It happens every year. On April the 30th, surprised tourists are walking around in orange clothes to find the party of Kingsday. As a result, this is a nice moment for us ‘Dutch’ to laugh at the tourists.
Until the year 2013, we celebrated Queen’s Day on April the 30th, but we are already having the 5th King’s Day on 27 April this year. Actually, it starts on the 26th because then everyone is already preparing for King’s Night. During this night there is already a lot of partying. Many pubs, cafés, party tents, discotheques and festivals participate. There’s a lot to choose from!
What to do on Kingsday?
King’s Day is fun for both the young and the old. From fun games for children to dance parties for young people and ‘orange tompouces’ food for the elderly. It is a public holiday for everyone and therefore a large part is free on this day. This also means that many attractions in Amsterdam are closed. But the museum lovers can go, among others, to Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum.
Orange is the new…
The canals of Amsterdam colours orange and are packed with (party) boats. You will find the free market along the canals. Did you know that 20% of all Dutch people dig up their attic and display the finds on a rug so that others can buy them? It is never quiet on King’s Day in the capital, but that makes it so nice. In addition to the many boats, no fewer than 250,000 people visit Amsterdam by train.
Weather in the Netherlands
In April it can be snowing in the Netherlands or 30 degrees and everything in between. So far the predictions say that it stays dry, but that can also change by the minute. So go well prepared and get a thick orange jacket and an orange mini skirt.
We hope that these tips will help you to get a memorable Kingsday (and Kingsnight!)
You’ll be surprised.