Queen's Day, celebrated on April 30, is the most festive occasion of the year. Amsterdam is particularly famous for the ... More
Queen's Day, celebrated on April 30, is the most festive occasion of the year. Amsterdam is particularly famous for the all-out parties that commence. You will see plenty of orange on this day, as it represents the House of Orange, which is the name of the current Dutch dynasty. The current monarch visits towns on Queen's Day where special celebrations often in the form of demonstrations of old-fashioned dances and crafts take place. What makes Queen's Day truly unique, however, are the stalls set up by the roadside. Queen's Day is known as a 'free market' day when people sell household goods they no longer need: the Dutch equivalent of our garage sales. See website for yearly details.
Queen's Day is lots of things... gambling in the streets (carnival type gambling), rides, beer, food, music (both big concerts and bands at coffee shops and bars), crowds, noise, and lots of fun.
It's also the day of the national garage sale... you may pick up some neat stuff in regular residential districts you'd never find back home.
Vondel park is reserved for kids... lots of toys and cards and comic books for sale/trade.
The Red Light District can be colorful... the Hells Angels MC blocks off a portion for "Hells Angels World"... it's actually a very civilized, safe, area... no junkie pickpockets there!
Every year, Queens day (Always on April 30, unless it is a sunday, then its celabrated on April 29) is THE day to be in Amsterdam.
It all starts of the night before Queens day (logically called Queens Night). Most bars and clubs have a special program and there are many outdoor parties (Nieuwmarkt is a popular destination for Queens night)
The next day (Queens day) the whole inner city is closed for traffic and the streets fill with people. The atmosfeer is just great. Everybody is happy, there are people selling second hand stuff on the freemarked (like a carbootsale) which is only allowed on Queens day and there are many outdoor parties with professional preformers, bands and DJ's. You can have a great time almost anywhere in the city although the most popular destinations are Leidsesquare, Damsquare, Rembrandsquare and Museumsquare.
Although Amsterdam is a great city whole year round, you really should try to visit it during Queens day, its undiscribable. Be aware that it's best to book a hotel for Queens day well in advance (atleased 6 months is best) and also keep in mind that, because of the huge crowed, walking can be slow. On a normal day, a walk from the central station to Damsquare will take you 10 minutes, on Queensday it can be close to an hour...
THE BEST PARTY EVER
iVE GONE TO ABOUT 11 QUEENS DAY CELEBRATIONS ,THE FIRST ONE IN 1981.ITS THE BEST FUN U COULD IMAGINE, THE ENTIRE INNER CITY IS ONE BIG STREET PARTY ,ALONG WITH PEOPLE ON BOATS IN THE CANALS PARTING, MOST PEOPLE WEARING ORANGE ,HONARING THE HOUSE OF ORANGE. gO , ITS THE BEST TIME YOU'LL EVER HAVE
Think about being at Europes Biggest party in Europe biggest city. Beer garden on every corner, hotels and hostel book years in advance and coffee shops open all night... you got Queensday in Amsterdam! The best experience and the most wild time I have ever seen!
Queen's Day is hard to describe... I usually tell people it's a combination of a yard sale, mardi gras, a carnival midway, and a rave all mixed into one.
Don't plan on getting into Amsterdam ON Queen's Day, get there at least the day before and preferably a couple of days before. That will give you a chance to get oriented. The trams WILL be shut down in the center city (everything from Wetering Schaans in). There will be a big concert at Museumplien and it'll be on TV too.
So go eat, drink, play, smoke, listen, experience it all...
and remember wear ORANGE.
This is the biggest celebration in Amsterdam. The Dutch have managed to throw
themselves a party the likes isn't seen for
many miles. I visited for Queen's day '05,
and look forward to returning to celebrate another. With the city swelling throughout
the weekend, the crowds manage to conduct themselves in a manner we could all take a lesson from. We saw no sign of discord, just many happy and tired revelers. From our room we watched as the Canal below filled with boats with bands aboard playing, dancing, the party came to us!
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