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The 11th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival

During the 11th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, you will be taken into the wonderful world of imagination. The theme Imagine Beyond 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 December to 22 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 2022-2023

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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This is what you get with Canal Motorboats

Private boats for rent
Drive the boat yourself
Incl. pillows, blankets and a map
No license needed
Free life jackets for children
You are the captain
Lowest prices
Choose your own boat
Space for 7 or 8 people
In the centre of Amsterdam

Location Canal Motorboats

Canal Motorboats can be found at Zandhoek 22, 1013 KT Amsterdam. Our boats are located in the Westerdok, less than a 15-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station or 5 minutes by bus 48, stop Barendszplein. There is also plenty of parking space nearby if you come by car or bicycle. There are several parking garages within walking distance where you can park.

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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 to Friday: 11:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00

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Monday: 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00
Friday: 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00