King's Day in Amsterdam-the Best Day for Parties

By Ivan PetrenkoApr 28, 2024 05:35 AMNews
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Three boats with people on the river in orange clothes. Source: pixabay

Every year on April 27th, Amsterdam transforms into a vibrant playground for locals and tourists alike as the city celebrates King's Day, or Koningsdag, in honor of the birthday of the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander.

The streets of Amsterdam overflow with festivities, with iconic squares like Dam and Rembrandtplein bustling with dancing crowds. Tourists, numbering around 700,000, join over 820,000 locals in the revelry, making it a truly international affair.

From strolling through lively streets to dancing with strangers, indulging in street food from numerous stalls to browsing through street markets selling second-hand goods, there's no shortage of activities on King's Day in Amsterdam. The highlight of the day is the boat parade, where thousands of creatively adorned floating platforms traverse Amsterdam's famous canals. Spectators gather along Prinsengracht and Amstelveld or on any of the city's 1500 bridges for prime viewing spots.

For those seeking more than just street revelry, Amsterdam offers a lineup of music festivals including Kingsland at the RAI, Oranjebloesem at the Olympic Stadium, Loveland van Oranje at Meerpark, and the Urban Music Legends Festival at Rhonepark.

The festivities kick off the night before with King's Night, as Amsterdam's clubs and bars host special parties. For those seeking respite from the crowds, museums and attractions remain open, offering a different perspective on this joyous occasion.

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