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Amsterdam On Queens Day

Updated on March 3, 2008

If you've never been to Amsterdam, or if you want to revisit the city, plan your trip around April 30. Spring is the best time to visit Amsterdam - the weather is absolutely fantastic! And if you decided to be in Amsterdam on April 30, the only thing you have to do as soon as possible, is to book a hotel room in Amsterdam! Why? Because, almost one million tourists come to Amsterdam right same day for the world's largest street party.

April 30th (or April 29th if the 30th is a Sunday) is Queens Day (Koninginnedag), the annual Dutch national holiday, which is celebrated throughout the Netherlands with Amsterdam as an unbeatable center of the celebration. The celebration starts around midnight the night before Queens Day (calls Queens Night), when every bar, pub and club in Amsterdam starts jumping. You will find parties everywhere around the city. Just go to the Jordaan or Nieuwmarkt (most popular destinations for Queens night) and you will see! Check also special programs and parties at Queens night.

Next morning (on Queens Day) at 6 am street "free market" starts, when people sell household goods they no longer need. All streets of Amsterdam become one huge garage sale. Absolute paradise for second-hand shoppers, however like on any flea markets, you can find very unique things there. Then, around noon, the party resumes! Music bands, DJs, street performers, opera singers are everywhere. Explore the main areas of activity: Prinsengracht, Rembrandtsplein, Leidseplein, Damrak, Leidsestraat, Rokin and Spui. Huge outdoor concerts are organized at Dam Square and Museumplein. Best gay street parties are in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, at the Amstel (Dutch and the Orange Ball Streetparty) and the Roze Wester Festival at the Westerkerk (Homomonument). If you travel to Amsterdam on Queens Day with children, you would probably go to the Vondelpark, where are a lot of activities for children going on.

On Queens Day the streets and canals of Amsterdam wear orange - thousands of people on the streets and boats dressed in orange cloth, even foods and drinks are orange colored. Orange color refers to the name of the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange. Traditionally, on Queens Day, Queen Beatrix visits one or two of the cities of the Netherlands, and meets celebrating people. Never know, maybe you will meet her too. Even if you don't meet the Dutch Royal family, you definitely will have the party of your life! Just drink in moderation. By the way, on Queens Day you can drink an alcohol beverage on the street or the boat or the tram (only in a plastic bottle and do not carry more than one).


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    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      wow, this must be a great place to go, in fact i am planning a trip to France and a few other countries and this is a great helpful hub bravo!

    • Lazur profile image


      8 years ago from Netherlands

      I'll be there on Queensday:D Dressed up in Orange;)

    • Fresh_Flower profile image


      8 years ago from London

      Not that I'm nationalistic but I truly like the koninginnedag!

      Hup Holland!

    • thepranksta profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice! I have never been to Amsterdam during Queen's Day but it sure is tempting. I will have to go some day.

    • calpol25 profile image


      8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Koninginnedag is the best day ever, I grow up in Arnheim before coming to britain when I was 4 and I still go back to Amsterdam for the queens birthday. If I cant i hang my dutch flag out the window, it annoys the neighbours but its fun.Go Oranjedag x

    • Wanderlust profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York City

      Every time when I go to Amsterdam, I personally check with for new restaurants and reviews. I have my personal favorites that can recommend: for fine dining - La Rive at Amstel Hotel and Excelsior at Hôtel de l’Europe. If you want to have relatively good food and a lot fun with you dinner, Supperclub is the place to be. Also, there are a lot of great inexpensive Indonisian and Japanese restaurants in Amsterdam, which you have to try when you are there.

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      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Amsterdam IS a unique city in many ways. And fun is right- there are tons of nice people willing to help out if they can. I've been there quite a few times myself as I have family living over there. One piece of advice: try to not visit Amsterdam when it's cold and rainy, which seems to often be the case!

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub! Amsterdam it´s really a unique city, lovely to observe while walking alongside those nice canals and talking with all the, despite of what others may say, very friendly people. Next time I travel to Amstardam I´ll remember this hub and will try to go by the end of April ;)

    • Wanderlust profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York City

      I go to Amsterdam several times a year for business and pleasure. It's a great city to visit and it's a great city to party!

    • yojpotter profile image


      10 years ago from Iloilo City

      Nice info!..thanks dor sharing! Do you really want to travel?


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