King’s Day is a world famous street party, reputed to be one of the best in the world – the best way to see it is with one of our Amsterdam King’s Day Private Boat Tours!
King’s Day has been a Dutch national holiday since 1959. It is traditionally a celebration of the birthday of the King (or formerly, the Queen), and is taken by the Dutch as an excuse to throw a nationwide street party! These incredible festivities are given a particular flavour by the signature Oranjegekte – orange madness – that seizes the country, as everyone dresses in orange to create a sea of orange in the street!
The King’s Day festivities include vibrant food, delicious drinks, and breath-taking street markets. The Vrijmarkt (literally “free market”) is a nationwide flea market, where people bring unwanted household items onto the street to sell for fun. Haggling is a tradition here, with people paying more than the asking price for fun! Amsterdam’s historic Jordaan Quarter is a favourite location for this charming tradition.
Amsterdam is famous throughout The Netherlands as the place to be on King’s Day. People come from all over the country and beyond to enjoy the amazing party atmosphere. As a result the city streets are notorious for being a riotous mosaic of orange, and being absolutely packed to the bursting. Don’t spend your day forcing your way through the crowds! The Dutch consider the only way to really enjoy King’s Day is from the back of a canal boat, and we’re in firm agreement!
Our Kings Day boat party is the very best way to enjoy this unmissable street party! Hop on board with a group of friends, and we will have our experienced captain lead you on an amazing tour of the best street party in Europe! To make sure you and your friends have the perfect King’s Day experience we’ll provide unlimited free drinks while you are on board – choose between beer, fizzy wine or bubbly!