How to celebrate King’s Day in Amsterdam + GIVEAWAY

At Marco Polo we think that Amsterdam is a wonderful destination to visit any time of the year, but there is a very good reason to visit the city in the last week of April and that is King’s Day. The whole city – and every other Dutch city, town and village – turns into a massive street party. Embrace the orange madness now because with our insider tips you will have a great time celebrating King’s Day!

Oh, and don’t forget to scroll down for our giveaway!

WHAT IS KING’S DAY?

King’s Day, or Koningsdag as it is called in Dutch, celebrates the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange, and more specifically the birthday of the King Willem Alexander. King’s Day always falls on April 27th, unless the 27th is a Sunday, although this has been the case only since 2013. Until then the day was celebrated on April 30th for decades and every year many tourists still show up in Amsterdam on the 30th only to find out that they missed the party. For this reason the Amsterdam city actually throws a separate, smaller scale, party for those who missed the real celebrations.

WHAT SHOULD I DO ON KING’S DAY?

Do some shopping on the vrijmarkt

Vrijmarkt – the ‘free market’ is a massive flea market that forms on the streets. All regulations regarding selling your items on the streets have been lifted for the day and countless Dutch people use this opportunity to get rid of old clothes, shoes, furniture and children’s toys. It is a great opportunity to do some bargain hunting as well, even if the items you bought often end up on the free market again the next year. Children will be extremely active selling their old toys, playing instruments and putting on whole shows to earn some pocket-money.

Party, party and party some more

King’s Day in Amsterdam is likely the largest street party you will attend. There are tons of events and festivals to choose from, but you will need to book tickets in advance (check the iamsterdam website for more information). Others choose to go bar hopping, or simply take the party to the streets.

Go boating

King’s Day on a boat is a truly Amsterdam way to celebrate the holiday, but for travellers it may be more difficult to pull off if you do not know someone in the city with a boat. Also, the canals will be packed with other boats so if you do get lucky and have access to a boat, it is best to go later in the evening when there is more space.

MARCO POLO’S PRACTICAL KING’S DAY TIPS:

Bring cash

For shopping at the free market, for buying drinks, it is cash-only in most cases. The chances are also high that the ATM machines will run out of cash and the lines will be long so best come prepared.

Dress code: orange

Some people like to show off their orange pride by wearing the colour from head to toe, whereas others will simply add an orange accessory to their outfit. To blend in it is best to wear at least something orange or face the locals questioning your party spirit.

Bring your comfy shoes

King’s Day involves a lot of walking – or dancing – so forget the high heels and flip-flops and wear comfortable sneakers as the locals do. It is also best to leave your favourite sneakers at home.

Follow the crowd

The streets are packed with people on King’s Day so following the crowd will get you to your destination a lot faster than going against the current.

And most importantly… have fun!

Marco Polo Amsterdam Pocket Guide King's Day

GIVEAWAY

To get into the orange madness, Marco Polo is organising a giveaway! We are giving away a set of 5 Marco Polo Pocket guides to FIVE lucky winners, chosen at random.

How to enter?

Have you been to Amsterdam on King’s Day? If so, share your tips or experiences in the comments, if not, then just let us know in the comments. By commenting you enter the giveaway. You can earn more chances to win by liking our Facebook page and by following our Twitter and Instagram accounts and by letting us know in your comment that you have done so.

The competition is open from Friday 13 April 2018 until Thursday 19 April 2018 at 12:00 GMT. We will contact the winner personally via email using the email address used to leave the comment so make sure to check that it is spelled correctly!

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions:

  1. The promotion is open to UK & European residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees and their immediate families of Marco Polo, its agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.
  2. To enter, simply comment on the blog post. Additional chances to win may be acquired by liking the Marco Polo Facebook page and by following the Marco Polo Twitter and Instagram accounts. If the entrant has done any of the mentioned actions, it should be stated in the comment.
  3. This competition will commence on 13 April 2018 and all entries must be received by 12.00 GMT on 19 April 2018. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, posted late, misdirected, and incorrect, garbled or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
  4. No purchase necessary, however internet access is required.
  5. The Prizes: 5 x prize winner will receive 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of their choice.
  6. The prize must be taken as stated and no compensation will be payable if a winner is unable to use the prize as stated. The winner will be liable for all costs and expenses not stated relating to claiming or partaking of the prize.
  7. The promoter may substitute the prize for a prize of an equal or greater value if, for any reason the original item is unavailable.
  8. By entering, winners agree that if they win they will participate in any reasonable publicity arranged by The Promoter or its agencies.
  9. By entering the promotion entrants confirm that they have read and agree to be bound by these terms & conditions and by the decisions of the Promoter, which are final in all matters relating to the promotion. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the prize. No correspondence will be entered into.
  10. The Promoter or its agencies accept no responsibility for any loss or damage suffered through acceptance of the prize.
  11. The Promoter or its agencies will not be responsible for the non-inclusion of entries as a result of technical failures or otherwise, including any such failure which is within the control of The Promoter or its agencies. Proof of submission of entry is not proof of receipt of entry.
  12. The Promoter reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering or to have tampered with the operation of the promotion or the Marco Polo website, or to be acting in violation of these terms and conditions.
  13. To the full extent permitted by law the Promoter will not accept liability for any loss, damage, injury or death arising from this promotion beyond its reasonable control. The Promoter is Marco Polo Travel Publishing, Pinewood, Chineham Business Park, Crockford Lane, Chineham, Basingstoke, RG24 8AL

36 thoughts on “How to celebrate King’s Day in Amsterdam + GIVEAWAY

  1. Katie Murphy says:

    I haven’t been to Amsterdam but would love to go with a couple of friends from school for a few days

  2. MARIA ROGERS says:

    My advice would be to get to the Anne Frank museum/house very early before it opens, we got there half hour before it opened and the queue was right around the block!

  3. Marc says:

    Go cycling, take a canal cruise, eat some herring and check out the windmills – one of which is a microbrewery!
    Following on Twitter (@Schabziger75)

  4. Gill Barwood says:

    I have only visited Amsterdam in February, lovely, but very cold. Kings Day sounds a lovely time to visit with lots going on. I like the sound of the free market. I will remember to pack some orange clothes!

  5. Sarah Gooding says:

    Hello! I have liked on both Facebook and Instagram (I don’t have Twitter). I’m off to Amsterdam for my 30th this year, so the guide would be lovely! To be honest I’ve not heard of Kings Day before but it looks great! Cheers 🙂

  6. Mo Morgan says:

    I haven’t been to Amsterdam but would love to go. Liked Facebook page, following Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  7. Ruby Homawala says:

    Too late for this year, but will plan a trip next year.
    Liked Facebook page and on Twitter. Shared on FB and Twitter.

  8. Tracey Gwynne says:

    I haven’t been on Kings Day but It sounds wonderful – Amsterdam was one of my most happiest weekends away

  9. Judith Marshall says:

    It’s over 20 years since I’ve been to Amsterdam and I’ve never been on King’s Day, which sounds very interesting. Would love to go again, this time with my husband.

  10. kaye willan says:

    Following on Social Media – Hoping to be a lucky winner! Never been to Amsterdam but its on my bucket list!

  11. Anna says:

    Oh my god! I’d love to win one! Because my Swiss friend and I are actually going to Amsterdam on kingsday. Even though I’m Dutch, I do not know a lot about Amsterdam and I’d like to give this book as a present to my friend when she comes here! 😀

  12. Tunde Toth says:

    Dam Square is the place to see the king’s speech. Lovely family. We went to see an Andre Rieu concert at the evening.

  13. Scott Findlay says:

    Never done it, but it looks good to me. Can’t beat a bit of culture whilst visiting another country. 😀

  14. pajarito says:

    Thank you for your informative email with all the interesting tips about King’s Day. Worth going to this cheerful event.

  15. Margaret Adamson says:

    I have been to Amsterdam a few times but have never heard of King’s Day. Would love to go again. Amsterdam always has a great vibe

  16. Joyce Willis says:

    Have never been and had never heard of the festival but now it’s definitely on my ‘to do’ list!

  17. Gill Williams says:

    I have never been to Amsterdam on King’s Day, but it sounds like a plan! Like on FB and Follow on Twitter.

  18. Jenifer-Mary Pettitt says:

    I have been on a canal trip with a commentary in Amsterdam and I would love to go on the canals again on King’s Day!!!

  19. Spencer Wright says:

    I’ve not been to Amsterdam yet, but am planning a trip. After reading this, I may have to revise my plans so it coincides with next year’s King’s Day.

  20. purabeautyblogger says:

    I have been to Amsterdam and loved it. There were no festivals at the time but I really enjoyed the culture and pace of life.
    I follow on facebook and twitter (tranquility_ldn)

  21. Tabbaz says:

    I have never been but truly will try to visit to incorporate King’s Day – Recently found out that Eurostar train goes there now too so many options to make it easy! I am already a fan on Facebook and am now following on Twitter and Instagram too

  22. shere says:

    I have been, but I lost the keys of my car and I spent more time trying to solve it than enjoying the party. I need to go for a second chance

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