Hotspot of the week: Amsterdam

People dressed in orange on the canals of Amsterdam.
Carmelrmd via Wikimedia Commons

People dressed in orange on the canals of Amsterdam.

Initially held in honour of the king's mother, Beatrix of the Netherlands, the public holiday was renamed King's Day after her abdication in 2013. Its former moniker of Queen's Day, however, is thought to be a reason that, in Amsterdam, it's also an unofficial LGBTQ festival. And it's an inclusive holiday in every respect.

People take to the streets and canals in their orange-hued hordes to offload trash that may very well be others' treasure at an enormous pop-up flea market, indulge themselves at the cafes and restaurants that set up outdoor tables, and take in the live music and general merriment. 

Do as the locals do and deck yourself out in orange - a nod to the royal family's House of Orange-Nassau lineage. 

Amsterdam's population near trebles in size during the celebrations, which fall on April 27 in 2017, so it pays to plan ahead. The Vondelpark has loads of family-friendly entertainment, while the Zeedjik erupts with LGBTQ street parties. The poshest areas, such as along Apollolaan just south of the city centre, can be great for picking up flea market bargains and it's also a bit calmer.

 

 

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