Once a year, the streets of Amsterdam become a sea of orange in celebration of the Monarch’s birthday. The city becomes one huge open market, with vendors selling everything from second-hand clothes to delicious street food. Visit Amsterdam for King’s Day and enjoy the jam-packed canals and uplifting street parties.
What is King’s Day?
The royal celebrations were first held in 1885 when Queen Wilhelmina was born. The residents of Holland enjoyed the party so much that they decided to make a tradition of it. King’s Day was born! Up until 2014, Queen’s Day was celebrated in the Netherlands. Ever since King Willem Alexander’s inauguration, we’ve started celebrating King’s Day. The name might have changed but the festive spirit lives on!
King’s Day is not officially celebrated on the 27th of April, which is the King’s birthday. The biggest attraction is definitely the gridlocked canals. Boats fill the waterways of Central Amsterdam which in turn fill the streets with music and colourfully dressed patriots. Whether you want to people watch or join in the dancing, it’s an exhilarating experience filled with joy, laughter and good-natured fun.
Royal family fun
Many think King’s Day isn’t necessarily a child-friendly party. However, as long as you do a bit of planning upfront, King’s Day can be absolutely perfect for kids. First of all, they get to try their hand at the free market. Literally called the vrijmarkt, children of all ages can haggle and bargain with prospective buyers and make a big of extra pocket money.
Besides the city-wide flea market, there are also plenty of family-friendly activities planned around the city, including face-painting, games and sports events. There are specific areas of the city that are generally the most child-friendly during King’s Day, including Vondelpark, Amstelveld, Artisplein, Erasmuspark and Sarphatipark. Visit any of these parks and you’ll find plenty of families encouraging their children to embrace the spirit of orange!
King’s Night parties
While King’s Day is perfect for kids, Kings Night is a strictly adult affair! King’s Night happens on the eve before King’s Day and consists of a lot of drinking, eating, dancing and meeting new people. The streets are filled with the smells of delicious street food and music pours from bars and DJ booths.
Where to stay in Amsterdam
The trouble with finding a place to stay during King’s Day is the monumental price hikes and the impossibility of finding a place last minute. Hotels and campsites often book up the earliest. At HolidayParkSpecials, you can book a holiday park nearby and spend the day enjoying the orange-flavoured fun in Amsterdam before returning to your peaceful holiday cottage in the surrounding nature. EuroParcs Resort Poort van Amsterdam is a beautiful holiday park on the waterfront and just 15 minutes from Amsterdam. Offering beautiful accommodations and a state-of-the-art wellness centre, this is the perfect place to relax after a day spend celebrating the King.