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Amsterdam: Fabrique des Lumières Entry Klimt & Hundertwasser

1. Amsterdam: Fabrique des Lumières Entry Klimt & Hundertwasser

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam by taking a trip to the innovative Fabrique des Lumières, an immersive digital art center located in the Westergas area. With your timed-entry ticket, discover the amazing masterpieces of classical and modern artists in a whole new way. Visit this large industrial space with walls up to 17 meters high, which hosts fantastic art exhibitions by artists of all eras. With advanced technology, the artworks are brought to life through light projections and accompanying music. Marvel at the grand opening exhibition, which features the stunning artwork of renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt and contemporaries, followed by a short exhibition of the colorful and playful masterpieces of fellow Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Two contemporary experimental video creations about photons ('Journey') and the workings of memory ('Memories') are part of the adventure too.

Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Hot Cocoa

2. Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Tour with Hot Cocoa

Admire the Amsterdam Light Festival from another angle on this canal boat cruise. See the city's famous canals illuminated by the glow of the unique installations and enjoy a hot chocolate or cocktail as you take in the views. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Amsterdam Light Festival and cruise past the spectacular illuminations on a luxury canal boat. Treat yourself to an evening of glamour onboard this completely electric boat that includes its own extensive bar. Find out more about the story behind the light show as you watch the lights reflecting off the water and feel free to ask your skipper any questions you may have. Enjoy hot chocolate included or upgrade your experience to include a hot chocolate cocktail.

Amsterdam: Light Festival Canal Cruise with Audio Guide

3. Amsterdam: Light Festival Canal Cruise with Audio Guide

Take part in one of Amsterdam's long-standing traditions: the Light Festival. Embark on a scenic boat trip through the world-famous canals and gaze at a selection of lit-up sculptures and projections from the water. Learn about each installation with the help of an audio guide. Climb aboard a canal boat close to Central Station and take your seat for a front-row view of the city, as it's beautifully lit for the night. Enjoy panoramic views from the glass-roof barge, passing by illuminated merchant houses, and under the romantic bridges of the Amstel River. Come across the unique light-up pieces built for the festival and see some of the city’s cultural institutions glittering against the night sky. Hear interesting facts about the innovative light sculptures you pass. End your adventure back at the starting point.

Amsterdam: Streetart Museum STRAAT Entrance Ticket

4. Amsterdam: Streetart Museum STRAAT Entrance Ticket

Get blown away by the creativity on display at the world’s largest street art museum. Admire a collection of more than 150 artworks by 130+ artists, providing a fair reflection of the variety of styles, techniques, motifs, content, and locations found in street art. See the work of upcoming talents and already renowned artists, all of whom must be or must have been active on the street scene. Delight in the particularity of a collection whose works were created in situ. Sense the pulse of the street art scene in a museum where new artworks are constantly being produced. Discover the STRAAT Gallery where stunning solo and focused group exhibitions showcase the history and future of urban contemporary art. To the left of the main hall, the STRAAT Gallery seeks to magnify the diversity and range of culture, giving prominence to the urban street art movement around the globe. While wandering around the artworks and gallery, get an enchanting view of the art from the museum’s panoramic deck. There, you can also enjoy some drinks and snacks at the café. Consider visiting the museum at night when the artworks are lit magically by first-rate light technicians. Marvel at the interactions of the illuminations and the artworks.

Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Former Sex Worker

5. Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Former Sex Worker

Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of Amsterdam’s most famous brothels. Learn about what the sex work industry is like in the city from a former sex-worker and tour a luxury sex club named Bonton located in a discreet canal-house. Discover everything there is to know about legal prostitution in the Netherlands with your guide. Gain fascinating insights into what it's like to be a sex worker in Amsterdam. Feel free to ask your guide questions about their profession.  Scan the QR codes in the rooms with your phone and learn more interesting facts. Find out about what happens in the rooms in the club, local prices and the different safety measures in place to protect workers. Hear anecdotes and interesting stories that only real insiders in the industry can tell you. Have the unique opportunity to climb onto the strip poles. Show your sexiest move and be photographed by your friends or colleagues.

Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

6. Amsterdam: Private Romantic Canal Cruise at Night

Hop on board your private vessel for the evening and set off through the charming canals of Amsterdam. After the sun has set, the city illuminates with glistening lights, creating the perfect romantic setting for you and your lover. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy a refreshing glass of bubbly accompanied by local cheese and waffles. Admire the 17th-century canal houses and impressive bridges as you cruise through the water. Along the way, listen to stories of the city’s impressive history, culture, and famous landmarks. Hear tales of legends and lovers, while creating an unforgettable memory of your own. By the end of the evening, you’ll have seen Amsterdam from a totally new perspective.

Amsterdam: Exclusive Heineken Experience VIP Tour Ticket

7. Amsterdam: Exclusive Heineken Experience VIP Tour Ticket

1867 was a good year for beer. It was the year Gerard Adriaan Heineken built a new brewery in the heart of Amsterdam. In the pumping heart of the old brewery, you can dive into the world of Heineken.  On this 2.5-hour guided tour, you will explore the history behind the Heineken family. Find out how a small Dutch brewer became the world’s most famous beer brand and hear everything about Heineken’s history in the Heritage Quarter. Together with your personal guide, you will get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes where you can find a special collection depot that holds around 120,000 objects.  Go to one of the hidden bars for a beer tasting and try out 5 different beers including matching snacks. This Heineken VIP tour ends with a personalized gift.

Amsterdam: 3 Course Dinner in the Dark

8. Amsterdam: 3 Course Dinner in the Dark

Re-awaken your senses at an unusual 3 course dinner in Amsterdam, and discover what it is like to eat in complete darkness! Unlike any ordinary restaurant, the experience plunges you into a world of sensitivity you may never have felt before, and takes you on a journey through taste, sound and touch. You will be seated in a pitch-black dining room and served by blind or visually impaired wait staff. They have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark, and will offer guidance and reassurance for sighted guests. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed in a lighted lounge area. Check your coat or bag in the cloakroom, as you won't need anything but your senses. Once you have ordered, you will be guided into the darkened dining room. Then, experience your food as the visually impaired experience it; and discover new taste sensations with the rest of your senses.

Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Cruise with Live Commentary

9. Amsterdam: Light Festival Boat Cruise with Live Commentary

Hop on board of a brand new 100% electric canal boat and encounter the beautiful artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival. See the city from the water as you enjoy live commentary, as well as browsing a brochure which explain the artworks as you go. Head out on your boat through the IJ and towards the lights on the Amstel river. Pass sights like the Nemo and the fully restored Maritime Museum. Encounter the famous Skinny Bridge as your boat navigates towards the Artis Zoo. Admire the 20 beautiful light works of art which are stationed on the way, both in and around the city's canals. Discover the stories of each work as well as hearing stories from the city with commentary from your local skipper. A brochure explaining each work of art is also provided. Experience Amsterdam's icnonic winter cityscape inclduing seeing many bridges and historic buildings lit. Take in this year's festival theme of Imagine Beyond, with light installations inspired to provoke your imagination. Benefit from a relaxing and unique perspective on the light installations from a modern, comfortable, and heated boat with 100% electric power. Encounter all the artworks with the cruise taking a special route to ensure you see them all.

From Amsterdam: Keukenhof Full-Day Trip with Tulip Farm

10. From Amsterdam: Keukenhof Full-Day Trip with Tulip Farm

Encounter the gorgeous colors of Keukenhof, the famous Dutch flower garden. Enjoy return transportation from Amsterdam, and stop for pictures in the colorful tulip fields. Depart by bus near Amsterdam's iconic Central Station and get ready for your full-day flower experience. Head to the Keukenhof and explore the colorful atmosphere at your own pace. Next, enjoy a spring cruise through authentic and picturesque Dutch villages. Stop at an original windmill and meet the miller. Then, visit a tulip farm and meet and greet with the family. Learn all about how these flowers are grown and take some pictures in the colorful fields. Complete your day with return transportation back to Amsterdam.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 567 reviews

Niesamowite przeżycie, zarówno dla dzieci, jak i "nadal ciekawych świata" dorosłych. Cudownie ukazuje świat jako system "naczyń połączonych", którego człowiek jest tylko częścią, a nie zarządcą. Ekspozycja złożona jest z kilku tematycznych stacji, każda ekscytująca i w inny sposób ukazująca przedstawianą tematykę. Wszystko zlokalizowane w przecudnych, inspirujących wnętrzach. Gorąco polecam.

Really good for the price. The Festival of Lights is more of a side issue. Maybe even more interesting to go on a smaller boat closer to the center, but you also see places that you probably wouldn't have explored on foot. Overall a good experience in a new and clean boat incl toilet on board.

Great activity! Art, music, lights! Very nicely organized, not too crowdy, lovely location. We loved it and will come back again for another show! Highly recommend it.

Amazing experience, she was so open and honest about the business and her past in it. The rooms very cool too.

Very different and fun experience defiantly somewhere to go while on Amsterdam