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 :

  • That's What I Want, Unbounded Complexity with Open-ended Evolution

    Corominas-Murtra B, Seoane LF, Solé R. 2018 Zipf’s Law, unbounded complexity and open-ended evolution. J. R. Soc. Interface 15: 20180395.... Read more

    8 hours, 6 minutes ago by   Bbenzon
    CULTURE, PHILOSOPHY, SOCIETY
  • My Latest in The Gorge Magazine: Sparkling Wines

    Latest Gorge Magazine: Sparkling Wines

    My latest in The Gorge Magazine: Sparkling Wine: Gorge Wines offer an enticing array of bubbly selections. by L.M. Archer While the Columbia Gorge doesn’t name... Read more

    8 hours, 19 minutes ago by   L.m. Archer
    CULTURE, DRINK
  • #1 Diet Trend on Google 2018

    Google just released its rankings for 2018, and guess which diet was searched most often? You guessed it - the keto diet! Google trends: See what was... Read more

    8 hours, 20 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Evangelical Angels

    Evangelical Angels

    Angels are everywhere at this time of year. The Christmas stories of the gospels of Matthew and Luke have made them an indelible part of the tradition. Read more

    8 hours, 55 minutes ago by   Steveawiggins
    POLITICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY
  • Beauty for Home & Body • Perfect Gift Ideas Anytime*

    Beauty Home Body Perfect Gift Ideas Anytime*

    Finding gift inspiration in general and not just at Christmas time can be a challenge as years go by so fast and it gets tougher and tougher. Read more

    9 hours, 13 minutes ago by   Kellilash
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • What I Wore: Holiday Style

    What Wore: Holiday Style

    I wore this skirt Thanksgiving and shared the look on Instagram. I mentioned I'd also style it with a white shirt a la Carolina Herrera and several of you... Read more

    9 hours, 19 minutes ago by   Wardrobeoxygen
    FASHION, SELF EXPRESSION, SHOPPING
  • How To Save Time During The Busy Holidays

    Save Time During Busy Holidays

    This post has been sponsored by Jewel-Osco. All thoughts and opinions are my own.With the holiday season fast approaching, there always seems to be a long list... Read more

    9 hours, 44 minutes ago by   Cait
    LIFESTYLE