The team at Global {M} was lucky enough to experience a day out… celebrating King’s Day (Koningsdag) in Amsterdam! This festive day is celebrated every year with joyful open air festivities on the King’s Willem- Alexander birthday throughout The Netherlands.

After putting our orange t-shirts on to show of pride for the Dutch Royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau, we boarded on a boat to cruise through the Amsterdam canals. We had a blast as we got to see the all the different festivities happening on the streets while having some drinks and canapes on board. After this, we went and joined the people in the streets to celebrate King’s Night. The streets were orange seas where DJs and artists performed while visitors enjoyed the day!


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Thinking on celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam as we did? Here is what to expect! (I amsterdam, 2018):

Citywide street sale

As a city built on trade, Amsterdammers love to haggle and bargain. The vrijmarkt (literally ‘free market’) gives everyone and their mum the chance to sell their second-hand things on the streets and parks of Amsterdam, creating one of the world’s largest flea markets.

And it’s not only second-hand wares on offer – plenty of food stalls spring up to fuel your bargain hunting frenzy! Read more about the citywide street market

Family fun

Aside from children being able to try their hand at trading on King’s Day, there are also plenty more activities taking place across the city for the young and young at heart including face-painting, games and sports events. Check the King’s Day family fun page for more information.

King’s Night & Day parties

King’s Day is a public holiday but certainly not a day of rest. The Dutch, expats and tourists alike flock to Amsterdam for a day of celebration. The fun traditionally begins on the eve of the big day (King’s Night) with the carnival atmosphere continuing throughout the city on King’s Day. DJs play parties on public squares, brightly decorated boats fill canals and live music spills onto streets from cafe patios. Read more about King’s Day events.

King’s Day on the canals

Never has gridlock traffic been so much fun! On King’s Day, thousands of brightly decorated boats pack the narrow Amsterdam canals. The next best thing to being on one of the boats is watching – and dancing – from one of the many bridges. Check the King’s Day boating regulations page for more information.

Museums on King’s Day

While the majority of Amsterdam’s major museums and attractions are closed on King’s Day, several notable visitor hotspots traditionally stay open including the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum. An overview of museums open on King’s Day can be downloaded here.

Celebrating King’s Day in the Amsterdam Area and beyond

On King’s Day, cities across the Amsterdam Area are awash in orange, with all-day festivals filling the streets with markets, music, laughter and cheer. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds in Amsterdam city centre and celebrate this iconic Dutch day elsewhere in the region (or even further afield), then our inspirational guide should help you find your ideal King’s Day spot.

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