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How to survive Kingsday in Amsterdam

April 25, 2018

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How to survive Kingsday in Amsterdam

April 25, 2018

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The most orange party of the year is just around the corner. For non-Dutchies this phenomenon can be quite overwhelming. Without the proper preparation that is. Let me help you out with some do’s and don’ts so you don’t look completely lost on Kingsday in Amsterdam.


Bezet = bezet


You may have noticed this already. In certain streets people wrote ‘bezet’ on the sidewalk. It means that this particular piece of sidewalk is taken. People are marking their spot for the flea market. On the 27th of April people empty their attics and try and sell the stuff that they don’t want anymore. Selling used products at the crack of dawn is serious business. If you are planning on just taking a spot that has ‘bezet’ on it, be prepared to fight. Don’t mess with the flea market people. They mean business.


Let it gooooo


Just let it go. ‘It’ meaning your fashion sense, common sense, general health, pride and money.  


Dress up


Don’t think of this as some random theme party with you ending up as the only loser that dressed up. No no no, it is NOT like that at all. The city and its residents are turning orange. There are rules though:


  1. Anything orange goes

  2. Ugly is good


Have you got your Kingsday outfit ready? Add two more ugly orange items. Just do it. You can thank me later.



Get ready to party


You’ve probably been thinking that Kingsday lasts one day. WRONG! The party starts the night before. This is, not so surprisingly, called Kingsnight. You don’t have to worry about finding a pub, club or bar to party. The party is pretty much everywhere.


Dutch culture galore


Don’t know who Andre Hazes is? You will after Kingsday. You’ll learn that trading is in every Dutchies nature whilst the stand-off nature that characterizes most Dutchies disappears into thin air after a view beers. Not eating something fried is near to impossible and the rules are meant to be broken due to Dutch courage.


I personally think of Kingsday as one of the best days of the year. I wish you all a great day!






Marlies Novica is an Amsterdam based interior designer who loves to make you feel at home. Learn more about her here. Marlies's blogs are frequently featured on the online Dutch interior platform ROOMED. Check it out!


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