Get your huge orange hats, air-filled crowns, enormous wigs and other colourful costumes ready for this unique, amazing party!
The wildest, the craziest and the funniest Dutch celebration King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) takes place on Monday 27th of April 2015, on the birthday of the King Willem-Alexander. Normally, if the actual date of the birthday falls on Sunday, the official celebrations would be held on the previous Saturday.
On this particular day, the whole city of Amsterdam will be flooding with the national and traditional colour of orange all over! Be prepared to see it everywhere, from people’s outfits to street decorations – and even the boats lining neatly the picturesque canals may be dressed in bright colours of orange.
What to do
Free flea market
The so-called “Vrijmarkt” takes place all around the city and is free for everyone to sell and buy – not only second-hand items, but also sample delicious food! The Dutch have trading strongly in their bloods and during the King’s Day it’s highly recommended to join this big trade of goods and other items. The biggest areas of flea market can be found from Beethovenstraat, Stadionweg and Apollolaan.
The famous, beautiful Dutch canals fill up with boats full of party people enjoying the city over water. If you happen to know or find someone with a boat, that’s awesome! However, following the crowds from the numerous bridges is a good alternative as well. At times the canals may get so crowded with the great numbers of boats that the bravest party people make their way by jumping from boat to another!
All the way from the main street Damrak to Damstraat and Raathuistraat, the streets appear full of loud and joyful people, both local and travellers, ready to party ’til the crack of dawn. Our best advice is to grab a can of cold, fine Dutch beer and join the celebration full of music and dance – the atmosphere feels as crazy as the wildest Brazilian samba carnivals – just without samba!
Where to stay in Amsterdam
Hostel Van Gogh is a fresh and modern hostel only 350 metres from Museumplein with “All you can eat” continental breakfast. Rooms are available from 27.44€.
The Bulldog Hotel Amsterdam is a legendary experience already itself and the first 5-star hostel in the world! Here you will feel like home away from home with a typical Amsterdam touch. Rooms are available from 29.54€
Amstel Riverview Bed & Coffee is located in the centuries old canal house right next to the beautiful River Amstel in the popular “de Pijp” district. Rooms are available from 31.58 € .
Hostel Meeting Point is the best place to stay in the heart of Amsterdam just two minutes walk from the Central Station with most attractions on a walking distance. Rooms are available from 13.78 €.
Photos: Flickr / Creative Commons; martin v_morris, Antonio Olmedo