11 Mistakes You DON’T Want To Make on King’s Day 2024 in Amsterdam

Looking for the best tips during Kings Day in Amsterdam? We’ve listed 11 common mistakes you do NOT want to make and what to do instead!

As Dutchies we already look forward to the 27th of April, because it’s King’s Day and that means; one big party🪩🍾. It’s important to know a few things if you’re planning on going in Amsterdam. For example, did you know that we celebrate King’s Night on the 26th of April? That’s something you definitely don’t want to miss. 

1. Forgetting King’s Night

King’s Night on the 26th of April is the pre-celebration of King’s Day, and it’s an amazing party! We recommend heading to the Jordaan neighborhood, Westergas or Amstelveld. There will be multiple stages with live music, dancing and crowded bars full of party people. If you plan to attend a club party it’s essential to purchase tickets well in advance. 

2. Counting on Public Transport

On King’s Day relying on above-ground public transport is not the best idea. While there will be some trams running, we don’t recommend it due to the crowded streets and road closures. Expect significant delays if you choose this form of transportation. It’s a much better idea to take the metro. Absolutely avoid taxis or any form of a car; you’ll risk missing out on the entire day due to traffic jams. 

3. Not Bringing Your Own Booze

You will probably start by strolling around the city and at this stage it’s a great idea to have your own drinks with you. Otherwise you might end up standing in long queues all the time. Later when you find a music stage to enjoy, consider supporting local businesses by purchasing drinks there. 

4. Ignoring the Dress Code

Immerse yourself in the spirit of King’s Day by embracing the official dress code—wear orange🧡! The entire city will be adorned in orange and of course everyone will be wearing our national color. It’s an important part of our tradition. 

5. Neglecting Dead Phone Connections

Prepare for network issues in many areas of the city by establishing a meeting point for your group. Ensuring you can always find each other again.

6. Missing the Boat

Don’t miss the boat—literally! If you wish to join one of the famous boat celebrations, plan well in advance. Boat slots fill up very quickly, often weeks or even months ahead of time.

7. Choosing Touristy Locations

Go for a more authentic experience by avoiding overcrowded tourist areas like Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein or De Dam. Instead head to Jordaan, Westergas or Amstelveld for a more local celebration. But don’t get me wrong; it’s still super busy with a huuuge crowd in these areas.

King's Day in the Jordaan in Amsterdam

8. Not Paying Attention to Personal Belongings

Due to the crowds, it’s important to be mindful of your personal belongings. Pickpockets are very active during these kinds of events. Especially when people are drunk; it becomes an easy target.

9. Run into Sold-out Alcohol

Get your drinks before the 27th. Supermarkets tend to empty out on King’s Day.

10. Not Being Prepared for Large Crowds

If you’re not a fan of big crowds, King’s Day can be overwhelming. It’s truly one of the best parties to join in the city but also one of the busiest. If you get easily overwhelmed we recommend heading to areas like Vondelpark, Old-West and Westerpark. These areas are still busy but not as crowded as the canals and the Jordaan.

11. Getting Wet

Watch out for canals when you’re drunk…. in all those years we’ve seen many people in the water. 

By using these practical tips you will make sure you will have the best Kingsday celebration in Amsterdam! First time in Amsterdam? You may also like to read our 11 Must-Know Travel Tips and our Complete Guide to the Public Transport in Amsterdam

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