Destinations Magazine

Oranje Fever for Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

By Amsterdam City Tours

Oranje fever for Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

Of all the European countries with a Queen, arguably none loves their monarch as much as the Dutch do.

Celebrating the Queen’s birthday is a nationwide holiday in the Netherlands called Queen’s Day. And in true Dutch spirit, the locals go all out with festivities – all while fully decked out in the national colour, orange!

On 30 April, parties, live music, fairs and open air flee markets dominate every city in the country. In fact, the day is best known for the vrijmarkts, or free markets that pop up on nearly every sidewalk with people selling everything from the contents of their attic to snacks and drinks.

Oranje fever for Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

But the best place to be for the holiday is the capital itself. Amsterdam is unrivaled in its Queen’s Day offerings. With its already lively atmosphere, and the accessible canal belt, the excitement is found on both land and water.

Boats typically fill canal waterways and the streets are a sea of orange-clad revelers, but there are also a number of special parties planned at clubs and bars that are perfect for anyone looking for a break from the busy streets.

As for the Queen, she will also be out and about as well. Each year she travels to a different Dutch city to greet their locals and partake in birthday festivities.

But, don’t be fooled by this spectacular holiday. Only the Dutch know the real secret – it’s not actually Queen Beatrix’s birthday!

Oranje fever for Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

In fact, Queen’s Day, called Koninginnedag in Dutch, is a celebration dating back to 1885 in honour of Queen Wilhelmina and was originally held on 31 August. After her daughter, Juliana took the throne, the day was shifted to her birthday, 30 April.

When today’s Queen Beatrix came to power, her January birthday just didn’t have the right weather conditions for the holiday, which had come to be known as a sun-filled celebration.

She kindly kept the official birthday party in April, and the country – and the thousands who flock here each year for the day – are grateful. After all, the holiday is more than just a fest for a Queen. It’s a celebration of togetherness!


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Five Things I Loved About My Wedding – Kayleigh

    Five Things Loved About Wedding Kayleigh

    This is the fourth in a series of blog posts with a focus on those little things that make a wedding special. It is called Five Things I Loved About My Wedding. Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Wedincentralpark
    LIFESTYLE, WEDDING
  • Democracy and the Politics of Intolerance

    Democracy Politics Intolerance

    A democracy allows government to reflect the will of the people. Or does it? Here I would like to understand a bit better the dynamics through which radical... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Dlittle30
    SOCIETY
  • Cable Girls – 1920s Era Women with a Modern Twist

    Cable Girls 1920s Women with Modern Twist

    Las Chicas del Cable – four women in 1920s Madrid – Cloche hats, colorful flapper frocks and bobbed hair. What’s not to enjoy about the new Netflix produced... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Glamourdaze
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • BADASS Art Journal Page - All of Me....

    BADASS Journal Page Me....

    Embracing all parts of me and surrounded by miracles - Art Journal PageI found a couple of passports photos of myself recently and I was criticizing them becaus... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Realityarts
    CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Dutch Apple Loaf

    Dutch Apple Loaf

    This Dutch Apple Loaf is my kind of cake, soft and moist,  and filled with juicy chunks of apple and pecan nuts.  For a lovely hint of sweetness I have... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Shadesofcinnamon
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • A Jumbo Passion Project

    The climber, facing away from the wall, gingerly peers over his toes to watch his sky-blue T-shirt flutter to the ground. He takes a deep breath, then turns in... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Thervproject
    OUTDOORS
  • Top 3 Dim Sum Restaurants in Chinatown

    Restaurants Chinatown

    Chicago’s Chinatown is home to some of the best restaurants in the city. Sundays can be especially crowded in this area, usually around brunch, as dim sum, a... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Urbanmatter Chicago
    TRAVEL