KING’S DAY 2023: everything you need to know
Always dreamt of visiting the Netherlands? Especially eager to explore Amsterdam? Love orange color? King’s Day is YOUR TIME to visit this destination!
Koningsdag (the same King’s Day, just in Dutch) is a national holiday celebrated on the King's Willem Alexander birthday every year on the 27th of April. It’s one of the best-known Dutch traditions, followed by huge parties and celebrations - if these sound great to you, you MUST participate in it at least once in your lifetime.
Why not this year? Let’s see a wrap-up of what’s waiting for you!
Whichever city you choose to visit during this day - you’ll find music, markets, great food, drink vendors, and plenty of street performers everywhere. However - to find the epicenter of the whole action, you don’t have to look further than… the heart of The Netherlands called Amsterdam!
MUST MUST MUST: The Amsterdam Street Party
Here King's Day is one huge street party that couldn’t be compared with any other. Everyone gets out to the streets (and canals!) to enjoy the company & music. Loud music.
What’s up with the ORANGE?
The official Dutch royal family name is the House of Oranje (that literally means orange color), and that’s exactly why that’s the national color of The Netherlands.
So if you already decide to go - you better pack some orange outfits. That’s the official color of this celebration, and it’s a must if you want to get the whole experience.
Explore the Canals in a special way!
The canals of Amsterdam are an iconic feature of the city, and they are even more stunning during King's Day. Take a boat tour - many boat companies offer special King's Day tours with drinks and snacks.
Visit the Flea Markets
On King’s Day, people can sell their things in parks and streets without permits, so the streets turn into cute flea markets where you can shop for vintage items, antiques, and other unique finds. Head to the city's many flea markets and street fairs, such as the famous Vrijmarkt.
In Utrecht, the flea markets even start the night before King’s Day.
PARTY! King's night
The party starts even BEFORE the official King’s Day, which is on the night of the 26th to the 27th of April. It’s called the King’s Night, and the clubs & bars in Amsterdam go wild! You can choose from a variety of special parties and concerts, and be sure to party until the morning. And then continue during the day, of course.
But wait… Where’s the KING?!
In The Royal Family Parade, he’s in the Parade… It takes place in a different city in the Netherlands each year, but in Amsterdam, you can watch it on one of the big screens in the city center.
This year the Parade will be held in Rotterdam, which is also very worth visiting.
! Keep in mind that most of the stores are closed on this day, so prepare earlier!
Where should you stay to be close to everything?
Amsterdam can get very busy during King's Day, so it might be complicated to choose the best hotel deals. However - we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best hotels we recommend to you!
Eden Hotel Amsterdam
The Netherlands, Amsterdam
⚡ Overlooking the Amstel river, this unassuming hotel is a 3-minute walk from the nearest tram station, 1 km from the bustling Red Light District, and 2.3 km from the Anne Frank House museum.
⚡ Laid-back rooms with modern decor offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemaking facilities.
Non-smoking rooms | Facilities for disabled guests | Family rooms | Parking | Free WiFi | Tea/coffee maker in all rooms | Very good breakfast | Bike rentals
Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam
All the rooms at Hans Brinker Hostel Amsterdam come with a private bathroom and lockers for securing your belongings. The hostel also provides free WiFi throughout the premises. The spacious common area is perfect for having breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And when you're ready to unwind, the bar and the underground club stay open till late every night.The hostel is conveniently located just a 3-minute walk from the tram stops. From there, you can catch a tram straight to Central Station Amsterdam.
The hostel offers tickets for a variety of activities and attractions, including the Heineken Experience, free walking tours, boat tours, and pub crawls.
The Bee Hostel
The hostel is perfectly located, with air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi, and a buzzing bar. You'll be just a short flight (or a walk) away from hotspots like Dam Square, Beurs van Berlage, and Rembrandtplein. And, if you're in the mood for something wild, Artis Zoo is just 200 meters away! Some of the rooms at The Bee Hostel even offer a city view and come with a private bathroom complete with a shower and hairdryer. Plus, all guest rooms come with bed linen, so you can rest easy.
The 24-hour front desk team speaks a whole bunch of languages, including German, Greek, English, and Spanish.
St Christophers Inn at The Winston
Welcome to St Christophers Inn at The Winston - the hostel that's right in the heart of Amsterdam's city centre, next to the Red Light District! We're here for you 24/7, with a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel. And, if you need to get around, Amsterdam Central Station is just a 10-minute walk away.
Our dormitory rooms are all individually decorated and come with bunkbeds, a toilet, and shower. For those looking for more privacy, we also have private rooms available with their own bathrooms.
There is a nightclub, pool table, smoking room, and even a garden terrace for those looking to relax in the great outdoors.
Stay at nkNOORD in Amsterdam Noord, just a short ferry ride from Amsterdam Centraal Station. The hostel offers private and dormitory accommodation, free Wi-Fi, and flexible event spaces. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and hang out in the hostel's original features, including the bright atrium and ZincBAR with live music and performances. Book tours and attractions at reception and take advantage of the 24-hour front desk.
Facilities for disabled guests, free WiFi, family rooms, 24-hour front desk, laundry, bar.