King’s Day 2017

Practical information on King’s Day in Amsterdam 2017, April 27th, please read:

King’s day is a national holiday in the Netherlands. It’s celebrated on the birthday of King Willem Alexander on April 27th.

As the king was born in 1967, this year our country will be celebrating his 50th birthday, which makes the day even more special. King’s Day is marked by many different kinds of celebrations, events and bring & buy sales, that start the eve before and last the whole day until the very evening.

On this day, the royal family visits several places in the country. There, the crowds line up to see and greet them.

This year, 2017, the royal family is visiting Tilburg, a town, situated some 1,5 hour drive south-east from Amsterdam. On King’s Day, everybody, whether royalist or not, is dressed in orange, an ode to the ‘Van Oranje’ (‘Orange’) Royal family. That’s quite a delight for the eyes and it will be a unique experience for you to be in that orange setting!

I prepared some useful and practical information for you to help you find your way around Amsterdam more easily on King’s Day.

Here’s a list of museums and places that will be closed on April 27th, 2017, King’s Day:

Hermitage Museum

Amsterdam Museum

Royal Palace at Dam Square

Rembrandt House

EYE Museum

Maritime Museum

Museum of Bags and Purses

Resistance Museum

Jewish Historical Museum

Portuguese Synagogue


Here follow the museums and places that will be opened on King’s Day:


Van Gogh Museum,

Stedelijk Museum (Municipal Museum)

Heineken Experience,

Anne Frank House

It will be extremely crowded on Amsterdam’s canals on King’s Day as well. There will be many boats, smaller or larger in size, with cheerfully celebrating people, all dressed in orange.

The canal tour boats will operate until the early afternoon only that day, approximately 2pm, until the canals will become impassable with the celebrating orange crowds on the boats.

Public transportation will be shut down in Amsterdam’s city center on King’s Day, with the exception of the subway, which will be operational.

I wish you loads of orange fun on King’s Day 2017 and make sure to subscribe to my Amsterdam Windmill Tour during your stay in our beautiful city!

I hope to meet you soon!


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