Amsterdam Light Festival & Sleepwalk in ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo

During the dark but cozy months, the Amsterdam Light Festival will illuminate the city center of Amsterdam. The canals will shine of light from numerous art installations, artworks and installations by national and international artists, designers and architects.

But while Amsterdam Light Festival illuminates the city, ARTIS Amsterdam Royal
Zoo is one of the darkest places in Amsterdam. Always wanted to visit ARTIS in the
dark? Then this is your chance! Do the Sleepwalk and discover ARTIS after dark
from December 6th.

Combine the Amsterdam Light Festival with the Sleepwalk in ARTIS.

Experience the Amsterdam Light Festival on a cruise at KINboat and do the Sleepwalk in ARTIS. Book your tickets now!

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Important information!

If you choose the option at 17.00 you do the ARTIS Sleepwalk after the cruise.

If you choose the option at 19.00 you have to do the ARTIS Sleepwalk before the cruise.

  • Period:
    6th of December 2019 - 18th of January 2020
  • Location for boat:
    Nijlpaardenbrug, Plantagekade 70, Amsterdam
    Artis: Click here to be redirected to Google Maps. You will then find the exact boarding location. For this boarding location it applies that with rainfall the tour could be canceled! If this is the case, you will of course be informed of this.
  • Openingtimes Artis - Sleepwalk:
    17.00 - 20.00. (19.30 last entry)
  • Location:
    Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, Amsterdam
  • Extra information:
    The ticket for ARTIS is an open ticket
  • Duration:
    ± 90 min.
    The walk lasts around 90 minutes and is suitable for all ages. Make sure your phone is sufficiently charged (at least 50%).

Only during Amsterdam Light Festival

Combination deal with ARTIS!

  • € €42,50 € €37,50

Combine an unforgettable Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise with a visit to ARTIS! With this deal you experience the historic zoological garden in the dark and you can also enjoy the fantastic light show on and around the canals from a comfortable and luxurious boat.

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam will be a beautiful open light museum during the entire period. The best way to enjoy the creations on and around the canals is by taking a boat trip. Our skipper will tell you everything about the artworks and you will also see the beautiful sights that Amsterdam has to offer.

From the Amsterdam canals you have a good view of the artworks and you can enjoy luxurious sitting on the boat. The canals of Amsterdam have been brightened up so that you can see all the works of art in the canals and on the dock during this cruise. The city is transformed into a work of art and is part of the exhibition.

Buy your tickets now!

Enjoy the fantastic light show on and around the canals from a comfortable and luxurious boat from KINboat. During the cruise the skipper tells you more about the beautiful light installations which you pass by.

The artworks and light installations can be found along the Amsterdam Light Festival route, a boat route through the city center. The reflection of the artworks creates a magical spectacle between the light and the water.

With this combination deal you can choose to follow the sleepwalk in Artis before or after the cruise. You will be picked up and dropped off by boat from the dock at the "Nijlpaarden bridge". In Artis you walk the route to view all the luminous animals. Optional to experience this route in the dark after opening time is by using a special App. How do flamingos sleep on one leg? Why do mushrooms give light and how do bats hunt in the dark? Get answers to all these questions during this special walk. Make sure your phone is sufficiently charged (at least 50%) because the app will show you the way. Download the free app (Dutch and English version) from November 28 in the App Store or Google Play Store.

Why should you follow the Amsterdam Light Festival on the boat of KINboat ?!

  • The price includes a welcome drink on board.
  • KINboat offers incredible luxury and there is always a skipper on board during the cruise. The skipper also acts as your own guide!
  • We cruise with respect for the environment. The boats are 100% electric, therefore "green" and unique!
  • Due to the durability that KINboat takes into account, the boats are very silent.
  • Possible rain or snowfall is no problem. A suitable boat is offered depending on the weather.
  • Experience the light route at an absolute A location: the water. Enjoy the light expeditions from the water, cruising on the boat in Amsterdam.
  • Now in combination with the sleepwalk in Artis. A walk in the dark, where sculptures of illuminated animals can be seen in and around Artis.

Artis Sleep walking tour

This winter, you can discover ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo in a totally new way, in the pitch blackness, after opening hours. While the artworks from the Amsterdam Light Festival illuminate the city, ARTIS is one of the darkest spots in Amsterdam. For humans like us, nothing is more disorienting than the absence of light, as we are accustomed to relying on our eyes. Darkness requires certain adaptations. What could nature teach us about such things? 

Guided by a specially developed app, you'll wander through the park after closing time and pay a visit to Micropia. How do flamingos sleep on one leg, why do mushrooms glow in the dark and how do bats hunt in total darkness? You will stand still at the very darkest place in all of ARTIS. What will you hear? What will you smell? Do the Sleepwalk and discover the stories of ARTIS in the dark.

You can download the free app (available in English and Dutch versions) from the App Store or Google Play Store from 28 November. 

When: every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from December the 6th to January the 18th and every day during the Christmas holiday (with the exception of 31st of December). 

What time: the Sleepwalk takes place between 5 and 8 pm. The ticket office and entrance will close at 7.30 pm. 

The walk lasts around 90 minutes and is suitable for all ages.  

  • Sustainable
  • Order directly online
  • Luxurious
  • Instant ticket delivery by email
  • Local Expert
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  • Weather proof
€11,50 discount!

Amsterdam Light Festival

Experience lighted canals from the boat during a 75-minute tour. You will be welcomed on board with a drink! Experience the light artworks best from the boat. The tour is suitable for all weather types.

  • € 39 € 27,50