On the 5th of May, it’s National Liberation Day in the Netherlands. On this day, we celebrate the liberation of our country in 1945 and we reflect on the great value of freedom, democracy, and human rights. And how does that show? Apart from the official 5 May lecture, people from the Netherlands celebrate this day at festivals in big cities. Inntel Hotels lists the best Liberation Day festivals for you in 2022.


Amsterdam has several festivals that have been on the calendar for years. Het Vrije Westen on Westergasterrein combines the strengths of the surrounding clubs and bars to wonderful festival. Music, spoken word and children’s entertainment swirl into an unforgettable day.

De Roode Bioscoop presents a new festival dedicated to artists who fled to the Netherlands. Liberation festival Ontsnapte Klanken is held in the theatre located on the Haarlemmerplein.

Amsterdams Verbond invited its favourite ‘allies’ from the Amsterdam nightlife scene to the 7 stages on the festival grounds. Among others, Club Nyx, Disco Dolly, Vondel Disco and the Kopstootbar play a major role during this festival at Olympisch Stadion.

Celebrate Liberation Day on Museumplein during the Bevrijdingsdans Festival (Liberation Dance Festival). Various dance performances and workshops are held to celebrate freedom.

At the NDSM Wharf an exciting programme is put together for young and old: from making kites in the children’s workshop to making connections through food.

The Homo-monument (gay monument) in Amsterdam celebrates its 35th anniversary. On 5 May, a photo exposition is opened with live music by various DJs.

Finish this special day at Concert op de Amstel, where everyone is welcome from 9 P.M.. Artists including Fresku, Anita Meyer, and Tania Kross are performing on the floating stage.

Will you celebrate Liberation Day in Amsterdam this year? Book your room at Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Landmark or Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam.


The Liberation Festival of South Holland is held at the base of the Euromast Park in Rotterdam. This free festival offers a diverse programme of live music, art, theatre, debate and a children’s programme. Popular names as Duncan Laurence, Jett Rebel, and LUCAS are performing at the festival.

Book your stay at Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre or the 5-star Mainport by Inntel Hotels and walk onto the festival site within 20 minutes.


The Liberation Festival of Utrecht at Park Transwijk welcomes artists such as Sevn Alias, Fresku, Wies, and My Baby. Besides live music, there‘s a substantive programme and activities in the run-up to 5 May. Discover the war history of Utrecht during a walk with Gilde Utrecht or visit a theatre show at Theater na de Dam in library Neude, based on true stories from the war.

Looking for an overnight stay in Utrecht? Book yourself a stay at Inntel Hotels Utrecht Centre. With a location next to Utrecht Central Station, this is the ideal starting point.

The Hague

Celebrate freedom at the Malieveld in The Hague and enjoy concerts, theatre, dance, lectures, debates and more. Liberation Festival of The Hague, has artists Fresku, Valice, Benito and Stage Your Voice hitting the stage.

Combine the liberation celebration with the sensation of the beach? You can stay the night along the coast of The Hague at Inntel Hotels Den Haag Marina Beach. Use public transport or take one of the hotel bikes and visit the Malieveld.


The allies liberated the city of Eindhoven on September 18, 1944. The Liberation Festival of Eindhoven, Liberation 040, therefore takes place on this date instead of the 5th of May.

Inntel Hotels Art Eindhoven has a remembrance of the war close to its entrance? At the Lichtplein, in front of the hotel, you find the monument ‘Operation Oyster’. Inside this bronze oyster, a bombed cityscape of Eindhoven is recreated in a work of art. The monument remembers the civilian victims of the bombardment in 1942, directed at the Philips factories at Strijp S, among others.

Are you curious about all the festivals and activities on Liberation Day 2022? Visit bevrijdingsfestivals.nl and make this a day to remember.

Inntel Hotels has eight hotels at prime locations in Dutch cities. The hotels focus on wellness and design. During your city trip, relax and recharge in the wellness centre or with private wellness facilities in your room. Enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant and kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast. Discover all hotels here.

You’ll be surprised.