5 Reasons why Amsterdam is even crazier on King’s Day
Amsterdam’s King’s Day carnival sees more than a million people hit the streets in orange for one of the world’s biggest street parties. In the name of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday on 27 April, here are 5 reasons why Amsterdam is even crazier on King’s Day.
1. It’s a frites for all
Street vendors, hundreds of them, line the streets and canals to bring top-notch Dutch cuisine to the revelry masses. Sure you can get your acai bowls and juice cleanses, but it would be regrettable not to try at least one tompouce (a cream-laden sweet pastry), stroopwafel (syrup waffle) or rookworst and frites (sausage and chips).
2. It’s also a ‘free’ for all
With the city’s population doubling for the day, there’s no better time to sell or trade unwanted vintage clothes, books, furniture and the rest. Vrijmarkt – a free citywide flea market – coincides with King’s Day as does free entry into some of the city’s most admired museums (Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House, etc.).
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3. Boat parties
Bright and whacky orange decorations don’t just make it onto folks; they adorn thousands of party boats making their way through Amsterdam’s famous canals. If you don’t have a friend with a boat – find one stat – just beware of moored plasboots as they are literally ‘pee boats’ for when you gotta go. Or join thousands dancing to the spectacle from one of the city’s 1500-plus bridges.
4. Eve parties
Free outdoor festivals, reggae nights and electronic dreams – King’s Night kick starts the royal celebrations in spectacular style. From Leidseplein to Rembrandtplein and Reguliersdwarsstraat to Westerpark, Amsterdam’s revered club scene takes it up a notch alongside the city’s bars and pubs for one of the best nights of the year. Hot tip, follow local tips and not the tourist crowds.
5. More parties
Terraces, canals, streets and everything in between – King’s Day is full of orange-clad revellers here for a good time and the best thing you can do is go with the flow. And dance. Whether sitting with the hipsters at Hannekes Boom or busting your moves at one of more than 10 major King’s Day dance festivals, King’s Day fun is here for the taking.
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