Celebration in Amsterdam
King’s Day in Amsterdam will bring approximately seven hundred thousand people to the city on this special day.
Each of them wearing some kind of orange; Orange t-shirts, tutu’s, wigs or painted faces in red, white and blue.
When you arrive in the city by train you do not have to fear that you will lose your way, just follow the crowd and take your time to take in all the weird and wonderful activities.
In Amsterdam the party starts on King’s Day Eve.
Pubs and cafés can apply for a license to sell low alcoholic drinks (lager, beer and wine) from beer tents in the street near their establishments.
Bars can set up a podium with speakers to perform live music to entertain the party goers between 19.00 and 1am on King’s Day Eve.
Watch street theatre or someone juggling balls. Have a try on a wonky bike and win a prize if you make it to the other end.
Stop for a snack and a drink; watch a concert on one of the squares.
There will be free concerts and music all over the city centre.
Syrup Waffers and snacks
When the Dutch have a drink they like to snack as well.
Burgers, Vietnamese rolls and snack’s originating from the former colonies of the Netherlands are widely available.
If you have a sweet tooth you might like to try typically Dutch syrup waffles or buy a candy rock.
Big Flea Markets
Cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague are converted into massive flea markets, where children and adults alike can sell their used goods without a permit and without the need to pay tax.
If you are planning to participate in the flea market on the actual King’s Day you might want to arrive early to get a good spot, and King’s Day Eve is designed to keep the spirits high.