The Land of Light: Amsterdam Light Festival

Lights, lights, lights. Holland is all about the light. Special colors in the sky, reflections of different shades in the canals water and a magic atmosphere during summer nights are few of the main ingredients that make this country unique.


Vincent Van Gogh, the most famous Dutch painter and one of the best known worldwide, has made the  light and star reflection one of the main themes of his canvas. When I look at his paintings, I can see that Amsterdam had a big impact on the artist vision and expression of his feelings. Van Gogh quick brush strokes seemed to evoke water movements and the consequential light mirrored image disruption.


The Cycle path

van gogh path
Inspired by the famous Van Gogh’s painting “ Starry night”, a cycle path was built to connect all the Brabant locations that represented an important face in the artist life and career. Designed by Daan Roosegaarde the route was developed by Heijmans using a particular innovative technology. The path is an example of sustainable solution where the future meets the history.

van gogh path 2

Thousands of twinkling stones are absorbing the day light and then glowing at night for 8 hours.

The Cycle path is located in the eastern part of Eindhoven between the Opwettense watermill in Nuenen and the Collse Watermill in Eindhoven.


The Red light district


One of the main attractions offered by the Dutch capital is the well-known Red light district.

The dedicated area is located in the center of Amsterdam and it is main attraction is represented by prostitutes who sell themselves in red lighted windows. The neighborhood is quite picturesque but it is worth it to be visited. It is another example of civilized freedom that you can observe in this country.

You will find also many sexy shops, museums, theaters. No need to explain what the main theme is of the different locations!

bike lights

Bike lights

It does not matter if you are a tourist or a local: if you are riding your bike through the Dutch streets, you need to get a white ( at the front) and a red light ( at the back) for your bike. If it is dark you are going to need it to be recognizable and to avoid a fine from the Dutch police.

The Amsterdam Light Festival

The particular configuration of the Dutch capital, completely built on water, facilitates the organization of one of the most interesting festivals in town: The Amsterdam Light festival.

Every year the festival is organized during winter time and has a different theme.  The open air light exhibition just started and you will be able to visit it until the 22th of January 2016. The Festival has been developed by many internationals and national  light artists in a large variety of installations. There are two main routes you can follow: the Boat route, Water colors, approaches the city from the canal perspective  and the walking route, Illuminade, that unravels through the areas of Plantage and Weesper.

Have fun!


Fabrizia Sbrega
Fabrizia moved to the Netherlands 11 years ago from Italy. After so many years, this country is still able to surprise and amaze her. Amsterdam is a city where you never get bored: it is vibrant, continuously changing and with always something to do. Recently she dedicates a lot of time to her plants and she is starting a new plants event company. If you need any help with your flowers and plants, do not hesitate to contact her.


  1. […] Christmas and New Year celebrations have passed and all decorations are slowly to be taken down from homes and street alike. For some it feels down right odd to still take joy from a santa light post-Christmas and the poor fellow  is quickly packed back into his box for the following festive period. If you are still wanting to be dazzled by some great lights in the dark evening, you can still catch a glimpse of some of the amazing light installations placed along the Illuminade walking route until the 8th January. There is an opportunity to hire a guide for a wander down the brightly lit way, however you can also enjoy a leisurely stroll for free and take time to admire the works of 23 (inter)national artists who have contributed to the Amsterdam Light Festival. […]


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