Celebrating Queen’s Day
Only one more month to go and the Dutch population will dress up in orange to celebrate ‘Koninginnedag’ (Queen’s day), the national holiday to dedicate the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands. But instead of a classical ceremony, the whole nation is having a huge party and more than million people will come to Amsterdam to become part of this unique event. Get prepared for the biggest street party with famous bands and DJs. The music program for this year seems to not be out yet, but last year DJ Tiesto was playing and all dancing feet felt ‘insomnia’.
Queen’s Day is always celebrated on the 30th of April (the birthday of Queen Beatrix’ mother Juliana), but it already starts the day before at 7p.m. with a massive party. But don’t look too deep in your glass that night, because you don’t want to miss out on the bigt street party the next day, which is full of energy, fun and orange color- and best of all, it is completely free, except of some drinks and food.
The areas Nieuwvmarkt and Jordaan in Amsterdam are the perfect places to be: Enjoy the entertainment by teenage rappers, pick-up bands, talented opera singers and streed DJs or head over to Museumsplein and Dam to see some amazing outdoor concerts.
If you are too tired to walk, you can also rent a boat and party while driving through the canals of Amsterdam. But make sure that you rent it in advance, as they are sold out quite fast.
And if that is not enough you can also enjoy the flea markets, which are all over in Amsterdam, especially in parks, on sidewalks and on the road. You can find free stuff, buy second-hand stuff sold by locals and make some real bargains, as the Dutch government does not charge taxes for sellers on that special day.
When you’ll stay for a couple of days, make sure that you try some delicious Dutch stroopwafels, vla (a bit like custard but way better) and the amazing cheese variety. Or enjoy the many museums and stroll along the beautiful streets next to the canals.
The probably best page for tourist information is I AMSTERDAM.