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The Amsterdam light festival - Hand in hand with our houseboat rentals

The Amsterdam light festival - Hand in hand with our houseboat rentals

AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL   When you think of Amsterdam, colorful tulips, people sitting along the sunny canals, bikers everywhere, are just some images that can come to mind. But Amsterdam has so much more to offer than these stereo types. When you hear 'Amsterdam and festivals', you'll probably think of the hundreds of food and music festivals the city hosts every year. This festival is different, the Amsterdam Light Festival is doesn't have any music or DJs nor does it offer food. It does host about 25 incredible works of art that light the city's canals in the evening and night. During the months December and January, the cozy Dutch wintertime, The Light Festival is something unique you should visit. This year at its 8th edition, new artists and amazing installations are now waiting for you to visit!       General info   Didn't yet have time to plan when to visit Amsterdam? Why not this winter?! You are still on time to enjoy the Light Festival as it starts on November 28, 2019 and

Woodstock love, peace and happiness on an Amsterdam houseboat

Woodstock love, peace and happiness on an Amsterdam houseboat

Woodstock couple falls in love with the houseboat life  In the summer of 1969 Bobbi and Nick Ercoline were, unknowingly, photographed during the legendary Woodstock festival. This picture became the cover of the iconic album Woodstock: 'Music from the Original Soundtrack and More'. Now, in the winter of 2019 the couple are the guests of honor of ‘Woodstock The Story – 50th Anniversary Tour’. During their stay in Amsterdam, they lived the most bohemian, hippie-esque life possible: on a houseboat. And they fell in love, head over heels, again.   Text and photo's: Juul Steyn    Bobbi and Nick Ercoline fell in love all over again both with each other and the hippie lifestyle on a houseboat (photo: Juul Steyn / Bookahouseboat.com)   A trip down memory lane What a contrary this trip to Amsterdam was compared with their visit to the festival of peace, love and great music 50 years ago. Time for a trip down memory lane. Back then they had not even planned on going, but there was some magic bu

5 Reasons why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam

5 Reasons why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam

Why you should rent a houseboat in Amsterdam Let’s be honest; we all try to do something different when we travel but mostly, we wind up doing the same thing. It’s true, walking tours and hotel chains always seem to feature on a city break but when do we really venture out to try something new? Now: that’s not to say there is anything wrong with either of the above but there’s only so many times you can do the same thing and expect a different outcome. In other words, travel is supposed to be about new experiences and booking a houseboat in Amsterdam is surely a lot more exciting than another night at the Best Western or any other hotel in the city. In this interview we ask Robert, award winning host of a floating B&B in Amsterdam, why houseboat holidays are so appealing. And we take a quick look at what makes Amsterdam so special.   Reason #1: Get a new perspective on Amsterdam “Amsterdam is quite a contrast to most cities in Europe. As you know, bicycles are preferred to cars and asi

Hip and eco friendly houseboat design

Hip and eco friendly houseboat design

Eco friendly houseboat based on container Acquiring good low-cost housing is often quite an endeavor for young people who are looking to buy their dream house. Which preferably is environmental friendly as well. McMurdo – an eco-designer – proved it is possible: he turned a 40ft shipping container into a floating home. By Linh Vo   Mc Murdo finished his degree in product design and visualization at Bournemouth University. He worked as car designer for some time in Cologne, Germany, but soon found out German culture is way ahead of Britain in terms of recycling. So back to the UK, chasing his dream – he designed an astonishing eco friendly houseboat along the way. ‘No need for mud and hemp’ Back in his motherland he founded the company Reestore. This is when he explored his designing and manufacturing ideas from waste destined for landfill. Designing environmentally friendly is not easy, especially if you want to make it look good. But McMurdo has upgraded this way of designing to the n

EAT, SLEEP, FISH, REPEAT

EAT, SLEEP, FISH, REPEAT

Le Koroc: The ultimate fisherman’s houseboat   By Linh Vo   If you’re a fisherman, you probably recognize the feeling of just not wanting to get off the water at the end of a fishing trip. Well, from now on you don’t have to anymore. Owners of a ‘Le Koroc’ houseboat can stay on the water 24/7 and still enjoy a home cooked meal and a good night rest. Want to change the fishing water? Just hook your floating fishing home up to a medium sized trailer and off you go!   The ultimate fishing houseboat enables you to fish, sleep, cook, wash and move. Pretty much the fisherman's wet dream. (photo: Daigno.ca) Le Koroc is built by Daigno, a company located in Quebec. Recently, the company has successfully built a houseboat named Le Koroc. According to the company this driving houseboat is best described as “a unique and refined craft for nature lovers and fishing aficionados.” For those anglers who can’t stop exploring the rest of the world, this houseboat will be a significant added value when

The amphibious houseboat project

The amphibious houseboat project

The ultimate car for houseboat owners Amphibious vehicles – great stuff. To buy one however you pretty much need a military budget, and building one will cost an obscene amount of money as well. But now Theon Parseghian has changed the game. He transformed a Volvo station and a houseboat to conquer both land and water.    By Linh Vo Down the line an amphibious vehicle is the ultimate vehicle for houseboat owners. Picture yourself driving away from your floating home with your fun boat, climb the ramp and hit the road for a pick nick in the park. But there is a good reason why you don’t see this scene too often: a huge financial investment, even if you would build one yourself. Not only financially, but also the investment in time and energy for finding the right materials and running tests.    Theon Parseghian, originally a car mechanic from New York, proved us wrong. His job allows him to work with lots of different car and pick up tons of skills along with job such as welding, fabric

Boats ' Burgers in Amsterdam

Boats ' Burgers in Amsterdam

Funky combination: Houseboats and Hamburgers!   When renting a houseboat in Amsterdam, make sure to get on board of the Hard Rock Burger Cruise. You will enjoy the touristic sites of Amsterdam while driving by the most awesome floating homes AND with the delicious Hard Rock Burger.     The boat we're talking about is transformed into a floating copy of the world famous Hard Rock Café. You can’t find this anywhere in the world, except in Amsterdam. Every Friday and Saturday you can rock on the one and only Hard Rock Burger Cruise. Get on board and enjoy this 90 minute canal cruise. On board the Hard Rock Café host will serve you tortilla chips with salsa, followed by a famous Hard Rock Burger (you can choose out of cheese or veggie). You will end your meal with a chocolate brownie. On the cruise there is a bar service available, the first two drinks are included in the price.   Little Rockstars are welcome on board; for them we have a special kids menu!    The one and only Hard Rock B

High end houseboat design - Boathome

High end houseboat design - Boathome

Meet the electric, fantastic, nomadic Boathome   The power of architecture is shown when it can lift up the viewers' perspective. When it challenges to adopt a new trend, or even a life style. At this point most houseboats are either a converted ship, or a typical floating home. We barely witness a houseboat moving steadily along the river. ‘Boathome’ is one of the rare cases making it work. Thanks to this brave concept, Boathome has been awarded to be Electric Boat of the Year 2017 by Association Française du Bateau Electrique.   By Linh Vo | Images by Boathome   The ‘Godfather’ of this idea is Guy Zins. As an engineer he designed this eco-friendly houseboat from scratch. After the conceptual design was put on paper, his daughter Sarah Zins brought this drawing into reality. Sarah is a graduate of a well–established ISEG Business School and commercial director of ‘Boathome’.   A high-end floating villa that takes to your next destination - that is the concept of the Boathouse.   100%

Innovative design

Innovative design

Can houseboat villages save SF Bay? Approximately 20 and 165 square miles of San Francisco Bay Area are at risk due to the threat of a rising sea level and sinking ground levels. The communities living here raise their concerns about this matter. The story is not new but it is still a controversial topic on the table. Thus here is the big question: How to save the Bay? The answer might be found in innovative floating villages. By Linh Vo | images by BIG/ONE/Sherwood Design Engineers Those who live on, or rent a houseboat for an unforgettable holiday, know about the advantages of living on the water. But you might not have realized that floating structures might be just the solution for the massive challenges that coastal areas like SF Bay face. In late 2017, a group of architect and urban designers proposed a provincial scheme. Additionally, the project includes houseboat villages, a hanging park, wave blockade, alternative lanes for buses and roads will be re-organized fo

Small islands, big impact

Small islands, big impact

Floating islands give facelift to Copenhagen's harbor Looking at this modest, but spirit-lifting concept you see the characteristics of Danish architecture: the Copenhagen Island is inspired by light, water, wide space, and sustainability. A shared space for kayakers and swimmers who want to rest, to fish from and sunbath at. By Linh Vo | Images by Airflix.de Every island is quite simple in itself, but the impact on how people experience the harbor can be surprisingly big. Architects Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerd will be in charge of whipping up a wooden island as known as floating islands in Copenhagen harbor. Both are architectures at Danish Design Studio Forkstrot. The handmade island is built in the south of the harbor, where the object has to add some amusement to the watercourse. Multifunctional Copenhagen Islands is a public space project including a small tree in the middle of the 20 square meters floating surface. Blacker and his friend got many questions related to t

New houseboat trend

New houseboat trend

After 'tiny houses' it's time for Tiny Floats  After the worldwide ‘tiny houses’ trend, there is a new kid on the block. A floating kid born in The Netherlands - not surprisingly since this country has a rich history of living with water. The concept is simple: a floating vacation home, just as luxury as a regular land based house, with an inboard parking space for your boat. Tucking all this in less then 45 square metre was less simple. “But we love challenges, and we succeeded in our goal”, says builder and co-designer Dieuwe Wierema at Waterstudio.   Dieuwe is co-founder of the Tiny Floats project and is proud that this dream has come true. “Actually we have just delivered the first Tiny Float to her new owner. That is quite a milestone. Because thinking of a concept and designing - a big thanks to designer Koen Olthuis - it is one thing, but realizing is quite a different ball game.” The first Tiny Float has just been delivered to her new owner. "Quite a milestone since creatin

Houseboat journey from Hamburg to Paris

Houseboat journey from Hamburg to Paris

Incredible houseboat journey with time-lapse video Traveling is the most irresistible way to reinvigorate your mind with new ideas. Some choose to stay in a hostel due to budget, some luxuriate in the hotel with swimming pool and others choose to stay at a houseboat. However, German photographer Claudius Schulze lifts up his life to a new level by actually building his own houseboat and sailing his ‘soulmate’ from Hamburg to Paris, and stop by in Amsterdam along the way. And the coolest thing about this is that he made an awesome time-lapse video of his trip from Hamburg to Hannover. By Linh VoThe houseboat during her amazing journey through Europe.Claudius laid the first stone on his career path as a professional photographer. But he soon attached another hobby to his walk of life. He was ruminating about a mean of transportation that can enable him to take more astounding photos and travel Europe at the same time. Inspired by the love of nature, he constructed his houseboat by eco-