The Dutch break out of the winter blahs at the new King's Day (Koningsdag) Festival, donning lots of orange, and celebrating in the streets to mark the reigning monarch’s birthday and to welcome warmer weather.
About This Festival
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Shop for a costume at the street stalls. This is a must! The best spots are Waterlooplein and Vondelpark.
Bring good walking shoes
It’s packed and walking places, after taking public transit as close as you can get, is your best option.
Hop on a party boat
For the very best way to experience Kingsday, from the canals.
Bring small change
You can buy lots of memorable trinkets at the “free market,” also known as the “vrijmarkt,” which isn’t free but it’s definitely cheap and cool.
Lodging is easy
As the whole city is full of hotels and hostels, ranging in price from super cheap to ultra pricey. It's a city where tourism has been one of its main economic foundations for a long while, so very well-equipped in terms of accommodation.
Get yourself to Amsterdam
Or any Dutch city and it won’t be hard to find the party. Amsterdam’s train station extends its hours on this day. It gets packed, so be patient. The inner city is closed to cars and trams.
Weather in Northern Europe is quite changeable
Beware of raindrops if you’re packing on the makeup.