the amsterdam light festival 2016 is back this winter!
Great news for everyone who is a sucker for all the little lights during Christmas. The Amsterdam Light Festival 2016 is back in Amsterdam and that means that means that you find beautiful bright installations in the city center. I always like to walk the route with my love and go for hot coco afterwards. I think it’s such a nice festival for everyone in Amsterdam!
From December 1 to January 22 the The Amsterdam Light Festival will take over the city (perfect for a date night stroll!). That means we can enjoy more over 35 beautiful art works and installations of international artists, designers and architects spread over the city. Special objects will shine along the canals and illuminate the city in a special way.
It’s already the fifth edition of the Amsterdam Light Fesitval, which was originally organized to give Amsterdam a little positivity in dark days. And how do you do that? Well, literally by creating light in the darkness! Each year, Amsterdam will be transformed into a real life light theatre, where all kinds of artists can show their light art to the rest of the world. And it is equally spectacular each year. Also this year you can experience the festival in several ways: by foot, along the illuminade route, or by boat along water colors route.
Check for more information and the complete programme amsterdamlightfestival.com. Are you going every year like too? If you have friends with a boat I can highly recommend organizing a little boat trip over the canals to see the objects from the water. It’s beautiful!
AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL 2016 /2017
When: December 1 – January 22
Price: Wandelroute Illuminade is for free, tickets for water colors are dependent of the route.
Where: On the Amstel and canals, Weesper- and Plantage neighbourhood.
Website & tickets: Check the website for more information and tickets
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ 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!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>
Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ 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
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ 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.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ 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.
Let’s get social
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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