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.
Every year, the energy builds up towards Queen's day. The day starts off calmly with open markets in towns. They are called "Vrijemarkten" which means "free markets. This is similar to a yard sale or carboot sale. Everyone drags out their stuff on a blanket and you go from blanket to blanket scoping out the bargains. Even small towns usually have this. Then, as the afternoon closes so does the market. It's a resting period to eat and rest up for the evenings merriments. Once darkness settles, the country comes alive in one giant party. The center of a town truly becomes a sea of people and you can't really decide which direction you want to walk. More over, you are simply carried by the flow throughout. Music is always playing, often with live bands and each street is dotted with outdoor beer stands. The beer flows and is relatively inexpensive and easily available. If you are not into crowds, parties, live music, etc...then Queen's day evening is not for you. If you do enjoy a good party, good music, and a general energy...then Queen's day is something to experience!
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!
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!
Queens Day unbelievable !! Reminded me of Woodstock 1969 except plenty of sunshine, beer, food, partying and beautiful women. been to Holland three times now and each time is better. The people are friendly and a lot of fun. Amsterdam is such a great city everbody loves it. Try out the Cafe Van Beeren on Nieuwendijk just behind Damrak it is a good local pub with a great location. I can not wait to go back !!!
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
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