Top Tips On How To Join This Party Celebration
What used to be Queen’s Day is now King’s Day but for anyone who is there, it’s a royal party.
Amsterdam is a crazy place to begin with, but have what is basically a citywide block party and it’s the wildest time in the city, even surpassing New Year’s Eve.
This annual party takes place on April 30, and it’s Amsterdam’s version of the Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day, Bastille Day or any other huge celebration that takes place in other countries.
King Day Amsterdam: The Party Scene
The party actually starts the previous night. Starting at about 7, the clubs hold outdoor parties and people bounce from one to the other. This is known as Queen’s Night or, perhaps now, King’s Night. For some, this is a bigger deal than the next day.
On the 30th, a tock concert starts in the Museumsplein at 11 a.m., and goes until late in the afternoon. There’s also music in the Leidesplein and the Stoperaplein.
All thorough the day and night, there are also people partying on boats and barges in the water. Can you join them? Well, it never hurts to ask!
And the bars are also lively, as you might expect.
You can drink in the streets, but only one drink at a time.
Here’s top tips and things to know for attending Queen’s Day:
• Get a hotel room months in advance; more than 700,000 people go to Amsterdam for Queen’s Day and there are not enough hotel rooms for all of them in or anywhere near the city
• Wear orange. Otherwise you will look and feel out of place
• Wear comfortable shoes; there are so many people the trams are on a special schedule and no cars are allowed. Not that you would ever be driving in Amsterdam anyway
• Carry change with you and know you may buy things at the markets or food store; this is likely where you will be eating as it’s too crowded to get near a restaurant