In our feature looking forward to Spring (catch up here), we mentioned Amsterdam as one of the best places to be this April. The Netherlands is a place where most of our team have spent some time living. so we know a little about what is happening in the country!

Today we showcase the standout event that will takeover the entire country – ‘Koningsdag’ or ‘King’s Day’(Fri 27th April). The concept is a simple enough idea – a holiday that celebrates the King, Willem-Alexander’s birthday. Even though the King’s birthday falls on this day, tradition has meant regardless of the monarch, we celebrate the day in April.

Why April? The clocks are on summer time ensuring long days and the weather is (probably) nicer than January – the former Queen’s birthday. I mean no one really wants a street party in January, do they?

But Koningsdag is much more than just a street party. The day traditionally begins with locals selling their unloved belongings in a street market that can take over entire neighbourhoods. What is available for sale? Pretty much anything – from clothes to toys to sofas! If you do some digging you are likely to find some bargains. And some haggling may even get you a further discount; no harm in trying. We suggest heading to the neighbourhood Oud Zuid in Amsterdam to catch the best of the markets.

A Dutch street market on Koningsdag may differ somewhat to an Indian one…

After you have bagged your bargains, it is time to start the party! But with a day where so much will be happening, where should you start? We would say a boat trip down the Amsterdam canals is a must experience. Spend 3-4 hours on the river taking in the sights and sounds of all that is happening around you. The canals will be jam packed with boats and the banks lined with people enjoying the day.

Calm before the storm – the peaceful canals will be full on King’s Day

But the party doesn’t end on the boat. The streets along the famous canals are lined with various parties, bands and DJs. Enjoyment is guaranteed in the most random of places in the city! For a full agenda of what is happening why not check out the official agenda here.

Amsterdam is a featured city in TakeMeAway. So why not take an early flight on Friday 27th, enjoy Koningsdag, as well as a fantastic weekend getaway in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities!

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