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After two years of absence, I celebrated Queens Day in Amsterdam yesterday. It was a special year, not just because we all got together and celebrated the birthday of our Queen, but after this year, we’ll be celebrating ‘Kings Day’ instead.

After two years of absence, I celebrated Queens Day in Amsterdam yesterday. It was a special year, not just because we all got together and celebrated the birthday of our Queen, but after this year, we’ll be celebrating ‘Kings Day’ instead.

Queens Day Amsterdam

Amsterdam turns Orange

So what exactly happens during Queens Day in Amsterdam? If I had to sum it up, I’d say it’s a combination of a party gone wild and the country’s biggest flea market in one. There is music, there are kids performing, there are bargains all around, there is beer, there is laughter and a lot of love!

Queensday in the Netherlands is a party for everyone, and it’s celebrated in every city, but for the big party you’ll have to be in Amsterdam.

Queens Day Amsterdam

Queen’s Day actually starts the night before the 30th of April, as during the ‘Queens Night’, where pubs open their doors to the party people. This can be indoors in most cities, but especially in Amsterdam it’s a party that literally takes itself to the streets. On the canals, especially in the old part of the city (the Jordaan neighbourhood), stages are set up and the beer taps are pulled onto the streets.

There are also many other good parties around if you look for them. After partying in the Jordaan, we also went to cafe ‘Edel‘ this year (as we live 2 minutes away from this place) and partied all night long.

Queens Day Amsterdam

Stage in ‘De Jordaan’

Queens Day Amsterdam

Ok, I’ll translate this because you asked for it. It says: “Small Penis 0,50 Eurocent. Big Penis 1 Euro”. Right.

 

 

Queen’s Day Amsterdam Vondelpark

If you’re not sure where to start celebrating Queen’s Day on the 30th of April, head over to the Amsterdam Vondelpark first. You shouldn’t mind the hundreds and hundreds of children, though, as this is the place they meet today.
In the Vondelpark, kids try to make money by selling their old books and toys, selling their baked goods and lemonade, making music, singing, acting or letting visitors play their home-made games. You’d be surprised at how creative these kids get (yeah, most parents are pretty creative too, I have to admit).

 

Queens Day Amsterdam
Walking is your best option today. There is limited transport and because of the crowds, you’d better leave your bike at home too.

Queens Day Amsterdam

A traditional game in the Vondelpark: ‘Koekhappen’ (‘biting cakes’). A kids gets blindfolded and tries to bite one of the pieces of breakfast cake (or marshmallows) dangling from a line…

 

Exploring Amsterdam on Queensday

After the Vondelpark, we walked onto the Leidseplein (Leidse Square), where there was lots of music and places to eat street food (especially in the little alleyways along the square).
We also visited the Museumplein (Museum Square), where they’d set up a huge stage with free live music. There was also lots of food available here, so no complaining after the long walk we made to get there.

 

Queens Day Amsterdam
Make sure to walk through the passenger tunnels of the recently opened Rijksmuseum when walking from the Leidseplein to the Museumplein – It’s such a stunning building. 

 

Queens Day Amsterdam
Having a good time on the Museum Square!

 

Queen’s Day will become King’s Day

As I mentioned before, this is the last year we’ll have a Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, as our Queen Beatrix turned over the throne to her son Willem-Alexander this year after 33 of hard work.
We all watched her on the television signing all the formal documents at a friend’s place. Our friends rents a room in this amazing house on the canals, so we got to watch the tele and also watch the partying people on boats pass us on the canals below. It seemed that everyone with a boat got it ready for today, and lucky for them the weather was good too!

 

Queens Day Amsterdam

We had a great day celebrating Queens Day in Amsterdam. Did you come over to party with us? Or are you coming over next year? Save the date: King’s Day in 2014 and the years following will be on the 27th of April. We hope to see you then!

Queens Day Amsterdam

Amsterdam turns Orange

So what exactly happens during Queens Day in Amsterdam? If I had to sum it up, I’d say it’s a combination of a party gone wild and the country’s biggest flea market in one. There is music, there are kids performing, there are bargains all around, there is beer, there is laughter and a lot of love!

Queensday in the Netherlands is a party for everyone, and it’s celebrated in every city, but for the big party you’ll have to be in Amsterdam.

Queens Day Amsterdam

Queen’s Day actually starts the night before the 30th of April, as during the ‘Queens Night’, where pubs open their doors to the party people. This can be indoors in most cities, but especially in Amsterdam it’s a party that literally takes itself to the streets. On the canals, especially in the old part of the city (the Jordaan neighbourhood), stages are set up and the beer taps are pulled onto the streets.

There are also many other good parties around if you look for them. After partying in the Jordaan, we also went to cafe ‘Edel‘ this year (as we live 2 minutes away from this place) and partied all night long.

Queens Day Amsterdam

Stage in ‘De Jordaan’

Queens Day Amsterdam

Ok, I’ll translate this because you asked for it. It says: “Small Penis 0,50 Eurocent. Big Penis 1 Euro”. Right.

 

 

Queen’s Day Amsterdam Vondelpark

If you’re not sure where to start celebrating Queen’s Day on the 30th of April, head over to the Amsterdam Vondelpark first. You shouldn’t mind the hundreds and hundreds of children, though, as this is the place they meet today.
In the Vondelpark, kids try to make money by selling their old books and toys, selling their baked goods and lemonade, making music, singing, acting or letting visitors play their home-made games. You’d be surprised at how creative these kids get (yeah, most parents are pretty creative too, I have to admit).

 

Queens Day Amsterdam
Walking is your best option today. There is limited transport and because of the crowds, you’d better leave your bike at home too.

Queens Day Amsterdam

A traditional game in the Vondelpark: ‘Koekhappen’ (‘biting cakes’). A kids gets blindfolded and tries to bite one of the pieces of breakfast cake (or marshmallows) dangling from a line…

 

Exploring Amsterdam on Queensday

After the Vondelpark, we walked onto the Leidseplein (Leidse Square), where there was lots of music and places to eat street food (especially in the little alleyways along the square).
We also visited the Museumplein (Museum Square), where they’d set up a huge stage with free live music. There was also lots of food available here, so no complaining after the long walk we made to get there.

 

Queens Day Amsterdam
Make sure to walk through the passenger tunnels of the recently opened Rijksmuseum when walking from the Leidseplein to the Museumplein – It’s such a stunning building. 

 

Queens Day Amsterdam
Having a good time on the Museum Square!

 

Queen’s Day will become King’s Day

As I mentioned before, this is the last year we’ll have a Queen’s Day in Amsterdam, as our Queen Beatrix turned over the throne to her son Willem-Alexander this year after 33 of hard work.
We all watched her on the television signing all the formal documents at a friend’s place. Our friends rents a room in this amazing house on the canals, so we got to watch the tele and also watch the partying people on boats pass us on the canals below. It seemed that everyone with a boat got it ready for today, and lucky for them the weather was good too!

 

Queens Day Amsterdam

We had a great day celebrating Queens Day in Amsterdam. Did you come over to party with us? Or are you coming over next year? Save the date: King’s Day in 2014 and the years following will be on the 27th of April. We hope to see you then!

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