The King's Day is the most awaited day of the year in the Netherlands: every April 27th the whole nation is tinged with orange and the streets, canals and parks become a single, huge and noisy party.
The city with the greatest celebrations is, of course, Amsterdam, where over a million people go to enjoy events, concerts, street food and an irresistible party atmosphere...and to celebrate the birth of King Willem-Alexander.
In this article, we will see the reasons why you should travel to Amsterdam to take part of the celebrations...but also 3 reasons not to do it! ;)
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? TO ENJOY THE WONDERFUL BOAT PARTIES
The Amsterdam canals are amazing 365 days a year, but seeing them animated by a fleet of boats full of party people is priceless! And if you are lucky enough to find a place in one of these boats you will live a truly unforgettable experience!
WHY NOT GO? YOU WON'T ENJOY THE FAMOUS AMSTERDAM CYCLE PATHS
Everyone knows, Amsterdam is one of the cities in the world with the most efficient network of cycle paths. And it's really a pleasure for tourists to rent a bike and discover the wonders of this city on two wheels. During the King's Day weekend there will be a lot of confusion and it will not be easy to get around the city by bike.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? TO TAKE PART OF MANY CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS
On the weekend of King's Day Amsterdam becomes a real incubator of events with shows and concerts in every corner of the city. The most important is the Urban Music Festival held at the Stadspodium...a huge live music show where everything is orange coloured and the best DJs will make you dance and have fun until late!
WHY NOT GO? BE PREPARED FOR A DIRTY CITY
During King's Day it is possible to drink in public, of course in a city with a festive atmosphere this is not bad, but expect to do some slalom between cans, plastic cups and empty bottles...taking into account that usually Amsterdam is a very clean city, this could bother you.
WHY SHOULD YOU GO? TO BUY A GREAT DEAL AT VRIJMARKT
The vrijmarkt is a market where everyone can sell second-hand goods on the streets. If you love the flee-markets and you are good at bargaining prices, on the King's Day weekend you could find great deals! The vrijmarkt (literally "free market") allows everyone to sell second-hand items around the city: Amsterdam streets and parks become the biggest flea market in the world!
WHY NOT GO? IT'S A WASTE OF MONEY
Amsterdam is never low-cost, but during the King's Day weekend prices are very expensive and you could spend a lot for your accommodation.
But here we come to the help you since on HostelsClub there are still available some deals on beds and rooms to stay in the centre of Amsterdam and enjoy the King's day without breaking the piggy bank! Properties like the A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost hotel or the Cosmos hostel still have many offers available and prices are definitely affordable...so do not despair and start your search from here: