Sure! There is no rule that you have to wear orange on King’s Day, but a bit of orange in your outfit may help you get in the party mood!
From 9:00 most cafés and terraces are open. Just like most of the free street markets. Most events begin at 12:00 hrs (midday). You will find these free orange festivals everywhere throughout the city center. The biggest and most popular party venues are in the Westerstraat, Prinsengracht and Reguliersdwarsstraat.
All outdoor activities, like the free street markets and the big organized music parties, will end at 20:00 hrs. The King's party then continues inside all the pubs and clubs until deep into the night.
As a city built on trade, Amsterdammers love to haggle and there’s no better place to pick up a bargain than at the citywide vrijmarkt ('free market') on King's Day! Everyone turns out to sell their second-hand wares on the streets and in the parks of Amsterdam, creating one of the world's largest flea markets.
In principle, anywhere in the city. However, the most popular and largest location are the Vondelpark and Apollolaan.
These all take place at major event venues outside Amsterdam city center. Please note that you will need to buy a ticket in advance if you would like to attend one of the major organised music parties. Most are sold out.
Shops are permitted to open on King’s Day, but the majority of high street stores close for the day. For example, shops on the Kalverstraat usually stay closed. Most larger supermarkets do open for part of the day and smaller neighbourhood supermarkets are usually open for business.
You are allowed to carry one unit of regular alcoholic drink (under 15% alcohol) for your own consumption. Additional alcoholic drinks may be confiscated.
Travelling to or in Amsterdam by car on King's Day is strongly advised against and traffic is prevented from accessing most of the city throughout the day. Catching a train into Amsterdam is the best bet.
During King's Night (Koningsnacht) (night from 26 to 27 April), public transport in Amsterdam operates according to the normal timetable with a few exceptions where necessary. On King's Day (27 April), there is an adapted timetable for diverting public transport. Most buses and tram only run outside the city centre. In due course check the timetable on the website of 9292.nl/en/.
The best way to get to the centre of Amsterdam is by train. Take into account busy, full compartments. In due course check the timetable on the website of 9292.nl/en/. By car is strongly discouraged with regard to traffic jams and a shortage of parking spaces.
During King's Day, Amsterdam Zuid railway station is the best place to get out of the train if you want to go to Museumplein, Vondelpark and/or Leidseplein. From Amsterdam Zuid train station you don't have to walk so far, you avoid the hustle and bustle of Central Station and many buses do run according to the normal timetable. In due course check the timetable on the website of 9292.nl/en/.
When you get off at Amsterdam Amstel train station, you can use the metro and trams to get on with your journey to the stages and the free markets. For example, get off at the Weesperplein metro station or Waterlooplein and the free markets and stages, such as the Oosterpark, are all within walking distance!
The rate in 2023 in Amsterdam for the city tax is 7,0% of the accommodation costs (excluding breakfast costs) + € 3 per person per night.
Cancellation policies vary by accomodation. These specific rental terms which apply to your reservation are mentioned in your received confirmation or invoice.
In hotels in Amsterdam you can usually cancel or change your reservation 24 hours prior to your arrival. You can read your 'Hotel Policies' and see if a cancellation fee will be charged.
Keep in mind that in other accommodations (vacation bungalows, apartments, B&B, chalets, etc.) in Amsterdam, you often do owe a cancellation fee.
It's best to contact the accommodation owner directly for more information.
Each accommodation landlord has the freedom to determine his own hire terms. Furthermore, the following payment terms are common:
a) After the reservation of an accommodation, you will receive a reservation confirmation (or invoice) with a request for payment.
b) When a reservation is made more than 8 weeks before the arrival date, 50% of the rental cost must be received on the bank account of the landlord within 14 days. The remaining 50% of the rental cost must be paid no later than 4 weeks before arrival date.
c) When a reservation is made within 8 weeks before the arrival date, the full invoice amount must be paid within 14 days.
d) When making a reservation within 1-3 weeks prior to the arrival date, the full invoice amount must be paid immediately.
e) A non-timely payment may have cancellation of the reservation by the landlord as a consequence.
The hotels in Amsterdam are, in comparison with the rest of the Netherlands, quite expensive. Compared to other European capitals, the hotel rooms are normal / average priced.
In winter, however, the hotel prices are dramatically lower.
The summer is appropriate, but then it is busier in the city and museums. High season is from Easter to September.
When it's freezing winter also has its charm. There is then ice in the canals.
City tax (also known as: Tourist tax) is a general tax that a municipality can levy. This allows the municipality for example to finance the use of facilities by tourists.
Should business travelers also pay city tax?
Also if you are visiting the region for business purposes you pay city tax. The name of the tax suggests that it is only for tourists, but that is not the case.
Tax assessment for city tax
The owner of your residence gets the city tax assessment. For instance, the hotel owner or campsite owner. He may pass on the city tax to you.
Height of city tax
The local height of city tax varies by municipality. Municipalities may determine whether they levy city tax and how they calculate the rate. For example, a fixed amount per night or a percentage per night price. Each municipality can arrange the height in its own regulation. The local regulation of Amsterdam can be obtained or viewed at the municipality of Amsterdam.
Why city tax?
A municipality receives from central National government an amount per capita. If there are many tourists in a town, a municipality makes this more cost. For example, to keep the streets and beaches clean or maintain roads.
Can the city tax on the invoice be higher than the municipal rate?
No, but perhaps it is a mistake on your bill. It is best to inquire the entrepreneur who has made the invoice. Another possibility is that the entrepreneur under the heading of city tax also calculates other costs. This is not allowed. Dutch Minister Verhagen indicated that this is contrary to the 'code travel deals' in a letter on 17 March 2011. You can lodge an objection with the entrepreneur.
More information city tax
For more information about the local city tax in Amsterdam, you can contact the municipality of Amsterdam: http://www.amsterdam.nl/.