent boats. Please contact us if you want this.

You have to be 18 years or older to drive the boat.

You can hire a boat for 2 hours or longer. For every hour after that, you pay a low hourly rate. This way you can decide for yourself how long you want to rent a boat in Amsterdam.

We hope that this does not happen, but should it happen we charge €30,- for each 15 minutes late. Do you think you will be late? In that case, call us immediately.

You can call us at that time to ask if this is possible because of other reservations. If you are late bringing the boat back without permission we will charge you €30 per 15 minutes late.

You can reschedule or cancel your reservation up to 7 days in advance without any costs. In this case, please contact us. If you cancel between 7 days and 48 hours before the reservation is made, you will be refunded half the amount. Is your reservation within 48 hours and do you want to cancel or move it? Unfortunately this is no longer possible and you will have to pay the full amount. In extremely bad/dangerous weather conditions, only Canal Motorboats can decide to cancel or move the reservation.
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Discover the city from the water with Canal Motorboats

Choose your own private boat
No license required
incl. pillows, blankets and routes
Lowest rates
In the center of Amsterdam
Free life jackets for children
You are the captain
Place for 7 or 8 people
All boats are electric sloops
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