The Queen’s birthday in Amsterdam

It is on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday that Amsterdam becomes an even more special city.  The daily routine is forgotten and celebrations start the day (evening) before, i.e. on April 29th, with concerts, shows and, of course, lots of beer…
On April 30th (the Queen’s actual birthday) the atmosphere of the town is joyful: a rather peculiar second-hand market is set up practically before all houses. What has become useless is on sale at rather interesting low prices.
The merrymaking for the Queen is really worth a visit to Amsterdam at the end of April. And if you want another “plus”  do not forget that this is the period when tulips are in full blossom and  the botanical garden at  Keukenhof (some half an hour from Amsterdam)  awaits you with its bikes to enjoy the multicolored fields (it is not the beer’s side-effect, they are indeed  tulips).
But don’t forget, if you plan to visit Amsterdam in this special period of the year, to book your hotel in advance.


6 thoughts on “The Queen’s birthday in Amsterdam

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  3. MArcus

    Keukenhof is located a short walk from the small town of Lisse and around 7 million bulbs are planted in this garden. It gives a fabulous view and is a major attraction of Holland. I was lucky to have seen this garden from inside as I went there last year in first week of May during my a week long trip to Amsterdam, because this garden remains open only for 2 months from mid March to Mid May. Yes, it is always better to book a hotel in advance to avoid any hiccups in finding a good accommodation at the last minute. If one had to plan a trip in a hurry then no need to worry as there are lots of last minute and late availability hotels are available on internet with great deals, which you can search on sites like,,,, and many more.

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