HISWA – The successful annual water-themed exhibition taking place at Amsterdam RAI

HISWA – The successful annual water-themed exhibition taking place at Amsterdam RAI

Add the HISWA Boat Show to your short stay itinerary during the dates of 5 to 9 March, 2014 when it takes place at Amsterdam RAI and features eight different boat worlds that you can visit.

We have many Amsterdam apartments in the area to make your commute quick and easy. Is it us or does it just make sense to visit or exhibit at a boat exhibition in Amsterdam? Water and boats continue to play an important part in Amsterdam and its local and tourist culture. Even if you travel out of Amsterdam you will realise that the Dutch waterways and boats of all shapes and sizes are an evident feature of everyday living.

This may just be an addition to your short stay plans in Amsterdam or even the main reason for your leisure or business visit, either way ‘sail’ over to the RAI centre from the 5th to the 9th of March, 2014 and join in with the thousands of like-minded people. The HISWA Boat Show will have everything you could need to prepare for the next water sports and leisure season. In 2013 there were nearly 40, 000 visitors and this year’s show may bring in even more. You can expect a variety of offerings at the HISWA Boat Show including an extensive range of boats shorter than 10 metres, boat parts and accessories, informative lectures and demonstrations and learning about the latest developments and unique premiers. One of the most fun elements is the vibrant water sports feel that comes with the water-related activities that you can take part in.

This year the boat show will adapt a clear exhibition layout by dividing the around 300 or so exhibitors into eight worlds. You can see a list of these below, which may help you to plan out your visit, especially if you are strapped for time during your short stay in Amsterdam and are only visiting to see something specific.

HISWA Classic
Visit the exhibitors to know more about the construction, management, maintenance and preservation of classic and traditional vessels.

HISWA Unique
You can see something new here with the special desk saloon yachts and motor yachts, and unique premiers. Here you will also find the nominated vessels for the ‘HISWA Boat of the Year’ title.

This world will be showcasing everything involving fun water sports such as wind and kite surfing, wakeboarding, canoeing and Stand Up Paddling (SUPing) and in March 2014 you can expect even more demo activities in and around the Water Fun Zone.

The place to shop for direct sales, with a central catwalk for fashion shows and product presentations and many exhibitor offers such as the shopping centre pavilion.

HISWA Sailing
Showcasing a wide range of keel boats, day sailers, leeboard boats, open trailer transport boats, catamarans and trimarans. This includes the day sailer pavilion, the open sailboat pavilion and the sailing schools pavilion.

A varied range of launches, tenders, weekenders and trailers; including the electric sailing pavilion.

It’s in the name; go there to see a diverse offer of speed and rubber boats, RIB’s and outboard engines and also the speed boat pavilion.

HISWA Parts & Accessories
Find here all you need in the way of navigation, electronics, clothing, sails and deck fittings, inboard engines and maintenance. This section includes the maintenance pavilion and marina street.


This highly popular yearly exhibition is located close to our short stay Amsterdam apartments in the RAI centre area, particularly in De Pijp, the Old South District and around Amstel Park. The short stay apartments around the Museum Quarter and Vondelpark are also nearby via public transport or only a short drive away if you are visiting Amsterdam with a car.

Opening Hours
11:00 to 22.00 on 5 – 7 March, 11:00 to 18:00 on 8 and 9 March.

Entrance Fees
Are cheaper by booking online and in advance: day ticket €12.50, evening tickets (from 18:00) €8.50, and free entrance to children up to the age of 16. If you purchase an entry ticket at the box office or during the event it will cost you €2 euros extra for the day ticket and €1.50 extra for the evening ticket.