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Amsterdam Light Festival 2013 / 2014 – December 6 to January 19

1 December 2013

Go for a walk during Amsterdam Light Festival 2013 / 2014!

The Amsterdam Light Festival turns on the light in these darkest days of the year! With different events like a walking tour, a boat tour and a shopping night the Amsterdam Light Festival has something for everyone. For 50 days Amsterdam is home to international light sculptures in the water, on buildings or just in the air. The Amsterdam Light Festival is magical festival if you like to go for a walk in the evening! I always like to go for a walk with my love and follow the river Amstel to the city center. Even more magical with a bit of snow ;-).

Here are the routes with light sculptures and the dates to check them out:

Illuminade walking route – December 12 to January 5 – 17-22 pm
Water colors boatroute – December 6 – January 19 – 17-23 pm
Down town sculptures – December 6 to January 19
Amsterdam Light Shopping Night – December 14 until 22 pm

Amsterdam Light Festival 2013 / 2014

Where: several locations downtown and along the water in Amsterdam
When: December 6 2013 – January 19 2014 between 17 – 22 pm
Tickets: the festival is free! If you don’t have a boat of your own you can book a tour at one of the known canal bout operators.

PS: more hotspots are in the Amsterdam Little Black Book. A city guide to Amsterdam with the best restaurants, shops and things to do. Always new addresses coming up so check out your online Little Black Book daily for the latest hotspots in town!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

More hotspots in Amsterdam

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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Anne de Buck