King’s Day in Amsterdam

Every year on the 27 April our country celebrates King’s Day. This day is King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. King’s Day was celebrated for the first time in 2014 after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013.

In honor of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina in 1885 this tradition was born. So from that day on the Dutch people celebrates this day, dressed in ‘oranje ‘(orange), to show their pride and respect for the Dutch Royal Family, the House of Orange-Nassau.

Don’t forget : DRESSCODE “ ORANGE ”!!!!

Amsterdam King’s Day street market

Essential part of King’s Day is the so-called ‘vrijmarkt’ – street markets all over the place where you can buy second –hand wares. Everyone is free to take part in the street markets and sell things you do not really need anymore. The street markets are the kick-off of the King’s Day and start already at 06.00 till 20.00.
The Vondelpark is reserved only for kids. A place where they can sell their toys and clothes, which they do not use anymore, due to the fact that they grow older. The Vondelpark opens at 09.00.
Furthermore Amsterdam has a list of kid-friendly street markets

Public transportation on King’s Day

As King’s Day is the busiest day of the year in Amsterdam the public transport in the city centre is affected by restrictions. This is to guarantee free movement through the city on this special day.

Public transport information numbers are :

NS (Dutch Railway)

Public Transport Information
Service Amsterdam +31 900 9292

Most taxis do not drive into the center. If you still want to take a taxi please try ‘Martelaarsgracht’ opposite the Central Station.

Walking is by far the best way and most convenient to see and experience Amsterdam on this special

There will be no trams in the city center


Alcohol regulation

It is not allowed to have more than one alcoholic beverage in your possession in public spaces.
Alcohol is not allowed in trains and train stations on the night of 26 April from 19.00 till 05.00 the morning of 28 April. You only may sell non-alcoholic beverages in the streets.

Boat rental and regulations

On King’s Day there are boat regulations in force (see

Boat rental : . MOKUMBOOT – Amsterdam Boat rental

Location Center – Naussaukade351, 1053 LZ Amsterdam

Location East – Mauritskade 65, 1092 AD Amsterdam

Location Amstel – Schollenburgstraat 1, 1091 EX Amsterdam

T +31 20 210 5700

Amsterdam Boats B.V.
Cruquiusweg 40
1019 AT Amsterdam

T +31 20 624 7635

Boaty Rent a Boat Amsterdam
Jozef Israëlskade (next to Hotel Okura)
1072 LH Amsterdam

T +31 20 627 149 493

Sloepdelen Boat Rental
Nassaukade 69
T +31 20 41 91 007
E amsterdam@

King Day Celebrations

Night before – 26 April, 2016

King’s Day events – 27 April, 2016-04-14

telephone number in
The Netherlands is 112 (police, ambulance and fire brigade)


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